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Mathew Davies

Sixteen players leave Cardiff as raft of Wales stars gone in mass exit

Cardiff Rugby have announced 16 players will be leaving the club this summer.

Rhys Priestland, Lloyd Williams and Willis Halaholo are among seven Wales internationals departing the Arms Park, with Kristian Dacey and Josh Navidi retiring through injury.

Dillon Lewis and Jarrod Evans are joining Harlequins and Max Llewellyn is off to Gloucester.

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Some other big names make up the list, with club legend Rey Lee-Lo leaving, while Wales call-up James Ratti is also exiting.

Dmitri Arhip, Jason Harries, Joe Peard, Harri Millard, Kirby Myhill and Brad Thyer make up the 16.

In a post on Twitter, the club wrote: "Thank you to everyone who leaves the club this summer. Diolch o galon pawb."

Questions will now be raised as to where the likes of Williams, Priestland and Halaholo will play their rugby next term.

With budgets being cut across the board next season, regions are having to balance the books and Cardiff are no different.

Last week the Scarlets announced that 15 players would be leaving the west Wales region, while the Dragons are seeing nine go through the departure gate.

Dacey announced that he would be following Navidi's lead by hanging up his boots due to injury.

He released a moving statement this week thanking his family for their support.

Departure list in full: Dmitri Arhip, Kristian Dacey, Dillion Lewis, Jason Harries, Jarrod Evans, Joe Peard, Lloyd Williams, Max Llewellyn, Harri Millard, Kirby Myhill, Josh Navidi, Rhys Priestland, James Ratti, Rey Lee-Lo, Brad Thyer, Willis Halaholo.


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