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 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.