There was good and bad news for Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson this week as he was able to welcome back Kristian Dacey but Dan Fish faced an injury setback.
Wales hooker Dacey was struck down with injury during pre-season after a successful summer tour with Wales, where he started against Tonga at Auckland’s Eden Park.
However, he has missed three weeks of Cardiff Blues action so far after damaging a groin, leaving Matthew Rees to occupy the number two jersey at the Arms Park in his absence.
The 28-year-old is now fit enough to return though, and will pack down alongside Fa’ao Filise, who has missed the last two weeks with a knee injury, and Bradley Thyer, who makes his first Pro Rugby start since March 2016.
There was also good news for Wilson in that Jack Roberts and Blaine Scully have both travelled to Ireland as injury reserves, having recovered from hamstring and elbow injuries, respectively. It is expected both will be back involved in the playing squad in the coming weeks.
Elsewhere in the Cardiff Blues squad there was disappointment for Dan Fish, who’s return from a horrific and length injury lay-off was delayed by a groin injury.
It was November last year that Fish was innocuously cleared injured in contact against Connacht in Galway, before it turned out he had torn all three parts of his hamstring from the bone.
Ten months on he is still yet to return to Cardiff Blues action, although he has appeared twice for Cardiff RFC in the Premiership as he is eased back into game environments, before this latest setback sees his rehabilitation pushed back a few weeks.
On a brighter note, Gethin Jenkins is nearing a return to full fitness and is hoping to be involved when Cardiff Blues host Dragons in the first Welsh derby of the year on Friday 6th October.