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Cardiff Blues to return to Arms Park

Cardiff Blues will return to the Arms Park next season following an agreement by Cardiff City Football Club to terminate their lease.

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Matthew Rees on his return after cancer battle and Rugby World Cup hopes

Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees says next year's Rugby World Cup is a huge motivation for him after returning to full fitness after a battle with testicular cancer.

Rees has been sidelined for six months while undergoing treatment but returned during the Blues' win over Ulster at the Arms Park on Saturday.

Now the British Lion is looking for a strong end to this season to put himself back in the reckoning for Wales.

Cardiff Blues' Rees tweets thanks to fans on club return

Wales hooker Matthew Rees tweeted his thanks to fans last night after playing his first game for the Cardiff Blues since undergoing treatment for cancer.

The 32 year old had surgery for testicular cancer in October and took a break from rugby while having treatment.

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Thanks for all your kind messages great to back more importantly what a outstanding performance and result by the whole team!! #cardiffblues

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I'll never forget the reception I had when returning to the field tonight was amazing !! #bluesfamily

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Cardiff Blues extend Gavin Evans contract

Cardiff Blues have finalised a deal to keep centre and Vice Captain Gavin Evans at the region for a further two years.

29 year old Evans has become a regular fixture in the Blues side since making his debut in 2009 after joining from the Scarlets. In that time has made 86 appearances, scoring five tries along the way.

Gavin Evans in action Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

"It's fantastic to finalise my future and be able to look forward to the next two seasons at Blues,” said Evans.

"I had a frustrating start to the season with injuries and setbacks, but now it's about getting a run of games together in these closing months and helping the side look to climb the league table."

"It is an exciting time to be at Blues as we look to the future and so much hard work is going on behind the scenes to get it right."

Cardiff Blues 22 - 34 Leinster

Defending champions Leinster moved back to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table with their sixth successive victory, last night, over Cardiff.

Leinster ran in four tries to the hosts' three, with Jimmy Gopperth finishing with 14 points thanks to two penalties and four conversions.

Gareth Davies, Kristian Dacey and Dan Fish touched down for the Blues.

Cardiff Blues' late defeat to Glasgow 'gut-wrenching'

Cardiff Blues Director of Rugby Phil Davies described his side's defeat to Glasgow Warriors as "gut-wrenching", after they let slip a seven-point lead in the final ten minutes.

Robin Copeland crossed the line first for the Blues at the Arms Park, but Lee Jones hit back for Glasgow before half-time.

Lewis Jones scored the Blues' second try, and three more penalties gave them a 20-13 lead.

Scores from James Eddie and Mark Bennett, with two minutes left, then snatched victory for Glasgow in the PRO12 clash.

Davies said: "It was gut-wrenching and disappointing. It was a game we needed to try and win. We didn't get the control that we needed to put them away. There was some great passages of play at times, but we were nowhere near consistent enough. That has been the same for the season."

Cardiff Blues lose to Munster in PRO12

Cardiff Blues suffered a 54-13 defeat away at Munster last night in the RaboDirect PRO12.

The home side's six-try victory gave them their biggest win of the season.

The Blues were only 19-13 behind at the break, but a run of tries from Simon Zebo and Gerhard van den Heever, coupled with a penalty try put the hosts in full control.

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FT: Cardiff Blues 21 - 13 Newport Gwent Dragons

Cardiff Blues clinched a much-needed 21-13 derby win against Newport Gwent Dragons at the Arms Park.

Leigh Halfpenny's reliable boot helped the Blues on their way to victory as they brought an end to their four-match winless streak in the Pro 12.

Dragons' Will Harries scored the only try of the match, but it wasn't enough to deny the home supporters the win they wanted, as Halfpenny secured five penalties, to score 15 of the home side's 21 points.

Cardiff Blues in New Year's Day derby with Dragons

Cardiff Blues welcome Newport Gwent Dragons to the Arms Park today hoping it will be third time lucky after two derby defeats in the festive period.

The Blues lost 19-22 at home to Ospreys on 20 December, before their 22-16 defeat against the Dragons at Rodney Parade on Boxing Day.

THE TEAMS

Cardiff Blues: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Richard Smith, Dafydd Hewitt, Harry Robinson; Rhys Patchell, Lloyd Williams; 1 Sam Hobbs (capt), Marc Breeze, Benoit Bourrust, Macauley Cook, Filo Paulo, Rory Watts-Jones, Robin Copeland, Josh Navidi.

Replacements: Rhys Williams, Gethin Jenkins, Scott Andrews, Chris Dicomidis, Ellis Jenkins, Lewis Jones, Gareth Davies, Gavin Evans.

Dragons: Daniel Evans; Will Harries, Pat Leach, Ashley Smith, Matthew Pewtner; Jason Tovey, Wayne Evans; Owen Evans, T Rhys Thomas, Dan Way, Matthew Screech, Rob Sidoli (capt), Netani Talei, Toby Faletau, Lewis Evans.

Replacements: Sam Parry, Aaron Coundley, Francisco Chaparro, Adam Jones, Nic Cudd, Richie Rees, Steffan Jones, Ross Wardle.

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