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Turnbull set for 150th appearance

First Team News | 25th February 2021

Josh Turnbull is thrilled to tick off another milestone on Friday as he makes his 150th Cardiff Blues appearance in the Guinness PRO14 showdown with Munster.

The versatile forward has become one of the most consistent performers since arriving at the Arms Park from the Scarlets in 2014.

He has now amassed more than 250 regional appearances, including 200 in the PRO14 and will lead out Cardiff Blues for this latest landmark on Friday.

Turnbull said: “I’m quite chuffed about that one actually. I keep seem to be knocking them off one by one at the moment but I’m enjoying playing rugby and there’s a great bunch of boys here who I enjoy being around. 

“The youngsters are keeping me on my toes and probably making me feel a bit younger than I actually am. I’m enjoying it as much as I’ve ever done.”

While there will be no crowd at the Arms Park, which hosts a PRO14 encounter for the first time in more than a year, there are few occasions bigger than a vital clash with Conference B leaders Munster.

Turnbull is relishing the competitive return to action at the Arms Park and insists all focus is on the Blues following a disappointing defeat to Connacht.

He continued: “It’s been a while since we played on this pitch and being back at the Arms Park, it’s just a shame there’s no fans here. Hopefully that won’t be too far in the distant future. 

“The pitch is looking great, we’ve trained on it in the last few weeks and we can’t wait to get back out there. We know we can play a faster brand of rugby and that’s the way we want to play. We know if we play a fast game we’re a hard team to beat and that’s what we can do on this pitch. 

“We are fully aware of what Munster can bring. They have a big driving mentality with their forward pack, they try to spend a lot of time in the opposition half and put pressure and squeeze you. They have evolved their game and while they still have that Munster of old they also play a bit more rugby. 

“With a short turnaround we’ve worried on ourselves and putting some things right from last week against Connacht. That’s the biggest thing. Sometimes you get carried away worrying about the opposition and get distracted from your own job. 

“So that’s our focus this week - worrying about ourselves and making sure we put in a good performance as a team.”