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Rhys Williams appointed Blues Captain

15th August 2005

Rhys Williams was today announced as the new captain of Cardiff Blues

The former Cowbridge Comprehensive School pupil started his career at the Arms Park and made his debut for Cardiff RFC against Bedford in 1999. At 25, Williams is one of the most experienced players in the Blues squad. The new captain has won 43 caps for Wales since bursting on to the international scene against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2000. He was also one of the Magnificent Seven Blues players that helped Wales win the Grand Slam in 2005.

“We are fortunate to have many quality players at the Blues, Rhys is one of these and has and shown his leadership skills when he captained the side last year, especially out in Viadana. He thrived on the responsibility of being Captain during last season’s games and is more than equipped to fill the role. His performances’ for the Blues over the years has won him the respect of the players, coaches and fans and he has been a great ambassador for the region. He is a great example to any young player – a true professional both on and off the field.” David Young said.

Martyn Williams added “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Rhys on his appointment. He obviously has my full support as he does from the rest of the squad. He has been an outstanding player for the Blues and I’m confident he will make an excellent Captain”.

“It’s a huge honour for me to chosen as Captain and I’m absolutely delighted. Growing up in the area I am very much aware that Cardiff and the Blues have had some notable captains over the years. I’ve been fortunate to have played under some great Captains in my career for both the Blues and Wales and I feel I have learnt a lot from the them The pre season training has keen going really well in our new training facilities up in Hensol and the new boys are settling in well. We are a relatively young squad and are all very enthusiastic about the new season. Lastly, I’d like to thank Martyn Williams for his support and congratulations. He has been a great Captain and I’m sure if I require any advice Martyn will be more than happy to help”
Rhys Williams said.