The Blue & Blacks include new signing Andy Williams in their 22-man squad for Saturday's Principality Premiership match against Llandovery at the Arms Park (2.30pm).
The international scrum-half completed his Premiership registration earlier this week and strengthens a Cardiff team that has won its last six cup and league fixtures - it's best winning sequence in four years.
Gareth Chapman adopts a new role as he starts at full-back with Shaun James, in his fiftieth game for the club, slotting into the outside centre position.
Gareth Davies, top scorer for the season with 131 points in all matches, continues at fly-half and the only change in the pack from the side that won at Narberth last weekend is the return of Rhys James at hooker.
Cardiff: Gareth Chapman; Ryan Howells, Shaun James, Darren Ryan, Chris Czekaj; Gareth Davies, Owen Ruttley (captain); Ian George, Rhys James, Kristian Gay, James Down, Damian Welch, Adam Powell, Craig Everett, Rhys Shellard.
Replacements: Kieran Crawford, Phil Osborne, Daniel Partridge, Jake Thomas, Andy Williams, Lee Jarvis, Roger Davies.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.