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Post by Driver on Tue 10 May 2011, 4:01 pm

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Post by Driver on Sun 15 Dec 2013, 10:39 pm

Newcastle Falcons team news for Exeter Chiefs fixture


Falcons welcome back 4 all blacks and 1 Wallaby to there starting team to play Exeter Chiefs.

Why have you chosen to bring these players back into the side for this weeks game?


'When you play away from home you need to have a experienced pack , rock solid defence and a extreme competitive edge which the southern hemisphere players are known for having, combining this with Wally (Alex Waller) , Ed and Youngsy who are pretty much honoury Geordies now the will to win is going to be the foundations for what should be a great day at the office for us''


Adam Ashley Cooper was picked on by some sections of the press for apparently not being able to let a side play more rugby than say Ben Smith or Rene Ranger would in that jersey what's the thinking playing him at 13?


First and formost if you don't concede in rugby you don't lose and there is no better defender than AAC in that channel and that's what he'll do and he'll do it hard. The suggestions that he shuts down attacks are deranged. He's played 13 for an Australian side that blew sides away with there brand of rugby over the years , He's also a big boy who can tie a few defenders in and create a lot of space for out dangerous back 3.


Kieran Read has just picked up IRB player of the year how big of a boost is that to him?


'It's a massive honour for him and we're all chuffed to bits for him. He's a very clever rugby player , natural leader and the best 8 in the world, we're very lucky to have him''


Why is Read captain and not Richie McCaw?


At the beginning of pre-season we spoke with Richie and he said he wanted to focus more on his rugby and after a chat over a coffee he put the idea forward that we should have a leadership group and Kie should be the forefront of that with him playing number 8 he is the focal point of most games. We've got a good core of leaders including Kie , Richie , Benny Mowen , Paul and Rory in the pack. Adam , Aaron and Alex Goode contribute a lot in the backs when they play''
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Post by Driver on Sun 22 Dec 2013, 2:08 pm

FALCONS CAPTURE WORLD CLASS CENTRE THEY HAVE BEEN CRAVING
By Will Greenwood writing for the Telegraph.


Newcastle Falcons today added the X-Factor there backline has been missing at 12 , the penny which has left them short of a pound. Jean De Villers arrived on Tyneside today to help create arguably the most potent back line in the world of club rugby. Youngs , Cruden , Jane , De Villers , Smith , Pitatau and O'Connor. 

This is the backline which will bring home the Premiership this season, given the slightest sniff of clean ball could cause absolute havoc  for any defence.
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Post by Driver on Mon 23 Dec 2013, 4:54 pm

ESPN TRANSFER RUMOURS 

Newcastle Falcons are keen to add England and Northampton lock Joe Launchbury to there ranks but Saints aren't keen on losing in youth system graduate.

Saracens are also in the market for a number 9 with Sale Sharks Danny Care top of there Xmas list

London Irish are hoping to add a hooker to there ranks full time with Bath's Richard Hibbard top of the list of targets.

Leicester Tigers are keeping tabs on Exeter's young Puma Pablo Matera , the young flanker could come in with rumours rife of Ernst Joubert's retirement.

Tom Palmer could retire at the end of the season to take on a coaching role at his former club Stade Francais according to reports in Paris.
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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 23 Dec 2013, 5:42 pm

SAINTS QUASH LAUNCHBURY RUMOURS

Northampton Saints Statement:

Northampton Saints would like to categorically state that we have no interest in losing Joe Launchbury. Joe has already established himself an integral part of the squad and is seen as an essential player to build the club's future successes around. This is especially so given that the club are pushing strongly in both domestic competitions and remain undefeated in Europe in 14 games.

The club prides itself on developing young English talent to support the national team and since transferring from London Wasps three seasons ago Joe has gone from strength to strength, firmly establishing himself in the England set up in the process.

ENDS ----------------

It has been widely reported that both George Ford and Elliot Daly are likely to be involved with the England EPS in the New Year and join club captain Dylan Hartely, Mako Vunipola, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Billy Vunipola, Manu Tuilagi, Christian Wade and Ben Foden in the set up.

Northampton Saints are also rumoured to be interested in signing London Wasps wing Jack Nowell to the club at the end of the season.


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Post by Fluxy on Mon 23 Dec 2013, 6:52 pm

Exeter Chiefs Pour Water on Rumours

Chiefs director or Rugby, Flux stated that he has had no contact with the Newcastle Falcons for the Chiefs tyro flanker Pablo Matera. 
"We have no intention to let Matera go, and we have lost interest in any players that may have tempted the release of Pablo from our squad."

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Post by Driver on Mon 23 Dec 2013, 6:56 pm

I'v got no interest if you read the story Fluxy.
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Post by Driver on Sun 05 Jan 2014, 10:24 pm

Newcastle Falcons to lodge legal case against Gloucester


Newcastle Falcons legal team today announced that they will be reporting an illegal action by Gloucester RFC with regards to registering a player to there academy who had pre-signed a contract with Newcastle Falcons.


Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club Ltd today confirmed the signing of England U20 lock Jonny Hill for a compensation fee of £1m to Hartpury College and pressed forward with legal charges against Gloucester RFC who registered the player to there academy after terms had been agreed and a fee arranged between Hartpury and Newcastle Falcons.
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Post by Guest on Sun 05 Jan 2014, 11:28 pm

Driver wrote:Newcastle Falcons to lodge legal case against Gloucester


Newcastle Falcons legal team today announced that they will be reporting an illegal action by Gloucester RFC with regards to registering a player to there academy who had pre-signed a contract with Newcastle Falcons.


Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club Ltd today confirmed the signing of England U20 lock Jonny Hill for a compensation fee of £1m to Hartpury College and pressed forward with legal charges against Gloucester RFC who registered the player to there academy after terms had been agreed and a fee arranged between Hartpury and Newcastle Falcons.


Glos are reporting driver for stupidity. He excels in this role.johnny hill prob end up a nobody so you can help yourself

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 05 Jan 2014, 11:38 pm

There goes the toys!

Be threatening to quit and calling people cheats next Matthew  laughing

Deep breaths....don't cry....it's only a game man!

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Post by Driver on Tue 14 Jan 2014, 1:27 pm

Falcons to let they're kids fly


Newcastle Falcons have handed starts to several youngsters in this weeks European fixture against Scarlets with Dave Ewers , Henry Slade and Francis Sailli all starting.


The Falcons are keen to continue this trend into next weeks LV cup clash with Saracens by fielding a number of youngsters.


Falcons rumoured team;


15.James O'Connor (k)
14.Zack Kirbridge
13.Chris Farrell
12.Luke Marshall
11.Charlie Sharples
10.Henry Slade
09.Dave Lewis


01.Soane Tonga'uhia
02.George McGuigan
03.Scott Wilson
04.Adam Sinclair
05.Jonny Grey
06.Joel Coelan
07.Andy Saull
08.Dave Ewers
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Post by Steven_Sharks on Sun 09 Feb 2014, 12:36 pm

Harlequins make swoop for Irish trio

Harlequins can today announce that South African scrum half Ruan Pienaar, Georgian monster Mamuka Gorgodze and French international prop Jerome Schuster will join the club this week from London Irish to help the clubs attempts to gain ground on the front runners and get a much coveted play off spot as well as their attempts to gain silverware in both the Heiniken Cup and the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

In a deal that see's Club Captain Sam Warburton, Vice-Captain Lee Dickson and All Black Ben Franks go the other way Quins feel they have made additions which will help them in their end of season push for silverware.

'We really needed to strengthen in key areas for the run in an hopefully we are in ther process of doing this. This triple signing as well as the acquisition of Wallaby flyer Joe Tomane hopefully gives us the boost we need to get some momentum and put some big results together.'


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Post by Driver on Mon 03 Mar 2014, 6:11 pm

Driver delighted with Falcons form of late


Newcastle Falcons DOR Driver has declared himself delighted with the Falcons recent form which has seen them surge into a play off place.

'We've played some top top teams at Kingston Park lately and we've turned them all over , wins against Tigers , Wasps , Saints and Gloucester show we're no push overs and will be pushing for a spot at Twickenham come May. Our forwards have been top dollar the last few weeks , the back row it's self has set the example for every side in world rugby''

Falcons head into a two week break in which the squad will jet off to Dubai and have a mini pre-season whilst playing in various 7s competitions .

Remaining Falcons fixtures

Gloucester (A)
Worcester Warriors (H)
London Irish (A) - Amlin Challenge Cup Semi Final 
London Irish (A) 
Saracens (H)
London Wasps (A)
Exeter Chiefs (H)
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Post by Driver on Fri 07 Mar 2014, 12:55 pm

Falcons release team to play Presidents select in Dubai.

A presidents select featuring several former Falcons and many top names who are playing out in Japan.

Falcons 23; James O'Connor , Tim Visser , Chris Farrell , Brad Barritt , Zac Kirbridge , Joel Hodgson , Frans Houghard ; Soana Tonga'uhia , Darren Dawidiuk , Paul Doran Jones , Andrew Coombs , Jonny Hill , Bernard Le Roux , Andy Saull(C) , Dave Ewers

George McGuigan , James Hallem , Scott Wilson , Adam Sinclair , Joel Coelan , Dave Lewis , Henry Slade , Charlie Sharples.

Dubai Select; Matt Burke , Epi Tionie , Jamie Noon , Sam Nortan-Knight , John Rudd , Dave Walder , Rory Lawson ; John Golding (C) , Rob Vickers , Ken Matsuo , Andy Buist , James Hudson , Hugh Vyvyan , Jonny Fa'amatuainu , Colin Charvis
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Post by Driver on Wed 02 Apr 2014, 4:08 pm

Driver happy for youngsters to get gametime and welcomes new head coach.

Falcons director of rugby Driver has said he is happy for his young stars to go out on loan to gain valuable game time. Ireland U20s hooker George McGuigan has joined Barnet based Saracens to help cover them at hooker with the aim of gaining some additional gametime.

Falcons are set to allow some of they're promising youngsters leave to pick up game time these players include Zac Kirbrige , Chris Farrell , Luke Marshall , Tommy Allen, Curtis Browning , Hugh Blake and Scott Wilson.


Falcons also confirmed that Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie will join the coaching set up at Falcons at the end of the super rugby season.


Falcons have also excersised they're option to terminate several players deals at the end of the season. The following players will be released in May.

Paul Doran Jones
Darren Dawidiuk
Andrew Coombs
[size=13.333333015441895]Joel Hodgson[/size]

The following have all been made availible for Transfer

Ryan Grant 
Yoaan Maestri
Kelly Brown
Bernard Le Roux
Heinrich Brussouw
Frans Houghard
Adam Ashley Cooper
Charlie Sharples
Tim Visser
Alex Goode
James O'Connor
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Post by dammit_chris on Wed 02 Apr 2014, 4:55 pm

SAINTS CONFIRM EUROPEAN FOCUS

Northampton Saints Attack Coach, Alex King, today confirmed that Saints main focus would be on defending their European crown.

The Heineken Cup holders are home to Ulster and remain undefeated in Europe for over 18 months. The club currently lay 4th in the Aviva Premiership table and no club has mounted a successful League and European Cup double.

"Of course we would love to win both competitions, the squad we have is capable of beating any other team on its day but we are also realists. We've got four league games to go and we are 10 points away from the top of the table. I can't see Wasps or Leicester slipping up, they are both great teams and have been playing some top rugby since the turn of the year.

We want to add to the trophy cabinet this season and retaining the Heineken Cup for the first time would be a massive achievement for the team. We've started to hit some good form of late and are looking forward to the home tie against Ulster. If we get through that we are guaranteed a home semi final and then who knows, we could become the first team to go undefeated in Europe for two seasons!"

King also gave credit to the form of George Ford "George has been incredible for us, you forget that he is only 20 and he's keeping established internationals on the bench at the moment. We think he's at the right club where we'll give him every chance to compete with Owen Farrell to get the England no10 shirt".

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 06 Apr 2014, 11:02 am

POOLY TO TIE DOWN STARS?

Saracens boss Pooly faces an anxious time as he tries to tie down his big name stars before the season end.

A number of players including Burrell, Ashton, Denton, Faletau, Henry, Deacon, Jannie du Plessis, Crotty & Tom Taylor are out of contract and free to talk to other clubs.

Pooly:

"We've had a great 6 or so months and the boys have pulled us right out of trouble.

We just need to tie down deals and make sure we can compete again next season.

I know there's a few clubs sniffing around but hopefully the players can see what we're building here"

On rumours Luther Burrell is in talks with Falcons & Exeter:

"Luther is top draw, he's going to attract attention from the big clubs and he'd walk into most starting XV's in the league. We're trying our best to keep hold of him."

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Post by dammit_chris on Sun 27 Apr 2014, 8:47 pm

SAINTS CONTINUE EUROPEAN WINNING STREAK

Northampton Saints made it 17 wins from 17 in Europe as they beat a spirited Sale Sharks side 35-24 at Twickenham. The power of Manu Tuilagi proved decisive as he touched down either side of half time, while a well taken try by Julian Savea and replacement hooker Rob Webber added some gloss to the scoreline.

Saints manager Dammit Chris was delighted after securing a second successive Heineken Cup Final spot, "All of the boys really stood up today and our defensive effort was huge. Considering we are still a young team, we showed a lot of maturity to see out the game and I thought George Ford and Manu Tuilagi were the stand outs"

"We are going to make quite a few changes for the game against Bath next week as I really want to give the whole squad the opportunity to put their hands up for selection in Cardiff and we'll be looking for a win at the Rec and then again at home to Wasps the week after".

Saints are expected to name the following side for the trip to Bath:

1. Mako Vunipola 2. Rob Webber 3. Henry Thomas 4. Dean Mumm 5. Jaques du Plessis 6. CJ Stander 7. Sam Jones 8. Sergio Parisse 9. Mike Phillips 10. Matt Toomua 11. Niko Matawulu 12. Matt Giteau 13. Elliot Daly 14. Julian Savea 15. Ben Foden

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Post by Fluxy on Sun 11 May 2014, 9:40 pm

Flux Looks Back Over Season

Director of Rugby Flux, was pleased with how his squad have delivered this season. Speaking after his sides narrow win over the much fancied Newcastle Falcons. We have had some tough times this season, and there were points in the season where we struggled, but fair play to the lads they stuck at it and we thought back to ensure we will be playing Premiership rugby next season. 

In the off season we will look to bring in the players that we want to prevent disruption during the next season, as I must admit that the number of new faces that came in and also left us during the season, interrupted momentum that we had built at some phases of the season. 

Once we get a full pre-season in preperation for the next season with the guys we want, then we can hope to progress as a side again, and perhaps even challenge for the Champions Cup and silverware.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 12 May 2014, 11:25 am

London Wasps keen for revenge in play off semi finals

London Wasps today confirmed that 15 players would be leaving the club at the end of the season, with that number including England and British Lions players Alex Corbisiero and Owen Farrell, as well as Italian Tighthead prop Martin Castrogiovanni and Australian internationals Nick Phipps, Christian Lealiifano and Pat McCabe.  

Director of Rugby Ozzy3213 had this to say;- "We have to move forward and evolve as a club and as a team, and we felt the time was right this summer to make some changes.  We've had a strong academy this year and some of those guys like Scott Sio, Fraser Balmain, Sebastien Vahaamahina and Marland Yarde will be moving up to the senior squad in some regards we have had to clear the decks a bit.  Those guys who are going are however very focussed on going out with a bang and a Premiership winners medal in their pockets"

It was then confirmed that there are already 8 new arrivals coming into the club in the summer, England internationals Joe Marler, and Tom and Ben Youngs, along with All Blacks Jerome Kaino, Aaron Cruden and Ma'a Nonu.  The group is completely by Wallaby cap in waiting Henry Speight and England U20 fly half Henry Slade.
"I am delighted with the guys we have already lined up for next year.  We will have a new coaching set up as well and want to play the game a certain way, and these guys are hand picked to do that.  There is youth and experience in that group, and I firmly believe that we are entering a period where it will be an exciting time to be a Wasps fan.  We are looking at a few other players to bring in through the summer, but we are well ahead of the game in terms of recruitment this year which is always a positive."


Ozzy 3213 was then asked how he was feeling ahead of his 200th game as a coach/director of rugby, against Sale Sharks in the play off semi final this weekend.

"It's a nice landmark, but we won't be preparing any differently than we have for any other game this season.  We owe Sale one after going out of the Heineken Cup up at their place at the beginning of April.  We weren't quite at the races that day and the boys are keen to put that right.  The forecast for the weekend is for it to be dry, so it should be a good game.  We've a fully fit squad to choose from and some key guys who are bang in form right.  We've been excellent at home this season, with 16 wins from 16 games in all competitions, so it's a big motivating factor to keep that run going this weekend."
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Post by dammit_chris on Tue 13 May 2014, 7:04 pm

SAINTS CONFIRM ROBSHAW CAPTURE

Northampton Saints today confirmed the signing of England captain Chris Robshaw for the start of the 2014/2015 season. Robshaw has signed a three year contract with the club and the move sees Christian Wade move to Bath.

Director of Rugby, Dammit Chris, said "We are delighted that Chris has decided to join the club and buy into our vision for next season. His leadership qualities, work ethic and desire for success will be a major benefit to us next year, especially with the number of youngsters we have coming through the ranks.

We are obviously gutted to lose Christian Wade, we wanted to keep him at the club and he was one of my first signings for Saints. He is a talent and once he is back from injury there is no question he will claim that England wing spot - he has the potential to become the best in the world, but in Jordan Williams I think we've found someone who can replicate what Wade has done and be that spark in our backline.

Dammit Chris was then confirmed that Mils Muliana and Matu Matu'u had both left the club to return to their families and that there would be a lot of comings and goings during the off season at Franklins Gardens.

"Next year we want to win the league, a few months ago we put our focus on the Heineken Cup and will have a great battle with Leicester Tigers in Cardiff, we're close to winning twenty games in a row in Europe and the squad is really looking forward to the challenge of retaining our title. It should be a great game and we've got some real headaches in terms of selection."

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Post by Driver on Wed 14 May 2014, 11:48 pm

Newcastle coaching shake up.


Newcastle Falcons today confirmed that Fran cotton , John Wells , Johnathan Edwards , Jason Robinson and Tony Underwood have left they're roles at the club. At the end of season review the current backroom staff where released to allow new staff to be bought in to the Falcons.

New members of Falcons backroom team


Wayne Smith - Attack coach
Toby Booth - Forwards coach
Andy Farrell - Defence coach
Mark Anscombe - Head of youth development
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 15 May 2014, 7:12 am

Snapping up my attack coach is it driver? Just so you know, we released him having only scored 2 try bonus points this season!  Wink 
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Post by dammit_chris on Sun 18 May 2014, 8:43 pm

SAINTS EYE EUROPEAN GLORY

Northampton Saints will aim to become the first English team to retain the Heineken Cup and win 18 European ties in a row. The European specialists have the small matter of having to defeat Leicester Tigers, Aviva Premiership finalists.

Assistant Coach, Alex King, stated "As a club we opted to focus on the Heineken Cup when we realised it would be difficult to secure a home playoff spot. We know what the rivalry between the two clubs has been over the last few seasons and we're expecting our most physical game of the season."

King continued "We're not certain if Tommy Bowe will be fit for the final, he's done remarkably well to get himself in contention, but I'm expecting Niko (Matawulu) to keep his place and of course Julian Savea who has been such a weapon for us this year."


Expected team:

1. M. Vunipola 2. D. Hartley 3. C. Hayman 4. J. Launchbury 5. C. Lawes 6. S. Manoa 7. S. Cane 8. B. Vunipola 9. J. Simpson 10. G. Ford 11. N. Matawulu 12. M. Giteau 13. M. Tuilagi 14. J. Savea 15. L. Halfpenny.

16. R. Webber 17. T. Domingo 18. H. Thomas 19. S. Luatua 20. S. Parisse 21. W. Fofana 22. E. Daly 23. B. Foden

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Post by LukeLovesLuka on Mon 19 May 2014, 10:05 am

Tigers Ready to Roar

Leicester Tigers are gearing up for a huge fortnight as they aim to become the first side to win the elusive double. They play Northampton Saints this week in the Heineken Cup Final, and then face London Wasps the week after in the Aviva Premiership Final.

Manager LukeLovesLuka said "this is what we are in the business for. Two finals, two huge games, huge amounts of excitement and anticipation. We've had another great season; building on the back of our AP Final victory over Quins last year - and this time we're looking to go one better.

We all sat down after Christmas, and as a club felt we had enough squad depth to fight on both fronts. We know it's unusual to target both the big competitions, but we all agreed we had the squad to have a push at making history and winning both cups. We've managed everyone in the squad well over the last 2 months, and we're all fit and fighting - and ready for the final push."

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Post by LukeLovesLuka on Mon 19 May 2014, 12:03 pm

Former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of this season.

Wilkinson won 91 England caps and kicked the drop-goal which won the 2003 World Cup.

“I sincerely thank you all for everything you have given me ”

The final two games of the 34-year-old Leicester Tigers star's career will be Saturday's Heineken Cup final against Northampton Saints and the Aviva Premiership Fnal against London Wasps the following weekend.

"I'd like to focus all my energy on the team and the final two games," he said.

"It goes without saying that I have an enormous number of people to thank for their support from all around the world but especially here in England.

"I sincerely thank you all for everything you have given me and for making these last 17 years something I will never forget."

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Post by Steven_Sharks on Tue 27 May 2014, 2:19 pm

Quins complete first additions for next season

Harlequins boss Steven Sharks has today revealed the first group of new additions for next season.

Harlequins have signed England winger Jack Nowell, Scotland's Jim Hamilton, South African loosehead Steven Kitchoff as well as Italian veteran Martin Castrogiovani who rejoins the club. All join from London Wasps in time for the beginning of Harlequins preseason which begins in June.

Harlequins have also signed All Black Fly Half Colin Slade who returns to the Aviva Premiership after a spell away back in his native New Zealand.

'We are pleased with out business so far. We have signed some exciting young players as well as two seasons internationals who have been there and done it the biggest games. After the disappointment of missing out in last seasons final we knew that this season would be a rebuilding process with next season in mind. We have some exceptional young talent who will have another years experience and under the new captain Michael Hooper we feel we have a great chance to compete on three fronts next season'

'We still have some strengthening to do but we have a long list if targets who would add to our squad. The foreign transfer window opens soon and we will look to get our business done early and then build for September.'

Harlequins officially brought their season to a close with a testimonial match with a 'old' Quins XV taking on a 'young' Quins XV. The game also saw Euan Murray, Andre Taylor and Benji Marshall say their goodbyes to the Quins fans following their recent departures.

'Old' Harlequins

1. Gjorgi Jgenti
2. Schalk Brits
3. Euan Murray
4. Bakkies Botha
5. Steve Borthwick (c)
6. Mamuka Gorgodze
7. Luke Braid
8. Pierre Spies
9. Ruan Pienaar
10. Steven Myler
11. Luke Morahan
12. Dan Bowden
13. Aurelien Rougerie
14. Topsy Ojo
15. Andre Taylor

Subs: John Afoa, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Nick Easter, Greig Laidlaw, Benji Marshall,Frank Halai

'Young' Quins

1. Ed Byrne
2. Rob Buchanan
3. Kyle Sinckler
4. George Kruis
5. Charlie Matthews
6. Pieter Steph Du Toit
7. Michael Hooper (c)
8. Jack Clifford
9. Luke McGrath
10. Stuart Olding
11. Chris Feauai-Sautia
12. Jan Serfontein
13. Jason Emery
14. Santiago Cordero
15. Olly Lindsey-Hague

Subs: Ciaran Parker, Tadgh Furlong, Dan Leavy, James Chisholm, Jordan Burns, Stuart Townsend, Louis Grimoldby, Harry Sloan.

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Post by LukeLovesLuka on Fri 30 May 2014, 6:33 pm

TIGERS SIGN ELEVEN INTERNATIONALS

Leicester Tigers have announced their squad changes for the new season, as the 2013/2014 season draws to a close.

Tigers have announced 11 internationals have arrived at Welford Road, with the likes of Alex Corbisiero, JMF Lobbe, Mathie Basteraud, Alex Cuthbert and Napolioni Nalaga taking their place in the Tigers squad.

Departures include the retiring Jonny Wilksinson, Brian O'Driscoll and Joe van Niekerk, academy players Charlie Clare, Alex Lewington, Javiah Pohe, Paul Jordaan, Edwin Maka and Harry Thacker, and first team players such as Sean O'Brien, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Kurtley Beale and Tom Youngs.

Leicester Tigers have wished all departing players the best of luck in the future.


Tigers Ins / Outs:


IN:
Alex Corbisiero
JMF Lobbe
Mathie Basteraud
Alex Cuthbert
Pat McCabe
Napolioni Nalaga
Paddy Jackson
Paul Doran-Jones
Christopher Tolofua
Tom Johnson
Jaco Taute

OUT:
Craig Mitchell
Vincent Clerc
Charlie Clare
Alex Lewington
Sitiveni Sivivatu
Kurtley Beale
Javiah Pohe
Edwin Maka
Tom Youngs
Henry Speight
Harry Thacker
Sean O'Brien
Benn Robinson
Paul Jordaan

RETIRING:
Jonny Wilksinson
Brian O'Driscoll
Joe van Niekerk

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Post by Driver on Mon 02 Jun 2014, 3:34 pm

Falcons confirm pre-season games


Newcastle Falcons will play rugby at 2 different stadiums for they're home fixtures in the lead up to the 2014/15 season. The first fixture will be played at the Mowden Park Areana in Darlington against Ulster with the second fixture against a touring Pacific Highlanders team taking place at Percy Park RFC in a game which has been made free to attend for all members of rugby clubs in Cumbria , Northumberland and County Durham.

The Falcons will also travel to Dublin as part of they're pre-season to play Leinster at the RDS in a game involved with raising awareness for the children's ward in Dublin hospital.

The Falcons 7s will then jet off to Portugal where they will take place in the Benidorm 7s Festival.

Falcons 7s Squad.

1.Will Fraser
2.George McGuigan
3.Dom Barrow
4.Curtis Browning
5.Joel Coelan
6.Nathan Fowles
7.Tommy Allen
8.Charlie Sharples
9.Tim Visser
10.Zac Kirbrige
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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Mon 02 Jun 2014, 9:58 pm

END OF SEASON AWARDS

Manager Of The Year: SJE
Most Improved Manager: Fluxy
Team Of The Year: Leicester Tigers
Most Improved Team Of The Year: Sale Sharks/Saracens
Player Of The Year: Mike Brown
Young Player Of The Year: Billy Vuinipola
EQ Player Of The Year: Mike Brown
Signing Of The Season: Willie Le Roux
Find Of The Season: Israel Folau

Starting XV Of The Season:
1. Joe Marler
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Dave Wilson
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Courtney Lawes
6. Tom Wood
7. Steffan Armitage
8. Billy Vuinipola
9. Danny Care
10. Johnny Wilkinson
11. Julian Savea
12. Luther Burrell
13. Brian O'Driscoll
14. Israel Folau
15. Mike Brown

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Post by Driver on Tue 10 Jun 2014, 11:18 am

Falcons XV 24 Ulster XV 16


Newcastle Falcons turned out at Mowden Park in a pre-season fixture at Darlington Mowden Park RFC.

Falcons fielded a number of young players mixed in with local talent taken from the county scene. 

Falcons XV;

1.Alex Westgarth (Tynedale)
2.Matthew Hall (England Counties and Blaydon)
3.Scott Wilson
4.Jonny Hill
5.Dom Barrow (C)
6.Joel Coelan 
7.Ryan Burrows (Leeds Carniegie)
8.Guy Van Der Vies (Mowden Park RFC)

9.Nathan Fowles
10.Tommy Allen
11.Zac Kirbridge
12.Olie Goss (Leeds Carniegie)
13.Luke Watson (Billingham RFC)
14.Rob Vicerman (England 7s)
15.Olie Walker (Percy Park)
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Post by Steven_Sharks on Sat 14 Jun 2014, 6:15 pm

HARLEQUINS ANNOUNCE ACADEMY SIGNINGS

Harlequins have today announced the signings of Pita Ahki, Bryan Byrne, TJ Faiane and So'atala Fa'aso'o who will join Harlequins academy for the 2014-15 season.

Ahki, Faiane and Fa'aso'o join from NZ franchise The Blues whilst Bryan Byrne, recently announced in the Emerging Ireland squad for the Nations Cup, arrives from Leinster to join his twin brother Ed in the academy set up.

'We put a lot of money into our academy with an eye to them becoming very important players in our future. The likes of Joe Marler, Kieran Brookes, George Kruis, Charlie Matthews, Michael Hooper and Luke Morahan have joined our academy and gone onto progress into our full squad and the likes on Jan Serfontein and Santiago Cordero are both full internationals in our current academy.

Quins still hope to make some more signings in the window looking to strengthen at 8 and outside centre before the season begins.

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Post by Driver on Sat 14 Jun 2014, 7:23 pm

Slater to skipper


Newcastle Falcons today confirmed lock forward Ed Slater as club captain heading into the 2014/15 season. Slater had captained the Falcons towards the back end of last season with regular skip Kieron Read injured and earned himself call ups to the England 6Ns squad and touring party for New Zealand. 


Speaking to FalconsFanZine Slater had this to say 'It's a massive honour for me to skipper this club , It's helped me turn into the player i am today and i owe this club a 110% effort and commitment''


Falcons also took on the Pacific Highlanders at Percy Park in Ed Slaters first game as official skipper


Newcastle Falcons 67 Pacific Highlanders 13

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2.George McGuigan
3.Matt Stevens
4.Ed Slater (C)
5.Juandre Kruger
6.Ben Mowen
7.Will Fraser
8.Dave Ewers

9.Dave Lewis
10.Tommy Allen
11.Charlie Sharples
12.Brad Barrit
13.Max Evans
14.Tim Visser
15.Rob Miller
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Post by Driver on Mon 11 Aug 2014, 1:39 pm

Ruddock leads Falcons in World 7s series.

Newcastle Falcons have released 10 players for the world 7s competition at Croke Park this weekend. Proud Irishman Rhys Ruddock will lead the side including a few from Tynedale and Blaydon.


1.Rhys Ruddock (C)
2.Huia Edmonds
3.Dave Ewers
4.Nick Phipps
5.Tommy Allen
6.Francis Sailli
7.Chris Farrell
8.Sean Brown
9.Zac Kirbrige
10.Dom Barrow
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Post by LukeLovesLuka on Sat 16 Aug 2014, 12:45 am

Moore Named Tigers Captain

Leicester Tigers have named Stephen Moore as their new captain for the 2014/15 season. The australian hooker takes over from the deaprting James Horwill who has joined Newcastle Falcons, whislt previous vice-captain Brian O'Driscoll has retired.

Moore will be supported by new vice-captain Nathan Hines, with Pascal Pape, Victor Matfield and experienced prop Gethin Jenkins forming a new-look leadership team.

LukeLovesLuka said "Stephen is the ultimate professional and the model of consistency. He has recently been named Australia captain before injury, and for me was the obvious choice. He'll be supported by Nathan Hines, and then the likes of Pascal Pape, Victor Matfield and Gethin Jenkins. All command respect instantly and will help the younger members of the squad improve without doubt."

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Post by dammit_chris on Tue 26 Aug 2014, 12:23 pm

SAINTS SET TO NAME THREE DEBUTANTES FOR SEASON OPENER
Northampton Saints are set to give new signings Chris Robshaw, Nick Evans and Vereniki Goneva their debuts on the opening weekend of the return of the Aviva Premiership. The three players have settled in well during pre-season and should provide Saints with a real boost in their attempt to win their first Aviva Premiership title.

Alex King stated "We're really pleased with our summer recruited, we've bolstered our pack and have brought in three top class international tight heads and Nick Evans is providing a great learning platform for George Ford's development in the game.

We are still looking at bringing in 2-3 new faces before the weekend and will be seeing Sam Burgess join us within the next month. Overall we are in good shape and are expecting to mount a serious challenge on the title this year."

The club also confirmed that Dylan Hartley would remain club captain for the 2014/2015 season.

Saints expected team:

1. M. Vunipola 2. Hartley 3. Mulipola 4. Launchbury 5. Lawes. 6. Bonnaire 7. Robshaw 8. Parisse 9. Phillips. 10. Evans 11. Goneva 12. Fofana 13. Tuilagi 14. Bowe 15. Foden

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Post by Driver on Tue 26 Aug 2014, 12:44 pm

Falcons expected team for Season opener

1.Soana Tonga'uhia
2.Rory Best
3.Carl Hayman
4.Ed Slater (c)
5.Geoff Parling
6.Dan Lydiate
7.Chris Henry
8.Imamol Harmordiquy

9.Nick Phipps
10.Owen Farrell
11.Max Evans
12.Brad Barritt
13.John Davies
14.Charlie Sharples
15.Rob Miller
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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 31 Aug 2014, 8:28 pm

POOLY AIMS TO BUILD ON STRONG END OF SEASON - BEN MOWEN NAMED TEAM CAPTAIN

After a strong 2nd half to last season, Saracens go into this season full of confidence and a scattering of world class additions to an already strong squad. Pooly:

"Things were a little dodgy when I first came in. We were sitting adrift at the bottom of the table and confidence was low in the squad. We brought in some solid players like Crotty and Taylor and once the lads bought into what I was building we started to bag some wins. If we'd have started the season like we finished it, we'd have been fighting for a top 6 spot which is some achievement given the start the lads had."

You've brought in some fantastic talent from the foreign leagues, tell us a bit about the signings.

"We were quite busy at the behginning of the window and I had a few I was especially keen on."

Malakai Fekitoa - "This boy has the lot and I have no doubt he'll go on to become the best 13 in world rugby. The AB's are bedding him slowing but he's looked at home without getting too much ball to show his attacking talents off. His defence is outstanding and he hits as hard as I've seen for a long time. He was right up there with clean breaks, offloads and defenders beaten in this years Super Rugby, I can't wait to pair him with Sonny Bill who'll be with us offically at the beginning of October

Nathan Hughes - This lad is very raw but such a talent. He bursts tackles for fun and carries hard and staright which is what I like in a backrower. His ground work is getting better all the time and he knows when to offload which is key to progressing to the next level. He's got a call to make whether he plays for England having had talks with the RFU already, I think he becomes eligable in 2015. If he does choose England he could form a devastating backrow with big Billy Vunipola, they'd be no stopping them!

Bernard Foley - I've been watching this lad for a few years now and always thought he had a great all round game at 10. This year has been incredible for him and he was the best 10 in S15 by some distance in my opinion. He's got the complete game at pivot, a great kicking and passing game, he can score off the tee from anywhere in the oppostion half and scares the life out of defenders with his turn of pace. He'll give us a real option at 10 and allow to tweak things if needed.

Matius Diaz - Argentina produce some fantastic props and this lad could be one of the best. Only 21 and 8 caps already, he's looked at home in the Rugby Championship and worried some of the best Looseheads about. It's early days for the lad but he can scrummage and that's what I like a Tighthead to do.

Xavier Chiocci - My last signing of the summer and another big scrummaging prop. I seen him come on a bit at Toulon last season and he progressed at a real rate towards the end of the season. He's still pretty young in propping terms but he's an absolute unit and a destructive scrummager which is rare. I expect him to challange Domingo for France this year and he could have the 1 shirt for France if he keeps progressing."

BEN MOWEN NAMED SARACENS CAPTAIN

"It seemed like the natural choice after signing the lad and seeing the respect he gets from the other squad members. He's a world class back rower and leads by example which is what I like. We've got a real leadership core throughout the side with Mealamu, Horwill, Dusatoir and Albacete all captaining their respective countries so I'm hoping they'll be the difference for us this year.

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Post by Steven_Sharks on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 11:28 am

ESCANDE EARNS START FOR QUINS

Harlequins first appearance of the season at the Twickenham Stoop this weekend see's Saracens as the visitors. Quins began their campaign with a hard-fought draw at HQ against London Irish and are looking to get their home season off to the best possible start against Saracens.

The big news from the Quins camp is that 21 year old French scrum half Eric Escande gets his first competitive start for the club. With Ruan Pienaar away with the Springboks and Karl Dickson failing a fitness test this week on his hamstring. Outside Escande is Steven Myler who takes over the 10 shirt from Quade Cooper. Escande, an accomplished goal kicker, is surrounded by experience with Nick Easter and Myler guiding him through the game as well as a huge pack to marshal around the field.




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Post by Fluxy on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 9:14 pm

ALL BLACK CALL-UP, FORCES FLUX'S HAND

With Patrick Tuipulotu being called into the match day 23 for the All Blacks, Exeter Chiefs have promoted Summer signing Michael Paterson from the bench into the second-row to partner Club captain Paul O'Connell. This in turn has meant that Kane Douglas fills in Paterson's vacant spot on the bench, with Douglas set to make his Chiefs debut if called on from the bench. 

Flux talked about the call up in a brief interview with BBC Devon. 

"We are delighted that Patrick has been called up to the All Blacks squad again, he has shown tremendous potential and if it wasn't for a few injuries recently - he would probably just behind Brodie Retalik and Sam Whitelock in the pecking order. This is a blow for us, at our first home game this season, but a big opportunity for Michael who has been a great influence in the squad. 
This does mean we might have to tweak our game plan for Saturday, however it shouldn't be detrimental for us, as last year we based our game plan around a strong set piece and Michael's work in this area and work rate around the field will perhaps benefit us against the Tigers pack."

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Post by Fluxy on Wed 24 Sep 2014, 2:31 pm

Chiefs Keen to return to Winning Ways

Following last weeks narrow loss to Gloucester, Exeter Chiefs have begun the season in a hurry, amassing two wins already out of three games. Chiefs Director of Rugby Fluxy had this to say on their season so far;

"I think we have shown to the rest of the league that we are a growing threat to most sides. We have built upon our longstanding ethos of hard work, maximising our abilities and a concrete defence, and coupled it with an attacking threat in the side. That has be shown by the lads we managed to attract to Sandy Park over the summer, the likes of; Toby (Faletau), Adam (Ashley-Cooper), Connor (Murray) and Paulie (O'Connell) are outstanding players in their positions across the globe, but also grafters and team players. 

It was annoying to lose by quite a close margin the end to Gloucester, but then again they are a perennial top four side and are usually there or there abouts in the final stages of the European Cup, so you have to be at your absolute best to put sides like that away, and we relish welcoming them down the M4 later in the season to put a result on them hopefully. 

Nonetheless we need to focus this week on Quins, and again will be another big game as they are of a similar quality to Gloucester - so we will have to be at our best. However it has shown that consistently picking a side with minimal disruption where possible we can challenge most sides at home and also importantly on the road - but we are glad to be back at Sandy Park this week to give the Quins a big welcome."

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Post by Steven_Sharks on Wed 15 Oct 2014, 3:00 am

[b]Quins understudies begin preparations for the Anglo-Welsh Cup[/]

As Harlequins prepare for Glasgow in the First ever round of the European Champions Cup, Harlequins last night began to prepare for the first round of the Anglo Welsh Cup which will see Quins put out a much changed side in the competition. In a friendly with Irish province Munster XV Quins put in a solid performance with some players forcing their way into the side for the forthcoming game at Glasgow. The 26-15 victory gave Quins boss some selection headaches with heading into the AW cup with the dilemma of blooding Quins academy youngsters and giving game time to senior players such as Gjorgi Jgenti, Dan Bowden, Topsy Ojo and Luke Morahan.

1. Ed Byrne
2. Bryan Byrne
3. Tadgh Furlong
4. Pieter Steh Du Toit
5. Charlie Matthews
6. James Chisholm
7. Dan Leavy
8. Jack Clifford (c)
9. Luke McGrath
10. Ihaia West
11. Santiago Cordero
12. Harry Sloan
13. Pita Ahki
14. Chris Feauai-Sautia
15. Damian McKenzie

16. Tatafu Polata-Nau
17. Gjorji Jgenti
18. Kyle Sinckler
19. So'atala Fa'aso'so
20. Jamie Gibson
21. Stuart Townsend
22. Jason Emery
23. TJ Faiane

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Post by Steven_Sharks on Mon 24 Nov 2014, 11:59 pm

Quins capture Henshaw

Harlequins have this week captured the signature of promising Irish outside back Robbie Henshaw who joins the club from London Irish. Henshaw, who can play 12, 13 and 15, is expected to go straight into contention for a centre spot for this weekend's trip to Bath.

The deal see's Welsh international Jamie Roberts leave the club.

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Post by Driver on Mon 01 Dec 2014, 11:22 am

Driver leaves Falcons for adventures elsewhere 


Newcastle Falcons today confirmed that head coach Driver has left the club after a year and half at the helm. Driver said that he had lost a interest and needed to take time away from the English game. 


Within hours though he was confirmed as the new head coach of Irish side Leinster aswell as a occasional pundit for BT Sport.
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Post by Fluxy on Mon 01 Dec 2014, 1:07 pm

Flux Reflects on another Draw

Exeter Chiefs Head Coach Fluxy was quick to praise his side, after another agonisingly close game at Sandy Park this past Saturday. He stated in a short interview that he is proud that his lads have shown the bravery and courage to go, toe-to-toe with the big guns in the league and take points of them. He reflected that it is a slight shame that they haven't been able to push that little step further to claim all the points available on occasions. But stated that his Chiefs have shown that they aren't the 'indians' in the league no more.

Flux was also quick to add at the end of interview that he had been speaking with the former head coach of Newcastle Falcons, Driver, about a direct of performance role at the Chiefs. Flux stated that someone which Driver's experience is invaluable and would be a benefit to any role at the Club.

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Post by Driver on Mon 01 Dec 2014, 5:27 pm

Driver joins the Paddys.


In new developments this afternoon former Falcons man Driver has become part of the London Irish coaching staff assisting Prop in his sides fight against relegation.

Driver had this too say

'I'v known what Irish are going through at Worcester and Exeter Chiefs and i came within 3 points of Wuss staying up and kept Exeter up. I'll be purely consultency with a brief input into tweaking some of our tactics for certain opposition but full control of transfers and playing staff will be down to Prop.'
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Post by prop_lyd on Mon 01 Dec 2014, 9:46 pm

Irish Welcome Driver

London Irish are proud to welcome driver to their back room staff on a consultancy basis. Prop Lyd said that "having him on board with his experience and strong links across the league will only benefit is more as we look for our first league win of the season."

Irish are preparing for Cardiff Blues and rumours of the Roerts-Smith axis playing have not been dismissed as of yet.
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Post by Driver on Tue 02 Dec 2014, 8:59 pm

Driver issues a warning to Irish stars.


New London Irish Performance Director (What a title!) Driver has issued a warning to the Irish players who might consider themselves nailed on the Irish side by claiming him self and prop won't tolerate any D**k heads policy. 

Driver was keen to stress that being well organised and taking crucial bonus points would be key in beating the drop down this year and is confident that London Irish are able to do it.
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Post by BamBam on Tue 16 Dec 2014, 12:45 pm

BamBam holds first press conference

Newcastle Falcons new Director of Rugby has kept his cards close to his chest since taking over a couple of weeks ago, but has now given his first media interview.

On his new job:
"I'm delighted to be on board at the Falcons, I've felt for a while that I have the skills to manage in a league of this quality, and I'm looking forward to showing what I can do at this level".

On the squad:
"I've tried to give a few different combos a go in the Champions Cup games against Castres, and told the lads that I have no favourites coming in, and places are up for grabs. They responded brilliantly, two bonus point wins is all I could ask for, and I'm beginning to get a picture in my head of how the squad is shaping up. Some of the guys who haven't been able to get on the field are champing at the bit, and I know that they will be ready to go whenever I call on them".

On the league position
"I think most of the managers in the league would recognise that this squad is not one that should be where it is at the moment. My full focus is on getting the squad playing well, and making a real push to get in to the Champions Cup spots. Its going to be a tough ask, but I want to challenge the players".

On squad changes:
"We have had quite a bit of interest in our guys since I took over, but I've spoken to the players individually, and not one of them has said he is looking to move on, which I can only put down to ex DoR Driver doing an excellent job keeping morale up regardless of results on the field. I think that spirit will stand us in good stead going forwards".

On the captaincy:
"Richie (McCaw) and Kieran (Read) have captained the side in the first couple of games, but I've decided to go with Kieran as the club captain. He will be capably supported by a senior leadership group that includes Richie, Ed Slater, Rory Best, Brad Thorn and Jean De Villiers. That group has masses of experience leading the team, and the rest of the players are wholeheartedly behind these guys".

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Post by Fluxy on Tue 06 Jan 2015, 9:00 pm

Flux Revels in Chiefs Form

Director of Rugby Fluxy is delighted with his sides current run of form, which sees them in their highest league position since the first round of the season. The Exeter Chiefs are currently unbeaten in their past sevens game, with their last loss coming at the hands of the Sale Sharks. 
The Chiefs turn to their next game away to Reading to face London Irish. However they have suffered some serious injuries from the tough game against Gloucester. Exeter have lost (Camille) Lopez, (Dimitri) Szarzewski, (Mike) Ross and (Tom) Varndell to injury, but Flux is confident his squad is strong enough to cope with the unfortunate injuries.

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Post by Driver on Tue 13 Jan 2015, 4:25 pm

TRANSFER RUMOURS


Gloucester are said to be drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements for head coach Matty T at the end of the season. Matt was due to resign from his post at the end of the previous season but decided to keep going despite pressure from the shed to finally win a premiership.

Odds on next Gloucester coach


1/3 Fluxy
2/1 Ozzy
4/1 Pooly
4/1 Chris
6/1 Driver


McCaw set to retire


Falcons could be handed a serious blow as All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is apparently keen on retiring following the RWC which would leave the Falcons a massive hole to fill at 7 which has left BamBam with Sam Warburton in his sights from London Irish.

Lood De Jager


LDJ is keen to play a more prominant role in Northamptons pack next season and if it can't be guaranteed he'd be keen on a loan move to allow him to play more.

Chris Cook


Could be London Welsh bound as CJ is keen too add more EQ players to his squad.
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