The Cardiff Blues have been dealt a blow with the confirmation that Kiwi Number 8, Xavier Rush, has injured his knee in training and will miss the start of the season.
Rush, tore the cartlidge off the back of his knee cap which will be resected when Rush goes into hospital on Wednesday 30 July. He is expected to be out for two to three months.
Speaking of the injury Rush said, "I injured the knee in training however we won't know the full extent of the injury until I see the surgeon on Tuesday. It's likely that I will need and operation to fix the problem which would put me out for up to 12 weeks which would be disappointing."
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.