15 Facts About Cardiff Blues


In 1885 under Frank Hancock, Cardiff Blues began playing with seven backs and eight forwards and perfected what was known at the time as "the passing game".

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Several former Cardiff Blues players including Gwyn Nicholls, Bleddyn Williams, Cliff Morgan, Gareth Edwards, Barry John and Gerald Davies are members of the Hall of Fame.

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Cardiff Blues were among the clubs pushing hard for the creation of an Anglo Welsh or British League in the late 1990s, which would put them in frequent conflict with the Welsh Rugby Union.

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Cardiff Blues finished second after having beaten Leinster at home to go top, only for the Ospreys to win at Borders the next day to claim the title.

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In Davies's first season Cardiff Blues managed only eight wins in the Pro12 and one in the Heineken Cup.

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In June 2014, Cardiff Blues were invited to send a squad to Singapore to compete in the inaugural World Club 10s.

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Since returning to the Arms Park, the Cardiff Blues board had been negotiating with their main shareholder and landlord the Cardiff Athletic Club, over terms for a new lease at the Arms Park which would allow the board to put in place ambitious plans to redevelop the site and modernise the stadium.

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Aware that he was now available, the Cardiff Blues board saw him as an ideal replacement for the departing Mulvihill.

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Cardiff Blues signed an initial short term contract, followed by a longer term one in April 2021.

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On March 1,2021, following discussions with supporter groups, the club announced a rebranding to Cardiff Rugby, dropping the Blues name and logo from August 1,2021.

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Champions Cup matches against French champions Stade Toulousain and English champions Harlequins were now in doubt as Cardiff Blues seemed unlikely to be able to raise a team from the few players who hadn't flown to South Africa.

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At that time, Cardiff Blues changed their playing strip in a decision widely interpreted as a move away from the old Cardiff RFC identity, as for the first time black was not included alongside the blue.

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Cardiff Blues Rugby have now returned to their traditional colours of Cambridge blue and black, as of 2021.

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Cardiff Blues Rugby are responsible for assisting the development of rugby in an area covering five unitary authorities: City of Cardiff Blues, the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr and southern Powys.

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In 2004 Cardiff Blues received the ERC Elite Award for having played 50 games in the Heineken Cup.

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