It appears that Cardiff Blues will not be making any further additions this summer due to the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Mulvihill has added to his squad with the signings of Wales internationals Rhys Carre and Cory Hill, from Saracens and Dragons respectively, while Wales U20 fly-half Luke Scully has arrived after leaving Worcester Warriors.
Sam Moore has also been picked up from Sale Sharks, having arrived in February but not made his debut yet due to injury, while other Wales U20 internationals Theo Bevacqua and Gwilym Bradley are officially Cardiff Blues players having been signed through the Wales Exiles programme.
However, the signing of the mystery South African second row, who officials at the Arms Park were confident of welcoming in early March, is now not set to materialise with the club looking at a £4-6m hole in revenues this year.
The name of the prospective lock remains unknown, although a source that did know the player’s identity stated it was not a household name by any means, however it would have been a key addition in the engine room which has been an issue for Cardiff Blues over the last few years.
Mulvihill was also believed to be keen on strengthening at hooker, number eight and the midfield, if the right player came along, but plans have now been put on hold with survival the main aim.