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Earle eager to impress under Wilson

19th July 2016

George Earle has pinpointed the influence of Danny Wilson as the main reason for his move to Cardiff Blues.

The physical, South African-born second-row moved east along the M4 following three seasons with the Scarlets and linked up with Wales’ Capital Region last month.

Wilson, who recently added a year to his existing contract, worked with Earle during his time in west Wales and left a lasting impression, something that has transferred to pre-season

Now the 29-year-old is looking forward to forming as dominant a pack as possible under the former Wales Under-20s coach.

Earle said: “Pre-season been well planned and it’s good to be in an environment where everything is thought out and has a purpose. 

“It’s been really enjoyable. You can easily learn a lot here – there are very good coaches and structures.

“It’s been a really good transition for me. I have worked with Danny previously so I was expecting something like this, a structured and professional environment. It’s a good change for me and I feel very positive going forward.

“Danny has always brought the best out of me, he’s really honest - which is one thing you need as a rugby player because that improves you - attention to detail and he’s a good person and man, the type of person you want to play for.

“One of his main strengths is the technical side of things, he can transform any pack into a really dominant one.  That’s the main thing I enjoy about rugby, having a good forward pack and dominating guys.

“I’m fit and ready to go, last year was frustrating one but I feel refreshed and hungry for a good couple of seasons.”

Earle watched from afar as Wilson’s men steadily progressed last season, winning 10 of their final 14 Guinness PRO12 matches.

They agonisingly missed out on a place in the top six but that has to be the minimum targeted befitting the Blues, according to Earle.

He added: “The progress was pleasing to see last year and knowing the coaches, players and facilities at the Blues, I always knew it would happen. A region like this, in the capital city should be the best in Wales. 

“A finish in the top six has to be the target, when I first came to Wales I remember watching Cardiff Blues beat Toulon and that shows we have a big say in Europe and need to be back in the top competition.”