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Cardiff Blues Press Conference

3rd December 2003

Cardiff Chairman Peter Thomas and Chief Executive Robert Norster today gave a press conference regarding the role of the Cardiff Blues in regional rugby.

They have also issued the following summary;

• Proactive involvement in the creation of all discussion documents throughout the evolution of regional rugby
• The first region to launch to the public – professional, high profile event widely attended by commercial and rugby partners throughout the community
• Presentation of plans and buffet supper provided to all regional clubs during the summer
• Heads of Terms agreed with Caerphilly RFC to be utilised as a regional training headquarters. Unable to proceed under WRU plans awaiting alternate proposals regarding the Vale of Glamorgan facility
• Relaunch of Capital Rugby community initiative in conjunction with the WRU and Unitary Authorities specifically re-engineered to address the linkage of primary and secondary schools to the clubs of the region. Now encompassing over 140 schools in the region
• Re-siting of District Development Director’s offices to the Arms Park at a reduced rental to ensure closer working relationship
• Schedule agreed between the above and Cardiff Blues coaching staff for the following:
• Head Coach and support staff to meet with the region’s coaches at the Arms Park regional centre on the 15th December
• Capital Rugby development officers to meet with all junior coaches pre-Christmas
• Post Christmas master classes to be delivered within the region by Blues/Cardiff RFC coaching staff for all WRU identified elite coaching prospects