Speaking of the signing Cardiff Blues Chief Executive, Robert Norster said:
'We are delighted that Sam is to join us into next season as we begin the next chapter in the ongoing evolution of our team at Leckwith stadium. Sam is a young man with an impressive rugby pedigree who has significant levels of versatility to his game, which we will undoubtedly benefit from. We wish him every success in his ongoing exploits with the Waratahs for the remainder of their season and look forward to welcoming him to Wales thereafter.'
Director of Rugby, David Young also speaking of the signing said:
'Sam is unquestionably a quality signing who has generated significant interest from many other parts of the globe and we are delighted he has chosen to come to the Blues. He is already an experienced player at a relatively young age with a fine level of maturity to his game. His versatility is a real bonus to our squad and we look forward to him becoming an important member of our squad next season.'
As Norton-Knight is announced the Blues also confirm that Jamie Robinson is to leave the Region at the end of the current season to take up a new two-year contract with French club R.C.Toulon.
Jamie has recently celebrated his tenth season at the Arms Park and is currently enjoying a benefit year, which will come to closure at the end of May 2009.
Cardiff Blues Chief Executive, Robert Norster, commenting on the move said:
"Jamie has been a mainstay at the Arms Park over an extended period and has represented the teams here with distinction,"
"We would all like to thank Jamie for his significant contribution to the cause and he leaves with our best wishes and understands there will always be a warm welcome for him here in his home city."
Also speaking of the move Director of Rugby, David Young said:
"Working with and watching Jamie develop over the past seasons, I am naturally saddened that he has decided to leave particularly with such an exciting time ahead."
"However, I understand his desire to experience another and very different rugby culture and on behalf of us all I wish him well with his time with his new club in France," added Young.
Speaking on the news of his scheduled departure, Jamie said:
"This has been the most difficult decision I've had to make in my life so far."
"I'm eternally grateful for the support both Cardiff RFC and the Cardiff Blues have given me over the last 11 seasons and also the fantastic support of the fans at the Arms Park."
"I have loved my time as both a player for Cardiff and the Blues and I'm very proud of my achievements at the Arms Park."
"I grew up in Cardiff, played for both Cardiff Schools Rugby and Cardiff Youth, graduated from the University of Glamorgan and have never experienced club rugby outside of Cardiff. I feel at this point in my career that I would benefit from a new challenge and also a complete change of lifestyle and I feel moving away from Wales that Toulon can certainly offer me this."
"The Cardiff Blues is a great region and one that is really moving forward, both on and off the field, and choosing to leave now has been a huge decision for me and I wish the region the very best for the future and I will remain an avid supporter."
DOB 2nd December 1983
Height 187cm (6'2")
Weight 92kg (14 st 4 lb)
Position Utility Back
Honours Australia (2 caps)
DOB 7th Apr 1980
Height 1.88 m (6' 2")
Weight 97 kg (15 st 3 lb)
Honours Wales (23 caps)