Cardiff Blues are delighted to announce the signing of Ulster second-row Franco van der Merwe ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Mal joined the team in 2005 and is responsible for Club and player development within Pontypridd. Core Day to day role is delivery of secondary schools rugby skills programme to Year 7 - 11. Part of the working group for the U14 Development programme for the Blues Region and lead officer and head coach attached to Pontypridd Schools Dewar Shield U15's. Mal also has close links with Taff Rhondda JDA and Sport RCT to support community engagement and assist in club coach development, planning and junior player recruitment. He is also the lead officer and coordinator of the regional Blues Cup competition.