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Encyclopedia > Cardiff Blues
Cardiff Blues
Founded 2003
Location Cardiff, Wales
Ground Cardiff Arms Park
Capacity 13,500
Coach Flag of Wales Dai Young
League Magners League
2006-07 2nd
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Cardiff Blues (Welsh: Gleision Caerdydd) are one of the four professional Welsh rugby union teams. Based in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, the team play at Cardiff Arms Park and are owned by Cardiff Rugby Football Club. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... This article is about the country. ... Cardiff Arms Park is a stadium complex situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... David Dai Young (born 26 July 1967) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer. ... The Celtic League, currently known as the Magners League for sponsorship reasons, is an annual rugby union competition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. ... Image File history File links left arm of kit template File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Kit_body_cardiffh. ... rightarm of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... socks of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... Image File history File links left arm of kit template File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... rightarm of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... socks of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... This article is about the country. ... Cardiff Arms Park is a stadium complex situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded 1876. ...


Cardiff Blues are responsible for developing rugby union in the city of Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, the eastern Glamorgan valleys and Breconshire.[1] For other uses, see Vale of Glamorgan (disambiguation). ... Glamorgan or Glamorganshire (Welsh: ) is one of thirteen historic counties and former administrative counties of Wales. ... Brecknockshire, also known as Breconshire or, in Welsh, as Sir Frycheiniog is an inland traditional county of Wales, bounded N. by Radnorshire, E. by Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, S. by Monmouthshire and Glamorgan, and W. by Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire. ...


The Cardiff Blues compete in the Magners League, which includes teams from the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In addition, Cardiff Blues compete in the Anglo-Welsh EDF Energy Cup and European Heineken Cup. The club have qualified for the Heineken Cup every season, but have yet to win honours in one of their competitions. The Celtic League, currently known as the Magners League for sponsorship reasons, is an annual rugby union competition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. ... The Six Nations considered the heartland of the modern Celts Celtic nations are areas of Europe inhabited by members of Celtic cultures, specifically speakers of Celtic languages. ... The EDF Energy Cup, also known as the Anglo-Welsh Cup an the English & Welsh rugby union knock-out cup competition featuring all 12 Guinness Premiership clubs and all 4 Welsh Regions. ... The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ...


The team's main sponsor is currently the low cost airline Bmi baby. The Cardiff Blues kit is manufactured by Canterbury of New Zealand. This page may meet Wikipedia’s criteria for speedy deletion. ... Canterbury of New Zealand - sometimes referred to as CCC by retailers and rugby fans - is a New Zealand-based sports apparel company that focuses on rugby football. ...

Contents

History

Formation

Until the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Welsh rugby was organised in a typical league pyramid, at the top of which were 9 professional clubs. The system was similar to the English Guinness Premiership and French Top 14 club systems. However, by the 2002-03 season it was clear for financial reasons that Wales could not support nine professional teams.[2] The Guinness Premiership is a professional league competition for rugby union clubs in the top division of the English rugby system. ... The Top 14 is a rugby union club competition which is played throughout France. ...


In a process instigated by the then CEO of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), David Moffett, the nine clubs[3] began the process of organising themselves into "regional" teams. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) (Welsh: ) is the governing body of rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board. ... David Moffett was the controversial chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union from 2002 until December 31 2005. ...


An agreement was reached whereby Cardiff RFC would be allowed to form a "standalone" club, meaning that they would not have to amalgamate with any of the other 8 professional clubs.[4] The official Cardiff Blues launch event took place at the Cardiff Hilton on 6 June 2003. Entrance of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California Beverly Hilton Hotel viewed from Wilshire Boulvard Hilton is a brand of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, based in Beverly Hills, California. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


2003-04

Cardiff Blues lost their first three matches, including friendlies against Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints and a Celtic League game against Glasgow). By the end of 2003, they had lost 12 matches and only won three (against Connacht, Leinster and Ospreys), all the wins coming at home. Increasingly, there were calls for head coach Dai Young to step down.[5] Official website www. ... Official website www. ... The Glasgow Warriors, formerly Glasgow Rugby, is one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, Edinburgh and Border Reivers being the other two. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Connacht Branch (the professional team of which which is run by Connacht Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Connacht. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... David Dai Young (born 26 July 1967) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer. ...


The 43-6 win over Ospreys was notable for the performance of fireman Lee Abdul.[6] The semi-professional had been brought into the squad as cover during the 2003 Rugby World Cup and scored a record four tries from the wing. Unfortunately for Abdul, he suffered a serious injury in the next home game against the Newport Gwent Dragons.[citation needed] The 2003 Rugby World Cup was the fifth rugby union world cup. ... The Newport Gwent Dragons (Welsh: Dreigiau Gwent Casnewydd) are a Rugby Union team from Wales. ...


In January the Cardiff Blues recorded Heineken Cup victories over English club Sale and French side Biarritz Olympique. The temporary signing of former Australian international Matt Cockbain seemed to revitalise the side,[7] and his brief stay coincided with a six match unbeaten run which lasted until a dour 0-6 loss to the Llanelli Scarlets in March. Cardiff Blues finished the season as the lowest ranked Welsh club in the Celtic League having only managed one win against another Welsh side. They were however the highest try scorers in the league, scoring 73 tries.[8] The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Matt Cockbain (born 19 September 1972) is an Australian rugby union footballer. ... Official website www. ...


2004-05

Cardiff Blues finished the Celtic League 9th place, and recorded only one win in the Heineken Cup. Calls for Head Coach Dai Young to be removed intensified between November and January when the team went eight games without recording a victory. Following the 15-38 loss to Stade Français Paris the players were booed from the field by their own supporters.[9] David Dai Young (born 26 July 1967) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer. ... Official Website www. ...


Finishing in a low position in the league meant that in order to qualify for the Heineken Cup, Cardiff Blues had to compete in a play-off game against the third place Italian side Arix Viadana. Cardiff Blues won this game 38-9, thus qualifying for the Heineken Cup through what the media described as the cat flap.[10] This was only the second away win of the season, and the governing body made plans to ensure that performance on the field would dramtically improve the following season.[11] Rugby Viadana is an Italian rugby union club currently competing in Super 10. ... A cat flap in action. ...


2005-06

In the summer of 2005 funds were finally made available to sign new players allowing Dai Young to start rebuild the side. Former New Zealand No.8 Xavier Rush was among several new signings who gave the squad a much stronger look on paper. Also, a new custom built training head-quarters was established at Hensol in the outskirts of Cardiff. Previously the team had been training on public fields and in public gyms. Xavier Joseph Rush (born 13 July 1977 in Auckland) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. ...


There was further reason for optimism when the Heineken Cup draw was announced. Cardiff Blues were matched with Italian minnows Calvisano, notoriously poor travellers USA Perpignan and the Leeds Tykes. Many believed that Cardiff Blues had a golden opportunity of finally making the Heineken Cup quarter finals.[12] Official website www. ... Union Sportive Arlequins Perpignan (French) or Unió Esportiva Arlequins Perpinyà (Catalan), generally abbreviated as USAP, is a French rugby union club that plays in the city of Perpignan. ... Leeds Tykes is an English rugby union club, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire that currently competes in National Division One, the second-highest level of the sport in England after the Guinness Premiership. ...


Results did not improve immediately, with the 37-20 win over Saracens in October 2005 the highlight to a disappointing start to the season. However in the prematch announcement it was confirmed that rugby legend Jonah Lomu had agreed to join Cardiff Blues on a temporary basis as he tried to rebuild his career in time for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Official website www. ... Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM (born May 12, 1975) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who has played 73 times (63 caps) as an All Black after debuting in 1994. ... The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ...


Lomu was recovering from a kidney transplant,[13] but the signing gave notice of the team's renewed ambition. His home debut versus Calvisano was greeted by a capacity crowd and the signing was regarded as a marketing masterstroke.[14] Results improved with wins over the Ospreys and the Newport Gwent Dragons in December.


In January 2006 the Cardiff Blues were knocked out of the Heineken Cup after losing 3-21 at home to Perpignan and then losing 3-48 to the relegation threatened Leeds Tykes. This formed part of a 5 match losing run, coinciding with the loss through injury of outside half Nick Robinson. The poor run prompted the management to issue "final warnings" to under performing players.[15] As had been the case in the two previous seasons, results improved in the latter months of the season, and in May, the Celtic League attendance record was broken when 15,327 watched Cardiff Blues beat Leinster 40-31 at the Millennium Stadium. The Cardiff Blues finished the league in 4th; the highest placed Welsh team. Nick Robinson (right) interviewing Michael Portillo in July 2001. ...


2006-07

For more details on this topic, see 2006-07 Magners League.

More signings, including former New Zealand fullback Ben Blair, further enhanced the quality of the Cardiff Blues squad for the 2006-07 season. Several young players from the regional academy also became established players, including Chris Czekaj and Duane Goodfield. The emergence of other highly tipped young players (notably Bradley Davies[16] and Tom James[17]) encouraged the belief that Cardiff Blues can soon start challenging for major honours.[18] London Wasps, Saracens and London Irish were all defeated in the EDF Cup group stages, however the Ospreys defeated the Blues 27-10 in the semi final at the Millennium Stadium on March 24, 2007. The 2006-07 Magners League logo. ... Date of Birth: 26 March ,1979 Place of Birth: Westport, New Zealand Height: 1. ... Date of Birth: December 14, 1985 Place of Birth: Cardiff, Wales Height: 1. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm), is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardiff, and is used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


In the Heineken Cup, Cardiff Blues recorded their first win in France, beating Bourgoin 13-5. For their next game, the Cardiff Blues again played at the Millennium Stadium. This time hosting Leicester Tigers, they attracted their highest ever Heineken Cup crowd, with 26,309 spectators attending the game, although they lost they game by 17 points to 21 after being down to 14 men for a long period of the game. Cardiff Blues were finally knocked out of the Heineken Cup after successive losses to the champions, Munster, despite respectable performances (particularly at Munster's Thomond Park). CS Bourgoin-Jallieu is a French rugby union club currently competing in the top level of the French league system. ... Official website www. ...


Cardiff Blues fared better in the domestic league, finishing second after having beaten Leinster at home to go top of the league, only for the Ospreys to win at Borders the next day to claim the title.


2007-08

For more details on this topic, see 2007-08 Magners League.

Further additions to the Blues squad over the summer include Gareth Thomas, Paul Tito and Jason Spice, who was brought in to replace Mike Philips who signed to the Ospreys for a reported £180,000 a year.[19] The Blues won their first two games of the season, beating the Ospreys at home in the opening match and extending their unbeaten home record to 16 games,[20] and recording an away win at Newport Gwent Dragons the following week to top the table.
The Blues extended their unbeaten home record to 17 the following week with a home victory against Glasgow, [21] but subsequently lost their next home game against Leinster conceding two interception tries. [22] The Blues responded to the defeat at home to Leinster with an away victory against Munster, only the second time in the history of the Celtic / Magners League, to maintain their position at the top of the league.[23] The following week saw a 30-16 home victory against Connacht, keeping the Blues at the top of the table. It was in this match that Gareth Thomas made his first appearnce in Blues colours coming on off the bench after 50 minutes to replace wing Rhys Williams[24]
The EDF Cup started well for the Blues with a 32-15 bonus point win at home over Sale. Cardiff scoring four tries in the first 30 minutes with Gareth Thomas getting two of these on his first start for the Cardiff Blues.[25] In the 2nd week of the EDF Cup the Blues faced a true test away to Leicester Tigers (in the Heineken Cup fixture last season Cardiff lost 34-0 at Leicester). The Magners League logo The 2007-08 Magners League will be the seventh Celtic League season and the second with Magners as title sponsor. ...


Colours

On their inception, the Cardiff Blues kit corresponded with the traditional Cardiff RFC colours of Cambridge blue and black. The kit for the subsequent season was a variation of these colours with white being used as an alternative strip in the case of a colour clash with the opposition. Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded 1876. ... A Blue is earned by sportsmen at Cambridge University in one of thirteen designated sports (e. ...


In 2006, Cardiff Blues changed their playing strip in a decision widely interpreted as a move away from the old Cardiff RFC identity, as for the first time black was not included alongside the blue.[26]


Identity controversy

At the event launching the Cardiff Blues brand in June 2003, the Chief Executive, Robert Norster said, "A huge amount of effort has been made to ensure that the past 127 years of club traditions are not lost. We are delighted by the way these aspects have been respected and retained within the new modern brand." Supporters saw the "new" team as a continuation of Cardiff RFC and the addition of the "Blues" moniker as merely a cosmetic exercise. This close association with Cardiff RFC has led to feelings of resentment from members and supporters of other Welsh rugby clubs, notably Pontypridd.[27] Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded 1876. ... , Pontypridd is a town in Glamorgan, Wales, in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf. ...


There have been repeated calls for Cardiff Blues to drop the "Cardiff" part of their name in order to sever links with the old Cardiff RFC identity.[28][29] Proponents of this idea point to the Super 14 tournament where teams such as the Bulls and Crusaders play with no geographic locator in their name.[30] These calls intensified when the Celtic Warriors regional team was dissolved in 2004, bringing old rivals Pontypridd within the catchment area of the Cardiff Blues region. However, there is quite significant opposition to any such move.[31] The Super 14 is the largest rugby union football club championship in the southern hemisphere, consisting of provincial teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. ... The Bulls, for sponsorship reasons known as the Vodacom Bulls, are a South African rugby union team competing in the Super 14 competition. ... This article is on the rugby union team formerly known as the Canterbury Crusaders. ... The Celtic Warriors were a regional rugby union team from Wales, playing in the Celtic League and European Rugby Cup/European Rugby Shield. ... , Pontypridd is a town in Glamorgan, Wales, in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf. ...


Regional responsibilities

A map showing the Welsh rugby regions.
A map showing the Welsh rugby regions.

Cardiff Blues are responsible for assisting the development of rugby in an area covering the City of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, the eastern Glamorgan valleys and Breconshire. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the Welsh capital. ... For other uses, see Vale of Glamorgan (disambiguation). ... Glamorgan or Glamorganshire (Welsh: ) is one of thirteen historic counties and former administrative counties of Wales. ... Brecknockshire, also known as Breconshire or, in Welsh, as Sir Frycheiniog is an inland traditional county of Wales, bounded N. by Radnorshire, E. by Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, S. by Monmouthshire and Glamorgan, and W. by Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire. ...


Initially, the Cardiff Blues' region covered only the City of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. However, this was expanded upon the demise of the Celtic Warriors region after one season. Cardiff Blues employ development officers who work with schools and clubs across the region and run a rugby academy for elite players aged 16 and above. For other uses, see Vale of Glamorgan (disambiguation). ...


Stadium

The Cardiff Blues currently play their home games at the Cardiff Arms Park, situated next to the Millennium Stadium, and for some bigger games, Cardiff Blues have played at the Millennium Stadium. Cardiff Arms Park is a stadium complex situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm), is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardiff, and is used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. ...


Cardiff Blues and Cardiff City F.C. have both announced that they have signed a Heads of Terms agreement to see Cardiff Blues become tenants of the football club at the new 25,000 seat stadium being built at Leckwith. Cardiff Athletic Club, who own Cardiff Arms Park, have recently voted overwhelmingly to support the move to the new stadium[32]. The initial contract is for a 20-year licence, however it is hoped that this will become a long term agreement.[33] Cardiff City Association Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Caerdydd) are a football team based in Cardiff, and are one of the three Welsh clubs competing in the Football League, currently playing in the Football League Championship. ... The New Cardiff City stadium is a proposed development of a 30,000 seater ground, intended to be the new home of Cardiff City F.C. // The new stadium will be built on the site of the nearby Leckwith Athletics Stadium. ...


Coaches

Cardiff Blues have been coached by Dai Young since they were founded. He is currently assisted by former Welsh international Robert Howley and former Canadian international Dan Baugh. David Dai Young (born 26 July 1967) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer. ... Rob Howley (born 13 October 1970) is a former Welsh rugby union scrum-half and captain. ... A firm favourite at the Arms Park, the Canadian International is renound for his direct running and bruising tackles has enjoyed a long successful stint at the club. ...


Statistics

Celtic League

Celtic League results
Season Played Win Draw Loss BP Points Place
2003-04 22 11 0 11 10 54 6th
2004-05 20 8 1 11 6 40 9th
2005-06 22* 11 0 9 11 63 4th
2006-07 20 13 1 6 9 63 2nd

* Includes 2 "Free Weekends" which equated to 4 points each.


Celtic League Cup

Celtic League Cup results
Season Round Match
2003-04 Quarter-final Edinburgh Rugby 33 – 16 Cardiff Blues[34]

Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ...

Heineken Cup

Heineken Cup results
Season Pool Played Win Draw Loss BP Points Place
2003-04 3 6 2 0 4 3 11 3rd
2004-05 6 6 1 0 5 3 7 4th
2005-06 2 6 3 0 3 3 15 3rd
2006-07 4 6 2 0 4 1 9 3rd

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ERC Elite Award

In 2004 Cardiff Blues received the ERC Elite Award for having played 50 games in the Heineken Cup. This record began in 1995 when Cardiff RFC recorded an away draw at Bordeaux, and continued following the reorganisation of Welsh rugby in 2003, due to the club standing alone as Cardiff Blues. To the end of the 2006-2007 season, Cardiff have played a total of 68 Heineken Cup matches.[35]


Current squad

Nationality Player Position Former Team International Caps D.O.B.
Flag of Wales Gethin Jenkins Prop Celtic Warriors 42 17/11/80
Flag of Wales John Yapp Prop 8 9/4/83
Flag of Wales Gary Powell Prop Gloucester Rugby 30/1/79
Flag of Tonga Taufa'ao Felise Prop Bath Rugby 16 26/5/77
Flag of Wales Scott Roberts Prop Bridgend RFC 5/9/84
Flag of Wales T. Rhys Thomas Hooker 14 23/4/82
Flag of Wales Gareth Williams Hooker Bridgend RFC 5 19/12/78
Flag of Wales Duane Goodfield Hooker Pontypridd RFC 17/2/85
Flag of Wales Bradley Davies Second Row 9/1/87
Flag of Wales Deiniol Jones Second Row Celtic Warriors 3 18/11/77
Flag of Jamaica Liam Scott Second Row Llanishen Rfc 5/7/85
Flag of Wales Robert Sidoli Second Row Celtic Warriors 39 21/6/79
Flag of New Zealand Paul Tito Second Row Taranaki & Hurricanes 9/6/78
Flag of Wales Scott Morgan Flanker/Second Row Leeds Tykes 1 17/10/78
Flag of Wales Mark Lewis Flanker/No.8 Celtic Warriors 18/6/82
Flag of Tonga Maama Molitika Flanker IBM Big Blue 14 26/8/74
Flag of New Zealand Xavier Rush No.8 Auckland & Blues 8 13/7/77
Flag of Wales Andy Powell No.8 Llanelli Scarlets 23/8/81
Flag of Australia Ben White Flanker ACT Brumbies 23/11/83
Flag of Wales Martyn Williams Flanker Pontypridd RFC 65 1/9/75
Flag of Wales Robyn Sowden-Taylor Flanker 3 9/6/82
Flag of Wales Rhys Shellard Flanker Pontypridd RFC 26/6/85
Flag of New Zealand Jason Spice Scrum half Ospreys 07/12/1974
Flag of Wales Richie Rees Scrum half London Irish 21/05/83
Flag of Wales Luke Evans Scrum half Queensland Reds 18/07/88
Flag of Wales Nick Robinson Outside half 12 2/1/82
Flag of Wales Nick Macleod Outside half/fullback 22/3/83
Flag of Wales Dai Flanagan Outside half Pontypridd RFC 24/9/85
Flag of Australia Marc Stcherbina Centre Northampton Saints 7/12/76
Flag of Wales Dafydd Hewitt Centre Llantwit Major RFC 21/8/85
Flag of Wales Tom Riley Centre Pontypridd RFC 4/5/85
Flag of Wales Jamie Robinson Centre 18 7/4/82
Flag of Wales Tom Shanklin Centre/Wing Saracens 36 24/11/79
Flag of Wales Gareth Thomas Full back/Centre/Wing Stade Toulousain 100 25/07/74
Flag of Wales Tom James Wing/Centre Merthyr Tydfil RFC 1 17/4/87
Flag of Wales Tal Selley Centre/Wing Ospreys 1 20/04/80
Flag of Wales Chris Czekaj Wing 4 14/12/85
Flag of Wales Rhys Williams Wing/fullback 44 23/2/80
Flag of New Zealand Ben Blair Fullback/Wing Canterbury & Highlanders 4 26/3/79

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Llantwit Major Rugby Football Club are a Welsh rugby union club based in Llantwit Major in south Wales. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Pontypridd Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team from Wales, playing in the Welsh Premier Division. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Date of Birth: April 7, 1980 Place of Birth: Penarth, Wales Height: 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Tomos George L. Shanklin (born 24 November 1979 in Harrow) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays at Outside Centre for Cardiff Blues and Wales. ... For the rugby club Saracens see Saracens (rugby club) The term Saracen comes from Greek sarakenoi. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Gareth Alfie Thomas (born 25 July 1974 in Sarn nr. ... Stade Toulousain usually known as Toulouse is a French rugby union club from the countrys rugby capital, Toulouse in Midi-Pyrénées. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Tom James is a Welsh rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Taliesin Tal Selley (born 20 April 1980 in Haverfordwest, Wales) is a Welsh rugby player, who can play either on the wing or at centre. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Date of Birth: December 14, 1985 Place of Birth: Cardiff, Wales Height: 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... Gethin Rhys Williams (born 23 February 1980 in Cardiff) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays for Cardiff Blues and has won 44 caps for Wales as a full-back and winger. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Date of Birth: 26 March ,1979 Place of Birth: Westport, New Zealand Height: 1. ... Canterbury is a cathedral city in east Kent in South East England and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England, head of the Church of England and of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... The Scottish Highlands are considered to be the mountainous regions of Scotland north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault. ...

2007/08 Transfers

In

Nat. Position Player
Flag of New Zealand LK Paul Tito
Flag of Wales CE Gareth Thomas
Flag of New Zealand SH Jason Spice
Flag of Wales SH Richie Rees
Flag of Tonga FL Maama Molitika
Flag of Wales WG Tal Selley

Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Paul Tito (born 9 June 1978 in Taumarunui , New Zealand) is a New Zealand Rugby Union footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Gareth Thomas could be Gareth Thomas who played the part of Blake in Blakes 7 Gareth Thomas who plays Rugby Union for Wales Gareth Thomas the member of Parliament for Clwyd West Gareth Thomas the member of Parliament for Harrow West This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Richie Rees is a Welsh professional rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Tonga. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Maama Molitika (26 August 1974) is a Tongan rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Taliesin Tal Selley (born 20 April 1980 in Haverfordwest, Wales) is a Welsh rugby player, who can play either on the wing or at centre. ...

Out

Nat. Position Player
Flag of Wales SH Mike Phillips
Flag of Canada SH Ed Fairhurst
Flag of Wales SH Wayne Evans
Flag of Fiji WG Mosese Luveitasau

Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Michael Phillips (born 29 August 1982 in Carmarthen) is a rugby union footballer who plays scrum-half for Cardiff Blues and has represented Wales. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Ed Fairhurst (born in 1979) is a Candian international rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Wayne Evans (born 3rd June 1984) is a welsh rugby player who plays scrum half and has gained international honours with Wales under 18s, 21s and Sevens (Dubai, George, Commonwealth Games, Hong Kong, Adelaide, London and Murreyfield). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Fiji. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Date of Birth: March 23, 1980 Place of Birth: Suva, Fiji Height: 1. ...

Notable former players

Players who have won over 20 international caps and have represented Cardiff Blues in the past:

Nat. Position Player
Flag of Canada FL Dan Baugh
Flag of Australia FL Matt Cockbain
Flag of Wales PR Ben Evans
Flag of Wales FH Iestyn Harris
Flag of New Zealand WG Jonah Lomu
Flag of South Africa CE Pieter Muller
Flag of Wales LK Craig Quinnell
Flag of the United States FL Kort Schubert
Flag of Wales PR David 'Dai' Young

Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... A firm favourite at the Arms Park, the Canadian International is renound for his direct running and bruising tackles has enjoyed a long successful stint at the club. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Matt Cockbain (born 19 September 1972) is an Australian rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Ben Evans is a former international Wales rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Iestyn Harris (born 25 June 1976 in Oldham, England) is a professional Rugby League player for Bradford Bulls in the Super League. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM (born May 12, 1975) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who has played 73 times (63 caps) as an All Black after debuting in 1994. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Pieter Muller is a former international South Africa rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Craig Quinnell (born July 9, 1975, Swansea) is a rugby player who plays for the Cardiff Blues and Wales. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Kort Schubert (born July 24, 1979) in Berkeley, California is an American rugby union footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_2. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... David Dai Young (born 26 July 1967) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer. ...

See also

Rugby union is the national sport of Wales and is considered a large part of national culture. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.cardiffblues.com/786_120.php
  2. ^ http://www.wru.co.uk/114_1831.php
  3. ^ (Bridgend RFC; Caerphilly RFC; Cardiff RFC; Ebbw Vale RFC; Llanelli RFC; Neath RFC; Newport RFC; Pontypridd RFC; Swansea RFC)
  4. ^ http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/4-1-2003-38429.asp
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  19. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/ospreys/6592283.stm
  20. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/welsh/6967083.stm
  21. ^ http://www.cardiffblues.co.uk/33_3040.php
  22. ^ http://www.cardiffblues.co.uk/33_3060.php
  23. ^ http://www.cardiffblues.co.uk/33_3080.php.
  24. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/cardiff_blues/7036232.stml
  25. ^ http://www.cardiffblues.co.uk/33_3135.php
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  30. ^ Super 14 teams
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  32. ^ Tripartite statement on Leckwith Stadium
  33. ^ City ground share plans signed and sealed
  34. ^ The tournament was stopped after the 2003/2004 season.
  35. ^ http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/33_54.php

Bridgend RFC or the Bridgend Ravens are a Welsh rugby union club based in Bridgend in south Wales. ... Caerphilly Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team founded in 1887. ... Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded 1876. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Based on the east bank of the River Usk, at Rodney Parade, the rugby section of Newport Athletic Club gained itself a world wide reputation in the twentieth century. ... Pontypridd Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team from Wales, playing in the Welsh Premier Division. ... Swansea Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team which plays in the Welsh Premier Division. ...

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