Josh Navidi rugby player
Josh Navidi rugby player

Josh Navidi

30th Dec 1990 1.85m/105kg Openside Flanker

Former Brynteg Comprehensive pupil Navidi played for Wales Under-20s in all of the 2010 Under-20s Six Nations tournament and lead the team to victory against France at Newport.

The former Glamorgan Wanderers openside had previously played for the Under-20s in the World Championship and made his senior Blues debut against European champions, Leinster at the RDS in 2009, coming on as a replacement for Scott Morgan.

Navidi was named as one of Cardiff Blues vice-captains for the 2012/13 season and in January 2013 was selected in the 35-man Wales squad for the 2013 6 Nations Championship.

The 2013/14 season saw Navidi cement his place in the Blues starting line-up and his outstanding year was recognised at the end-of-season awards when he was voted by the coaching staff as the Player of the Season.

Navidi was simply outstanding during the 2014/15 season as he cemented his place at No. 8 and he completed a double at the end-of-season awards as he won Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season.

In May 2017, Navidi, who has been capped once before for Wales - has been included in the two-Test summer tour squad, he went on to win two further caps.

At the start of the 2017-18 season, the dreadlocked back-row has played 130 times for Cardiff Blues scoring 20 tries.

Navidi was named in Wales 2018 Six Nations squad and enters the competition with 7 Test caps.

The flanker made 4 appearances during the 2018 Six Nations and was included in Wales Summer Tour squad to face South Africa and Argentina.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Navidi has had 33 European Cups appearances scoring 5 tries and 25 points.

Navidi, named for the 2019 Six Nations squad has had 4 previous 6 Nations appearances. He is yet to score any points.

Navidi picked up another cap in the 2020 Six Nations for a personal tally of 24.

Following the injury to Justin Tipuric against Japan for the Lions, Navidi was drafted into the squad as injury cover for the trip to South Africa



Career

image Cardiff Rugby
Openside Flanker
2009 - present
wales Wales
Openside Flanker
2013 - present
St Bedes College logo St Bedes College
Blindside Flanker
R2fRSPlg British & Irish Lions
Openside Flanker
2021 - present