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  • Cory Allen

    Cory Allen

    DoB1993-02-11 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight100 kg (15 st 9 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.

    Injuries limited Allen's opportunities in the 2015/16 season but he was named in the initial Great Britain Sevens training squad ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Cory Allen
  • Scott Andrews

    Scott Andrews

    DoB1989-08-01 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight123 kg (19 st 4 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 Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight89 kg (14 st 0 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
  • Macauley Cook

    Macauley Cook

    DoB1991-12-31 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight116 kg (18 st 3 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") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 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") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 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
  • Cam Dolan

    Cam Dolan

    DoB1990-03-07 BirthplaceFort Myers, FL Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight113 kg (17 st 11 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") Weight121 kg (19 st 1 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
  • George Earle

    George Earle

    DoB1987-01-09 BirthplaceDurban Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight117 kg (18 st 6 lb) PositionLock

    The South African lock is one of three players who made the switch from Parc y Scarlets to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park  for the 2016-17 season.

    Earle is another player head coach Danny Wilson knows well and brings a wealth of experience from both Super Rugby and now the Guinness PRO12.
     
    He made his Scarlets debut in a pre-season friendly against Narbonne and won the Players’ Player of the Year award following his first campaign in west Wales.
     
    During his time in South Africa, Earle represented the Cheetahs in Super Rugby and the Griquas, Western Province, Boland Cavaliers and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup.
     
    George Earle
  • Jarrod Evans

    Jarrod Evans

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

    Highly-rated young 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 Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight130 kg (20 st 6 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 8 lb) PositionFull Back

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dan Fish
  • Rhys Gill

    Rhys Gill

    DoB1986-10-30 BirthplaceRhondda Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionProp

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

    Rhys Gill
  • Jarrad Hoeata

    Jarrad Hoeata

    DoB1982-12-12 BirthplaceWellington Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight115 kg (18 st 2 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 James

    Tom James

    DoB1987-04-17 BirthplaceMerthyr Tydfil Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight102 kg (16 st 1 lb) PositionWing

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

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

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

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

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

    Tom James
  • Ellis Jenkins

    Ellis Jenkins

    DoB1993-04-29 BirthplaceChurch Village Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight104 kg (16 st 4 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") Weight119 kg (18 st 10 lb) PositionProp

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Gethin Jenkins
  • Lewis Jones

    Lewis Jones

    DoB1992-11-24 BirthplaceOgwr Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight81 kg (12 st 11 lb) PositionScrum Half

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lewis Jones
  • Tavis Knoyle

    Tavis Knoyle

    DoB1990-06-02 BirthplaceGlynneath Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight96 kg (15 st 2 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
  • 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") Weight136 kg (21 st 5 lb) PositionProp

    Salesi Ma'afu
  • Matthew Morgan

    Matthew Morgan

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

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

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

    Kirby Myhill

    DoB1992-02-05 BirthplaceBurry Port Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight108 kg (16 st 13 lb) PositionHooker

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

    Josh Navidi

    DoB1990-12-30 BirthplaceBridgend Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight105 kg (16 st 6 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
  • Matthew Rees

    Matthew Rees

    DoB1980-12-09 BirthplaceTonyrefail Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight111 kg (17 st 7 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
  • Blaine Scully

    Blaine Scully

    DoB1988-02-29 BirthplaceSacramento,CA Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 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
  • Steve Shingler

    Steve Shingler

    DoB1991-06-20 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight93 kg (14 st 8 lb) PositionFly Half

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

    Garyn Smith

    DoB1995-07-12 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionCentre

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

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

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

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

    Garyn Smith
  • Aled Summerhill

    Aled Summerhill

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Aled Summerhill
  • Brad Thyer

    Brad Thyer

    DoB1993-02-07 BirthplacePontypridd Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight115 kg (18 st 0 lb) PositionProp

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

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

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

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

    Brad Thyer
  • Josh Turnbull

    Josh Turnbull

    DoB1988-03-12 BirthplaceHaverfordwest Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight112 kg (17 st 9 lb) PositionBack Row

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

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

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

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

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

    Josh Turnbull
  • Sam Warburton

    Sam Warburton

    DoB1988-10-05 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight101 kg (15 st 12 lb) PositionBack Row

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sam Warburton
  • Lloyd Williams

    Lloyd Williams

    DoB1989-11-30 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionScrum Half

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

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

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

    Lloyd Williams
  • Nick Williams

    Nick Williams

    DoB1983-12-02 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight130 kg (20 st 6 lb) PositionBack Row

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