Rhys Patchell, Sam Hobbs, Rhys Williams, Tom Davies and Richard Smith commit to Cardiff Blues
Cardiff Blues quintet Rhys Patchell, Sam Hobbs, Rhys Williams, Tom Davies and Richard Smith agree new deals.
Last Updated: 01/03/13 10:23am
The five youngsters are key to Phil Davies' policy of focusing on youth and he is confident that the approach is going to bear fruit.
"At the start of year everyone said that Rhys Patchell can do this and that, you are never short of advice on players but the one thing I have always looked for in players is there temperament," said the Blues director of rugby.
"He is a very intelligent young man, has a very good temperament and he takes things in his stride.
"What we must remember is he a young man and it is important that we nurture him and I think that the staff here have done a great job for Rhys and he has done a fantastic job for us.
"Rhys is the future of the Blues, players like him, Sam Hobbs, Tom Davies and Tom Williams are the type we want to be building the team around.
"That is why it was so important to get him to stay and to have him around for the next three years is fantastic.
"We had stick for some of the results early on because we were trying to develop, grow and nurture the squad to gain some depth for ourselves.
"We have achieved that now and the results have got a little bit better. There is a bigger picture and it is about putting things into context, we are starting to do that."