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Wilson welcomes returning internationals

30th November 2016

Cardiff Blues are hoping to be boosted by a full complement of Wales internationals ahead of Saturday's Guinness PRO12 clash with Ulster.

The Blues had 11 players involved in Wales’ preparations for the autumn Test series and almost all of those players are available for selection.
That includes Gethin Jenkins and Sam Warburton, who missed the final match of the series with a shoulder injury, and head coach Danny Wilson reckons their experience is already making a difference.
He said: “It’s good to have them back, the experience they bring and they’re a big part of our leadership group.
“It’s case by case, most guys have come back in with a clean bill of health. It’s only Gethin who has played three out of the four games so he will be managed in the best way for him and the others case by case.
“Sam had a stinger for Wales and an injury like that needs to go through protocols through the week and he’s passed the first two days. At the moment he seems in a lot better a place and we’ll see how it pans out.”
The Blues return to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on the back of a frustrating defeat against Connacht and Wilson wants a response.
Saturday’s fixture (5.15pm) is the beginning of a key period with a European Challenge Cup double head against Bath and a Christmas derby with Newport Gwent Dragons to come.
And focussing on the Championship, Wilson knows Wales’ Capital Region are still well within grasp of the top six.
He continued: “We beat Ulster at home last season in quite an exciting game and I envisage something similar on Saturday evening.
“The top of the league have seven wins and we have five so it’s very tight but bonus-points are where the difference lies.
“We’re sat in seventh, we’ve had five wins and the important thing is we’ve improved our home record.
“We’ve gone to Treviso, Zebre and Munster and won but picked up a couple of poor results, especially a home derby against the Scarlets in difficult circumstances.
“We’re disappointed we didn’t pick up anything in Connacht, we certainly created enough opportunity and dropped the ball twice over the line which could have won the game.
“But one thing we improved on dramatically away to Connacht was our defence. We’ve spent a lot of time on it in the last couple of weeks and we defended extremely well.
“If we can see that at home and add to our attacking game on that surface it should be an exciting game.”