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Blues skipper dismisses Wales talk

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 Jan 2010

Cardiff Blues captain Paul Tito has made light of talk linking him to a Wales call up later this year.

The inspirational New Zealander qualifies for Wales via residency this summer having been in the country for three years following his move from Taranaki in 2007.

Tito has become one of the region’s most-respected players and has consistently been among the top performers throughout his time in the Magners League.

But while current form may put Tito in the frame for a shock call up, the former New Zealand U19, U-21 and Maori cap admits that suggestions that he might represent Wales are not something he is taking seriously.

"I’m more likely inclined to say no,” Tito told BBC Sport.

"If Wales were in massive dire, dire need I’d probably have a think about it.

"But they’ve got five or six guys that can do the job and have been there for a long time and they’ll probably stick with those guys.”

At 31, Tito intends to concentrate on helping the Blues climb the Magners League table rather than chasing international recognition.

Dai Young’s men have struggled for form so far this season and currently sit eighth in the Magners League standings with just four wins from 11 games.

And while he may not be able to escape talk of a Wales call up entirely, Tito is simply determined to improve the Blues’ fortunes during the one-and-a-half years that remain on his contract.

"I’m getting on a little bit now," admitted the 31-year-old lock.

“They train hard up there (with Wales) and I’m looking to dig in for the Blues.

"So I’ll continue to do what I have been doing and knocking on the door for the Blues and do the best that I can do here."