Our Story

Cardiff Blues are one of four professional regions introduced to Wales in 2003, and currently compete in the Guinness PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup.

While the Blues were formed in 2003, the team’s history can be traced back to the late 1800s.

In 1876, Cardiff Rugby Football Club was formed following an amalgamation between Cardiff Wanderers and the Glamorgan Football Club.

During the next 127 years, the Blue & Blacks became universally acknowledged as one of the world’s most famous and successful sides. 

Playing at Cardiff Arms Park, they claimed victories over major touring teams, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and achieved numerous national honours.

With the advent of regional rugby in 2003, Cardiff RFC was granted its own region and Cardiff Blues was created as the new professional side at Cardiff Arms Park.



The region originally encompassed Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan but following the demise of the Celtic Warriors in 2004, proudly took on responsibility for a wider area that included Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr and Powys.

The Cardiff Blues region currently represents five unitary authorities (Cardiff, RCT, Merthyr, Powys and the Vale of Glamorgan) and 76 clubs, including Cardiff, Merthyr and Pontypridd in the Principality Premiership.

Cardiff Blues remains proud of its heritage as well as the wider area it now represents, the many renowned clubs within it and their own unique achievements.

During the regional era Cardiff Blues have twice won the European Challenge Cup (2010 and 2018), plus the Anglo-Welsh Cup (2009). They currently compete in the Guinness PRO14 and the Heineken Champions Cup.

You can read or download our full three-year strategy and cultural values document,'The Cardiff Blues Way' here.