Rees to leave Cardiff Blues
March 20, 2012
Richie Rees has dropped down the Wales pecking order in recent years © Getty Images
Cardiff Blues scrum-half Richie Rees has announced he will leave the Welsh Region at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old joins Gethin Jenkins, Rhys Thomas, Dan Parks and Casey Laulala in leaving the Welsh region. The Wales international told his Twitter followers: "I've decided to leave the Blues next season.
Rees said: "I've had a fantastic time at the Blues since joining in 2007 and there have been many highlights. In particular winning both the EDF Energy & Amlin Challenge Cups, and the unforgettable Heineken Cup semi-final penalty shootout versus Leicester.
"Cardiff Blues are currently in a transition period and I believe now is the right time to throw myself into a new challenge. There's a great group of boys at the Blues and I really enjoy training with them every day.
"I'd like to thank all of the supporters who have been great with me since joining, and Dai Young for his contribution to my career. I look forward to ending the season well with the Blues. I'm currently considering various options for next season and will confirm my destination in the forthcoming weeks."
Rees has made three Wales starts in nine caps, but has seen fellow Blue Lloyd Williams and Osprey Rhys Webb overtake him in Wales' international pecking order.
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