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Cuthbert should stick with Blues, says Davies

Guinness PRO12 Editor

7 May 2012

Blues winger Cuthbert did cross in the second half but he would suffer further frustration when his injury-time try was ruled out for a forward pass

Cardiff Blues winger Alex Cuthbert should stay put rather than give in to temptation and leave for France, according to Wales legend Jonathan Davies.

Cuthbert, 22, has been in fine form for the Blues in the RaboDirect PRO12 and Wales this term and as a result has been linked with a move to French clubs Toulon and Racing Metro.

The Blues will undergo a major overhaul this summer with 11 players departing the club while Phil Davies will come in as director of rugby.

A host of Wales players are set to move to France this summer including Blues teammate Gethin Jenkins but Davies believes Cuthbert would be better served staying in the Principality.

"With the ball and because of his sevens experience, he's phenomenal. He's great in space and he's a natural finisher," said Davies.

"But if he goes to France and doesn't play well and people work him out defensively, all of a sudden he's not playing for the firsts' side, he languishes in the second team and gets battered every week.

"That's the decision these youngsters have to make with their agents, because I think the agents have a duty to do the best for their players.

"It's not always the money which is best. And I feel that if they develop him in France, fair enough, and look at his defensive qualities and they persevere with him and educate him, that's great.

"But in Cardiff, if he stays in Wales with the Welsh coaches, it's a question of, right, we've got to work on his defensive capabilities because the last thing he wants is to go to France and lose his confidence and then lose his [Wales] place."