Cardiff Blues

  • Blues Annex Cardiff RFC

    Cardiff Blues are reported to be taking over the running of the Cardiff RFC Premiership team and a new coaching group is being installed. Wales Online has reported that, until now, the club side has been run by a rugby section of Cardiff Athletic Club, which owns the Arms Park and leases it out to the region. The Blues are assuming direct responsibility for the semi-pro team, who currently lie in ninth place in the Premiership table. The plan is for the club side to provide a playing opportunity...

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  • Burnell Leaves the Blues

    Cardiff Blues have confirmed that joint head coach Justin Burnell has left the region with immediate effect. Burnell had shared the duties of first-team coach with Gareth Baber last season but the appointment of Phil Davies to the club has brought Burnell’s time with the Blues to an end. Chief executive Richard Holland said, “Justin has been part of the Cardiff Blues set up for the last eight years progressing through the system to become Cardiff Blues’ Forward Coach and most recently join...

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  • Blues Weighing Up Artificial Pitch

    Cardiff Blues have confirmed that they are interested in installing a new artificial pitch at Cardiff Arms Park in time for the start of next season. Such 4G surfaces reportedly cost around £500,000 initially with an additional £18,000 per annum for maintenance and chief executive Richard Holland has told the South Wales Echo that he is “looking at ways of potentially financing it”. The Welsh region were the first visitors to Saracens’ Allianz Park in January and Holland said the Blues...

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  • Blues’ Winding Up Order Dismissed

    The Cardiff Blues have had a winding up order against them over a tax debt dismissed in London’s High Court this week. No details regarding the tax debt have been revealed and the Blues have not made any comment on the matter but the Welsh region was on a list of companies scheduled to be wound up at the High Court. However, insolvency judge Registrar Sally Barber was asked by counsel for HM Revenue and Customs to formally dismiss the case and she did so, meaning the matter has been resolved....

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  • Cardiff Blues Train On Artificial Pitch For First Time

    Here’s a clip from BBC Wales Today's Ashliegh Crowter, catching up with the Cardiff Blues as they train on their new artificial pitch for the first time. Cardiff Blues Director of rugby Phil Davies emphasises their desire to play an attractive brand of rugby at Cardiff Arms Park. Sharks visit the Blues on Friday in a pre-season friendly. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/23775293  ...

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  • Cardiff Blues Threaten To Leave Arms Park

    Cardiff Blues have expressed their exasperation with being unable to come to a renewed lease agreement on Cardiff Arms Park that they have announced they will be looking for alternative home grounds from 2022 onwards. A club statement on Monday said: “Following a meeting of the Cardiff Blues board today, the decision was made to redouble efforts to secure a long-term home with a 'fit for purpose' stadium and therefore the company will now explore alternative options away from Cardiff Arms Park...

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  • Blues Switch To Macron

    Cardiff Blues have confirmed that Macron will be their new kit supplier from next season until 2022. The Bologna-based sporting apparel company replace Canterbury, who have been the Welsh region's kit supplier for more than 10 years. This new partnership will see all Cardiff Blues age-grades, the ladies set-up and the senior men all supplied with bespoke kits. The majority of both the teamwear and leisurewear ranges have been designed specifically for Cardiff Blues, combining traditional styles...

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  • Blues Remain In The Red

    Cardiff Blues submitted their latest set of accounts to Companies House this week, revealing that the region made a pre-tax loss of £238,552 in the year ending 31 May 2014. That is an improvement on the £259,450 loss made the previous year and the region increased its turnover by six per cent to £7,952,552 in the space of 12 months. In the year ending 30 May 2012 the Blues made a major pre-tax loss of £3.8 million but a combination of their return to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, a 25 per...

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  • WRU To Run Cardiff Blues From July

    The WRU will find itself running two PRO12 teams from July 1st after takeover of The Dragons was confirmed last week and the Cardiff Blues caretaking role to be assumed during the redevelopment of Cardiff Arms Park may not be the temporary arrangement first suggested. The Cardiff Blues franchise is to be handed back to the Welsh Rugby Union, who will take over responsibility for the region from July 1. The Union will assume a caretaking role while the Blues board focus on the proposed redevelopm...

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  • Blues Quality Not Quantity Approach To Cost Ponty & Cardiff

    Cardiff Blues are to run a much smaller but higher quality squad and end their policy of providing players free to charge to Pontypridd and Cardiff RFC, according to Wales Online. The Arms Park-based region currently employ no fewer than 65 players at senior and academy level. They plan to cut that figure back drastically for next season, by having 38-40 senior players, supported by a group of academy youngsters. At present, a number of Blues employees play the bulk of their rugby at Premiershi...

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