Talented hooker Rhys Williams will continue his eye-catching development at Cardiff Blues after agreeing a new deal.
Williams, 24, has put pen to paper on a new contract at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park club.
A product of the Blues Academy, Williams made his Blues debut in September 2008 coming off the bench against Connacht Rugby.
The Pontypridd-born front rower has gone on to make a total of 56 appearances for the region.
Williams has gained international honours with Wales at Under-16 and Under-18 level before he captained Wales Under-20s in 2009 and was selected for the Junior World Championships in Japan later that year.
He said: "I'm really pleased to sign the new contract and can now look to the future at the Blues.
"I had a few injuries last season stopped me from competiting for a place as much as I would like, but hopefully now a good pre-season will put me on the front foot.
"We have a talented bunch of hookers at the region with the likes of Matthew Rees, Kristian Dacey and Marc Breeze so the competition for places will be fierce and that is what we need to keep driving up standards.
"I was pleased to get to 50 games last season, it was a big target for me, and now things are looking up for the future at Blues.
"I know Paul John and Dale McIntosh from my time at Pontypridd so enjoy working with them and they have the respect of the squad. We now have a new Director of Rugby coming in too so the future is exciting for us all."
Meanwhile, Blues have confirmed that prop Benoit Bourrust has left the region having made 37 appearances. Everyone at the region wishes Benoit every success for the future.
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