Jamie Roberts and John Yapp re-sign for Blues

Cardiff Blues duo Jamie Roberts and John Yapp have signed contract extensions with the region to keep them with the Blues until 2013.

Following the news that Cardiff Blues stalwarts Deiniol Jones and Gareth Williams have signed new contracts with the region, the Blues have received a further boost with the news that Cardiff Blues centre, Jamie Roberts, and prop forward, John Yapp, have also signed new contracts.

Jamie, who was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf, is a product of the Blues Academy in Tefforest and made his debut for the region as a replacement in the pre-season friendly at Pontypridd back in August 2005.

He made his competitive debut for the Cardiff Blues on the wing in the 17-15 point victory over the Ospreys in 2007. The next two matches against the Dragons and Glasgow Warriors, he scored three tries, and was called up to the Wales 2008 SixNations squad.

Jamie made his Wales debut against Scotland as Wales triumphed 30-15 as Wales went on to claim their second Grand Slam of the decade.

The twenty-two year old, who has played 47 times for the Blues, was instrumental in the their superb 2008/09 season that saw them reach the semi finals of the Heineken Cup and lift the EDF Energy Cup at Twickenham.

A series of fine performances for the region saw him called up to the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa where he formed a formidable partnership with Brian O’Driscoll.

Although losing the three test series by two tests to one, Roberts was named Lions Players of the Series.

Roberts has signed a new contract that will keep him with the Blues until 2013.

Despite success coming early in his rugby career Roberts feels he still has a lot to achieve in the game.

Speaking ahead of the this Saturday’s match against Edinburgh Jamie said,”I’m delighted to have signed a new contract with the Blues. Cardiff is my home city and I’m very passionate about sport in the city and Cardiff in general.”

“It’s an exciting time for the Blues moving into the new stadium and also the superb new training facilities have been great.”

“I’m fortunate that I’ve tasted some success early in my career but I remain as focused as ever to play my part in a successful Cardiff Blues team.”

“Last season’s achievements and disappointments have driven myself and the whole squad to work harder and strive for bigger and better things.”

“We are fortunate to have good strength in the centre positions at the Cardiff Blues with some quality players who are very competitive.”

“Dai Young has always stressed that he wants two quality players in each position and there is certainly quality for me to compete with in the midfield at the Blues.”

“The new contract also fits in perfectly with my part time academic studies at the School Of Medicine where I will hopefully graduate in 2013 if all goes to plan”

John Yapp burst onto the Cardiff club scene at Christmas 2002 and made his first team debut against Ebbw Vale on Boxing Day at the age of 18 years.

He immediately captured the imagination of the supporters with his whole-hearted play and particularly his ball-carrying ability in the loose. Despite his young age he had featured in 17 of a possible 19 games by the end of the season.

Originally educated at Cowbridge Comprehensive School, John had first team experience with the Llantwit Major and Pontypridd before establishing himself with the Blues.

John won his first cap for Wales as a substitute in the victory over England in the RBS 6 Nations in 2005 as Wales went on to claim their first Grand Slam since 1978.

In the summer of 2008 John travelled to Australia to play for Tuggeranong Vikings during the Northern hemispheres off season

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