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Cardiff Blues Ultimate XV | We kick-off our regional dream team with loose-head prop

Blues News | 30th March 2020


Today we kick-off our Ultimate XV - vote for your favourite player from the regional era and see if they make our Cardiff Blues dream team!

We begin with loose-head prop, take a look at the shortlist and vote below.

 

John Yapp (2003-2012 | 164 appearances | 2 tries | 21 caps for Wales)

John Yapp was a member of the inaugural Cardiff Blues squad and continued to feature for the region for nine years. With 164 appearances under his belt, the reliable Yapp remains in ninth place on the all-time Cardiff Blues appearance list. Yapp was a member of the 2005 Grand Slam-winning side, and picked up a total of 21 caps on the international stage.

 

Sam Hobbs (2009-2016 | 126 appearances | 9 tries)

Sam Hobbs made his regional debut against Edinburgh in 2009 and spent seven years as part of the senior squad before moving to Dragons in 2016. A former Wales under-20 international, he joined the '100 Club' in the Boxing Day clash against Dragons in 2014. Hobbs, a graduate of the Cardiff Blues academy, also skippered the region.

 

Rhys Gill (2006-2009, 2016-present | 74 appearance | 1 try | 7 caps for Wales)

Academy graduate Rhys Gill made his Cardiff Blues debut in 2006 but moved to English outfit Saracens in 2009. Having enjoyed a successful time at the London-based club, picking up Heineken Cup and Premiership medals, Welsh international Gill returned to his home region in 2016. The prop has gone on to make 74 Cardiff Blues appearances and was a member of the 2016 Challenge Cup-winning squad.

 

Gethin Jenkins (2003-2012, 2013-2018 | 195 appearances | 8 tries | 129 caps for Wales | 5 caps for British and Irish Lions)

Gethin Jenkins was a stalwart of Cardiff Blues and Welsh Rugby for a number of years. Having joined Cardiff Blues from Celtic Warriors in 2004, Jenkins would go on to make 195 appearances and played his part in some of the region's finest moments including two Challenge Cup-winning campaigns, the EDF Energy Cup win and a charge to the Heineken Cup semi final. The former Cardiff Blues skipper also established himself as one of Wales' best ever loose heads and had an illustrious career on the international stage, winning four Six Nations titles and going on three tours with the British and Irish Lions.

 

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