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Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Coleman on Wed 24 Aug 2016, 12:57 pm

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Surprised one of these isn’t up yet. If I’ve missed players just let me know and I’ll pop them in.

Squad

Hookers: Matthew Rees, Kirby Myhill, Kristian Dacey, Liam Belcher, Ethan Lewis
Props: Gethin Jenkins, Taufa'ao Filise, Rhys Gill, Scott Andrews, Dillon Lewis, Bradley Thyer, Anton Peikrishvili
Locks: Jarrad Hoeata, George Earle, James Down, Seb Davies
Back Row: Macauley Cook, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Navidi, James Sheekey, Josh Turnbull, Sam Warburton, Cam Dolan, Nick Williams
Scrum Half: Lloyd Williams, Lewis Jones, Tomos Williams
Fly Half: Gareth Anscombe, Jarrod Evans, Steven Shingler
Centre: Cory Allen, Garyn Smith, Rey Lee-Lo Willis Halaholo* (Joins after NPC)
Wing: Alex Cuthbert, Tom James, Blaine Scully
Fullback: Dan Fish, Matthew Morgan, Aled Summerhill, Rhun Williams

Pre-Season Results:
Dragons (L) 28-38
Bristol (W) 25-24

Hoping for a good season from the Blues. We’ve signed well in some areas, such as adding Nick Williams to our already well stocked back row. The addition of Shingler and Morgan should help our squad rotation in the backs but I can’t help but feel we’re lacking in the centre a bit. More so with Corey Allen’s potential for injury.

Pre-season has gone alright. Hammered by the Dragons for 50 mins, but we came back to score a few tries in the last 30. The Bristol game gave me worries about our scrum. Ma'afu looked more unfit against the Dragons then when he joined, it seems that he has a poor attitude and needs to buck his ideas up. Gill didn’t look great against Bristol and Thyer had a tidy game when he came on. Cam Dolan seems to have improved in the off season along with Down who had a good game against Bristol. Shingler and Morgan went well in the Bristol game as did Allen. Ray Lee-Lo will be our most important player this season I feel, he has a great attitude and really puts in a shift. Excited to see him and Halaholo link up later in the year.

Looking forward to the Edinburgh game on 3rd of September. C’mon the Bloooooooooos!


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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by munkian on Wed 10 May 2017, 8:29 am

Cardiff Dave wrote:Lawks a lordy!

"WRU in talks over temporary Cardiff Blues takeover...
It is unclear whether this temporary agreement would become permanent in future."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39861919

Was this not talked about months ago ? And is the 'permanent' bit just speculation ?
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Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed 10 May 2017, 10:41 am

munkian wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:Lawks a lordy!

"WRU in talks over temporary Cardiff Blues takeover...
It is unclear whether this temporary agreement would become permanent in future."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39861919

Was this not talked about months ago ? And is the 'permanent' bit just speculation ?

Aye and dunno. More news today maybe.

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Post by munkian on Wed 10 May 2017, 11:05 am

Twitter lot have the tin foil hats on
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Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed 10 May 2017, 11:29 am

munkian wrote:Twitter lot have the tin foil hats on

Allsorts on twitter mun.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Sun 14 May 2017, 8:17 pm

Just found out that the airport in Rhoose was rebranded, "Cardiff Airport" in 2009. Made me chuckle. Nurse!?

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed 24 May 2017, 8:54 pm

Ewe turners.
Somebody thaw me out when all's well.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 10:44 am

Any transfer news? The last I heard is Halfpenny is still without a contract...

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Post by Fiddler on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 7:56 pm

Jamie Roberts is available for anybody who wants him.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave on Tue 06 Jun 2017, 11:47 am

mikey_dragon wrote:Any transfer news? The last I heard is Halfpenny is still without a contract...

Transfer matters in abeyance methinks pending the nu-Arms Park deal doo-dah plus possible investment from the middle east.
Arms? Deal? Middle East?
Ding, ding!

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Sat 10 Jun 2017, 7:34 am

Hilarious that S4C referred to Auckland Blues as "Blues" and not Gleision.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by SirBurger on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 12:39 pm

What was Filo Paulo like while he was with you guys?

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by PhilBB on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 1:13 pm

SirBurger wrote:What was Filo Paulo like while he was with you guys?

Not good enough.
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Post by SirBurger on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 10:06 am

PhilBB wrote:
SirBurger wrote:What was Filo Paulo like while he was with you guys?

Not good enough.

Great!

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by PhilBB on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 1:34 pm

He's not a strong ball carrier, he is not particularly mobile, he's not a noticeable scrummager, he's not a strong tackler or mauler.

He wasn't missed and he didn't shine in a woeful Italian team. He's done very well to get a gig in Reading.
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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by SirBurger on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 1:44 pm

PhilBB wrote:He's not a strong ball carrier, he is not particularly mobile, he's not a noticeable scrummager, he's not a strong tackler or mauler.

He wasn't missed and he didn't shine in a woeful Italian team. He's done very well to get a gig in Reading.

That's a bit worrying. We are looking very light in the second row in terms of quality.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 4:50 pm

That's not to say he won't improve at LI.

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Post by PhilBB on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 5:30 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:That's not to say he won't improve at LI.

At 29 years of age and having only been wanted by Treviso beforehand? Possible. Hugely unlikely, though.
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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 29 Jun 2017, 8:36 pm

Any bloos news re CAC and CAP?

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by PhilBB on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 8:39 am

Cardiff Dave wrote:Any bloos news re CAC and CAP?

Deal is off the table at the moment. New deal being formatted.
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Post by PhilBB on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 8:47 am

^ Disclaimer: that was the case last week, but things move quickly ^
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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 9:24 am

PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:Any bloos news re CAC and CAP?

Deal is off the table at the moment. New deal being formatted.

Spoke very briefly with a CAC committee member last week. Didn't say much, but got the distinct impression of him being cheesed off with the bloos.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 7:05 am

PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:Any bloos news re CAC and CAP?

Deal is off the table at the moment. New deal being formatted.

"Thrown out", I was told. One reason being the word "Cardiff". Incredible.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by PhilBB on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 10:17 am

Cardiff Dave wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:Any bloos news re CAC and CAP?

Deal is off the table at the moment. New deal being formatted.

"Thrown out", I was told. One reason being the word "Cardiff". Incredible.

What's incredible about that?
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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 10:45 am

PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:Any bloos news re CAC and CAP?

Deal is off the table at the moment. New deal being formatted.

"Thrown out", I was told. One reason being the word "Cardiff". Incredible.

What's incredible about that?

Surprised that ditching the name was even suggested.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by PhilBB on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 10:58 am

Cardiff Dave wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:Any bloos news re CAC and CAP?

Deal is off the table at the moment. New deal being formatted.

"Thrown out", I was told. One reason being the word "Cardiff". Incredible.

What's incredible about that?

Surprised that ditching the name was even suggested.

There's a stupid theory that the WRU might try to insist on it as part of the new RSA. Thankfully that theory is diminishing in relevance.

It will disappear completely as any new lease, as it stands, will be negotiated on the basis that only teams called Cardiff can play at CAP.
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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 8:14 am

PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:Any bloos news re CAC and CAP?

Deal is off the table at the moment. New deal being formatted.

"Thrown out", I was told. One reason being the word "Cardiff". Incredible.

What's incredible about that?

Surprised that ditching the name was even suggested.

There's a stupid theory that the WRU might try to insist on it as part of the new RSA. Thankfully that theory is diminishing in relevance.

It will disappear completely as any new lease, as it stands, will be negotiated on the basis that only teams called Cardiff can play at CAP.

Nott's comments on twitter recently?

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Post by PhilBB on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 10:47 am

Nott's comments were bonkers, but quite separate from this. More bonkers when you consider his firm is advising CAC on the lease deal.
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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by marty2086 on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 10:56 am

Cardiff Dave wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:Any bloos news re CAC and CAP?

Deal is off the table at the moment. New deal being formatted.

"Thrown out", I was told. One reason being the word "Cardiff". Incredible.

What's incredible about that?

Surprised that ditching the name was even suggested.

Serious question for some of you Cardiff fans, is losing the Cardiff name sacrilege?

Would reverting to the just the Blues not be a move towards widening the market for sponsorship, marketing etc and attracting new fans similar to how the Kiwi Super Rugby teams did a few years back when they dropped the place names?

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Post by PhilBB on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 11:39 am

^ Oh bless him ^
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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 8:09 am

PhilBB wrote:Nott's comments were bonkers, but quite separate from this. More bonkers when you consider his firm is advising CAC on the lease deal.

On the CAC committee too?
http://www.cardiffathleticclub.co.uk/committee-details.php



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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by PhilBB on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 8:45 am

Cardiff Dave wrote:
PhilBB wrote:Nott's comments were bonkers, but quite separate from this. More bonkers when you consider his firm is advising CAC on the lease deal.

On the CAC committee too?
http://www.cardiffathleticclub.co.uk/committee-details.php



For now.

And he's one of CAC's representatives on the Cardiff Blues board.
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Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 9:27 am

Fits right in with the bonkers bloos then I guess.
Saying that, reckon the board could do with a shake an' vac. Bout time it had a re-fresh.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave on Sun 24 Sep 2017, 9:19 am

Meh!

Connacht 15-17 Cardiff.

"...Cardiff 7-3 up"
"...Cardiff's lead"
"...Cardiff's huge defensive effort"
"...Cardiff's advantage"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/41324939

PS; no mention of the "R" word either. Just being truthful at last, I guess.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 24 Sep 2017, 11:32 am

The team is seriously handicapped with Lloyd and Shingler getting so much game time.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave Yesterday at 9:08 am

mikey_dragon wrote:The team is seriously handicapped with Lloyd and Shingler getting so much game time.

Mischief-maker Very Happy .
The future of CAP needs sorting, that's for shewer.

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