Wales' Amos joins Cardiff from Dragons

Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) –


Hallam Amos became the latest Wales wing to joined Cardiff Blues after the capital club announced his move from regional rivals the Dragons on Thursday.

Amos' move to the Arms Park comes just 48 hours after Cardiff confirmed that fellow Wales flyer Josh Adams, currently at English side Worcester, would also be playing for them next season.

The 24-year-old Amos, a medical student at Cardiff University, won the last of his 19 caps in February when coach Warren Gatland fielded a much-changed side for a 26-15 win away to Italy that formed part of the Six Nations' champions Grand Slam.

"I've been involved in the Dragons set-up for a decade and I am so thankful to them for giving me my first opportunity as a professional," said Amos in a Cardiff statement.

"They have been brilliant in allowing me to combine rugby and my medical studies and I will leave Rodney Parade with lifelong friends.

"But I am getting to the stage of my career, especially with my degree nearing its end, where I will benefit from a fresh environment and what John Mulvihill and Cardiff Blues are doing is fantastic."

Amos is relishing the challenge of holding down a starting position at his new side.

"The strength and depth in the back-three and competition for places will help me take my game to the next level," he said. "It is already such a strong area and I have already played with the likes of Matthew Morgan, Jason Harries and Aled Summerhill, while I know Owen Lane."

Amos can also play at full-back or centre, with Cardiff coach Mulvihill saying: "Hallam is a hugely impressive man and a very talented wing and full-back who will really thrive within our competitive environment.

"It gives us real strength and depth and a competitive edge in our back three. The signing of Josh Adams and now Hallam will bolster and really complement our already exciting back three."

This week saw Wales rugby chiefs confirm that the four existing regional sides -- Cardiff, Dragons Ospreys and Scarlets -- would continue to play as separate clubs for the 2019/20 season.

The statement by Wales' Professional Rugby Board came after plans to merge western rivals the Scarlets and Ospreys, thereby creating space for a new side in north Wales, collapsed.