Cardiff Blues sign Tavis Knoyle from Gloucester
February 5, 2014
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Cardiff Blues have signed former Wales scrum-half Tavis Knoyle from Gloucester, reversing the trend for players to move away from Wales.
Knoyle, 23, has won 11 caps but only one of those has come in the Six Nations. He made his debut in 2010 and last appeared in the summer tour to Japan.
"It's a terrific opportunity for us, and it's great for Tavis," Blues rugby director Phil Davies told the BBC. "I know he is delighted to be coming home, and we are delighted to have him.
"We are very lucky that we have got some very good scrum-halves here in Lloyd Williams, Lewis Jones and young Tomos Williams coming though, but we need depth, and Tavis is a little bit different. As a unit, they will complement each other.
"Tavis is someone I've known from my Wales Under-20 days, where I gave him his cap, and he is a very hard-working scrum-half."
Knoyle started his career at Neath before moving to Gloucester last summer where he struggled to win a first-team place.
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