Cardiff RFC linked with first batch of new signings

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Cardiff RFC are reportedly on the move for a trio of players from Indigo Group Premiership rivals Llandovery, per Rob Rees of Last Word on Sport.

Steve Law is looking to add to his squad to make a third push for the league title in as many seasons after the Blue and Blacks were pipped at the post by Merthyr in 2018/19 and then foiled by the Coronavirus outbreak in 2019/20.

A theme throughout this most recent season before it got cancelled was Cardiff struggling in the front row, especially at tighthead where Matthew Petit was hauled out of retirement regularly and Louis Jones taken on permit from Newport as Peter Lloyd and Ollie Drake spent time in the treatment room.

As a result Llyr Green has been signed from the Drovers, the 21-year-old tighthead aiming to boost the Blue and Blacks in that area after making 67 appearances in three seasons at Church Bank. He previously came through the Scarlets Academy and won Wales U18 honours.

Joining him from the Llandovery front row is hooker Alun Rees, who returns to Cardiff having made nine appearances in the 2013/14 season after signing from the Ospreys where he had played at Dunvant and Swansea.

The 27-year-old would depart the Arms Park after just the one year, signing for Steve Law at Bedwas where he made over 100 appearances and captained the side before he headed to the Drovers last season, turning out 15 times and scoring two tries.

Finally, Jack Maynard will also be returning to Cardiff next season after making 23 appearances and scoring 64 points during the same 2013/14 campaign as Rees while with the Cardiff Blues Academy after being released by the Scarlets Academy.

The 25-year-old also played for Bedwas the season after, as well as Cross Keys, but in 2015 he made the switch to Llandovery and over the last five season has played 131 times for the Drovers, racking up 1185 points and cementing a reputation as one of the best 10s in the league.

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