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Squad Profiles 09/10


Squad Profiles 09/10

By Andrew Collins
August 6 2009

In this section of the site, you can browse through the Cardiff Blues playing and coaching squad for season 09/10. Itís a historic team, this being the first squad as the Blues enter a new era at the Cardiff City Stadium.

  Coach Profiles

Head Coach
Dai Young

Assistant Coach
Billy Mallard

Backs Coach
Gareth Baber

Forwards Coach
Justin Burnell

Conditioning Coach
Dan Baugh
Tristan Bevan

Captain
Paul Tito

Vice Captain
Xavier Rush

Player Profiles

Prop
Gethin Jenkins
John Yapp
Tau'faao Filise
Darren Morris
Gary Powell
Rhys Gill
Scott Roberts

Hookers
Thomas Rhys Thomas
Gareth Williams
Ross Johnson

Second Row
Deiniol Jones
Paul Tito
Bradley Davies
James Down
Scott Morgan

Back Row
Maama Molitika
Martyn Williams
Andy Powell
Xavier Rush
Robin Sowden-Taylor
Ben White
Sam Warburton

Scrum Half
Gareth Cooper
Ritchie Rees
Darren Allinson

Outside Half
Sam Norton-Knight
Ceri Sweeney
Dai Flanagan

Centre
Tom Shanklin
Jamie Roberts
Casey Laulala
Daffydd Hewit
Gareth Thomas
Gavin Evans

Wing
Chris Czekaj
Tom James
Richard Mustoe
Leigh Halfpenny
Dafydd James

Full Back
Ben Blair
James Loxton

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Squad Profiles 09/10
theArmsPark.co.uk (IP Logged)
06/08/2009 14:30
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Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
cardiffsteve (IP Logged)
06/08/2009 15:46
Mate Rhys Gill, Scott Roberts and Ross Johnson have left.

I'm not sure Loxton's a full squad member yet, though I dare say he's going to make a few appearances at the start of the season.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
StockyBlue (IP Logged)
06/08/2009 21:44
Looks good on paper.....

Good strength in depth in many areas. Look at Centre, back row, wings and 2nd row especially.

Then look at props, scrum halves and fly halves and things look like they may go a little pear shaped.

This has been said for a long time and yet no proven signings again in these areas.

SNK is saying the right things but proof is on on the pitch. Cooper blows hot and cold IMO. Morris is here only as a stand in for Melon.

Here's hoping I'm proved wrong as I was last year.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
bluebadger (IP Logged)
06/08/2009 22:58
Outside half situation OMG!!!!!! Looks worse on paper than in general conversation

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
07/08/2009 11:08
Squad is wrong and very weak in places.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
StockyBlue (IP Logged)
07/08/2009 18:53
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ATTR
Squad is wrong and very weak in places.

ATTR, interested to know what you mean by "wrong"?

As I implied above, I agree it is weak in many places but we have lost in some areas but gained in some others through recruitment and especially player development.

At the start of the last three seasons it all seems to be doom and gloom....yet the Blues have grown as a team with on the field results (not off it I may add!)

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
07/08/2009 19:16
Wrong = Not right.

Prop situation is being treated with sticking plaster (Darren Morris) It needs surgery.

OH no stand out OH let alone a genuine battle.

Age: Squad is getting on in key positions.

I feel we peaked last season. I hope I'm wrong.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
StockyBlue (IP Logged)
07/08/2009 19:25
Just puzzled for a moment by your terminology and perhaps read more into it than was there.

Yes, I agree again, weak in many places.

Lets hope after another fab season, we're saying exactly the same this time next year.

I'm not particularly optimistic by heart...I believe I'm a realist...really (Sm100). But again, looking back, I've been pretty realistic in my views for the forthcoming season during the last three summers and yet the team have exceeded all expectations time and time again.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
07/08/2009 21:48
At least if you are pessimistic you can only be pleasantly surprised. (I hope)

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
Dim Cais (IP Logged)
08/08/2009 14:39
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ATTR
OH no stand out OH let alone a genuine battle.

Two Dads says something different, but what he really thinks is another matter;


"The Australian accepts that he will have to fight for his favoured 10 position in Cardiff.

"I recognise there's a couple of good 10s in the squad with Ceri Sweeney and Dai Flanagan," he said.

"Both have got some great skills, so there is going to be plenty of competition for that jersey which you hope brings out the best in everyone.

"But hopefully over time I can secure a spot in the side."

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
bluebadger (IP Logged)
09/08/2009 10:06
how good is SNK if he thinks he has to fight for a place against SWEENEY.
Nicky didn't get pressured once last season.
I hope that is bluff talk which is unusual for a normally forthright aussie.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
09/08/2009 19:40
Just standard rubbish given in that sort of interview. If he thinks Sweeney can challenge him then he's no first choice 10 anyway!

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
rugbyguru (IP Logged)
10/08/2009 10:57
think we have signed a young south african back row player named Andries Pretorius, used to be Captain at hartpury College. Have heard good things about him.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
cardiffsteve (IP Logged)
10/08/2009 11:08
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rugbyguru
think we have signed a young south african back row player named Andries Pretorius, used to be Captain at hartpury College. Have heard good things about him.

Why don't they just announce it? Everyone knows about it by now. People have seen him training with the squad at the open day FFS.

I can see why you'd keep back the news of signing a "big name" for a day when it'll get maximum publicity but in this case?

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
Bluepragmatist (IP Logged)
11/08/2009 13:34
Cardiff Steve is right; Rhys Gill, Scott Roberts & Ross Johnston have all gone! But, well done Admin.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
beddaublue (IP Logged)
12/08/2009 12:27
MY OLD MATE CARDIFF STEVE .THOSE PLAYERS YOU MENTIONED HAVE LEFT THE CLUB GUESS WHERE THERE FROM.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
Dim Cais (IP Logged)
12/08/2009 12:48
Wales?

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
12/08/2009 17:03
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beddaublue
MY OLD MATE CARDIFF STEVE .THOSE PLAYERS YOU MENTIONED HAVE LEFT THE CLUB GUESS WHERE THERE FROM.

Rhys Gill: Tylorstown, Treorchy & Ystrad Rhondda.

Scott Roberts: Pontypridd & Bridgend

Am I getting close?

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
beddaublue (IP Logged)
13/08/2009 08:25
HI CARDIFF STEVE YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK .ACCEPT ROSS JOHNSON WHO SURPRISE SURPRISE IS FROM BEDDAU.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
13/08/2009 08:30
I'm not sure as to the point you're trying to make, beddaublue.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
RFCLad (IP Logged)
14/08/2009 01:42
do we really need SEVEN props?

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
14/08/2009 09:03
Do we need 7 props?

Prop
Gethin Jenkins Injured
John Yapp Experimenting with TH
Tau'faao Filise NO 1 TH
Darren Morris Cover until January 1 2010.
Gary Powell Only here for the Tango factor
Rhys Gill Gone see earlier posts in the thread
Scott Roberts Gone see earlier posts in the thread


So its 5 props one of whom is injured so it is 4 props.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
cardiffsteve (IP Logged)
14/08/2009 11:32
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ATTR
I'm not sure as to the point you're trying to make, beddaublue.

He seems to think that you're me. Take it as a compliment.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
JonnyBlues (IP Logged)
14/08/2009 11:42
Quote:
ATTR
Do we need 7 props?
Prop
Gethin Jenkins Injured
John Yapp Experimenting with TH
Tau'faao Filise NO 1 TH
Darren Morris Cover until January 1 2010.
Gary Powell Only here for the Tango factor
Rhys Gill Gone see earlier posts in the thread
Scott Roberts Gone see earlier posts in the thread


So its 5 props one of whom is injured so it is 4 props.


No ATTR, it isn't. You conveniently forgot about Hobbs, Andrews and Palmer. All of whom are training with the full squad. That's 8 props in the squad.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
14/08/2009 12:21
Quote:
JonnyBlues
Quote:
ATTR
Do we need 7 props?
Prop
Gethin Jenkins Injured
John Yapp Experimenting with TH
Tau'faao Filise NO 1 TH
Darren Morris Cover until January 1 2010.
Gary Powell Only here for the Tango factor
Rhys Gill Gone see earlier posts in the thread
Scott Roberts Gone see earlier posts in the thread


So its 5 props one of whom is injured so it is 4 props.


No ATTR, it isn't. You conveniently forgot about Hobbs, Andrews and Palmer. All of whom are training with the full squad. That's 8 props in the squad.
I've gone by the list at the top of the thread. Don't forget the last the are Development players not "full".

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
beddaublue (IP Logged)
14/08/2009 17:28
HI ATTR AND CARIFF STEVE THIS WAS MY ORIGINAL POINT ON TIGHTHEAD PROPS.BEFORE THE COMMENTS MADE (Sm122) ABOUT VALLEY OIKS.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
cardiffsteve (IP Logged)
14/08/2009 17:33
Quote:
beddaublue
HI ATTR AND CARIFF STEVE THIS WAS MY ORIGINAL POINT ON TIGHTHEAD PROPS.BEFORE THE COMMENTS MADE (Sm122) ABOUT VALLEY OIKS.

Been drinking again?

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
BEDDAUBLUE (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 18:14
Quote:
cardiffsteve
Quote:
beddaublue
HI ATTR AND CARIFF STEVE THIS WAS MY ORIGINAL POINT ON TIGHTHEAD PROPS.BEFORE THE COMMENTS MADE (Sm122) ABOUT VALLEY OIKS.

Been drinking again?
ONLY BRAINS S/A CARDIFFSTEVE.(Sm48)

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 18:55
James Loxton was terrible for the Rags at Ebbw Vale. Not encouraging as no 2 full back for the firsts.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
cardiffsteve (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 23:32
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ATTR
James Loxton was terrible for the Rags at Ebbw Vale. Not encouraging as no 2 full back for the firsts.

Surprised by that. He seemed to be going well for the Wands. And scored a try at Ulster on his debut last season.

Maybe carrying an injury? Didnt seem to have any kind of preseason.

 
Re: Squad Profiles 09/10
ATTR (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 23:54
Poor decision making and no backing his pace. Maybe carrying as you say but blew a couple of chances due to the pace issue.

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