Jamie Roberts makes a return to competitive rugby this weekend, just two months after suffering a fractured skull during the Invesco Perpetual Series.
But despite the horror collision with Wallaby skipper Stirling Mortlock, the burly wing will make his comeback ahead of schedule off the bench for Cardiff Blues trip to Leinster tomorrow (Sat).
Roberts, 22, said: ""It's been really frustrating watching on over the festive period and I've been chomping at the bit.
"I believe I'll be fitter and stronger than before but I'm just glad to be back involved and get the chance to try and get some game-time under my belt over the next few weeks."
Roberts, capped seven times by Wales, will be joined on the bench in Dublin by Xavier Rush who ends a four-month injury nightmare.
The All Black star Rush, 31, damaged his knee cap during pre-season training and has completed just 40 minutes this season.
But Blues coach Dai Young insists his talismanic number eight is fighting fit and putting pressure on Wales star Andy Powell.
Young said: "We've done well without Xavier but there is no doubt he has given the squad a massive lift. Xavier has worked really hard on his fitness and no one has been more frustrated with the way the season has gone than him.
"He was a star performer for us last year and it's great to have that selection dilemma between him and Andy."
British Lion Martyn Williams and Ben Blair miss out but should be fit for next weekend's Heineken Cup clash with Gloucester at Kingsholm.
Cardiff Blues: L Halfpenny; T James, J Robinson, T Shanklin, G Thomas; N Robinson, J Spice; J Yapp, R Thomas, T Filise, B Davies, P Tito (capt), M Molitika, A Powell, R Sowden-Taylor.
Replacements: G Jenkins, G Williams, S Morgan, X Rush, R Rees, C Sweeney, J Roberts.
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.