The Ospreys head to Cardiff this weekend knowing that they will face a tough challenge.
Despite their exit from the Heineken Cup, it is clear for all to see that there have been significant improvements at the Blues and this season there is more of an edge - both up front and behind the scrum, to their game. With Rush, Martyn Williams, Ben Blair, to name just a few, they have proven this season to be capable of competing with Europe's
best and the Ospreys players and management are mindful of their strengths and of the significance of a solid team performance that will be required.
Although our results have gone well with us for most of the season, we know that we have another level to step up as we embark on a tough Christmas campaign against the other Welsh Regional teams and this straight back into the remaining crucial Heineken Cup fixtures.
We must not forget also that we face the Blues in the EDF Energy Cup Semi Final in March and so there will be much
to play for.
Cardiff Blues launch the new Guinness PRO12 season next Sunday when we entertain Zebre Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and to celebrate the big kick-off we are offering a special ticket offer with Kids for a Quid for this fixture!
Cardiff Blues held its annual Sphere Solutions Blues Under-8 Tag Festival at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park at the weekend - and not even the wet weather could wash away the enthusiasm of the young rugby stars who took part!
Can't get tickets for the Rugby World Cup? Well now you won't have to miss a second of the action alongside passionate fans as we are running two special events so you can watch the big games with Cardiff Blues and in the company of some Welsh rugby legends!
One of the most eagerly awaited events of the British motorsport calendar - the British FIM Speedway Grand Prix - will return to the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, July 4 - and at Cardiff Blues we've got FIVE PAIRS of tickets up for grabs!
The players at Cardiff Blues will be hoping to play with some true Gallic flair for the rest of the Guinness PRO12 season - after the region teamed up with a successful French bistrot in the Welsh capital.
New-look Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons served up an entertaining pre-season encounter as the visitors edged to victory as the countdown to the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.