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  • Cory Allen

    Cory Allen

    DoB1993-02-11 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 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.

    The 2014/15 season saw Allen make 20 appearances for Blues, scoring four tries, before he was named in the initial Welsh squad for Rugby World Cup training in June 2015.

    Cory Allen
  • Scott Andrews

    Scott Andrews

    DoB1989-08-01 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight119 kg (18 st 10 lb) PositionProp

    Scott Andrews was part of the Wales 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 Cardiff 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 received international caps at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 level before receiving his first senior call-up for Wales during the 2010 Autumn Series. He went on to make his international debut as a replacement for Ryan Bevington during the 2011 summer fixture against the Barbarians.

    The prop went on to be involved in the 2013 Wales team that beat England to win the 6 Nations Championship for the second year in a row and 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 and 2015 before hitting a major milestone in September 2015 when he played his 100th game for Cardiff Blues when the region faced Ulster Rugby.

    Scott Andrews
  • Gareth Anscombe

    Gareth Anscombe

    DoB1991-05-10 BirthplaceNorth Shore Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb) PositionFly Half / Full Back

    Cardiff Blues announced the major signing of Super Rugby star Gareth Anscombe from Waikato Chiefs on a long-term deal in July 2014.

    Anscombe, who can play fly half or full back and 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 in 2011 and his eye-catching performances were vital in the Waikato Chiefs landing the Super Rugby title in 2013.

    The North Shore-born back scored 114 points in 17 games in his first season at Cardiff Blues and was awarded a National Dual Contract (NDC) by the WRU in March 2015. He was also part of the Wales set-up during the 6 Nations in 2015.

    Gareth Anscombe
  • 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
  • Elis Wyn Benham

    Elis Wyn Benham

    DoB1996-03-01 Birthplace Height1.71 m (5' 7") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionWing

    Young wing Elis Wyn Benham first sprung to prominence for Cardiff Blues fans at the start of the 2014/15 season when he appeared in the Premiership Rugby 7s Series for the region.

    After an impressive season with Cardiff RFC in the Principality Premiership, he was called into the Junior World Championship squad for Wales in the summer of 2015. The wing scored a number of important tries as Wales finished the competition in fifth place.

    Elis Wyn Benham
  • Macauley Cook

    Macauley Cook

    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 honours for Wales at Under-16 level, Cook was selected as a member of the 2008/09 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 Cardiff Blues debut against the Exeter Chiefs in 2010. Cook went on to make 12 appearances for the Blues in the 2011/12 and made his Heineken Cup debut 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 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

    The 2014/15 season saw Cook continue his eye-catching progress and be rewarded when he signed a new long-term contract in February 2015.

    Macauley Cook
  • Alex Cuthbert

    Alex Cuthbert

    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 6 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 6 Nations title and was picked for the British&Irish Lions 2013 tour of Australia, scoring a try in the 1st 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.

    He was named in the Wales set-up for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and is currently second in the all-time try scorer charts for the region.

    Alex Cuthbert
  • Kristian Dacey

    Kristian Dacey

    DoB1989-07-25 BirthplaceMerthyr Tydfil Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionHooker

    Kristian Dacey made his competitive debut for Cardiff 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 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.

    Kristian Dacey
  • Gareth Davies

    Gareth Davies

    DoB1984-03-02 BirthplaceCaerphilly Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb) PositionFly Half

    Gareth Davies came to rugby quite late in comparison to most. Born in Caerphilly, Davies 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 and 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.

    Davies went down in folklore for the region during the 2013/14 season when his last gasp try secured a memorable win on home soil over European champions Toulon.

    Gareth Davies
  • Harry Davies

    Harry Davies

    DoB1994-05-10 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionWing

    Harry Davies
  • 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
  • Tom Davies

    Tom Davies

    DoB1993-03-10 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb) PositionProp

    Born in Church Village, Tom Davies attended Maerdy Comprehensive where he played rugby alongside commitments to his local side Ystrad Rhonnda.

    Davies was spotted by Cardiff Blues coaches at Under-16 level and went on to spend two years with the Under-18s, during which Cardiff Blues won the championship both years.

    Davies won international call-ups for Wales at both Under-18 and Under-20 level but missed the 2011/12 Rugby World Cup due to a shoulder operation.

    He made his debut for Cardiff Blues in the LV= Cup against Newcastle Falcons in 2011 and has since racked up over 30 appearances for the region.

    Tom Davies
  • Chris Dicomidis

    Chris Dicomidis

    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.

    The forward actually made his debut for Cardiff Blues back in 2010, against Newcastle Falcons in the LV=Cup, before his second spell and full-time link-up with the region in 2013.

    Chris Dicomidis
  • Cam Dolan

    Cam Dolan

    DoB1990-03-07 BirthplaceFort Myers, FL Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionNo. 8 / Lock

    Talented international forward Cameron agreed to join Cardiff Blues and move to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park for the 2015/16 season onwards.

    The United States of America international – who can play lock or in the back row – put pen to paper on a contract that will saw him move to Wales from Northampton Saints.

    Dolan, has made 10 appearances for the Eagles, including an eye-catching man of the match performance against NZ Maori, has has been named in a 50-man USA training squad for the Rugby World Cup, alongside fellow new signing Blaine Scully.

    The Florida-born ace – who stands 6ft 6in and weighs 18st 2lb – joined Northampton Saints in December 2013 and made his senior debut for the English Premiership club against Leicester Tigers in the LV=Cup in January.

    Cam Dolan
  • James Down

    James Down

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

    James Down
  • Gavin Evans

    Gavin Evans

    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.

    He 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 in 2012 and made his 100th appearance for the region in the Boxing Day fixture with Newport Gwent Dragons in 2014.

    Gavin Evans
  • Jarrod Evans

    Jarrod Evans

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

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

    Evans put pen to paper at the turn of the New Year and stepped up from the Blues Academy set-up to join the senior ranks.

    Pontypridd-born and bred, Evans came through the mini and junior ranks of his local club before his precocious talents saw him called into the Blues Academy.

    The talented playmaker has been capped by Wales and Youth and Under-18 level and made his 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.

    Jarrod Evans
  • Taufa'ao Filise

    Taufa'ao Filise

    DoB1977-05-26 BirthplaceMalapo Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb) PositionProp

    Powerful Tongan prop legend 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 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 Rugby side, where he played alongside former Blues Number 8, Xavier Rush. Filise has arepresented Tonga 29 times and was a member of their 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cup squads.

    Filise has confirmed his integral place in the Blues pack and is the leading appearance maker in the region's history as he closes in on 200 games for Cardiff Blues - a feat never achieved by a player at the region.

    Taufa'ao Filise
  • 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
  • Jevon Groves

    Jevon Groves

    DoB1988-04-03 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row

    Jevon Groves
  • Michael Hale

    Michael Hale

    DoB1995-12-14 Birthplace Height () Weight () PositionScrum Half

    Michael Hale
  • Sam Hobbs

    Sam Hobbs

    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 Cardiff Blues regional development programme, gaining honours at Under-20 level.

    Offering a huge physical presence as a front row anchorman, Hobbs 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. Hobbs was duly drafted into the Pontypridd senior squad for the commencement of the 2006/2007 Premiership campaign.

    His first season marred by injuries, Hobbs fought his way back into contention with Pontypridd, continuing to represent the Blues U20s, 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, Hobbs was given his opportunity as a senior Blues player towards the end of the 2008 - 2009 campaign.

    Hobbs has become a fundamental member of the squad at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park and played his 100th game for Blues in the New Year's Day fixture with Newport Gwent Dragons in 2015.

    Sam Hobbs
  • Jarrad Hoeata

    Jarrad Hoeata

    DoB1982-12-12 BirthplaceWellington Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionLock

    Cardiff Blues confirmed the signing of New Zealand international lock forward Jarrad Hoeata from Super 15 giants the Highlanders in 2014.

    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 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 - following in the footsteps of the likes of Xavier Rush, Paul Tito, Ben Blair, Michael Paterson and Jonah Lomu - and made 16 appearances in his debut campaign at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

    Jarrad Hoeata
  • Tom Isaacs

    Tom Isaacs

    DoB1987-02-18 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionCentre

    Cardiff Blues confirmed the signing of Tom Isaacs from Gloucester Rugby in November 2014.

    Isaacs, capped by Wales at Under-20 and Sevens levels, put pen to paper on a deal at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park until at least 2016.

    Isaacs was previously part of the Blues Academy and played at Newport Gwent Dragons before a successful five-year spell at the Ospreys where he made a total of 66 appearances.

    The Cardiff-born back, an IRB Sevens World Cup winner with Wales in 2009, started his career as a scrum half before being converted to centre.

    He made 11 appearances in his debut season at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, scoring his first try in the away game with Ulster in March 2015.

    Tom Isaacs
  • Tom James

    Tom James

    DoB1987-04-17 BirthplaceMerthyr Tydfil Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight103 kg (16 st 3 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 Height1.83 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 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") Weight121 kg (19 st 0 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
  • Owen Jenkins

    Owen Jenkins

    DoB1993-07-20 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.81 m (5' 11") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionCentre / Wing

    Owen Jenkins made his Cardiff Blues senior debut during the 2013/14 season in the 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.

    Owen Jenkins
  • Joe Jones

    Joe Jones

    DoB1995-07-24 BirthplaceWrexham Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb) PositionProp

    Tighthead prop Joe Jones has stepped up to the senior ranks at Cardiff Blues during the 2014/15 season.

    The former Mold RFC junior joined Sale Sharks after finishing his GCSEs at the Alun School, where he continued his studies at college in the Manchester area.

    After two years with the Sharks, Jones signed a deal at Cardiff Blues and has impressed for Cardiff RFC in the last 12 months.

    Jones was part of the Wales Under-20 set-up for the Junior World Championship in Italy in the summer of 2015.

    Joe Jones
  • Lewis Jones

    Lewis Jones

    DoB1992-11-24 BirthplaceOgwr Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight73 kg (11 st 7 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
  • Chris Knight

    Chris Knight

    DoB1991-02-28 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight87 kg (13 st 9 lb) PositionWing

    Swansea-born wing Chris Knight made his name at Llandovery where he scored 15 tries in 34 appearances over three seasons.

    Part of the Wales Sevens set-up, Knight signed a senior contract with Cardiff Blues ahead of the 2014/15 season.

    Chris Knight
  • Tavis Knoyle

    Tavis Knoyle

    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 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 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.

    Tavis Knoyle
  • 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
  • Callum Lewis

    Callum Lewis

    DoB1994-02-08 Birthplace Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionProp

    Callum Lewis
  • 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
  • Salesi Ma'afu

    Salesi Ma'afu

    DoB1983-03-26 BirthplaceSydney, NSW Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight133 kg (20 st 13 lb) PositionProp

    Salesi Ma'afu
  • Craig Mitchell

    Craig Mitchell

    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 move 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 6 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.

    Craig Mitchell
  • Josh Navidi

    Josh Navidi

    DoB1990-12-30 BirthplaceBridgend Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 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
  • Miles Normandale

    Miles Normandale

    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.

    Bristol-born foward Normandale made his name during the 2014/15 campaign as he broke into the first team and grabbed a superb try double as Blues produced a stunning comeback performance to defeat Wasps in the LV=Cup at the Ricoh Arena.

    The lock signed a new long-term deal with the region in 2015 and will now look to kick on even further in the coming seasons.

    Miles Normandale
  • Rhys Patchell

    Rhys Patchell

    DoB1993-05-17 BirthplaceLlandough Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionFly Half

    Rhys Patchell developed through the Cardiff 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 Patchell had made 16 appearances and scored 114 points as he took on the goal-kicking duties.

    Gaining international honours at Under-18 level and for Wales Sevens, the Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf product stormed onto the domestic scene with a man-of-the-match performance at fly half on his 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.

    Patchell has now made over 50 appearances for Cardiff Blues and stands in third place in the all-time points scoring records as he chases down Ben Clair, Nicky Robinson and Leigh Halfpenny.

    Rhys Patchell
  • Lou Reed

    Lou Reed

    DoB1987-09-10 BirthplaceTreorchy Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight120 kg (18 st 13 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 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 autumn tests at the Millennium Stadium and was part of the 2013 Wales team that went on to win the 6 Nations Championship. Reed also toured Japan with Wales in the summer of 2013.

    Lou Reed
  • Matthew Rees

    Matthew Rees

    DoB1980-12-09 BirthplaceTonyrefail Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 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
  • Ben Roach

    Ben Roach

    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.

    Ben Roach
  • Blaine Scully

    Blaine Scully

    DoB1988-02-29 BirthplaceSacramento,CA Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 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
  • James Sheekey

    James Sheekey

    DoB1994-09-10 BirthplaceLondon Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row

    Academy product James Sheekey made his senior debut for Cardiff Blues in February 2015 in the LV=Cup clash with Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.

    The London-born forward - who can play lock or back row - has also represented Wales Under-20s and stepped up to the senior squad at Blues in 2015.

    James Sheekey
  • 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
  • Richard Smith

    Richard Smith

    DoB1987-11-08 BirthplaceNeath Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight101 kg (15 st 12 lb) PositionCentre / Wing

    Strong running wing/centre Richard Smith came to the Cardiff 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, featuring in Bucharest, Barcelona and Moscow.

    Smith made his debut for Cardiff Blues at centre, where he paired up with Jamie Roberts, for the region’s 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 and in 2014 he captained the team to success in the Premiership Rugby 7s Series at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

    Richard 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
  • Adam Thomas

    Adam Thomas

    DoB1986-08-22 BirthplaceYnysybwl Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionCentre

    Cardiff Blues announced that Wales Sevens captain Adam Thomas was to join the region from Pontypridd in June 2014.

    A 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 Cardiff 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.

    Adam Thomas
  • Bradley Thyer

    Bradley Thyer

    DoB1993-02-07 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 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.

    Bradley Thyer
  • Josh Turnbull

    Josh Turnbull

    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.

    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
  • Jordan Viggers

    Jordan Viggers

    DoB1996-02-16 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionBack Row

    Back row Jordan Viggers made his Cardiff Blues debut in the LV=Cup game with Wasps in Febuary 2015.

    The Cardiff-born forward - a product of the Blues Academy - has also represented Wales at Under-20 level.

    Jordan Viggers
  • Manoa Vosawai

    Manoa Vosawai

    DoB1983-08-12 BirthplaceSuva Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionBack Row

    Back row giant Manoa Vosawai added his considerable power to the pack at Cardiff Blues after the Italian international agreed a deal to move to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

    The exciting Fijian-born back row, who has won 14 caps for Italy, is a dynamic and destructive ball carrier and featured for Italy in the 6 Nations clash against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in March of 2014.

    Vosawai made his Azzurri debut in the 2007 World Cup warm-up clash against Japan and later featured in three games in the showpiece tournament, starting the pool game with Portugal.

    Manoa Vosawai
  • Sam Warburton

    Sam Warburton

    DoB1988-10-05 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight99 kg (15 st 8 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
  • James Whittingham

    James Whittingham

    DoB1995-12-15 BirthplaceBridgend Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionFull Back

    Utility back James Whittingham is a product of the Cardiff Blues Academy system who has now stepped up to train with the first team at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

    Whittingham has impressed for Cardiff RFC in the Prinicipality Premiership and was part of the Wales Under-20 squad for the Junior World Championships in Italy in the summer of 2015.

    James Whittingham
  • 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
  • Tom Williams

    Tom Williams

    DoB1991-02-02 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionFull Back

    Tom Williams is a product of the Cardiff Blues age grade pathway and made his debut as one of the 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 and continues to regularly feature for Wales Sevens.

    Tom 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