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14 names on the Cardiff leavers list, including Halaholo and Timani

By Liam Heagney
Cardiff's Willis Halaholo (Photo by Ian Cook/CameraSport via Getty Images)

Cardiff have confirmed the 14-strong end-of-season leavers, a list that includes Willis Halaholo, Lopeti Timani and a host of others such as Rhys Carre, Tomos Williams Ellis Jenkins and Josh Turnbull. A statement read: “Cardiff Rugby can confirm 14 players will depart the club following the culmination of the 2023/24 season at Judgement Day.”

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Arwel Robson: The boyhood Cardiff supporter fulfilled a lifelong dream when he signed a one-year deal at the Arms Park last summer. He now departs to join Chambery in the Nationale.

Matt Aubrey: He also joined the club last summer and has made two first-team appearances, with injuries restricting his opportunities.

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Max Clark: The centre joined on loan from the Dragons at the start of the season and has made four first-team appearances.

Gonzalo Bertranou: The Argentina international moved to the capital on loan from the Dragons following the injury to Tomos Williams. He suffered multiple facial fractures against the Lions earlier this month.

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Ciaran Parker: The tighthead prop has made the difficult decision to retire from professional sport to take up an opportunity in the financial industry.

Lopeti Timani: The Australia and Tonga international joined Cardiff in the summer of 2022, making the switch from French giants Toulon.

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Aled Summerhill: He is the first of five pathway products to bid farewell to the club following 10 years at the Arms Park.

Shane Lewis-Hughes: The versatile forward progressed right through the club’s pathway. He will join the Dragons in the summer.

Owen Lane: The fans’ favourite will make the move to France this summer, joining Valance Romans.

Tomos Williams: The Wales scrum-half leaves the club following 10 years to join Gloucester in the English Premiership. He has been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury while on Six Nations duty earlier this year.

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Willis Halaholo: He was set to depart the club last summer but agreed on a short-term deal, which was extended for the season. That allowed him to reach and surpass 100 appearances. He is set to return to New Zealand next month.

Rhys Carre: The giant loosehead will rejoin Saracens this summer after adding a further four seasons to his time with the club.

Ellis Jenkins: A long-serving captain of the club, he has decided to hang up his boots following 11 years at the top of the game. The openside flanker battled to keep his career alive following a serious knee injury, suffered while captaining Wales to victory over South Africa.

Josh Turnbull: He retired from the game with immediate effect in March, having captained the club in recent seasons. He will now move into coaching with a role within the club’s pathway and academy system while assisting Cardiff RFC.

Head coach Matt Sherratt said: “It is always a difficult time of year when any player departs, whether they have been here for a year or 10 years, and we thank them for all of their efforts.

“All 14 of these players have given their absolute all for the club during their time here and can look back on their time at Cardiff Arms Park with enormous pride.

“Six of the boys are products of a fantastic pathway and have been involved with the club since they were 15/16-years-old, they have dedicated so much of their life to Cardiff. The likes of Willis and JT have also established themselves as adopted Cardiffians and will go down as among our greatest signings.”

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Mzilikazi 2 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Very good article, Nic, and I find agreement with what you write virtually 100%. I think this two mach series has increasingly become one which will be very difficult for Ireland to win. After the first game of the last 6N, I would have been very full of confidence taking on the Boks in SA. France beaten by a big margin in France, it looked as if Ireland had emerged in fine form from the World Cup, despite the very narrow loss to the AB’s. But after that game, a slide began, ending with the defeat to England. Ireland were very fortunate to win this years 6N ! And as you so fully expose, this has not been a good season for Leinster, or indeed, in my view, for any Irish province. The Leinster loos to the Bulls, and then Munster letting a glorious chance slip to the Glasgow Warriors down at Thomond. Man, that one will really hurt. And both Connacht and Ulster have at times looked very poor this seaso, bith heavily beaten on occassion. The loss of both Gibson Park and Keenan are huge blows, especially Gibson Park. And there is really only one clear class 10 in the touring party, Jack Crowley, and he is still a very young player learning his trade. If he goes down, heaven help Ireland. And in my view, Ireland do not have a good scrummaging front row, SA do, and in great depth too. But despite all this doom and gloom, I always believe my team can win. Not that they will win, just can ! Ireland will still field what is the best and most talented team overall that I have seen in my lifetime. But the coaching group will really have to step up, no awful decisions like the one made against the AB’s in the QF….keeping the totally spent and poorly performing(on the day) Sexton on for the full 80mins, leaving Crowley on the sidelines. Ireland should never have lost that game !

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Shaylen 5 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Ireland have all the tools required to hurt SA. They develop quick ball, hold onto the ball for long periods, stretch the game when its on, have powerful mobile forwards, a good kicking game and they can hold their own in the scrum. They also can force turnovers regularly and in general do well at the breakdown. When Munster, the Ospreys and Glasgow all won games in SA this year against the Bulls and Stormers they did just that and won. It is also the reason why Ireland won the game at the world cup last year. The problem for Ireland is that SA have all the tools required to hurt them as well and hurt them a great deal more than England did in the Six Nations. They are physical and powerful at the set piece, they rush up and counter the Irish attacking system and they can really attack the breakdown and slow your ball down. Their counterattacking threat is also a big weapon and they score many tries from turnover turning defence into offence in a second. Toulouse and the Bulls nailed Leinster in this way and Glasgow did the same thing to Munster. So the series will be really interesting because both sides are so good at countering each other. Interested to see what kind of surprises Tony Brown springs and how the SA game develops. Feel like SA have more potential to surprise Ireland but then a new coaching set up as well as the fact that Japanese and foreign based players tend to take about 5 to 6 weeks to get up to speed might work in Irelands favour. SA have shipped at least one game in 4 of the last 5 June/July test windows going back to 2018 for this exact reason.

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