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."
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.