Monthly Archives: July 1999

Talented Full Backs

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With such a rich talent of young players such as Rhys Williams and Craig Morgan, it was good to see that the board failed in their attempt to lure a certain 31 year old to our club. With Rayer’s experience, these two players should learn from their mentor and go on to challenge for the Welsh full back position.

This week has seen another village-style farse with Eddie Jones being sacrificed on the pyre of amateurism. The ginger monster’s revealed that he’s always been a fan of our club but will there be any further recruits from the land of the Montego.

The departure of Lee Jarvis is a blow for the fans as another talented youngster leaves the club. Will he swap his Z3 for a Montego?

Good luck Justin at Newport – watch out for the high balls on 4th September!

A new captain and a new scrum half

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Two pieces of news came from our club today – one, the announcement of David Young as captain next year and another, the recruitment of Kevin Ellis.

Something that we called for in the middle of the season just passed, Kevin Ellis is an inspirational character whose guts and determination will bring a much needed motivating factor to the squad. Although not in the prime of his youth, his wholehearted committment to the cause, tenacious tackling and visionary attacking skills will give us a back up at scrum half sorely lacking last season.

The re-appointment of Dai Young as captain, however, is a bewildering decision. Rarely present for 80 minutes on the pitch, Dai’s contribution to the game is built around his world class scrummaging and abrasive approach to tight play. Mr Motivator, he is not. Rarely do you see him rousing his team to greater efforts, encouraging or admonishing where needed and leading from the front. He’s a private man and not an extrovert. Time and time again, our team has produced fragmented performances – playing as a group of individuals rather than as a team. Why doesn’t Humph get the captaincy? Can anyone explain?

European Cup Draw

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With the announcement of the European Cup fixtures, Cardiff’s group contains the French Champions, Monferrand a formidable team on their home ground, Harlequins, the team Cardiff did the doubleagainst last year Treviso. Montferrand are famous for bucketfulls of machsimo, so let’s hope for a strong referee in November!

Whilst there’ll be some tough games for Cardiff, Swansea’s group contains two ex-European champions in Bath and Tolouse as well as Padova.

Llanelli face last years champions, Ulster, though their group will offer less challenging games against Bourgoin (who Cardiff already beat at home and lost by a point away, two years ago) and Wasps. Lyn Jones will get a chance to prove that his players can do more than catch a plane in Europe, with easy games against Northamption(!), Grenoble and Edinburgh. The much weakened Ponty squad will face Saracens (Montego vs remote control), Colomiers and Munster.

Our first game will be at home to Harlequins on the weekend of November 20th with our trip to France planned for the following weekend. This is Cardiff’s game of the season – the real test of our team’s metal is winning away in France. Forget meaningless domestic games against beer swilling amateurs, can we win away in France? See you there!

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