Tag Archives: Cardiff Blues

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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Blues tie-down young Welsh talent

29 Mar

Cardiff Blues have secured the services of three of their Wales stars, as Leigh Halfpenny, Bradley Davies and Chris Czekaj all signed new contracts with the region.

Andries Pretorius, Dafydd Hewitt, Josh Navidi and James Down also put pen to paper on extensions, as the Blues look to build for next season and beyond.

These players are following the example of Welsh internationals Sam Warburton and Tom James, who both agreed to extend their contracts at the Blues last month.

Dacey named player of the month

29 Mar

CARDIFF Blues youngster Kristian Dacey has been named the Principality Premiership player of the month for February after starring for Pontypridd.

The 21-year-old hooker has scored six tries for Ponty this season, and he came off the bench for the Blues in their 16-15 defeat to Munster on Friday.

The accolade represents an impressive turnaround for Dacey, who only switched from No 8 to the front row a year ago.

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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‘The Chief’ lays down the law for Wales: Dale McIntosh

10 Mar

Dale McIntosh drives Pontypridd forward

Dale “The Chief” McIntosh was a player respected and feared in equal measure during his days as a rampaging number eight for Pontypridd.

 

After retiring and becoming a coach, McIntosh is still as physically imposing as he was in his pomp at Sardis Road.

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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.