Around the Park

Rory Pitman

Everyone at Cardiff RFC would like to congratulate Rory on gaining a short-term professional contract with the English Championship team Doncaster Knights. Rory has been at the heart of everything that the Blue & Blacks have achieved and although he will be sorely missed we wish him every success and remind him there will always be a warm welcome from him at the Arms Park.

The Knights have signed an outstanding back-rower who in his nine games this season in Blue & Black has been on the winning side 6 times.

Neil Edwards

Neil sadly will be leaving the Blue & Blacks coaching team due to a work promotion and family commitments. In his time with the Blue & Blacks the forwards have become a real force to recon with as demonstrated in the second half against Aberavon last week. Nellie’s charges took total control of the second half allowing the Blue & Blacks to record a bonus point win.

The coaching staff, squad and everyone at Cardiff RFC would like to thank him for all his support and hard work and wish him the very best of luck in his new job.

Thomas Rhys Thomas (TRT)

As one door closes another opens and Cardiff RFC are delighted to have secured the services of TRT to work with the Blue & Blacks forwards. TRT has a wealth of experience having gained 28 Wales caps, as well as distinguished careers with the Cardiff Blues, the Dragons and London Wasps. TRT is currently working with the Cardiff Blues Academy and is keen to cut his teeth in the Premiership. Head Coach Steve Law said of TRT “I worked with him during the recent A games and was very impressed with what I saw. The experience that he can pass on to the squad will be invaluable and I look forward to working with him some more over the rest of the season”

Miles Normandale

Cardiff RFC are delighted that Miles Normandale has been called into the Cardiff Blues squad to play against Uruguay on Tuesday. Miles came back to the RFC after a long career playing professionally with the Blues and Rotherham. Having recovered an injury sustained last season Miles has been outstanding both on and off the pitch this season. That hasn’t gone un-noticed, Steve Law commenting that “Miles has been in great form and it is a great opportunity for him. At Cardiff RFC we always support the Cardiff Blues and this season the relationship between ourselves and the senior side has been better than ever. By working together, we can make both sides stronger and long may that great relationship continue”.

Crawshays Welsh

Cardiff would like to congratulate our players who will represent Crawshays on Friday night at the Gnoll (7:30) against Hong Kong. James Murphy, Morgan Allen, Kieran Martin and Ross Pritchard will take their places in a squad that will be coached by former Blue & Black favourite Mike Rayer.

Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3