The only other change in the starting line-up from the Glasgow game sees Barry Murphy retain the number 13 jersey, with Tom Gleeson, who he replaced in the 63rd minute last weekend in Firhill, listed among the replacements.
Quinlan declared himself, "delighted to be pulling on that Munster shirt again. Looking forward to the game," he said, " Pre-season has gone really well and I feel in good shape but its a big step up from training, a gamelike this and particularly when it's against a quality side like Cardiff. But nevertheless I cant wait to get out on the pitch."
Munster: F Jones; D Howlett, B Murphy, L Mafi, D Hurley; J Manning, P Stringer; M Horan, D Fogarty, J Hayes; M O'Driscoll capt, D Ryan; A Quinlan, N Ronan, D Leamy. Replacements: D Varley, T Buckley, B Holland, T O'Donnell, T Morland, S Deasy, T Gleeson.
Cardiff Blues: John Yapp, Rhys Thomas, Taufa'ao Filise; Deiniol Jones, Paul Tito; Mamma Molitika, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Xavier Rush. Gareth Cooper, Ceri Sweeney; Chris Czekaj, Dafydd Hewitt, Gareth Thomas, Leigh Halfpenny; Ben Blair. Replacements: Gary Powell, Gareth Williams, Scott Morgan, Andy Powell, Richie Rees, Sam Norton-Knight, Dafydd James.