Flanker Will Boyde joins Cardiff Blues following Scarlets exit

Will Boyde in action against Cardiff Blues in December 2018
Will Boyde in action against Cardiff Blues in December 2018

Cardiff Blues have signed back-rower Will Boyde who has been released by the Scarlets.

Boyde was one of four players who were let go by the Scarlets and has been in talks to link up with John Mulvihill at the Arms Park over the last month.

The 24-year-old had not been offered a new contract after playing for five seasons in Llanelli.

Outgoing head coach Wayne Pivac says that decision was out of his hands and he would have re-signed him.

Boyde hopes he can break into a competitive Blues back-row.

"It's going to be a big challenge just to break into the team with such a back-row but I'm excited about that challenge and learning from the likes of Nick Williams, Ellis Jenkins and Josh Navidi," said Boyde.

"There is so much exciting talent and hopefully I can play my part, bringing a physical edge and some big hits that can lift the team."

Boyde was presented with a memento on the field after his final home game against Zebre at Parc y Scarlets. Pivac said he was glad Boyde was staying in Wales.

"Will has been a club man through and through who is from the region and I am sad to see him go," said Pivac.

"I am pleased to know he will be staying in Wales and playing at professional level."

Mulvihill believes the best is yet to come from Boyde.

"He suits the way we play the game, going hard on both sides of the ball and is a really effective ball-carrier," said Mulvihill.

"He brings further strength to our back-row and has his best years ahead of him."

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