Xavier Rush fans David Elsmere and Kate Parkinson in John Lewis
RUGBY fans David Elsmere and Kate Parkinson have scored a shopping bonus -£50 worth of John Lewis vouchers courtesy of Cardiff Blues.
David, 47, from Sully in the Vale of Glamorgan, is a long-standing Cardiff Blues season ticket holder, and decided to take advantage of a generous scheme offered by the team this summer.
Every season ticket holder who signs up a friend will receive a £25 John Lewis voucher for themselves and their friend.
David, who works for Construction Skills, said: "I'd taken Kate down to a couple of games at the new stadium, and she really enjoyed it, especially as all the facilities are so good there.
"Kate decided she'd like to become a season ticket holder, which meant we were also eligible for £50 in John Lewis vouchers. I'm not sure I'll get much choice in what they get spent on though!"
Kate and David were invited to John Lewis to pick up their vouchers, as well as meeting one of the Blues' star players, Xavier Rush.
A Cardiff Blues season ticket is now even better value for money with two new teams joining the Magners League. The 2010/11 will be the first in which two Italian teams will play in the competition.
Season Ticket holders will also be able to purchase two additional match tickets for each home Heineken Cup pool match for £10 each as well as being entered into an exclusive ballot for the chance to buy international tickets.
"Tina Tew, Sales & Marketing Manager at the Cardiff Blues said: "It has been fantastic to work with John Lewis on what has been a really popular offer with our supporters. Signing up for a season ticket offers Cardiff Blues supporters with great value for money and after the superb end to last season, we're looking forward to the Blues continuing their impressive form on the pitch at the start of 2010/11."
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.