Williams and Warburton added to the Cardiff Blues board

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Cardiff Blues have confirmed further appointments to the board as former players Martyn Williams and Sam Warburton have been appointed as advisors.

It follows the announcements last week that two non-Executive Directors have joined the board, in the shape of GoCompare founder Hayley Parsons OBE, the first woman to sit on the board at the Arms Park, and Halma plc CEO Andrew Williams, who has grown the company to a multi-billion pound business.

43-year-old Williams won 100 caps for Wales, as well as playing 226 times for Cardiff Blues, winning the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2009 and the European Challenge Cup in 2010, also touring three times with the British and Irish Lions before retiring in 2012.

Since then, alongside a career in the media with BBC Wales and Premier Sports, Nugget has been Business Development Manager at JP Private Client, part of the St James Palace Wealth Management empire.

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Martyn Williams toured all three Southern Hemisphere super powers

Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, he said, “First and foremost, it is a privilege to be asked join the board. I’ve been retired seven years now but I was here for so long and still feel such a connection with the place so I want to help as much as I can. Cardiff Blues changed my life and now it is about trying to give something back.

“The board members are all unbelievably successful in terms of business and while there is some crossover, hopefully Sam and I can pass on that niche knowledge of being professional players and our experience of elite environments.

“This is the capital city region, you have seen the city absolutely explode in recent years and the region is an absolute hotbed of talent, but Cardiff Blues probably haven’t been punching at their weight.

“I am confident that with the changes being made and the plans being put in place that we can unlock that in the not too distant future and become both successful and sustainable.”

Upon his retirement, the man who stepped into the number seven jersey was Warburton, who retired last summer after persistent injuries cut short his career, his last outing coming in the third test for the British and Irish Lions against New Zealand, his second tour as captain.

The 30-year-old also made 106 Cardiff Blues appearances, and won 74 caps for Wales, captaining his country more times than anyone else. Remarkable achievements in what was actually a relatively short career, which has also been followed by a career in the media.

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Sam Warburton never lost a test as Lions captain

Warburton, who also acts as an ambassador for the Cardiff Blues Community Foundation, said, “Giving something back to Cardiff Blues was probably my main motivation to come back playing and as soon as I knew that wasn’t going to be possible in a playing capacity, I knew I wanted to get involved elsewhere in the business.

“It is genuinely a massive privilege and honour. I will obviously have ties here for the rest of my days but to be back in this capacity is fantastic.

“If I was to identify two goals for Cardiff Blues, it would be on field success, at a domestic and European level, and a new playing facility here in the city centre. If we can get those things right, then there aren’t many clubs in Europe who could match us.

“I’m determined to support the region in any way that I can and hopefully through some small contributions I can help us improve. We have the potential to become a giant of European rugby once again and I am confident we can fulfil that potential over time.”

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