A Cardiff Summer of Upheaval (Version 4.0)

Cardiff Rugby Life

So here we are again. It’s the end of the season, we have a new coach and a squad in desperate need of rebuilding and strengthening. After two attempts by Phil Davies to unsuccessfully replicate David Young’s success and then Mark Hammett’s failed complete overhaul attempt last summer, the summer of 2015 can only be seen as fourth time lucky.

It’s probably not an exaggeration to say last season was a disaster on every level. Summer signings of Super Rugby players Jarrad Hoeata and Gareth Anscombe, as well as experienced Wales and Lions prop Adam Jones gave a brief sense of excitement, as well as new coach Hammett’s comments of fast, attacking rugby there was a sense of anticipation around the new season. However, an unconvincing win over Zebre followed by four losses and a draw in the opening six Pro12 games put paid to that. Things picked up slightly…

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