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!
Judgement Day III is on target to break the all-time attendance record for a Welsh regional rugby match at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 25th April, after ticket sales went through the 40,500 mark today.
Cardiff Blues face Zebre in the last Guinness PRO12 game of the season at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, May 16 (kick-off 3pm) - and the ladies of the region are invited to come along and enjoy a special day with the Blues!
Cardiff Blues are hosting a special Open Evening this Wednesday night at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park to give prospective students and parents the chance to discover more about our new and exciting rugby education programme.
Our Cardiff Blues Rugby Camps return this Easter to give children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and after selling out our last two camps you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment!
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.
Cardiff Blues will be celebrating St David's Day when the region faces Edinburgh Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 12.45pm) - with hundreds of children invited as part of our Regional Schools Day.
Fine footwear retailer The Brogue Trader - one of the official sponsors of Cardiff Blues - is celebrating after being recognised by the British Footwear Association at its annual Footwear Industry Awards.
Battling Cardiff Blues produced a second half performance packed full of character and spirit to push Ulster Rugby all the way in an absorbing Guinness PRO12 encounter at a packed out Kingspan Stadium.
Argentine ace Joaquin Tuculet scored a sensational try in the eighth minute of injury time as Cardiff Blues produced an astonishing finale to snatch victory over Connacht Rugby after an unbelievable Guinness PRO12 encounter.