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Mixed Fortunes For Blues on International Stage

5th February 2006

Cardiff Blues players suffered mixed fortunes over the weekend as Wales took on England at full international and age grade levels.

Wales Under 19's hung on to beat England 13-10 in a real cliffhanger at the The Stoop on Friday. Wales U19s opened their Six Nations campaign by beating their English counterparts through an injury time try from Blues flanker Dan Franks.

But England also gained victory on opening night in the Anglo-Welsh international weekend as they battered last years Under 21 Grand Slammers into submission in front of a near 7,000 crowd at Worcester, despite an opening try from Cardiff Blues player Jamie Roberts.

Likewise on the main stage at Twickenham, it was Six Nations 2005 Player of the Championship and former Blues captain Martyn Williams who scored Wales' only try in a 47-13 defeat.

*** Wales U19s continue their Six Nations U19 campaign at Aberavon on Thursday (KO 7 10 pm) against Scotland who pushed France hard before losing 15-6 on Thursday night at Dalzeil.

Go to on Monday to see how the weekend's results affect the rankings.