Next in our Ultimate XV series is inside centre! Who gets your nod to pull on the number 12 jersey in our ultimate dream team?
Willis Halaholo (2016-present | 69 appearances | 13 tries)
Willis Halaholo arrived at the Welsh capital as a Super Rugby winner, playing a key role in Hurricanes’ success the previous season. His side-stepping ability and attacking prowess has made him one of the most dangerous centres in the league with ball in hand, and he struck up a deadly midfield partnership with Rey Lee-Lo, winning the Challenge Cup in 2018. He has also developed a close relationship with the Cardiff Blues supporters and was called up the Wales squad in 2019, only for injury to deny him a spot against Barbarians.
Iestyn Harris (2003-2004 | 10 appearances | 82 points | 25 caps for Wales)
Having established himself as a star in rugby league, Iestyn Harris switched codes in 2001, joining Cardiff. He would spend three seasons at the Arms Park, including the inaugural regional campaign, and often featured at 12, having initially joined as an outside half. Harris was capable of flicking the switch and creating magic with ball in hand. He won 25 caps for Wales, featuring in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, before switching back to rugby league.
Dafydd Hewitt (2004-2015 | 123 appearances | 13 tries)
Dafydd Hewitt was as reliable a servant as they came. Having come through the academy system, Hewitt made 123 appearances for the first team and was appointed vice captain ahead of the 2012/13 campaign. A member of Wales’ Rugby World Cup-winning Sevens squad, Hewitt was a life-long Cardiff fan who achieved his dream of playing for his home region but was forced to retire due to injury in 2015.
Marc Stcherbina (2005-2008 | 52 appearances | 8 tries)
Former Australia Sevens international, Marc Stcherbina, arrived at the Arms Park from Northampton Saints in 2005. The former Waratahs and Biarritz centre went on to make 52 appearances at the Welsh capital, scoring eight tries in the process. He would later switch to Dragons on loan, but injuries cut his career short.
Jamie Roberts (2005-2013 | 86 appearances | 18 tries | 94 caps for Wales | 3 caps for British and Irish Lions)
Jamie Roberts came through the academy of his home region, and became one of the most decorated rugby players of his generation. Starting out in the back three, Roberts moved to number 12 where he developed a reputation as one of the most effective ball carriers in world rugby. The centre crossed for a try in the Amlin Cup final win over Toulon and made 86 appearances over his eight-year stint. He became a key figure in the Wales midfield, and went on to play for the Lions in 2009, where he was named ‘Man of the Tour’, and 2013.
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