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.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose
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