DoB1993-02-11 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionCentre
The Cardiff-born centre began his career with Dinas Powys at full back as an 11 year-old, later joining Glamorgan Wanderers where he played for two seasons in the Under 18 side. Allen made his Cardiff Blues debut against Newcastle Falcons in the LV=Cup in October 2011 at the age of eighteen.
Starting out as full back for Wales Under-18s, Allen moved to the centre whilst playing for the Wales Under-20s. He was in the Welsh side that made history by becoming the first Welsh team to defeat New Zealand (9-6) at the Junior World Championship in South Africa in 2012 where he was awarded the most improved player of the tournament by Under-20s head coach Danny Wilson.
Also featuring in the national sevens set-up, Allen made his debut for Wales in the second round of competition on the IRB Sevens circuit in Dubai in 2012 as a replacement against New Zealand. Allen then went on to be voted IRB try of the tournament in 2013, for his opening touchdown, after an overwhelming 49% of the votes.
Allen enjoyed a stunning 2013/14 season as he cemented his place in the Cardiff Blues line-up and was handed his first Wales cap during the autumn internationals of 2013. Allen's form throughout the season, despite a spell out with a shoulder injury, was rewarded when he signed a new long-term deal at the region and was named in the Wales squad to tour South Africa in June 2014.
DoB1989-08-01 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionProp
Scott Andrews was part of Wales’s Junior World Championship side that reached the last four of the inaugural tournament held in Wales in 2008 and captained the side against France and Italy in the 2009 Under 20’s Six Nations. He made his senior Blues debut against Ulster away in the Magners League in 2009.
The former Glamorgan Wanderers prop came through the Pontypridd Schools system and is a former Y Pant Comprehensive Schools pupil. Andrews had received caps at Under 16, Under 18, Under 20 level before receiving his first senior call up for Wales during the 2010 Invesco Perpetual autumn series although he did not feature.
Andrews was called into the Wales squad for the first time as one of only two uncapped players making his national debut as a replacement for Ryan Bevington during the 2011 summer fixture with the Barbarians.
The prop went on to be involved in the 2013 Wales team that beat England to win the Six Nations Championship for the second year in a row. In the summer of 2013 Andrews was also named on the Wales team for their tour of Japan. Andrews was part of the Wales set-up during the Six Nations in 2014.
DoB1991-05-10 BirthplaceNorth Shore Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb) PositionFly Half / Wing
Cardiff Blues announced the major signing of Super Rugby superstar Gareth Anscombe from current champions Waikato Chiefs on a long-term deal in July 2014.
Anscombe, who can play fly half or full back, made the move to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park in the summer of 2014 and join the exciting new-look squad under the guidance of new Director of Rugby Mark Hammett.
Highly-rated back Anscombe, who qualifies for Wales through his mother, has been a star performer in New Zealand and scored an impressive 268 points in his Super Rugby career.
Anscombe guided New Zealand Under-20s to the Junior World Championship three years ago and his eye-catching performances were vital in the Waikato Chiefs landing the title in 2013.
DoB1987-02-11 BirthplaceCwmavon Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb) PositionHooker
Hooker Marc Breeze joined Cardiff Blues from Aberavon RFC in October 2011. Breeze, converted from playing in the back row to hooker under the guidance of former Wales hooker, Garin Jenkins. Marc went on to earn caps at U19 and U20 level, forming part of the 2006 Grand Slam Junior World Cup side alongside team mates James Down, Bradley Davies and Lou Reed.
The former Ospreys hooker left Wales in 2010 to join English Championship outfit, London Welsh RFC, before returning to Wales to play for Aberavon, where he reached a total of 170 appearances for the Premiership side before signing with the Cardiff Blues.
Breeze finished the 2012/13 season strongly, playing in both the Heineken Cup and the RaboDirect Pro 12. In 2012 Marc signed a contract extension with the Blues and has become a regular match day feature in the Blues line-up.
DoB1991-12-31 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionLock
The Rhondda product graduated to the Blues Academy from his local club Treorchy. Having won international honors at Under-16 level, Cook was selected as a member of the 2008/09 Wales Under-18s squad.
In the summer of 2009 Cook was allocated to Pontypridd RFC as one of the club's quota of Blues Academy players but was transferred to Cardiff RFC by the Blues at the beginning of the 2010/11 season.
He made his senior Blues debut against the Exeter Chiefs in 2010. Cook went on to make 12 appearances for the Blues in the 2011/12. Cook made his Heineken Cup debut for the Blues in 2012 against Montpellier.
Cook enjoyed a strong campaign during 2013/14 and was rewarded at the end of season when he was named the Most Promising Player of the Season by the coaching staff at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
DoB1990-04-05 BirthplaceGloucester Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionWing
Alex Cuthbert took up rugby at Hartpury College at the age of 16 after previously spending his time playing football and show jumping. He was first spotted by Wales playing for a Marauders Sevens team in the Middlesex Sevens where he was invited to train with the Wales Sevens squad.
Cuthbert came to Wales to study Sports and Business Development at UWIC where he played for them in Swalec Division 1 before graduating to the Blues Academy and continuing his rugby education with Cardiff RFC.
Now a regular on the right wing for the Blues, the 2010/11 season saw him picked by the national set-up during the 2012 Six Nations Grand Slam. Cuthbert was awarded Cardiff Blues Player-of-the-Year in 2013.
A prolific try scorer, Cuthbert assisted Wales to win the 2013 Six Nations title and was picked for the British & Irish Lions 2013 tour of Australia, scoring a try in the First Test.
Cuthbert was again among the tries for Blues during the 2013/14 season - with his superb team try against Edinburgh nominated for several awards - and he was named on the Wales touring squad for the 2014 tour to South Africa.
DoB1989-07-25 BirthplaceMerthyr Tydfil Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionHooker
Kristian Dacey made his competitive debut for the Blues in September 2010 in victory over Connacht at the Cardiff City Stadium and has gone on to become one of the hottest prospects in Welsh rugby.
The Merthyr born ace came through the Merthyr mini and junior sections before playing for the 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 Blues U20 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.
DoB1984-03-02 BirthplaceCaerphilly Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionFly Half
Gareth Davies came to rugby quite late in comparison to most. Born in Cearphilly, he attended Lewis Boys School in Ystrad Mynach and only began playing rugby for Ystrad Mynach from the age of sixteen.
At twenty-three he began playing for Cardiff RFC, this opened up regional opportunities for the fly half who was picked up by the Cardiff Blues in 2010. Davies also spent a year with Wales sevens during the 2010/11 season. Gareth Davies has made twenty-three appearances for the region.
DoB1996-05-15 Birthplace Height () Weight () PositionLock
DoB1993-03-10 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionProp
Born in Church Village, and living in Ferndale. Tom attended Maerdy Comprehensive where he played rugby along with playing for his local side Ystrad Rhonnda.
Davies was spotted by Cardiff Blues coaches at U16 level and went on to spend two years with the U18s, during which the Blues won the championship both years. Davies had an international call up at both U18 and U20 level but sadly missed the 2011/12 Rugby World Cup due to a shoulder operation.
Tom Davies made his debut for the Blues in the LV= Cup against Newcastle Falcons in 2011. Davies has made seven appearances for the Blues.
DoB1985-09-14 BirthplaceBridgend Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight115 kg (18 st 0 lb) PositionLock / Back Row
Second row Chris Dicomidis joined the region on a full-time basis from Pontypridd in November 2013.
The giant forward, who stands 6ft 6in and weighs 18st 6lbs, has played for Wales Under-19s, Wales Under-21s, Wales Universities and the Barbarians.
Dicomidis, who also represented Cyprus in 2011, had been an almost ever present in the Pontypridd set-up over the last decade and was named club captain in 2010.
DoB1984-07-18 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionCentre
Gavin Evans signed from the Scarlets at the end of the 2008/09 season after appearing over 75 times for the West Wales region since making his debut in 2003.
In the autumn of 2006 Evans was included in the Wales squad where he made his international debut appearance from the bench against the Pacific Islands.
Evans has previous caps at Wales Under-19 and Under-21 levels, and was part of the Under-21 Grand Slam winning team in 2005. Evans missed out on Wales's two-test tour to Australia in 2007 due to a shoulder injury but in June was named in Gareth Jenkins's 41-man preliminary Rugby World Cup summer training squad.
Evans has gone on to become a fundamental part of the Cardiff Blues attacking backline. He was named vice-captain of the Blues in 2012 and is now closing in on a century of appearances for the region.
DoB1996-07-25 Birthplace Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight74 kg (11 st 9 lb) PositionFly half
DoB1977-05-26 BirthplaceMalapo Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb) PositionProp
Powerful Tongan prop Taufa’ao Filise is a formidable presence on the rugby field, weighing in a 19st 5lbs and standing a towering 6’4”.
The giant front row forward is an exceptionally strong player who can play on both sides of the scrum having joined the Cardiff Blues from Bath Rugby in May 2006
Filise, grew up in Tonga and went to Tupou College in Nuku’alofa. In 2000, he joined Bay of Plenty in New Zealand and later the Auckland Blues Super Twelve side where he played alongside former Blues Number 8, Xavier Rush. Filise has also represented Tonga 29 times and was a member of their 2007 and 2011 RWC squads.
Filise has confirmed his integral place in the Blues pack, having made well over a hundred appearances and is now closing in on becoming the leading appearance maker in the region's history.
DoB1990-12-19 BirthplaceS Glamorgan Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight89 kg (14 st 0 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 fortunes, catching the eye of observers of his Glamorgan Wanderers side, along with performing consistently well for Wales Under-20.
Fish starred in the 2010 Six Nations campaign and also during the IRB Junior World Cup Championship in Argentina in 2010.
Fish made his competitive debut for the Blues in a win over Aironi in Italy in October 2010 and went on to make 11 starts for the Blues that 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 outstanding rise at Blues.
DoB1985-08-21 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionCentre
Dafydd Hewitt joined Cardiff from the Llantwit Major club at the start of the 2004-05 season and immediately made a big impresssion.
A skilful and creative midfield player he went on to play in 15 league and cup games and scored three tries. He fully deserved his eventual selection for the all-conquering Wales team in the under-21 Six Nations championship. Injuries and international calls -when he again shone for Wales Under-21s - limited his Blue & Black appearances in 2005-06 to 12 games but he still scored five tries.
Hewitt made his debut for the Blues against Edinburgh in January 2006 and later that summer captained Wales in the IRB Under-21 World Cup tournament in France.
In 2012 Hewitt was named as vice-captain of the Blues and he hit a memorable milestone in 2013 when he made his 100th appearance for Blues when they tackled Edinburgh in the PRO12 at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
DoB1988-05-13 BirthplaceBrecon Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight123 kg (19 st 5 lb) PositionProp
Brecon born, and having played for the town's youth team, Sam Hobbs was picked up by the Blues regional development programme, gaining honours at under 20 level.
Offering a huge physical presence as a front row anchorman, Sam was recommended to Pontypridd, and still only eighteen years of age, made a debut for the Sardis Road team in a pre-season friendly against Carmarthen. Sam was duly drafted into the Pontypridd senior squad for the commencement of the 2006 - 2007 premiership campaign.
His first season marred by injuries, Sam fought his way back into contention with Pontypridd, continuing to represent the Blues under 20s, and gaining honours with Wales at the same age level.
Continuing with an impressive run of performances in the Premiership, and as one of the club's top try scorers, Sam was given his opportunity as a senior Blues player towards the end of the 2008 - 2009 campaign.
Hobbs has become a fundamental member of Phil Davies’ young squad in 2012/13 by being awarded his 50th cap. In May 2013 he was selected in the Wales national rugby union team 32 man training squad and was unlucky not to make the final cut for the summer 2013 tour to Japan.
DoB1983-12-12 BirthplacePorirua Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionBack Row
Cardiff Blues confirmed the major signing of New Zealand international forward Jarrad Hoeata from Super 15 giants the Highlanders in 2014.
Hoeata, who can play second row or back row, moved to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park at the completion of the 2014 Investec Super Rugby season.
The Tauranga-born ace has been a member of the All Blacks, Maori All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, has represented three Super Rugby teams and has been a mainstay of the Taranaki ITM Cup side since his playing debut in 2006.
Hoeata – who stands a menacing 6ft 5in tall and weighs 17st 6lbs – has won three caps for New Zealand after making his debut in 2011 against Fiji. He also featured in two Tests against South Africa in the Tri-Nations.
He becomes the latest New Zealander to represent the Blues and follows in the footsteps of Xavier Rush, Paul Tito, Ben Blair, Michael Paterson and Jonah Lomu.
DoB1987-07-31 BirthplaceBasingstoke Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) PositionFly Half
Basingstoke-born back Simon Humberstone signed professional terms with Blues in January 2014.
Humberstone started his rugby career in the Harlequins Academy, gaining representative honours with South East England and England Students.
Following a season spent playing with Heriot RFC in the Otago province of New Zealand, Simon returned to the UK to study at UWIC.
Humberstone’s growing reputation attracted the interest of a number of clubs during the summer of 2010, but he linked up with Pontypridd RFC and has been a key part of the club over the last few seasons.
DoB1993-04-29 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight103 kg (16 st 3 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 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.
He was integral to the Under-20 Junior World Cup 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 Blues as he looks to continue his development as one of the most talented and promising young back rows in Welsh rugby.
DoB1980-11-17 BirthplaceLlantwit Fadre Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight121 kg (19 st 0 lb) PositionProp
Jenkins, hailing form Llantwit Fardre, was educated at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive school in Beddau.
The front row forward started his career at Treorchy, switching to Pontypridd and Celtic Warriors before signing with the 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 recent Grand Slam wins in 2005, 2008 and 2012, in addition to leading his home nation to a Six Nations Championship victory in 2013 which saw Wales defeat England 30-3 at their home, the Millennium Stadium.
DoB1993-07-20 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.81 m (5' 11") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionCentre / Wing
Owen Jenkins made his Blues senior debut during the 2013/14 season in the RaboDirect PRO12 draw with Benetton Treviso in November.
The flying Wales Sevens and Under-20 international wing, son of former Wales hooker Garin Jenkins, has shone for Pontypridd RFC in recent seasons and has now agreed a three-year contract with Blues.
DoB1993-07-22 BirthplaceBlackwood Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionFlanker
Cardiff Blues confirmed that exciting back row prospect Ieuan Jones would join the region from the start of the 2014/15 season.
Wales Under-20 international Jones made the switch from Newport Gwent Dragons and boosted the back row options at Blues.
Jones, who stands 6ft 3in and weighs 16 stone, worked his way through the age grade ranks and Academy at Dragons before securing his first professional contract.
A strong ball carrier with the ability to break tackles, Jones was named in the Wales Under-20 squad for the Junior World Championship in South Africa in 2012. He followed up that selection a year later with a place in the Wales Under-20 squad for the 2013 Under-20 Six Nations.
DoB1992-11-24 BirthplaceOgwr Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight81 kg (12 st 10 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-18s, 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 double try scoring, including 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 Blues senior side for the 2012/13 season.
Jones made his Heineken Cup debut against Sale Sharks in 2012 and made history in 2013 when he became the youngest player to reach 50 caps for the region.
DoB1990-06-02 BirthplaceGlynneath Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionScrum Half
Scrum half Tavis Knoyle made his return to Wales in 2014 after the talented back agreed a summer move to Cardiff Blues.
Knoyle – who has won 11 caps for Wales - made the summer switch from Aviva Premiership club Gloucester Rugby, having previously played for Scarlets.
The all-action number nine started his rugby career in his home of Glynneath and played for both Neath RFC and Llanelli RFC before making one appearance for the Ospreys.
However, it was at the Scarlets that Knoyle really made his name, developing into an international calibre player and first named in the Wales squad to tour New Zealand in summer 2010. He made his debut against the All Blacks in Dunedin in June 2010.
Knoyle – who has also played Wales Sevens - was named in the Welsh RBS 6 Nations squad for 2011, winning his second cap in the clash with Scotland at Murrayfield, and was part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup squad.
DoB1996-01-04 Birthplace Height1.84 m (6' 0") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionProp
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 U18 set up. Whilst training with the Cardiff Blues Academy he also plays for Cardiff RFC in the Premiership.
DoB1986-05-03 BirthplaceNeath Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight126 kg (19 st 11 lb) PositionProp
Powerhouse prop Craig Mitchell joined Cardiff Blues in 2014 after the Wales international agreed a summer switch from Exeter Chiefs. The front row ace, who has won 15 caps for Wales, put pen to paper on a three-year contract that will see him remain at the Blues until at least 2017.
Neath-born Mitchell – who stands 6ft and weighs 18st 8lbs - is a destructive scrummager while his mobility and ball carrying threat around the field also make him a key attacking weapon in the loose.
He started his career at Ospreys, having represented Wales at junior levels and captained his country at Under-19 level, and quickly rose up the ranks to the senior international set-up.
Mitchell made his debut for Wales during the summer tour of North America and Canada in 2009 and was part of the Six Nations squad in 2011 and 2013. He scored his first senior international try against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in February 2013.
The prop made the move to Exeter Chiefs in the summer of 2011 and has made a total of 35 appearances for the Devon outfit, 25 in the league, and scored one try against Gloucester.
DoB1990-12-30 BirthplaceBridgend Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 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 Heineken Cup 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 he was selected in the 35-man Wales squad for the 2013 Six 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.
DoB1991-09-21 BirthplaceBristol Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionSecond row
A product of Marlwood School in Bristol, Miles Normandale first thought about making a career from playing rugby after moving to Colston School for sixth form.
Normandale completed a three year course at Cardiff Met, where he studied coaching, and after impressing when Cardiff RFC faced Cardiff Met in the SWALEC Cup he later signed for Cardiff Blues in 2013.
DoB1993-04-05 BirthplaceMerthyr Tydfil Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionCentre
Hailing from Mountain Ash, Pascoe represented his local club through junior and youth levels going on to gain international honors for Wales at Under-16 and Under-18 age grades whilst studying at Coleg Morgannwg.
Pascoe was drafted into the Blues Academy and given a placement with Cardiff RFC in 2010. Further international honors followed at Under-20 level, with Pascoe playing a prominent role in his country's successful Junior World Cup campaign in the summer of 2012 and the Wales side that were runners-up in the 2013 Junior World Cup.
DoB1993-05-17 BirthplaceLlandough Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionFly Half
Rhys Patchell developed through the Blues Academy system after signing with them late in the 2010/11 season. Playing much of his club game with Cardiff RFC, by the end of his first season he had made 16 appearances and scored 114 points as he took on the goal-kicking duties.
Gaining international honours at Under-18 and Wales Sevens, the Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf product has stormed onto the domestic scene with a man-of-the-match performance at fly half on his RaboDirect PRO12 debut against the Newport Gwent Dragons at the beginning of the 2012/13 season.
Patchell was awarded Cardiff Blues Most Promising Player of the Year in 2013, followed by a call-up to the Wales senior squad for their summer tour in Japan. Patchell went on to get his first cap for Wales in the tour of Japan.
DoB1987-11-06 BirthplaceWellington Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight122 kg (19 st 2 lb) PositionLock / Back Row
Born in Wellington, of Samoan heritage, Paulo played for Auckland Blues where he played 26 times at Super Rugby level and made 35 appearances for North Harbour in the ITM Cup competition since 2008.
A physical player and strong line out jumper, Paulo can play in the second row or blindside flanker and made his international debut for Samoa in their Autumn 2012 tests, playing against Canada and France. He was also part of the Samoa team that defeated Wales at the Millennium Stadium in November.
Standing at 6ft 6in tall and weighing in at 19 stone, Paulo is certainly a formidable presence on the pitch and had a stint with Ulster early on in his career before returning to New Zealand.
Paulo made his debut for the region against Benetton Treviso in 2013 and made five appearance for the Blues in his first season.
DoB1987-09-10 BirthplaceTreorchy Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb) PositionLock
Second row forward Lou Reed played for Rhondda Schools before joining the Pontypridd Academy and playing for the Celtic Warriors. He then went to join the Scarlets where he made 109 appearances in the second row.
In June 2011 he was named in the Wales national rugby union team 45-man training squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and made his full international debut for Wales versus Scotland in February 2012 as a second half replacement.
Reed went on to play against the Wallabies in the Wales autumn tests at the Millennium Stadium and was part of the 2013 Wales team that went on to win the Six Nations Championship. Reed also toured Japan with Wales in the summer of 2013.
DoB1980-12-09 BirthplaceTonyrefail Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 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.
DoB1994-01-30 Birthplace Height1.86 m (6' 1") Weight97 kg (15 st 3 lb) PositionFlanker
Llanishen High School product Roach started off playing for Cardiff Schools before progressing through the Blues Age Grade system at Under-16 and Under-18 level.
Now playing for Cardiff RFC, Roach has also had experience playing for both Llanishen RFC and Rhiwbina RFC as well as proving himself in an international set-up with Wales Under-18s, Wales Sevens and Wales Under-20s, who he represented in the Junior World Championships in New Zealand in June 2014.
DoB1995-07-12 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionCentre
DoB1987-11-08 BirthplaceNeath Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionCentre
Strong running centre Richard Smith came to the Blues in 2013 after playing for Cardiff RFC. He previously played for Neath in 2009/10 before spending a season in Australia where he turned out for Brisbane Bulldogs.
Smith’s pace gained him a spot on the Wales Sevens circuit during the summer of 2011 where he played for his country in three of the four legs of the FIRA series, playing in Bucharest, Barcelona and Moscow.
Smith made his debut for the Blues at centre, where he paired up with Jamie Roberts, for the regions’ victory over Munster at Musgrave Park in January 2013. The 2013/14 season saw him continue his development at Blues and become a key part of the squad in all competitions.
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.
Aled 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, Aled was allocated to Pontypridd RFC as a regional player and helped the club achieve the league and cup double.
DoB1986-08-22 BirthplaceYnysybwl Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionCentre
Blues announced that Wales Sevens captain Adam Thomas was to join the region from Pontypridd in June 2014.
The talented utility back, who is comfortable at centre or full back, Thomas has played in a total of 24 tournaments for Wales and led them to the quarter-finals of the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow in 2013.
The Ynysybwl-born ace – who is 6ft 3in and weighs 15st 12lbs – has previously been part of the Blues Under-20 squad.
A former student at UWIC, Thomas was drafted into the Pontypridd senior squad at the start of the 2007/08 campaign and enjoyed a playing spell overseas in New Zealand in 2009 with Southland.
DoB1993-07-04 Birthplace Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb) PositionFly Half
The only member of the Academy to have played for both England and Wales, Thomas boasts caps for England U17 and Wales Sevens. Currently studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University and playing for Cardiff RFC, Thomas started off his rugby career in the Ospreys region through Swansea schoolboys U15’s and Ospreys U16’s before transferring into the Blues Academy.
DoB1988-03-12 BirthplaceHaverfordwest Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight111 kg (17 st 6 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.
Turnbull has 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 Six 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.
DoB1983-08-12 BirthplaceSuva Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionFlanker
DoB1988-05-19 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight82 kg (12 st 12 lb) PositionFull Back
Full back Geraint Walsh – who is also comfortable playing at centre – joined Cardiff Blues after another outstanding individual campaign for Pontypridd RFC.
He was named the Principality Premiership Player-of-the-Year after a superb campaign for the league and cup winners in 2013/14. Walsh also collected the award for Try-of-the-Season for his effort against Llandovery in March.
Walsh – who is 5ft 11in and weighs 12st 12lbs – played for his town club Llantwit Fardre from youth to senior level before moving on to represent Llanharan.
He was a member of the team that won the 2010 British Universities Cup, while studying at Loughborough University, and also gained representative honours with Welsh Academicals.
Walsh, who joined Pontypridd in 2012, has also enjoyed a playing spell overseas with the Western Pioneers in the Auckland province in 2011.
DoB1988-10-05 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionBack Row
DoB1990-09-11 BirthplaceBristol Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionWing
Star wing Watkins agreed a summer switch from Greene King IPA Championship outfit Bristol Rugby on a two-year contract.
Watkins, who is Welsh qualified, had scored a blistering 51 tries for Bristol – including 39 in the league to make him the club’s joint leading league try-scorer.
DoB1988-12-15 BirthplaceCowbridge Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionFlanker
Rory Watts-Jones, a product of Cowbridge Comprehensive School, showed his ability during the Blues 2012 summer warm up matches, proving a handful in attack and solid in defence against Worcester, Gloucester and Bath.
Watts- Jones studied Environmental construction surveying at Plymouth University, while playing for championship side Plymouth. After University Rory spent a season playing for Cardiff RFC.
DoB1989-11-30 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionScrum Half
Lloyd Williams was selected in the Wales Under 20 squad for the 2009 IRB 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, who is currently studying at UWIC, represented Wales at Under 16, 18 and 20’s and made his senior Blues debut against Leinster in Cardiff in March 2010.
In June 2011 he was called into the Wales national rugby union team 45 man training squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup following the suspension of Mike Phillips. He made his full international debut versus Argentina on 20 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.
DoB1991-10-02 BirthplaceMerthyr Tydfil Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionCentre
A product of Aberdare RFC and St Johns School, Owen Williams came through the Cardiff Blues Academy system. Spotted playing for Neath College, the young player was picked up by the international set up, collecting Wales caps at an U16 and U20 level as part of the Junior World Cup squad who toured Argentina.
Williams joined the Blues age grade set up, playing for the Under-18s then spent a further two seasons working his way up the Academy ranks before he was signed to the Cardiff Blues senior side in 2010.
He spent the 2009/10 and 10/11 seasons playing for Wales Sevens, but his stint with the national sevens side was cut short by a shoulder injury.
Williams looked to impress further at a regional level after first stepping out for the Blues two seasons ago against Aironi.
Owen Williams made his senior international debut against Japan in Wales’ 2013 summer tour and was also part of the Wales set-up during the autumn international series that year.
DoB1990-01-16 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionHooker
Hirwaun born, Rhys Williams represented both his local club and Abercynon RFC at junior and youth level, whilst a pupil at Aberdare Comprehensive School.
Gaining international honours with Wales at under 16 and under 18 level, Rhys was also involved with the Blues regional Academy. Whilst still only seventeen years of age Williams was invited to join the Pontypridd senior squad in the summer of 2007, belying his youthfulness with some abrasive performances in the club's Premiership campaign.
He captained Wales Under-18 in their first capped international match of the 2007/08 season against England Under-18 in March 2008.
Williams made his Blues debut in September 2008 coming off the bench against Connacht when the Blues ran in a record 58-0 score at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Steady progress was made by the industrious hooker, his efforts were rewarded with a call-up for the Wales Under-20s, as captain of the squad in 2009 and selected for the Wales Under- 20s squad for the Junior World Championships in Japan in 2009.
Williams made his Heineken Cup debut in 2012 when the Blues welcomed Montpellier to the Arms Park and his progress was rewarded with a new deal at the region in 2014.
DoB1991-02-02 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionFull Back
Tom Williams is a product of the Blues age grade pathway and made his Cardiff Blues debut as one of Phil Davies’ youngest members of the 2012/13 season. Williams comes from a family of rugby internationals, with his father Brynmor Williams, a former British and Irish Lion and Wales scrum half and his older brother, Blues and Wales scrum half, Lloyd Williams.
Tom was named in the 2012 Wales Sevens squad for the Gold Coast.
DoB1995-01-01 BirthplaceTreorchy Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight74 kg (11 st 9 lb) PositionScrum Half