Cardiff Blues linked with move to sign Cory Hill to bulk up second row options

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Cardiff Blues are rumoured to have made Dragons second row and captain Cory Hill the number one signing target as John Mulvihill looks to boost his forwards pack for next season.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at Rodney Parade this summer and is a member of the ‘elite 38’, the group of players selected by Wayne Pivac as a key member of the national squad who will have 80% of their wages paid by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Hill started out his career in the Cardiff Blues Academy, featuring for Pontypridd as he made his way through the pathway, but was released under the watch of Phil Davies before briefly playing for English Championship side Moseley ahead of signing for the Dragons.

In seven seasons in Newport he has made 110 appearances to date, becoming captain of the side in 2017. He also made his Wales debut in November 2016 and has won 24 caps so far, although he missed out on the World Cup with a leg injury.

Asked at a press conference ahead of Dragons’ game against Enisei last week, Hill declined to comment on his future, adding to the speculation that he may be moving away from Rodney Parade this summer.

If Mulvihill is successful in his pursuit the Wales lock would compete with Seb Davies, James Ratti and Rory Thornton as the out-and-out second rows in the Cardiff Blues squad, with Filo Paulo only contracted until the end of this season.

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