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 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.