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Priestland delighted with start to life with Cardiff Rugby

First Team News | 13th September 2021

Rhys Priestland admits he has been hugely impressed since making the move to Cardiff Rugby this summer.

The fly-half made his Cardiff debut from the bench against Harlequins last week and guided the Blue and Blacks to victory over Bath in his first start on Friday night.

Priestland produced a complete performance against his former employers and has received widespread plaudits.

But he was was quick to heap the praise on the squad and coaching set-up at Cardiff Arms Park, which have already exceeded his expectations.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time back here so far, probably more so than I expected at the start because I wasn’t really sure what I was coming back to. I hadn’t really seen them play, obviously you see results and see how many games were so close and could have gone either way. I’m just enjoying being back here and Cardiff’s my sole focus.


“Dai is good. He puts a lot of trust in the coaches around him and he’s got a good team there. Coming back I have been very impressed with the coaching set-up and it works well. 

“He’s always got a level head, he’s quite dry and you have to know how to take him but it’s been good. I’ve never worked with him before but so far so good and I’ve been impressed with the whole set-up.”

Priestland will compete for the number 10 jersey with Jarrod Evans, Jason Tovey and Ben Thomas, and fellow Wales international Evans has also caught his eye.

Evans has not featured in pre-season but will be available for Connacht, along with Willis Halaholo, who provided a decisive turning point in Friday’s victory.

Priestland continued: “I wouldn’t say it’s a mentoring thing with Jarrod, he’s played for Wales already and started the last Test so I’m probably learning more from him than he is off me. 

“But he’s a really good bloke, I met him before and really got on with him, we get along well now and I’m really looking forward to seeing how we can both develop. Hopefully we’ll be good for each other and that goes for everyone in the squad, if I can help any one then I’m more than happy to do that.

"Yeah, he’s a good player, isn’t he?" the fly-half said of Halaholo.

"Obviously I’ve seen Willis play for Wales but I haven’t seen a lot of these boys play very much because I didn’t have Premier Sports.

“He’s very good but like I said earlier about the coaching set-up, I have been impressed with the squad. I’m over the moon with the way things have gone so far.”