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Cardiff Blues Ezine 2nd June 2005

2nd June 2005

Welcome to the Cardiff Blues Ezine, providing you with a full round-up of news from the Arms Park and forthcoming events.

Battling Blues Convert Italian Job Into The Great Escape
The Blues battled heroically in the heat to beat Viadana and qualify for another season of Heineken Rugby at the Arms Park in 2005-06.

Four Blues In Wales Line Up
The Wales backline is looking distinctly Blue for the first tour match against USA on Saturday at the Rentschler Stadium, Hartford (4th June, kick-off: 8.00 pm BST).

Season Ticket Information
In the light of the recent Celtic League developments, we anticipate a brief delay prior to distributing season ticket information. Negotiations regarding the fixture schedule are ongoing and more information will be available on when it is confirmed.

Meet the ultimate 'Urdd' movers
Rugby stars from the Cardiff Blues are adding their weight to the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay this week.

The Cardiff Blues will have a special stand at the event to promote the club and region to younger fans.

Members of the Blues squad, including Welsh internationals Ben Evans and Jamie Robinson, will be on hand during the festival to show visitors their ball-handling skills, sign autographs and distribute club giveaways.

Three Blues start for Lions
The Lions have named a strong side for their New Zealand tour opener against Bay of Plenty next Saturday.

Win Tickets to See Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode III, one of the most eagerly awaited films of all time, opened nationwide on May 19th and you can see the film for FREE at Ster Century!

tiny gift for all Blues young fans
Blues’ principle sponsor bmibaby has delivered once again with their latest gift for young Blues fans.

Young Blues members and fans can get their hands on a fantastic free poster of the Blues Grand Slam heroes from the Blues shop at Cardiff Arms Park.

With Great Sadness
It is with great sadness that we report the death of the Cardiff Rugby Committee Chairman Jim O’Donnell. Jim passed away peacefully on Tuesday at Holme Towers in Penarth. For more information visit

Blues’ hospital visit a tonic for the children
Poorly children at two South Wales hospitals received a welcome tonic when players from Cardiff Blues took a break from training to say “hello”.

Members of the Blues’ squad - including Wales’ internationals Craig Quinnell, Jamie Robinson and Ben Evans - visited the children’s wards at University Hospital Wales in Cardiff and Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil..

As well as having the chance to meet their rugby heroes, the children also received some special Blues’ giveaways from the team.

Blues’ director of coaching Dai Young said: “Despite the knocks and bumps they get on the pitch, our players realise how lucky they are to be fit and up and about.
“Nothing brings this home more than a poorly child in hospital and we hope a visit from some of our players will help to put a smile on their faces.”

Cardiff head for Canada
Cardiff Rugby Football Club depart for Canada this weekend. A 26-man squad, supported by coach Howard Stone and team manager Keith Morgan plus physiotherapists, officials and supporters, will play two matches in Toronto.