Cardiff Blues can confirm that second row forward Rob Sidoli will be leaving the Blues at the end of the season to join Guinness Premiership outfit Bristol.
Speaking of the announcement, Cardiff Blues Chief Executive Robert Norster said,
"We would like to thank Rob for all his services to the Cardiff Blues since joining us in 2004."
"We would also like to wish Rob every success with Bristol and understand his desire to play rugby in a new environment. With Scott Morgan moving up to the second row next season, competition for the locking berths like all other areas of our team will remain intense"
Rob explained why he'd decided to move to Bristol:
"The challenge of playing in the Guinness Premiership is something that really appeals to me as I've been playing in the Magners League for about 10 years now."
"I've been looking for a new challenge and I believe Bristol is a big club which is going to go on and achieve huge things in the next few years and I really want to be part of that."
Cardiff Blues have also agreed for utility back Nick Macleod to be released from contract at the end of the season to join the Sale Sharks. Macleod who has played outside half, inside centre and full back for the Blues came through the youth system at the Arms Park.
Speaking of the announcement Cardiff Blues Chief Executive Robert Norster said;
"We would like to thank Nick for his commitment and loyal service to the Cardiff Blues and we all wish him every success in this new chapter of his career."
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.