Cardiff Rugby, formerly the Cardiff Blues before an official name change this year, are one of the four professional Welsh clubs and the pride of the capital city of Wales.
City and Country: Cardiff, Wales.
PRO Rugby Titles: None. Twice runners-up in 2006/07 and 2007/08.
Coach: Dai Young.
Captain: Ellis Jenkins.
Stadium: Cardiff Arms Park.
Cardiff Rugby, formerly the Cardiff Blues before an official name change this year, are one of the four professional Welsh clubs and the pride of the capital city of Wales. The history of the club dates back to its roots as the Cardiff Rugby Football Club in 1876, but it has been through several evolutions and name changes to get to what is the current team playing in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Amongst their performances against touring international teams includes their 8-3 victory over the All Blacks in 1953, as well as a 17-0 win over the Springboks in 1907. Cardiff Rugby is a traditionally strong feeder to the Welsh Test team, and has also seen 10 players from the club go on to represent the British and Irish Lions.
If you want to sound like a local: You actually need to sound like a local to fit into Welsh rugby – as in the sound that comes out of your mouth. Welsh rugby fans are well known for how vocal they are, and many sing really well (think Welsh male choirs). So dig out those old Idols audition tapes and warm up your vocal chords again.
What you didn’t know: They are the only one of the four Welsh clubs to retain a geographical location in their club name. In rebranding, they chose to rather drop the club’s nickname – The Blues – than lose the name of their city or town. The other three professional Welsh teams decided on the opposite.