Cardiff Blues centre Tom Shanklin returns to action for the first time since dislocating his shoulder playing against the Dragons last May.
The Blues take on the Scarlets at the Cardiff City Stadium in the first Welsh derby match of the season this evening.
Speaking ahead of the match Cardiff Blues Director of Rugby David Young said, "Last season we won 60% of our games by one score or less, and falling on the right side of the result, and this season so far we've been on the wrong side."
"That was always going to be the concern - luck does change. It's plain to see, we've got to create more opportunities, be far more threatening with the ball and score more points."
"If we do, we will get things right. I think Connacht played the conditions well last weekend, but we have to be better than that. We made it look easy in the first 10 to 15 minutes but after 20 minutes we didn't look threatening."
"We also weren't capable of making opportunities and we became one dimensional, which is very disappointing. I'll make no bones about it; with the personnel we have, we've got to do a lot better. We know we are going to have to play better that we have so far and it's a hugely important game for us."
"We need to get a win, and once we do, the belief and the confidence will come flooding back."
"It will be a monkey off our back, but what we need to do is get a win at the stadium.It's important that we kick on in the Magners League and there would be no better way to do it than against our old rivals the Scarlets."
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.