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Blues to start search for Director of Rugby

17th April 2012

Cardiff Blues can confirm that they are seeking to appoint a Director of Rugby for the forthcoming season

Speaking of the decision Cardiff Blues Chief Executive, Richard Holland, said:

“Gareth Baber and Justin Burnell must be commended for getting the team to the quarter final of the Heineken Cup.”

“Being in the top eight teams in Europe is no mean feat.”

“However, there is no doubting that it has been a difficult first season for them in charge of the senior side, the financial constraints being announced and players departing has contributed to this.”

“Both coaches came through the Blues system and have done a superb job developing some world class players such as Sam Warburton, Jamie Roberts, Leigh Halfpenny and Bradley Davies during their time coaching our Academy.”

“They have continued to develop players this season in the senior side bringing on the likes of Harry Robinson, Dan Fish and Luke Hamilton.”

“Following a meeting of the Cardiff Blues board it has been decided that we will start the search for a fulltime Director of Rugby to manage all rugby matters at the region from next season.”

“Gareth and Justin will continue in their roles but the appointment of a Director of Rugby will strengthen our Rugby Department going forward.”

“This is a positive step for the Blues as we aim to build an exciting, young squad for the future that includes a core base of Wales Grand Slam winning players.”

“The search for the new Director of Rugby will begin immediately.”

“We are looking for a candidate who has had previous experience in this role and obviously an excellent understanding of Welsh rugby.”

“Needless to say our focus remains firmly on finishing the season strongly, starting with our match against Edinburgh on Sunday at the Cardiff City Stadium.”