Cardiff Blues have submitted their 41-man squad for the 2017/18 European Challenge Cup pool stage, with Sam Warburton the major first team omission.
The British and Irish Lions captain was ruled out for four months due to undergoing surgery on a re-occurrence of a long standing neck injury, and has subsequently been left out of the European squad, although Ellis Jenkins is named.
Scott Andrews has also not been named, although may appear amongst Bath’s Champions Cup squad list where he is currently on loan. There is scope for both players to be added into the squad at a later date though.
Openside flanker Olly Robinson, at the club on loan from Bristol as a short-term injury replacement, is included in the squad after making his debut against Connacht on the weekend, as are all other first team players including the injured Gethin Jenkins, Anton Peikirshvili, Gareth Anscombe and Dan Fish.
There are also nods for transition squad members Kieron Assiratti, Seb Davies, Corey Domachowski and Rhun Williams, as well as Owen Lane who is yet to make a Pro14 appearance.
Cardiff Blues Challenge Cup squad;
Forwards: Brad Thyer, Corey Domachowski, Rhys Gill, Gethin Jenkins, Kristian Dacey, Matthew Rees, Ethan Lewis, Kirby Myhill, Fa’ao Filise, Anton Peikrishvili, Dillon Lewis, Kieron Assiratti, Seb Davies, George Earle, Damian Welch, James Down, Macauley Cook, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Ellis Jenkins, Olly Robinson, Sion Bennett, Nick Williams
Backs: Lloyd Williams, Tomos Williams, Lewis Jones, Gareth Anscombe, Steve Shingler, Jarrod Evans, Willis Halaholo, Rey Lee-Lo, Jack Roberts, Garyn Smith, Owen Lane, Aled Summerhill, Tom James, Alex Cuthbert, Blaine Scully, Matthew Morgan, Dan Fish, Rhun Williams
Danny Wilson’s men are up against Lyon, Toulouse and Sale in Pool Two of European rugby’s second tier competition, with the finals set to take place in Bilbao next May.
Find out all about our pool opponents here.
Cardiff Blues Challenge Cup fixtures;
Lyon (H) – Friday 13th October – 19:00
Toulouse (A) – Friday 20th October – 20:00
Sale (A) – Saturday 9th December – 15:00
Sale (H) – Sunday 17th December – 15:15
Toulouse (H) – 11/12/13/14 January – TBC
Lyon (A) – 18/19/20/21 January – TBC