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Who should replace Dai Young ?

4 Jul

Who should replace Dai Young ?

 

David Young has joined Wasps, but who should replace him?

Dai Young joins Wasps: How Cardiff Blues must rebuild

22 Jun


As Dai Young looks set for a move to London Wasps, the Cardiff Blues could soon be searching for a new boss. With this in mind, The XV considers five key areas the Blues must improve as they build for the future.

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Warburton believes Blues can build Barca like dynasty

26 Apr

Blues openside Warburton is excited about the local talent coming through

WALES star Sam Warburton believes the Blues can build a Barcelona-esque  dynasty of success – and he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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Young sets Blues Magners ultimatum

29 Mar

Dai Young has demanded the Blues are perfect from now on, if they're to make the play-offs

Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young has laid down the gauntlet to his players for the season finale, by challenging them to win all five of their remaining matches.

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Cardiff Blues 15 – 16 Munster

25 Mar


Munster withstood a spirited Cardiff Blues display to hold on for a precious 16-15 win and dent the Welsh region’s hopes of securing a Magners League play-off spot.
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‘I want them to say wow Andries Pretorius,’ says Blues star

25 Mar


Thundering back-row forward Andries Pretorius has been one of the Magners League finds of the season.

Dynamic in the loose and frighteningly aggressive in defence, the six foot four inch and 17 stone powerhouse from Nelsprult has been a shining light in a pretty gloomy season for the Blues.

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Cardiff Blues Dafydd Hewitt will keep battling for club and country

23 Mar

Dafydd Hewitt

Wales may reflect on this year’s Six Nations with regrets, but Cardiff Blues centre Dafydd Hewitt is only looking forward when it comes to his own international hopes.

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Lloyd Williams on returning to the blues after injury

4 Mar

Lloyd Williams battles back from dislocated shoulder

In his first ever interview, Blues scrum-half Lloyd Williams, talks battling back from injury and career goals exclusively with TheXV.

Welsh under-20 star Lloyd Williams will return just in time to boost the Cardiff Blues Magners League title push.
 
Williams was expected to miss the rest of the season when he suffered a dislocated shoulder during the Blues LV Cup tie with Exeter in Cardiff back in November.
 
But surgeons have been so pleased with his progress he has returned to full-training in just three months rather than the anticipated five, and will be fit for selection when two-time European champions Munster head to the Cardiff City Stadium three weeks today.
 
And after a frustrating time on the sidelines and on the hand bike, Lloyd can’t wait to get back on the pitch.
 
“I am just so fed up of being in the gym now to be honest I can’t wait to get back into contact training and get playing again,” he said.
 
“ I was frustrated to get injured in the first place, but when Richie Rees got banned I was even more irritated because I could of got a good run of games to prove myself. Now it feels a little bit like back to square one.”
 
 Williams returns at a crucial time as the Blues try to resurrect what by their own admission has been a disappointing season.
 
“We set ourselves the target of winning a big title this season so now  all our eggs are in the Magners’ League basket which makes today’s game against Edinburgh massive.”
 
“ I wasn’t registered for Europe last season so I haven’t been involved in a big knockout game for Blues before. Getting to the Magners playoffs is important, they’re the games you really want to be involved in,” he said.

And as Welsh -based stars like Regan King, Lee Byrne and James Hook head for the Magners exit door Lloyd sees the competition as the perfect place to achieve his ambitions.

“The guys leaving, they’re world-class players and they deserve the chance to earn the money.

“I’m not thinking about anything like that though. I love Cardiff, I’m from the area and I have played here since I was 17. I signed on for another two years and if I’m playing well enough for them to extend that I would look too.

“Guys like Jamie Roberts, Gethin Jenkins, Richie Rees they’re the face of the Cardiff Blues and players I admire. For me 15 players who really want to play for Cardiff Blues are going to do better than 15 guys who are there for the money. Look at Stade Francais, it doesn’t always work.”

An unnerlingly humble and respectful man Williams is still ambitious.

“My first aim is to try and nail down the Blues number nine jersey. Obviously long term to play for Wales like my dad (British Lion scrum half Brynmor) would be a dream.

“Maybe after the World Cup they will be looking to experiment and if I have a run of good games who knows.

“Right now I’m just trying to learn as much as I can off Richie and keep improving and enjoying my rugby.

In an era where it’s become a sporting cliche to describe someone as level headed it is refreshing when you meeta palyer who actually is. Well spoken, with a solid philosphy on the game and an abundance of talent, Lloyd Williams has  a huge future in the game.

Morgan Allen shines as young Ospreys bulldoze Blues

29 Jan


The Ospreys strode to a commanding 29-7 win against the Cardiff Blues as both sides fielded youthful teams in the LV Cup.

An Ospreys pack featuring Welsh internationals Duncan Jones, Mefin Davies and Ian Evans overwhelmed the Blues’ vulnerable young forwards, but it was a lesser known back-rower who caught the eye for the visitors.

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Cardiff Blues v Castres – LIVE

14 Jan

Follow The XV and Radio Cardiff for tonight’s Heineken Cup match between the Cardiff Blues and Castres Olympique.

LIVE – Cardiff Blues v Castres Olympique