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.
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference