Davies: Arms Park can inspire us

Guinness PRO12 Editor

29 Aug 2012


Cardiff Blues head coach Phil Davies is relishing the prospect of returning to the Arms Park this season, insisting that playing in the heart of the city will inspire his players.

The Blues have played at the Cardiff City Stadium for the past three seasons but with low crowd attendances, the club has opted for a return to their former home and one of the citadel’s of Welsh rugby.

The Blues briefly revisited the Arms Park last season to play Ulster and Connacht in February and will return in the second round of the RaboDirect PRO12 against Edinburgh on Friday September 7.

And Davies believes that going back to the 12,000-capacity stadium will lift the squad and fans ahead of the new season and is backing his team to turn it a fortress once again. 

“The Arms Park is an iconic venue in Welsh rugby,” said Davies. “The players are very excited to be going back there and the fans are equally so.

“I think we all are generally as a region excited to go back to Arms Park and to the city centre of Wales is a great boost for us. It’s the hub of rugby in the region, it has been previously and hopefully it will be moving forward.”


O’Connor looking for European response from Ulster

Alan O’Connor is hoping he and his Ulster team-mates can give a better account of themselves on the European stage when Exeter Chiefs come to town on Saturday. Ulster’s European adventure this season got off to a disappointing start as the Guinness PRO12 leaders were downed 28-13 by Bordeaux Bègles on Sunday. But the Ulstermen […]