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!
Let the Games Begin! Cardiff Blues launch the Guinness PRO12 season on home soil this Sunday afternoon against Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 4pm) - and we are going to make it a double celebration as we also recognise the achievements of Team Wales!
First team aces Cory Allen, Lloyd Williams, Ellis Jenkins and new signing Jarrad Hoeata were all on hand to watch the next generation of stars when Cardiff Blues held a huge Under-8s Tag Rugby tournament at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Clinical Glasgow Warriors produced a devastating final 20 minutes to secure the points on Super Sunday and consign battling Cardiff Blues to a 33-12 defeat in the Guinness PRO12 opener at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Impressive Cardiff Blues pushed English powerhouse side Leicester Tigers all the way with an hugely encouraging performance as final preparations for the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at Welford Road.