Cardiff RFC have moved to add extra firepower to their front row with the signings of former Cardiff Blues and Dragons prop Thomas Davies, and Ramaz Rukhadze, who has been capped by Georgia U19.
This comes after Blue and Blacks head coach Steve Law had already added nine new faces to his squad ahead of an all-important 2018/19 season, where up to five Principality Premiership sides could be relegated as the league is reduced from 16 to 12 sides.
Georgian prop Ramaz Rukhadze is a somewhat unknown prospect who last played for Weston-Super-Mare RFC in the South West Premier League, tier five of the English rugby system. He has been reported as impressing in pre-season training though.
A bit more is known about 25-year-old Davies, who came through the Cardiff Blues academy system, playing 33 times between 2011 and 2016 for the Blue and Blacks, as well as making 50 appearances in all competitions for Cardiff Blues in that same time.
In the summer of 2016 Davies moved east to the Dragons, where he has spent the last two years making 34 appearances altogether but did not have his contract renewed at the end of last summer as Bernard Jackman made big changes to the squad at Rodney Parade.
Both players will now be looking to make an impact at Cardiff RFC, with Davies particularly hoping to force his way back into the professional game through the Cardiff Blues U23 side.
Speaking to the official Cardiff RFC website about the new signings, head coach Steve Law said, “both players will add more quality to our squad. 28 league games as a minimum this season will mean our squad will be tested to the limit.
“Training has been progressing very well so far this season with the squad coming together in preparation for the first pre-season game against Clifton in August.”