Xavier in no Rush to leave
Blues forward staying in Wales next term
Last Updated: 16/06/10 3:40pm
Rush: Staying put
Powerful number eight Xavier Rush will remain at Cardiff Blues next season, the club have confirmed.
The New Zealander was due to join Magners League rivals Ulster, however a change in the 32-year-old's personal circumstances has seen him remain in the Welsh capital.
Rush, who joined Blues in 2005, has won over the Cardiff fans with a number of commanding displays since his arrival, and played a major part in the club's Amlin Challenge Cup triumph last term.
Speaking on his U-turn, Rush said: "Ulster are a great team with a bright future. I was very impressed with the set-up when I visited and I wish them the best of luck for the forthcoming season.
"However, a change in my personal circumstances has resulted in me deciding to recommit with what has become my home from home, with the Cardiff Blues, where I am very happy.
"I would like to thank all parties concerned for their patience and understanding regarding this matter and now just want to concentrate on having a good pre-season ahead of what promises to be another challenging, but hopefully successful campaign."
Cardiff Blues CEO, Robert Norster added: "Xavier has played an integral part in our progress since joining the team in 2005.
"We are all obviously delighted that he has decided to re-sign and continue his impressive career with the Blues as we look to build on the success of last season."