Hundreds of Cardiff Blues supporters turned up at the Cardiff City Stadium to meet the new Blues recruits and their Amlin Cup heroes last night.
The free event, which was organized in association with the Cardiff Blues Supporters' Club, started with a signing session and the chance for the supporters to find out about new season ticket packages available with the Blues.
Cardiff Blues MC, Rob Toogood, then took the mic welcoming onto stage Paul Tito, Leigh Halfpenny, Richie Rees and Martyn Williams, with Williams revealing that his biggest fear on the day of the Amlin Cup final was getting sun burned.
Speaking on the night, Cardiff Blues Captain, Paul Tito said,
"There was an amazing atmosphere in Marseille for the final, and to repeat what Martyn said, we were really grateful for all the fans for made the journey to the south of France, especially those who invested so much time and effort travelling by coach."
"It was a fantastic win and great to be able to reward the supporters for the faith they showed in us."
"Our aim for next season is to build on this and hopefully go further in the Heineken Cup."
Following the Amlin Q&A there were questions for new signings Dan Parks, Michael Paterson, Tom Brown, Tom Davies and Bryn Griffiths, who have all joined the region this summer. A video of the night will appear on www.bluesrugby.tv shortly.
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.
A last minute Jarrod Evans penalty ensured Cardiff Blues Premiership Select finished their British and Irish Cup campaign on a high, with a 24-21 victory over London Scottish at Athletic Ground on Friday.