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 18’s, Allen moved to the centre whilst playing for the Wales U20s. 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 U20’s head coach Danny Wilson.
Also featuring in the national sevens setup, 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.
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.
DoB1985-06-16 BirthplaceAuch Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight126 kg (19 st 11 lb) PositionProp
Prop forward, Benoit Bourrust, joined Cardiff Blues from French Top 14 side Perpignan.
With a varied club history, the 122kg tight head has represented in both France and the UK. Bourrust played for Sale Sharks before moving to France and representing Biarritz for the 2008/09 season and Perpignan throughout the 2009/10 season, before signing with Cardiff Blues in July 2012.
The prop forward has played 55 games in the Top 14 as well as 8 Heineken Cup game and 6 Amlin Cup games.
An experienced tight head, the French forward made his debut against Connacht in October 2013 and has gone on to represent the Blues twenty-one times during his opening season.
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 current 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 U16 level, Macauley was selected as a member of the 2008/9 Wales U18s 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. Macauley 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.
DoB1987-10-23 BirthplaceWexford Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionFlanker
Blindside flanker, Robin Copeland is a former Leinster Academy and St Mary’s college player. Copeland joined Cardiff Blues from Rotherham Titans in 2012 having scored 11 tries in 20 games since joining from Plymouth.
Robin Copeland made his debut for the Blues against Connacht at the start of the 2012/13 season and made twenty-four appearances in his first season.
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. Alex was awarded Cardiff Blues Player of the year in 2013. A prolific try scorer Cuthbert assisted Wales to win the 2013 Six Nations and has gone on to be picked for the British and Irish Lions 2013 tour of Australia scoring a try in the first test.
DoB1985-12-14 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb) PositionWing
Cardiff Blues winger Chris Czekaj was hailed a ‘star in the making’ after scoring an outstanding 60m try for Wales on his debut against Canada in June 2005 aged 19 years old.
A product of the highly successful Llandaff Rugby Club junior section, he first started playing when he was seven. He played for Cardiff Schools and East Wales at U11 and progressed from there. The 6' 3", near 16 stone wing scored five tries in the U21 Six Nations campaign and went on to score 13 tries in 18 games for Cardiff RFC, before graduating to play for the Cardiff Blues.
He toured with Wales to Argentina in 2006 made his Six Nations debut against Ireland in 2007.
In summer of 2007 Chris was selected to tour Australia with Wales but was dealt a cruel blow in the second test. He was carried from the field during the first half of Wales’ 31-0 defeat to Australia after twisting badly in a tackle from Wallaby hooker Stephen Moore. Chris had surgery on his broken right leg while in Australia missed out on the 2007 RWC.
After a full recovery Czekaj returned to play for the Blues in 2008 and was called up to the Wales sevens team in 2009.
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 their 22 point to 6 win over Connacht at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The Merthyr born player 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.
In 2013 Dacey take the further step to becoming a regular Blues match day player as he was one of Phil Davies’ young players to face Europe’s premier Club Competition, the Heineken Cup.
DoB1987-01-09 BirthplaceLlantrisant Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionLock
At 6ft 6ins tall and weighing over 19st Bradley Davies is certainly a formidable force on the rugby pitch. The second rower captained Wales Under-19 to the Grand Slam in 2005 and made two Celtic League appearances for the Blues the same season.
Hailing from Llantrisant, the former Pant Comprehensive pupil originally played outside half before moving to the second row and was identified at 14 years of age as a future player when the regions were established. He has progressed well through the system and the 2006/07 season saw Bradley establish himself in the senior Blues squad. His energy and commitment around the field has impressed the Blues faithful and Bradley was voted the most improved player for the 2006/07 season by the supporters' club.
Bradley made his senior Wales debut against Scotland in 2009 and been a regular feature in the Wales squad since including the 2012 Rugby World Cup. At the start of 2013 Davies suffered ankle ligament damage during training, which kept the second rower of the field until the end of April. Davies was Wales skipper for the 2013 tour of Japan.
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.
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.
DoB1987-08-29 BirthplaceBridgend Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionLock
James made his senior debut with the Llantwit Fardre club and trained with Cardiff RFC in the summer of 2006. He then made his debut for Cardiff in the pre-season match at Selkirk while still in the Blues Academy. He made his Blues debut against the Border Reivers 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. He has since recovered to become an integral part of the Cardiff Blues pack, making over fifty appearances for the region.
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 Gavin 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 U19 and U21 levels, and was part of the U21 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. In 2012 Gavin was named as vice-captain of the Blues and has made over 70 appearances for the region.
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 RFC 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.
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. He 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 20-3 win over Aironi in Italy in October 2010 and went on to make 11 starts for the Blues that season.
DoB1988-12-22 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) PositionFull Back
Leigh Halfpenny made his Cardiff Blues debut against Ulster at Ravenhill in May 2008, scoring 3 conversions in the 17-26 victory.
Halfpenny shone through the age grade system taking part in the 2005–2006 seasons U18 Home Four Nations Championship. He earned a call up to the Wales U19 squad during the 2006–2007 season for the U19 IRB World Championships in Belfast after impressing in the spring internationals.
Leigh enjoyed a successful tournament, starring in every match, and gaining one try against Argentina and a brace against Samoa in the Pool stages of the U19 competition. He finished the tournament on a total of 57 points scored for his country.
Halfpenny joined Cardiff RFC ahead of the 2007–2008 season and represented the Blues U20 in the Reebok Regional U20 Championship.
Leigh went on to be named in the starting 15 for the 2009 Six Nations game against Scotland and become a formidable force in the national team. Leading to him being called up to the 2009 British and Irish Lions but was dealt a blow when he had to withdraw from the squad due to a thigh injury.
Halfpenny was a key member of the 2011 Wales World Cup team, changing to Fullback for Wales and becoming the first choice kicker. Leigh cemented his place at Fullback in the 2012 Six Nations Grand Slam team gaining the majority of Wales’ points.
In the 2013 Six Nations Championship Leigh was named man of the match twice and claimed the RBS Six Nations Player of the Tournament. He shone in the 2013 British and Irish lions tour of Australia starting all three tests and claiming the Lions player of the Series.
DoB1992-01-07 BirthplacePembroke Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row
A former Coleg Sir Gar student, Luke Hamilton came through the Scarlets Academy after playing for them at an U18 age grade level. Soon after his release from the west Wales region the youngster was invited to join the Blues Academy. With club history at both Llandovery and Pembroke, Hamilton was picked by the Welsh International set up while playing for the Llanelli Premiership side and Glamorgan Wanderers.
Representing Wales at an U18 and U20 level, Hamilton was the starting choice at blindside during Wales’ five-match campaign at the 2012 Junior World Cup. Luke Hamilton made his Cardiff Blues debut at flanker during the 2010/11 season against Exeter Chiefs in the LV=Cup campaign.
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.
In January 2006 Dafydd made his debut for the Blues against Edinburgh. In the summer of 2006 he captained Wales in the IRB Under-21 World Cup tournament in France before returning home for surgery after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket against Argentina.
In 2012 Hewitt was named as vice-captain of the Blues and has made over 90 appearances for the region.
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.
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 U18 squad and then on to Wales. He was integral to the U20 Junior World Cup team in South Africa in 2011/12, who were the first team to beat New Zealand at U20 level, earning them a spot in the Semi-final.
Since returning from the Junior World Cup, has been based in the Blues Academy but is currently training with senior Blues side on invitation. Having completed his A-levels, Jenkins is putting his academic career on hold to focus on rugby but looks to study engineering in the future.
Ellis was captain of the Wales U20s team who were runners up to England in the 2013 JWC in France.
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 returns to the capital city side to partner his Lions colleague Matthew Rees in the Blues front three.
Wales’ most capped front row forward, Jenkins became Wales’ 125th captain when he led the side against South Africa in 2007. The Lion’s prop has taken part in all three recent Grandslam 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.
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, Lewis was called up to the Blues age grade squads from U16s through U18s, 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, Lewis 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, 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.
Now a regular pick, to cover for international Scrum Half Lloyd Williams, Jones made his Heineken debut against Sale Sharks in 2012.
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 20’s in all of the 2010 Under 20’s Six Nations Tournament and lead the Wales Under 20’s to victory against France at Newport.
The former Glamorgan Wanderers Openside had previously played for the Under 20’s 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. Josh earned himself a start against London Irish in the LV=Cup match in Cardiff the following month.
Navidi has impressed rugby coaching staff and was named as one of Cardiff Blues Vice-Captain for the 2012/13 season. 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.
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.
Miles completed a three year course at Cardiff Met, where he studied coaching. Normandale sprung to the forefront when Cardiff RFC faced Cardiff Met in the SWALEC Cup and 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 U16 and U18 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 U20 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 honors at U18 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. Rhys 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, Filo 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 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 by 26 points to 19, 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.
Filo made his debut for the region against Benetton Treviso and made five appearance for the Blues after signing in March 2013.
DoB1985-09-26 BirthplaceNelspruit Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionBack Row
Born and bred in South Africa, Cardiff Blues back row forward Andries Pretorius moved to the U.K. in 2006 to study business at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, an establishment which has a proud rugby tradition.
The powerful back rower from Durban has made steady progress since switching from Gloucester to take up a three-year contract, and made his debut for the Blues against Connacht in December 2009.
Having skippered Hartpury and represented England Students, Andries then linked up with Gloucester’s Academy, before deciding to make the move to Cardiff. In 2011 Pretorious was award Player’s Player of the Year and the following season was elected as the Cardiff Blues captain for the 2012/13 season.
At the start of 2013 Pretorious became eligible for Wales and was named in the squad for the Six Nations Championship. However it would not be until Wales’ summer tour in Japan, that Pretorious would get his first cap for Wales.
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 on 12 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 from the Scarlets for whom he made over 170 appearances and captained the team on a number of occasions. His early rugby education saw him represent the Celtic Warriors and Pontypridd before signing with the west Walian outfit.
He 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 3 test matches, and started alongside fellow Welsh front-row internationals Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones in the Second Test.
Rees equaled the record held by Garin Jenkins for the most Wales caps as hooker on 2 February 2013 versus Ireland with 58 caps and joined Cardiff Blues in the summer of 2013.
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 U16 and U18 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 with Wales U18s and Wales sevens.
DoB1993-04-16 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb) PositionWing
Harry Robinson came through the grades with Pentyrch before joining Blues South U16s. The young wing burst on to the domestic scene in Wales in the 2010/11 season. He played for both the Wales U18s and Wales U20s then, in the same season, made his senior debut with Cardiff Blues.
In January 2012 he was called into the Wales 35 man senior squad for the training camp in Poland prior to the 2012 Six Nations Championship. Robinson scored his first international try in his debut match for Wales verses the Barbarians on 2 June 2012 at the Millennium Stadium.
He was a member of the Wales touring side to Australia and played against the Brumbies in Canberra but didn't get a game in the three-Test series against the Wallabies.
In January 2013 he was selected in the Wales Under 20 squad for the 2013 Under 20 Six Nations Championship. Robinson was also named included in Wales’ summer tour of Japan.
DoB1987-11-08 BirthplaceNeath Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionCentre
The strong running centre came to the Blues in 2013 after playing for Cardiff RFC. Smith previously played for Neath in 2009/10 before spending a season in Australia where he turned out for Brisbane Bulldogs.
Richard’s pace gained him a spot on the Sevens circuit during the summer of 2011 where he played for Wales in three of the four legs of the FIRA series, playing in Bucarest, 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.
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 U16 level and U18 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 has been allocated to Pontypridd RFC as a regional player.
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.
DoB1987-08-24 Birthplace Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionCentre
Cardiff Blues confirmed the signing of Samoa international centre Isaia Tuifua in January 2014.
Big hitting Tuifua – nicknamed Ice – moved to the Arms Park immediately to boost the region’s midfield options for the rest of the 2013/14 season.
The powerful back – who is 5ft 10in and weighs 14st 6lb - had been playing for provincial based New Zealand side Taranaki where he had played 33 games.
Hard running centre Tuifua last featured for Samoa in their fixture with Georgia in November 2013.
DoB1986-07-31 BirthplaceNewport Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionScrum Half
Alex Walker joined the Blues towards the end of 2012 and made his debut for the region against the Dragons in a festive Welsh derby.
The former Wales Under 18 and 19's scrum half started his career with Newport Youth, Newport Gwent Dragons U20, and was part of the Dragons Junior Academy.
He gained his senior academy contract with the region at the start of the 2005-2006 season, making one replacement appearance for the region. Walker was an ever-present Dragons team member during the 2006-2007 season.
Walker was named as one of Wales's 'core' contracted players for the 2011/12 IRB World Sevens Series.
DoB1988-10-05 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionBack Row
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 U18’s 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 is looking 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.
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 Rhys 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 U18 in their first capped international match of the 2007–2008 season against England U18 in March 2008.
He 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 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 20’s squad for the Junior World Championships in Japan in June 2009.
Williams made his Heineken Cup debut as part of Phil Davies’ young side in 2012 when the Blues welcomed Montpellier to the Arms Park.
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.