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Blues sign wing James and Laulala

Dafydd James
Dafydd James won 48 caps for Wales

Cardiff Blues have signed former Lions and Wales back Dafydd James and New Zealand centre Casey Laulala.

James, 33, endured an acrimonious split from the Scarlets in April and joins the Blues on a season-long contract.

Laulala, 27, has won two caps for the All Blacks and joins from Kiwi Super 14 side the Crusaders.

"Dafydd, like Casey is also a hugely experienced player and will be a valuable addition to our squad," said Blues director of rugby Dai Young.

"Having agreed a 10-month deal... we look forward to welcoming Dafydd to the Blues almost with immediate effect.

"He has proved with Scarlets, Wales and the Lions that he can consistently perform at the highest level and he will provide another significant option for our team.

"Both these signings help to strengthen our player base in a number of key areas in preparation for what is sure to be another intense period of highly competitive domestic and international rugby.

"With our commitment to the national side evidenced by the increased number of Cardiff Blues players in the Wales squad, quality players such as Casey and Dafydd will ensure our playing resources are not as stretched as they sometimes have been.

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"We saw this at the end of the last season with a build-up of games and unfortunate injuries to our international players such as Tom Shanklin and Tom James who will both miss the start of the season."

Laulala has suffered an injury-hit 2009 due to first a shoulder injury and then a broken left arm in a match against the Bulls which ruled him out for the rest of the season.

The centre made his Test debut in Cardiff against Wales in 2004 and his second against Ireland in Auckland in 2006.

Laulala will arrive later in the autumn following the end of his commitments with the Crusaders.

James, who turns 34 on 24 July and has also played for Pontypridd, Bridgend, Celtic Warriors and Harlequins, will add another level of experience to the Blues squad.

"It's a great opportunity for me to join a team that is certainly on the up after their performances last season," said James, who won 48 Wales caps.

"It's an exciting time to join the Blues as they move to the new stadium.

"They are probably the best supported team in Wales and had a huge amount of support last season in their Heineken Cup and EDF Cup matches."

"The Blues have quality on and off the pitch and Wales is such a small place I know a lot of the players from the Celtic Warriors days and playing for Wales, so I don't think there will be any problem settling in."



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James aims to carry on playing
10 May 09 |  Scarlets
James in Scarlets legal dispute
24 Apr 09 |  Scarlets
Scarlets release ex-Wales wing
21 Apr 09 |  Scarlets
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales
RaboDirect Pro12
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Heineken Cup
11 Apr 07 |  Rugby Union
Anglo-Welsh Cup
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