1st Team Squad

Challenge Cup Winners 17/18

Cardiff Blues

  • Scott Andrews

    Scott Andrews

    DoB1989-08-01 Birthplace Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionTight Head Prop

    Scott Andrews made his senior Cardiff Blues debut against Ulster at Ravenhill in 2009, and has since racked up almost 150 appearances for the region.

    The former Pontypridd Schools and Glamorgan Wanderers prop has represented Wales at various age grade levels before receiving his first senior cap in the summer fixture against Barbarians in 2011, replacing Ryan Bevington.

    Andrews was involved was Wales clinched the Six Nations Championship in 2013, beating England by 30-3 in the final game of the tournament.

    The prop made his 100th Cardiff Blues appearance against Ulster in 2015.

    Andrews signed for Bath Rugby on a short-term loan deal in the early stages of the 2017/18 season, representing them in the Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup.
     

    Scott Andrews
  • Gareth Anscombe

    Gareth Anscombe

    DoB1991-05-10 BirthplaceNorth Shore Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight87 kg (13 st 9 lb) PositionFly Half / Full Back

    Gareth Anscombe made the move to Cardiff Blues from Super Rugby outfit, Chiefs, on a long-term deal in 2014.

    A former Junior World Championship and Super Rugby winner, Anscombe qualifies for Wales through his mother and made his international bow for Warren Gatland's side against Ireland in 2015, and went on to be part of the Rugby World Cup squad which reached the quarter final.

    The former New Zealand U20's international, who can play fly half or full back, was named the Guinness PRO12's leading goal scorer in 2016, picking up the Rhino Golden Boot after accumulating the Championship's highest percentage of converted place kicks.

    Anscombe signed a National Dual Contract in 2017 to extend his stay in the Welsh capital, and played a crucial part in Wales' 2018 NatWest Six Nations campaign.

     

    Gareth Anscombe
  • Dimitri Arhip

    Dimitri Arhip

    DoB1988-11-12 Birthplace Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionProp

    Dimitri Arhip
  • Liam Belcher

    Liam Belcher

    DoB1996-04-28 Birthplace Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionHooker

    Hailing from Rhondda Valley club Treorchy, Liam Belcher came up through the Zebra's junior and youth ranks, earning a call up to the Blues Academy and to the Wales Youth squad.

    In the summer of 2013 Liam was given a placement with the Pontypridd senior squad as one of the club's regional allocation. He also assumed the captaincy of the Blues Under-18s squad.

    Capped for Wales at Under-20s and a part of the Junior World Championships in Italy in 2015, Belcher is rated as one of the most promising young hooking prospects in the regional game.

    Belcher made his Cardiff Blues debut in November 2014 in the LV=Cup victory over Scarlets and later that season also appeared in the epic win over Wasps in the same competition.

    Liam Belcher
  • Sion Bennett

    Sion Bennett

    DoB1993-11-27 Birthplace- Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionBack Row

    Sion Bennett is a product of the Scarlets academy, and made his debut for the Llanelli-based region off the bench against Zebre in 2014.

    Bennett, who can cover all three back row positions, has represented Wales on the Sevens circuit, and was also part of the Wales U20's side that finished runners-up in the 2014 Junior World Championship, narrowly losing out to England in the final.

    In 2015, the back row made the move to Franklin's Gardens to join Northampton Saints, where he would link up with experienced internationals such as fellow Welshman, George North, and France number eight, Louis Picamoles. 

    Bennett moved on loan to Cardiff Blues during the second half of the 2016/17 campaign as injury cover, crossing for three tries during his debut campaign.

    Bennett's impressive performances for Danny Wilson's side earned him a permanent contract at Cardiff Arms Park.
    Sion Bennett
  • Macauley Cook

    Macauley Cook

    DoB1991-12-31 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionLock

    Rhondda product, Cook, graduated to the Cardiff Blues Academy from his local club Treorchy.

    He made his senior Cardiff Blues debut against the Exeter Chiefs in 2010, before captaining Wales U20 in the 2011 Junior World Championships.

    In 2014, Cook was named Cardiff Blues' Most Promising Player of the Season.

    Cook made his 100th appearance for the region against Glasgow Warriors in the early stages of the 2016/17 campaign.

    The utility forward has proven to be a consistent figure for the region and has become a firm Cardiff Arms Park favourite. Having grown to be an important squad member over the past few seasons, Cook was rewarded with a contract extension in 2017/18.

    Macauley Cook
  • Kristian Dacey

    Kristian Dacey

    DoB1989-07-25 BirthplaceMerthyr Tydfil Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight119 kg (18 st 10 lb) PositionHooker

    Kristian Dacey made his competitive debut for Cardiff Blues in September 2010 in victory over Connacht at the Cardiff City Stadium.

    The Merthyr born ace came through the Merthyr mini and junior sections before playing for the Cardiff Blues North age-groups and the formidable Merthyr Youth outfit, where he was part of the team that won the "Youth Treble" - the Youth Cup, the District Cup and the League.

    In the 2007/08 season, Kristian was playing for Merthyr in Division One, and for the Cardiff Blues Under-20 team.

    In early 2010, it was decided that Kristian's progression in rugby would be better nurtured with a switch to the hooker position, where he has flourished.

    Dacey has become a key part of the Blues team and was the region's top try scorer in the 2013/14 season as he continued to show his eye for the try line.

    In the 2014/15 season he also pushed his international claims and was rewarded when he was named in the initial Rugby World Cup squad for Wales.

    The hooker made his Wales debut against Ireland in 2015 and has gone on to pick up eight caps on the international stage.

    In 2017, during Wales' summer tour of the Pacific Islands, Dacey was called into Warren Gatland's British and Irish Lions squad as cover, but did not make an appearance from the bench.

    Kristian Dacey
  • Seb Davies

    Seb Davies

    DoB1996-05-15 Birthplace Height () Weight () PositionLock

    Seb Davies is a talented lock/back row forward who made his debut for Cardiff Blues during the 2014/15 season when the region defeated Scarlets in November in the LV=Cup.

    Cardiff-born Davies - who has also featured in the Premiership Rugby 7s Series - was a try scorer as Blues stunned Wasps in the same competition later that season and his progress was rewarded when he was handed a senior contract at the end of the campaign.

    Davies was named in the Wales squad to take part in the Junior World Championships in Italy in June 2015 as the team finished in fifth place.  

    Seb Davies
  • Corey Domachowski

    Corey Domachowski

    DoB1996-09-19 Birthplace Height1.84 m (6' 0") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    Corey Domachowski
  • James Down

    James Down

    DoB1987-08-29 BirthplaceBridgend Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight122 kg (19 st 2 lb) PositionLock

    James Down made his senior debut for Llantwit Fardre before being called-up to train with Cardiff RFC in the summer of 2006. 

    Having progressed through the Cardiff Blues Academy, Down made his senior debut for the region against the Borders in January 2007.

    Having progressed well, Down showed the potential he had over the next few seasons, but suffered a horrific broken leg when he fell at the tackle area in the second minute during the Racing Metro v Cardiff Blues match in Paris in November 2011. 

    Down made his 100th Cardiff Blues appearance in the 2016 Boxing Day derby against Dragons at Cardiff Arms Park.

     

    James Down
  • George Earle

    George Earle

    DoB1987-01-09 BirthplaceDurban Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionLock

    The South African lock made the switch from Parc y Scarlets to Cardiff Arms Park ahead of the 2016-17 season.

    Earle has previously worked alongside head coach Danny Wilson and brings a wealth of experience from both Super Rugby and now the Guinness PRO14.
     
    He made his Scarlets debut in a pre-season friendly against Narbonne and won the Players’ Player of the Year award following his first campaign in west Wales.
     
    During his time in South Africa, Earle represented the Cheetahs in Super Rugby and the Griquas, Western Province, Boland Cavaliers and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup.

    The 6'6" lock made 17 appearances in his debut campaign at the region, and scored his first try during the 2017 Challenge Cup victory over Lyon.
    George Earle
  • Jarrod Evans

    Jarrod Evans

    DoB1996-07-25 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.77 m (5' 10") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionFly half

    Highly-rated young outside half, Jarrod Evans, pledged his long-term future to Cardiff Blues after signing his first senior contract at the region in January 2015.

    Evans came through the mini and junior ranks of Pontyclun and Pontypridd before his precocious talents saw him called into the Cardiff Blues Academy.

    The talented playmaker has been capped by Wales at Under-18 level and made his senior debut for Pontypridd when aged just 17 in 2013.

    Evans was part of the Wales Under-20 squad that took part in the Junior World Championships in the summer of 2015 in Italy. 

    The outside half had a breakthrough season in 2017/18, establishing himself as an important player within the squad and putting in outstanding performances in victories over the likes of Lyon, Toulouse and Dragons.

    Jarrod Evans
  • Dan Fish

    Dan Fish

    DoB1990-12-19 BirthplaceS Glamorgan Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionFull Back

    Dan Fish attended St Illtyd’s Catholic High School in Cardiff and joined Glamorgan Wanderers from his local club St Alban’s.

    The Blues Academy product enjoyed a rapid rise in fortune, catching the eye of observers of his Glamorgan Wanderers side, along with performing consistently well for Wales Under-20s.

    Fish starred in the 2010 6 Nations campaign for Wales Under-20s and also during the Junior World Cup Championship in Argentina in 2010.

    He made his competitive debut for Cardiff Blues in a win over Aironi in Italy in October 2010 and went on to make 11 starts for the Blues during his debut season.

    His eye-catching development continued during the 2013/14 season and Fish was awarded a new long-term deal in 2014 to continue his rise at Blues.

    The 2014/15 season saw Fish become a key part of the Wales Sevens set-up and he now made over 50 appearances for the region.
     

    Dan Fish
  • Rhys Gill

    Rhys Gill

    DoB1986-10-30 BirthplaceRhondda Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionProp

    The loose-head returns to Cardiff Blues for a second stint following a seven-year spell with Saracens.
     
    Gill came through the ranks at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park and made his regional debut against Munster in 2006, having impressed for Cardiff RFC.
     
    The Wales Under-18 and 20 international continued to impress but saw opportunities limited by the presence of Gethin Jenkins.
     
    Gill was signed by Saracens in 2009 and quickly established himself as a first team regular.
     
    During his time with the English club, Gill broke into the Wales senior set-up and won his first cap against Ireland in 2010.
     
    He has also played a part in three Aviva Premiership-winning campaigns and the 2015-16 European Champions Cup triumph.

    Rhys Gill
  • Willis Halaholo

    Willis Halaholo

    DoB1990-07-06 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionCentre

    Willis Halaholo joined Cardiff Blues in the autumn of 2016 after taking centre-stage in the Hurricanes march to the Super Rugby title in New Zealand.
     
    He previously played with Rey Lee-Lo in the Hurricanes’ wider training squad and was recommended to Wales’ Capital Region by the Samoan star.
     
    After failing to make the Hurricanes 2016 Super Rugby squad he opted to sign for the Blues and soon forced his way into the Wellington outfit’s top tier squad.
     
    The Auckland-born ace enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season, helping the Hurricanes to their first Super Rugby title.
     
    He linked up with Danny Wilson’s Cardiff Blues following Waikato’s Mitre Cup campaign and will compete with Lee-Lo, Cory Allen and Garyn Smith for a centre spot.
     
    Halaholo is a former New Zealand Schools star, where he played alongside All Blacks Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Elliot Dixon and Charlie Ngatai. He also represented Tonga at the 2009 Junior World Championship.
     
    The dynamic centre struggled to break into senior rugby but caught the attention of Southland Stags while playing junior club rugby in 2013 and has never looked back.
     
    He enjoyed two impressive seasons with the Stags in Invercargill before being snapped up by the Hurricanes in 2015.
    Willis Halaholo
  • Jason Harries

    Jason Harries

    DoB1989-02-14 BirthplaceCarmarthen Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionCentre

    Jason Harries
  • Tom James

    Tom James

    DoB1987-04-17 BirthplaceMerthyr Tydfil Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionWing

    Cardiff Blues confirmed in December 2014 that winger Tom James was to return from Exeter Chiefs to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park for the 2015/16 season.

    Wales international James remains the leading try scorer in the history of the region with 39 tries in 115 games.

    Rhymney-born James first joined Cardiff in 2006 and went onto establish himself as a key member of the Cardiff Blues squad during his first stint at the region.

    He was top try scorer in the Celtic League in 2007/08 and has made 10 appearances for Wales, scoring tries in both Tests on Wales’ summer tour to America in 2009.

    James was also named in the Welsh set-up ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

    Tom James
  • Ellis Jenkins

    Ellis Jenkins

    DoB1993-04-29 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionBack Row

    Ellis Jenkins was born in Church Village and spent his early years in Beddau. Educated at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Jenkins started his sporting life playing football for Llantwit Fardre, before taking up rugby at the age of 12.

    Jenkins played for all the Cardiff Blues age grades and won the Welsh Championship every year he was in the squad. His performance at regional level saw him promoted to captain of the Blues Under-18 squad and then on to Wales at the same age grade.

    He was integral to the Under-20 Junior World Cup (JWC) team in South Africa in 2011/12, who were the first team to beat New Zealand at Under-20 level, earning them a spot in the semi-final.

    Jenkins was captain of the Wales Under-20s team who were runners up to England in the 2013 JWC in France and in 2014 signed a new long-term deal at Cardiff Blues as he looks to continue his development as one of the most talented and promising young back rows in Welsh rugby.
     

    Ellis Jenkins
  • Gethin Jenkins

    Gethin Jenkins

    DoB1980-11-17 BirthplaceLlantwit Fadre Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight122 kg (19 st 2 lb) PositionProp

    Front row legend Gethin Jenkins, hailing form Llantwit Fardre, was educated at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive school in Beddau.

    The front row forward started his incredible career at Treorchy, switching to Pontypridd and Celtic Warriors before signing with the Cardiff Blues in 2003 where he won the Amlin Challenge Cup and EDF Energy Cup.

    After a spending the 2012/13 season with the French Top 14 outfit Toulon, where he won the Heineken Cup, Jenkins returned to the capital city side to partner his Lions colleague Matthew Rees in the Blues front three in 2013.

    Wales’ most capped player, Jenkins became Wales’ 125th captain when he led the side against South Africa in 2007.

    The Lions prop has taken part in all three Grand Slam wins in 2005, 2008 and 2012, in addition to leading his home nation to a 6 Nations Championship victory in 2013, which saw Wales defeat England 30-3 at the Millennium Stadium.

    Jenkins has now played over 150 games for Cardiff Blues and was named in the Wales set-up for the 2015 Rugby World Cup where he will look to his record-breaking number of caps.

    Gethin Jenkins
  • Lewis Jones

    Lewis Jones

    DoB1992-11-24 BirthplaceBeddau Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight75 kg (11 st 11 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Beddau born and bred scrum half Lewis Jones spent his early days playing for his school and for his local club at junior and youth level.

    While studying at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen, Jones was called up to the Blues Age Grade squads from Under-16s through to Under-18 level, and was given a placement with Pontypridd RFC at the commencement of the 2010/11 campaign. During this time he also picked up representative honours for Wales.

    Whilst studying at Pencoed College, Jones also joined the Bridgend WRU College League side on occasion during his two years in sixth-form. Released by the Blues Academy in November 2010, Jones was offered a permanent contract with Pontypridd.

    He went on to play a significant part in the club's successful campaign, culminating in a man-of-the-match performance in the 2011 SWALEC Cup final.

    After an impressive season in the Principality Premiership and a key component in Wales’ under 20 squad, Jones was invited back into the Academy a year later, before signing with the Cardiff Blues senior side for the 2012/13 season.

    Jones made his European debut against Sale Sharks in 2012 and made history in 2013 when he became the youngest player to reach 50 caps for the region.

    Lewis Jones
  • Owen Lane

    Owen Lane

    DoB1997-12-20 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb) PositionCentre

    Owen Lane
  • Rey Lee-Lo

    Rey Lee-Lo

    DoB1987-02-20 BirthplaceApia, Samoa Height1.81 m (5' 11") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 lb) PositionCentre

    Cardiff Blues announced the signing of Super Rugby ace Rey Lee-Lo from the Hurricanes on a long-term deal in January 2015. 

    Samoa international centre Lee-Lo was scheduled to make the move to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park at the end of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

    Lee-Lo – who has also played provincial rugby for Counties Manukau since 2009 - made his Super Rugby debut at the Hurricanes in 2013 and made 12 appearances, scoring one try, in his maiden season.

    The highly-rated Lee-Lo played for the Hurricanes in 2015, having re-signed for the Super Rugby giants from the Crusaders, and helped the franchise to the final against the Highlanders.

    The powerful centre made his international debut for Samoa during the 2014 autumn tour against Canada and started against England at Twickenham.

    Rey Lee-Lo
  • Dillon Lewis

    Dillon Lewis

    DoB1996-01-04 Birthplace Height1.84 m (6' 0") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionProp

    Dillon Lewis came up through the ranks of the Pontypridd RFC mini, junior and youth sections.

    Whilst studying at Coleg y Cymoedd, Church Village-born Lewis was drafted into the Cardiff Blues age grade system and was capped by Wales at youth level.

    Having appeared for Pontypridd towards the end of the 2013/14 season, Lewis was included in the club's senior squad as a Blues Academy allocated player at the commencement of the ensuing campaign.

    Lewis was also part of the Wales Under-20 squad during the Rugby World Championships in Italy in the summer of 2015 and made his senior debut for Cardiff Blues in the LV=Cup fixture with Wasps in February 2015.

    Dillon Lewis
  • Ethan Lewis

    Ethan Lewis

    DoB1994-03-28 Birthplace Height1.81 m (5' 11") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionHooker

    A product of Treochy Comprehensive, Lewis has represented his school and later the Cardiff Blues at U16 and U18 age grades.

    His strong on-field presence saw him get picked up by the national Under-18 set up and whilst training with the Blues Academy he also plays for Cardiff RFC in the Principality Premiership.

    Lewis made his Cardiff Blues debut during the LV=Cup clash with Leicester Tigers in March 2015.

    Ethan Lewis
  • Samu Manoa

    Samu Manoa

    DoB1985-03-05 BirthplaceConcord,CA Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight125 kg (19 st 9 lb) PositionLock

    Samu Manoa
  • Harri Millard

    Harri Millard

    DoB1996-08-17 Birthplace Height () Weight () PositionCentre

    Harri Millard
  • Matthew Morgan

    Matthew Morgan

    DoB1992-04-23 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight78 kg (12 st 4 lb) PositionFly Half

    The Wales international is regarded as one of the most exciting attacking players in the game and links up with Cardiff Blues in 2016-17 on a long-term contract.
     
    Born in Swansea, Morgan began playing rugby for Bridgend Athletic RFC, before playing for Swansea and Bridgend as he came through the Ospreys set-up.
     
    During his time at the Liberty Stadium-based outfit, Morgan made 66 appearances for the region and racked up 325 points.
     
    In 2014 Morgan joined Bristol Rugby in the Championship and won the league’s Player of the Year award following his debut campaign.

    He became a crowd favourite at the Memorial Ground due to his attacking prowess and lightning-quick feet but opted to return to Wales to enhance his Test credentials.
     
    Morgan has so far won five caps for Wales but is hopeful his move to Cardiff Blues will see him kick on and there are high hopes for the utility back on the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park artificial surface.
     
    Matthew Morgan
  • Ben Murphy

    Ben Murphy

    DoB1996-01-20 Birthplace Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionLock

    Ben Murphy
  • Kirby Myhill

    Kirby Myhill

    DoB1992-02-05 BirthplaceBurry Port Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb) PositionHooker

    Kirby Myhill joined Cardiff Blues for the 2016-17 season following five years with the Scarlets’ first team.
     
    The dynamic hooker came through the age grades at Parc y Scarlets and also on the international stage.
     
    In 2012 he captained the Wales Under-20s team that finished third in the then IRB Junior World Championship under Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson.
     
    Myhill made his senior debut for the Scarlets in 2011 where Wilson also coached him during his time in west Wales.
     
    Speaking of the signing Wilson said: “Kirby is a talented player of huge potential who I feel can really develop with us.
     
    “I worked with him at the Scarlets and as part of the Wales Under-20s, when he really impressed alongside the likes of Rob Evans and Samson Lee.
     
    “I am sure he will be keen to take this opportunity and really push on at Cardiff Blues.”
     
    Kirby Myhill
  • Josh Navidi

    Josh Navidi

    DoB1990-12-30 BirthplaceBridgend Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionFlanker

    Former Brynteg Comprehensive pupil Josh Navidi played for Wales Under-20s in all of the 2010 Under-20s Six Nations tournament and lead the team to victory against France at Newport.

    The former Glamorgan Wanderers openside had previously played for the Under-20s in the World Championship and made his senior Blues debut against European champions, Leinster at the RDS in 2009, coming on as a replacement for Scott Morgan. Navidi earned himself a start against London Irish in the LV=Cup match in Cardiff the following month.

    Navidi was named as one of Cardiff Blues vice-captains for the 2012/13 season and in January 2013 was selected in the 35-man Wales squad for the 2013 6 Nations Championship.

    He went on to be named the Players’ Player of the Year at the Cardiff Blues end-of-season awards in 2013. Later on in the same month Navidi claimed his first cap for Wales on their 2nd test match on the Japan tour.

    The 2013/14 season saw Navidi cement his place in the Blues starting line-up and his outstanding year was recognised at the end-of-season awards when he was voted by the coaching staff as the Player of the Season.

    Navidi was simply outstanding during the 2014/15 season as he cemented his place at Number Eight and he completed a double at the end-of-season awards as he won Player of the Season and Players'  Player of the Season.

    Josh Navidi
  • Anton Peikrishvili

    Anton Peikrishvili

    DoB1987-09-18 BirthplaceTbilisi, Georgia Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight121 kg (19 st 0 lb) PositionProp

    Anton Peikrishvili joined Cardiff Blues during the 2016/17 season.
     
    The Georgian international prop has played for numerous clubs in France’s Top 14, including spells at Agen, Bayonne, Brive and Castres. He has also featured in the Heineken Cup on a number of occasions.
     
    Peakrishvili has represented the Georgian national side on 23 occasions, making his debut in 2008 and was part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.

    He joined Ulster as short-term injury cover for the start of the 2016/17, before making his move to Cardiff Blues.
    Anton Peikrishvili
  • Matthew Rees

    Matthew Rees

    DoB1980-12-09 BirthplaceTonyrefail Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb) PositionHooker

    Born in Tonyrefail, Rees joined the Cardiff Blues and was named regional captain in 2013 after his switch from the Scarlets, where he made over 170 appearances.

    His early rugby education saw him represent the Celtic Warriors and Pontypridd before signing with the west Walian outfit.

    Rees made his debut for Wales against the USA in 2005 and has gone on to win over 50 caps and been Wales captain. He was also selected for the Lions tour to South Africa in 2009, playing in all three Test matches, and started alongside fellow Welsh front-row internationals Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones in the Second Test.

    Rees equalled the record held by Garin Jenkins for the most Wales caps as hooker in February 2013 against Ireland with 58 caps.

    His first season at Blues was interupted by an enforced spell away from the game for medicial treatment. However, the inspirational front row made his return in 2014 and capped his comeback when he was named in the 32-man Wales squad to tour South Africa. 

    Matthew Rees
  • Jack Roberts

    Jack Roberts

    DoB1991-11-20 BirthplaceBangor Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionCentre

    Jack Roberts
  • Olly Robinson

    Olly Robinson

    DoB1991-07-21 BirthplaceBristol Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionFlanker

    Olly Robinson
  • Blaine Scully

    Blaine Scully

    DoB1988-02-29 BirthplaceSacramento,CA Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionFull Back / Wing

    Cardiff Blues signed United States of America international Blaine Scully ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

    The exciting back – who can play wing or full back - signed a long-term deal to move to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park from Leicester Tigers.

    Scully is an established international having made over 20 appearances for his country and featured in the 2011 Rugby World Cup for the Eagles where he played in all four matches.

    The Sacramento-born ace – who stands 6ft 4in and weighs 14st 9lb – joined Leicester Tigers on a trial basis in 2013 and earned an extended contract after his eye-catching performances.

    Scully marked his Leicester debut with a try in a victory over Newcastle in 2013 and has made 34 appearances for the Tigers, scoring a total of six tries.

    Blaine Scully
  • Steve Shingler

    Steve Shingler

    DoB1991-06-20 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionFly Half

    Steven Shingler arrived at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park during the summer of 2016 and brings the ability to play fly-half, centre and full-back.
     
    The younger brother of Wales international Aaron, Steve has spent the last three seasons with the Scarlets and is joined by Kirby Myhill and George Earle making the move east.
     
    Shingler made his debut for Llanelli RFC in 2009 and was soon on the regional stage, making four appearances during the season.
     
    He signed for London Irish in 2011 and spent two seasons at the Madejski Stadium before returning to the Scarlets.
     
    Following his capture Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson said: "Steve is someone I have worked with in the past and I know what a quality player he is.
     
    "His goal kicking and kicking in general play is very strong and he has a lot of experience from operating at fly half and centre in both the Guinness PRO12 and English Premiership.
     
    "Steve is an excellent professional and a very good addition to the squad we are building here at Cardiff Blues."
     
    Steve Shingler
  • Garyn Smith

    Garyn Smith

    DoB1995-07-12 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionCentre

    Cilfynydd-born Garyn Smith came up through the ranks of Pontypridd juniors and youth, and in doing so followed an honourable family tradition as both father Steve and grandfather Joe had represented the club, the latter also a successful coach with the club.

    A hard hitting and creative presence in midfield, Smith graduated through the Cardiff Blues Academy and from there was given a placement with the Pontypridd senior squad in the summer of 2013.

    Having already been capped at youth level, Smith went on to represent Wales Under 20s during the 2013/2014 season and at the Junior World Championships in Italy in 2015.

    Smith made his senior Cardiff Blues debut in November 2014 against Newcastle Falcons and finished his first season with nine appearances in total, including a first try against Zebre on the final day of the campaign.  

    Garyn Smith
  • Aled Summerhill

    Aled Summerhill

    DoB1994-11-22 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionCentre/ Full back

    Aled Summerhill started his rugby career with Porth RFC at the age of six, then moved to Pontypridd RFC Mini and Junior sections until the age of nine, before joining his Rhondda Schools U11 teammates at Treorchy RFC.

    He played at outside half for Treorchy and Rhondda Schools until the age of fifteen, when he was converted to centre.

    Summerhill studied at Coleg Morgannwg and represented the Blues at Under-16 level and Under-18 level where he has played for the past two years. At the age of seventeen, Summerhill trained with the Wales Sevens and was called up to train with the Blues senior side in the summer of 2013.

    Summerhill toured South Africa with the Wales Under-18s in August, starting all three matches against France, England and South Africa at outside centre.

    For the 2013/14 season, and as part of his on-going development, Summerhill was allocated to Pontypridd RFC as a regional player and helped the club achieve the league and cup double.
     

    Aled Summerhill
  • Rory Thornton

    Rory Thornton

    DoB1995-03-16 BirthplaceSwansea Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionLock

    Rory Thornton
  • Brad Thyer

    Brad Thyer

    DoB1993-02-07 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb) PositionProp

    A product of the Rhondda Valley, Bradley Thyer represented the successful Rhondda Schools squad and went on to gain international honours with Wales at youth level.

    Drafted into the Cardiff Blues Academy, Thyer was given an allocation to the Pontypridd senior squad during the 2012/13 season, impressing as a strong scrummaging tighthead prop.

    Studying at the University of Glamorgan, Thyer also represented the college rugby team and during the spring and summer of 2013 was called up into the Wales Under-20 squad.

    Thyer made his senior Cardiff Blues debut in the LV=Cup clash with Scarlets at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park in November 2014.

    Brad Thyer
  • Josh Turnbull

    Josh Turnbull

    DoB1988-03-12 BirthplaceHaverfordwest Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight99 kg (15 st 8 lb) PositionBack Row

    Talented back row Josh Turnbull made a summer switch to Cardiff Blues in 2014 after the Wales international forward signed a contract with the region.

    Versatile flanker Turnbull – who has won five caps for his country and can play across the back line – moved from Scarlets to add both talent and experience to the back row resources at Blues.

    Turnbull joined Scarlets in 2007, having previously played for Carmarthen Quins and Llanelli, and has made a total of 119 competitive appearances.

    He has also represented Wales at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 levels and participated in two IRB Under-19 World Championships.

    The Haverfordwest-born flanker was named in the Wales senior squad for the first time for the 2011 6 Nations and made his debut as a replacement in the win over Scotland at Murrayfield. He was also selected for the 2012 tour to Australia and 2014 tour to South Africa.

    Josh Turnbull
  • Sam Warburton

    Sam Warburton

    DoB1988-10-05 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb) PositionBack Row

    Wales and British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is one of the most iconic names in Welsh and world rugby.

    The Cardiff-born back row was picked for the Wales squad less than a year after his Cardiff Blues debut in 2008 and made his Test debut as a replacement against the USA on that summer's tour.

    In 2010 he secured the openside berth at Test level and continued his strong form into the 6 Nations. As Wales stepped up their Rugby World Cup preparations he came to the fore, captaining his country for the first time in a loss to the Barbarians in Cardiff before taking the armband in back-to-back Tests against England. The second, a 19-9 win at the Millennium Stadium, saw Warburton named Man of the Match.

    He captained Wales at the 2011 World Cup, the youngest player to do so, and was a key figure in their outstanding run to the semi-finals. He returned to lead Wales against the Wallabies in an-end-of-year international at the Millennium Stadium and was named the Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year.

    Warburton had to overcome injury during the 2012 6 Nations campaign but was still a key figure in their run to an historic Grand Slam, which was clinched with victory over France in Cardiff.

    He was named by Warren Gatland as captain for the Lions tour to Australia in 2013 and in doing so he became the first Welsh Lions captain since Phil Bennett in 1977. He was a key figure as he became the first tour captain to taste victory since Martin Johnson in 1997.

    Sam Warburton
  • Lloyd Williams

    Lloyd Williams

    DoB1989-11-30 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight87 kg (13 st 9 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Lloyd Williams was selected in the Wales Under-20 squad for the 2009 Junior World Championship after missing most of the season through injury. He performed well at the Japan tournament and was selected in October 2010 to receive one of the WRU’s core Sevens contracts. He represented Wales at all six of the IRB Sevens World Series tournaments, including beating Fiji in the Adelaide Cup quarter-final in March.

    The former Cowbridge Comprehensive student has represented Wales at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 level and made his senior Cardiff Blues debut against Leinster in Cardiff in March 2010.

    In 2011 he was called into the Wales national rugby union team 45-man training squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He made his full international debut versus Argentina in August 2011 as a second-half replacement. Williams was part of Warren Gatland’s Grand Slam Champions team in 2012 and helped Wales to defend the Championship title in the 2013 Six Nations.

    Lloyd Williams
  • Nick Williams

    Nick Williams

    DoB1983-12-02 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight130 kg (20 st 6 lb) PositionBack Row

    The number eight arrives at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park for the 2016-17 season bringing a formidable ball-carrying presence.
     
    The move brings an end to a four-year stint at Ulster where he firmly became a fans’ favourite.
     
    He won the Players’ Player of the Year award in his first season at Ulster, where he also scooped the Guinness PRO12 Player of the Season award.
     
    Williams enjoyed a renaissance in the 2015-16 and was named Ulster Rugby Personality of the Year.
     
    Williams joined Munster in 2008 and helped them secure the PRO12 title in his debut season.
     
    He later moved to Italian outfit Aironi, where he scored 10 tries in 31 league games, before linking up with Ulster.
     
    Williams, who has represented New Zealand at Under-21 level and the Junior All Blacks, had a successful career in his homeland, making 37 Super Rugby appearances for the Blues during a four-year spell. 
     
    Nick Williams
  • Rhun Williams

    Rhun Williams

    DoB1997-06-05 BirthplaceBangor Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight87 kg (13 st 9 lb) PositionFull Back

    Rhun Williams
  • Tomos Williams

    Tomos Williams

    DoB1995-01-01 BirthplaceTreorchy Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight74 kg (11 st 9 lb) PositionScrum Half

    A product of the Treorchy club, Tomos Williams graduated through the Cardiff Blues Academy, having earned international honours with Wales at youth level.

    A dynamic and lively scrum half, Williams was allocated from the region to the Pontypridd senior squad in the summer of 2013.

    Williams has gone on to make a number of senior appearances for Cardiff Blues, and to be capped by Wales Under-20s, whilst making a significant contribution at club level for Pontypridd.

    Tomos Williams
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