Lock Robert Sidoli was born in Merthyr Tydfil and has made an excellent start to his Cardiff Blues career, featuring in all Celtic League games for the Blues so far this season.
Against Edinburgh this weekend he will start as replacement, as the Blues look to record their first away win of the season. Cardiffblues.com asked Robert some personal questions to find out what makes him tick.
Nickname - Sid Date of Birth - 21st June 1979 Birthplace - Merthyr Tydfil Position - Second Row Favourite Meal - Anything Italian Favourite film? - The Shawshank Redemption/ Braveheart What's playing on your car stereo? - Real Radio Favourite TV programme? - Only fools and horses Last book you read? - Facing Ali and Lance Armstrong's autobiography Hobbies - Snooker and motorbikes Most memorable rugby moment - My 1st cap for Wales in South Africa Biggest influence on your career - My family and certain people of Merthyr RFC If you didn't become a rugby player you'd like to have been… a professional swimmer What advice would you give to a young player? Enjoy your rugby and also have other hobbies What superstitions do you have? Not saying! What magazines do you buy? Varies! Favourite holiday destination? Italy Dream celebrity date? Julia Roberts and Kelly Brook What's your most annoying habit? Too many to mention Most admired opponent? Ben Kay Worst practical joke played on you? On my first day working in a bar, I was told to ask the boss for the 'long wait' in the cellar. Lets just say, I was in there for a while! Who would you least like to be stranded on a desert island with and why? Gethin Jenkins - Especially if he hasn't been fed!
Cardiff Blues launch the new Guinness PRO12 season next Sunday when we entertain Zebre Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and to celebrate the big kick-off we are offering a special ticket offer with Kids for a Quid for this fixture!
Cardiff Blues held its annual Sphere Solutions Blues Under-8 Tag Festival at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park at the weekend - and not even the wet weather could wash away the enthusiasm of the young rugby stars who took part!
Can't get tickets for the Rugby World Cup? Well now you won't have to miss a second of the action alongside passionate fans as we are running two special events so you can watch the big games with Cardiff Blues and in the company of some Welsh rugby legends!
One of the most eagerly awaited events of the British motorsport calendar - the British FIM Speedway Grand Prix - will return to the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, July 4 - and at Cardiff Blues we've got FIVE PAIRS of tickets up for grabs!
The players at Cardiff Blues will be hoping to play with some true Gallic flair for the rest of the Guinness PRO12 season - after the region teamed up with a successful French bistrot in the Welsh capital.
New-look Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons served up an entertaining pre-season encounter as the visitors edged to victory as the countdown to the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.