Dane Blacker linked with move out west

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Cardiff Blues academy scrum-half Dane Blacker has been strongly linked with a switch to the Scarlets this summer.

The 20-year-old’s academy deal is up at the end of the season, and it is believed the West Wales side have swooped to secure his signature ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

If so it would be a second young player leaving the Arms Park with the announcement that Rhys Carre is making the move to Saracens, sparked by delays in retention due to Project Reset.

It is unclear whether Reset has played a part in this move as well, but it is known that Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill was keen to bring in a scrum-half on an emergency loan rather than select Blacker before Christmas.

In the end Blacker was placed on the bench, coming on against Saracens for his Heineken Champions Cup debut, having made his Guinness Pro14 bow as a replacement away at Glasgow Warriors the previous December.

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Dane Blacker has played just 16 minutes for the Cardiff Blues first team

He also has five Anglo-Welsh Cup appearances to his name, as well as British and Irish Cup and Celtic Cup minutes under his belt, while has also played in the Pro14 during a short-term loan at Dragons last season.

Blacker is a former Wales U20 international, but has spent most of his time this season playing for Ponypridd while training with the Wales 7s squad. If he joins Scarlets he will battle with Kieran Hardy and Jonathan Evans for the number nine jersey, before Gareth Davies returns from the Rugby World Cup.

Meanwhile at Cardiff Blues it is believed that Lewis Jones has been offered a new contract to stay at the Arms Park, with Jamie Hill the next scrum-half on the pipeline having started two games for Wales U20 this season before getting injured.

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