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Cardiff Rugby Preview: URC Schedule 2023-2024, Odds And How To Watch

Cardiff Rugby Preview: URC Schedule 2023-2024, Odds And How To Watch

Cardiff Rugby will compete in the Investec Champions Cup while also looking to return to the URC playoffs in 2024. Here's what to know.

Oct 20, 2023 by Joe Harrington

The Cardiff Rugby club enters the United Rugby Championship season looking to build on a 9-0-9 record last year, when Cardiff finished 10th in the standings, but also won the Welsh Shield, thus qualifying for this year's Investec Champions Cup. 

Cardiff missed the URC playoffs by just four points and they also missed the Champions Cup last season after a 7-0-11 record in 2021-2022. 

The club is moving in the right direction record-wise, despite a coaching change following a bullying scandal this summer.

Cardiff Rugby is going to have to be better to advance to next year’s Champions Cup. 

The Champions Cup and URC changed the qualification for the Champions Cup that favors the top eight of the table and not the top eight and the shield, the regional divisions in the URC, winners. 

Even though South African team Hollywoodbets Sharks finished eighth in the URC standings, they finished third in the South African Shield, while Cardiff won the Welsh Shield. 

The Cardiff Rugby team, also known as the Blues, will face Italian club Benetton to open the season on Oct. 21.

Here’s what to know about Cardiff Rugby. 

Cardiff Rugby Schedule 2023-2024

For more schedule information, times and date changes, visit the Cardiff Rugby FloRugby page.

  • Week 1: Cardiff vs Benetton Rugby
  • Week 2: Dragons vs Cardiff
  • Week 3: Scarlets vs Cardiff
  • Week 4: Cardiff vs Vodacom Bulls
  • Week 5: Zebre Parma vs Cardiff
  • Week 6: Cardiff vs DHL Stormers
  • Week 7: Cardiff vs Scarlets
  • Week 8: Cardiff vs Dragons
  • Week 9: Ospreys Rugby vs Cardiff
  • Week 10: Cardiff vs Connacht Rugby
  • Week 11: Cardiff vs Leinster Rugby
  • Week 12: Glasgow Warriors vs Cardiff
  • Week 13: Munster Rugby vs Cardiff
  • Week 14: Ulster Rugby vs Cardiff
  • Week 15: Cardiff vs Edinburgh Rugby
  • Week 16: Emirates Lions vs Cardiff
  • Week 17: Hollywoodbets Sharks vs Cardiff
  • Week 18: Cardiff vs Ospreys Rugby

When Are the 2024 United Rugby Championship Quarterfinals?

The URC quarterfinals are June 7-8. Currently there are three games scheduled for June 8 and one on June 7. 

Times are to be announced. 

When Are the 2024 United Rugby Championship Semifinals?

The URC Semifinals are June 15.

Times are to be announced. 

When is the United Rugby Championship Grand Final?

The URC Final is scheduled for June 22. 

Cardiff Rugby Odds Of Winning URC Grand Final

The Cardiff Blues have the third-worst odds to win the URC Grand Final at 125-to-1 according to most betting sites. 

Who Is The Best Player For Cardiff Rugby? It’s Josh Adams

The United Rugby Championship released a list of the top 100 players. Josh Adams, a wing, was No. 13 on the list. 

There were 10 other Cardiff Blues on the list, including: 

  • No. 32 Rhys Priestland, fly half
  • No. 36 Max Llewellyn, center
  • No. 53 Owen Lane, wing
  • No. 62 Rhys Carré, prop
  • No. 74 Thomas Young, back row
  • No. 91 Keiron Assiratti, prop
  • No. 93 Dillon Lewis, prop
  • No. 97 Rey Lee-Lo, center
  • No. 99 James Ratti, back row

New Players On The Cardiff Rugby Roster

New signings: Theo Cabango (Academy), Rhys Litterick (Harlequins), Tinus de Beer (Pumas), Rhys Barratt (Academy), Jacob Beetham (Academy), Gwilym Bradley (Academy), Evan Lloyd (Academy), Alex Mann (Academy), Mackenzie Martin (Academy), Cameron Winnett (Academy), Ciaran Parker (London Irish), Arwel Robson (Cornish Pirates), Matthew Aubrey (Ospreys), Max Clark (Dragons, loan).

Where Is Cardiff Rugby Based?

Cardiff Rugby is based in Cardiff, Wales. Their home grounds are Cardiff Arms Park. 

Who Coaches Cardiff Rugby? It’s Matt Sherratt

Matt Sherratt was hired in August 2023 as the Cardiff coach. He returns to Cardiff after a stint with the Worcester Warriors. 

He comes at a time when previous coach Dai Young was suspended and fired for allegations of bullying. 

Cardiff Rugby Will Compete For Investec Champions Cup

Cardiff, the Welsh Shield winner, will play in the Investec Champions Cup after finishing first in the Welsh shield, despite finishing 10th in the URC standings. 

The Blues will play Stade Toulousain at Stade Ernest Wallon on Dec. 9 at 10:15 a.m. ET

How Cardiff Rugby Got Its Name 

The club was founded in 2003 and with its blue colors, they were named the Cardiff Blues. In 2021, the club rebranded as Cardiff Rugby, though the name “Blues” is still commonly used. 

How To Watch Cardiff Rugby

All of the Cardiff Rugby matches in URC and Investec Champions Cup play will stream live on FloRugby and the FloSports app in the United States. 

Replays, highlights and archival matches are also available on both platforms. 

How To Watch Rugby Matches In the United States On FloRugby

The URC will stream all its matches on FloRugby and the FloSports app in the United States. FloRugby and FloSports are also the U.S. home to:

FloRugby is also home to match archives and match replays. 

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