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!
Tickets are on sale NOW for our huge opening Guinness Pro 12 fixture of the season against Glasgow Warriors - and we've frozen ticket prices this season so watching top-class rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park is affordable to all!
In its sixth year the Blues Cup once again showed to be huge hit throughout the region and is a great advert for the community game as each of the six finalists across the three age groups produced rugby of an outstanding level resulting in 14 tries.
Cardiff Blues are going green this season after launching a new European shirt with an environmental pledge - and now sponsors Wessex Garages are making sure the region is on the right road to deliver on our green promise!
Inspired Cardiff Blues enjoyed Judgement Day at the Millennium Stadium as they secured a tense 17-13 win over regional rivals Scarlets in a feisty and enthralling encounter in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Easter Sunday.