Welsh international Lloyd Williams has given Cardiff Blues a boost with the news he has signed a new three-year contract at the club along with his younger brother Tom.
The 23-year-old scrum-half has played 45 games for the Blues since making his debut against Leinster in Cardiff in March 2010 and made his international debut against Argentina during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Blues director of rugby Phil Davies was delighted that the club moved to secure the future the youngster in the wake of the Welsh player drain to France.
"Without a doubt Lloyd is a key player for us," he said.
"When you look at my 25 rule, where we want to have 25 players under 25 in the squad, he, Lewis Jones, Tom Williams and Tom Davies all fit the bill. Lloyd is vitally important to the squad; we build a team around people like him.
"He is establishing himself in the Wales squad now and our aim for him is to go with Wales to the next World Cup as No 1 scrum-half.
"That is a challenge for him personally and there is a challenge for him here at the Blues with Lewis Jones developing well. We are very pleased to have two outstanding scrum-halves here."
Davies was equally pleased to secure academy prospect Tom Williams, who is currently sidelined with a dislocated shoulder.
He said: "Tom Williams is a young player who was going to be in our academy this year but we gave him his opportunity in pre-season and he came through. He has played a bit of rugby for Cardiff this year and has impressed us.
"He is another player who at 20 years of age, we have for another three years. He is a real quality individual who is getting better and better."