Rhys Priestland set to sign for Cardiff Blues

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Cardiff Blues are close to announcing the signing of Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland as he makes a return to Wales after nearly six years away.

The 34-year-old started his career at the Scarlets, making his senior debut in 2005 before going on to make over 150 appearances as well as playing for Carmarthen Quins. He joined Bath in 2015 and recently made his 100th appearance for the English side where he has become a firm favourite.

Priestland made his Wales debut in February 2011 against Scotland and has gone on to win 50 caps, playing in the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups before falling foul of the 60-cap rule, winning his most recent cap in November 2017.

He would be the first signing under interim Director of Rugby Dai Young and link up with former Scarlets team-mate Dwayne Peel as he joins the coaching staff.

There are question marks over whether he will challenge Jarrod Evans for the number 10 jersey though, with the current Cardiff Blues player still linked with a move across the Severn Bridge despite the Gloucester rumour ending. Worcester and Bath are believed to be the interested parties.

The club are believed to be confident that Evans will stay beyond the summer, with Wales head coach Wayne Pivac also in contact with the player to ensure he stays available for the national team.

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