Blues ace heading to Saracens
Wales Under-20 prop Rhys Carre has opted to sign for Saracens from Cardiff Blues.
The 20-year-old has impressed since breaking into the side in September of last year, going on to make 17 appearances, but the lure of joining Saracens has proven to be too much.
Blues were hoping the youngster would have a long and successful career in the region, and former Cardiff and Wales hooker Matthew Rees says it comes as a big blow.
"Rhys has come through the age grade at Cardiff Blues and represented Wales Under-20s," said Rees. "As a loose-head he is probably young in term of game time but he can work on that.
"There is no better place for him to go and learn your trade in Saracens who are the best team in Europe and he has the opportunity to do that.
"They have been keeping an eye on him and with Mako Vunipola away with the World Cup and have thoughts on bringing in Rhys.
"We want to do our utmost to keep our best talent in Wales but unfortunately he has made that decision to go to Saracens.
"He can make an impact straightaway. He has been doing it off the bench and had quite a bit of game time for Cardiff Blues."
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