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."
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).