10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
" We've had Northampton here in the European Shield in the past, but I would say that Cardiff are the biggest club side we've ever seen in Galway," said Kelly.
"With players like Iestyn Harris, Rhys and Martyn Williams and Craig Morgan in their side, allied to our victory over Scottish Borders in our opening game, I think we could have a near full-house on Friday."
The old war-horse Eric Elwood, who kicked all the points in last season's win in Cardiff, is battling a rib injury, while back row dynamo Johnny O'Connor is considered doubtful with an ankle injury.