Blues wing James gives Gatland timely reminder

Guinness PRO12 Editor

6 Feb 2012


While George North was busy earning plaudits left, right and centre against Ireland, Cardiff Blues wing Tom James reminded Wales boss Warren Gatland of his talents with a four-try Anglo-Welsh Cup display against Harlequins on Sunday.

Ten-cap James has been in international exile since a Test against New Zealand back in 2010 and, despite Shane Williams’ recent retirement, was not included in Gatland’s Six Nations squad.

With all eyes on North and his stunning display in Wales’ 23-21 win over Ireland James was clearly anxious to show the Kiwi just what he is missing by helping the RaboDirect PRO12 side see off their English rivals 45-40.

But it was not merely the James show at the Cardiff City Stadium. After 16 months out with a knee injury Kiwi Ben Blair made his home return at full-back and contributed 15 points.

With the Blues having no chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Anglo-Welsh competition on paper the clash was no more than a dead rubber.

But the morale-boosting win will no doubt send James and co. into their first RaboDirect PRO12 fixture in over a month against Connacht this Friday with confidence sky high.


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