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Last Updated: Friday, 14 July 2006, 10:17 GMT 11:17 UK
Rush leads revamped Blues squad
Xavier Rush
Rush will take the skipper's armband from Rhys Williams
BBC Sport understands that Xavier Rush will captain Cardiff Blues next season.

The 29-year-old All Blacks number eight - who joined from Auckland last year - will take over from Rhys Williams.

Wales international full-back cum wing Williams endured a miserable 2005/6, losing his national squad place and even his Blues spot late in the year.

The Blues have released USA captain Kort Schubert, ex-Wales Under-21 backs Matthew Nutthall and Tristan Davies, and utility back Roger Warren.

James Malpas and Nathan Llewellyn have also left the Cardiff region.

But Ross Johnson, Rhys Gill, Adam Powell and Dai Flanagan have all been given academy contracts.

BLUES CLOSE-SEASON MOVES

TRANSFER STORIES
In: Taufa'ao Filise (Bath), Gary Powell (Gloucester), Ben Blair (Canterbury), Scott Morgan (Leeds Tykes), Mosese Luveitasau (Rosi RFC, Naitasiri), Duane Goodfield (Pontypridd), Wayne Evans (Pontypridd), Bradley Davies, Scott Roberts, Tom Riley, Dafydd Hewitt (all development contracts), Ross Johnson, Rhys Gill, Adam Powell, Dai Flanagan (all academy contracts)

Out: Jonah Lomu (returning to New Zealand), Ryan Powell (Worcester), Craig Quinnell (retired), Lee Thomas (Sale), Ben Evans (Sale), Dean Dewdney (retired), Craig Morgan (Bristol), Maama Molitika (going to Japan), Martin Jones (Swansea RFC), Roger Warren, Matthew Nutthall, James Malpas, Kort Schubert, Tristan Davies, Nathan Llewellyn (all released)

SEE ALSO
BBC Wales Sport coverage
01 May 06 |  Wales
Transfer talk - Welsh regions
02 May 06 |  Welsh


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