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Post by Welly on Fri 04 Sep 2015, 3:07 pm

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2015/16 Senior Squad ATM:
Coaches: Cockerill (DOR), Mauger (HC), Hansen (Defence + Skills Coach), Blaze (Ass. Forwards), Murphy (Ass. Backs)
1/3) Ayerza, Balmain, Brugnara, Cole, Mulipola, Pasquali, Rizzo
2) Youngs, Ghiraldini, Bateman, Thacker
4/5) De Chaves, Fitzgerald, Kitchener, Slater
6/7/8) Crane, Croft, Fonua, McCaffrey, O'Connor, Pearce, Williams
9) Harrison, Kitto, Youngs
10) Burns, Williams
12/13) Bai, Loamanu, Roberts, Smith, Tuilagi
11/14) Benjamin, Betham, Camacho, Goneva, Thompstone,
15) Bell, Morris, Tait

2015/16 Development Squad: Oliver Byrant, Jake Farnworth, George Tresidder,  Will Owen

2015/16
Greg Bateman (Exeter)
Mike Williams (Warriors)
Mike Fitzgerald (Chiefs)
Opeti Fonua (Welsh)
Brendon O'Connor (Blues)
Peter Betham (NSW Waratahs)
Lachlan McCaffrey (London Welsh)
Jono Kitto (Bay of Plenty + Cheifs Development Squad)

Transfers Out 2014/15:
Paul Burke (N/A)
Phil Blake (N/A)
Neil McCarthy (Glous)
Tom Price (Scarlets)
Geoff Parling (Exeter)
Neil Briggs (Sale)
Julien Salvi (Exeter)
Pohe (USC)
Brad Thorn (Retirement)
Peterson (Glasgow)
Hamilton (Coventry)
Bristow (Wasps)
R.Williams (?)
Whetton
Hepetema (BoP)
Allen (Retirement)


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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by formerly known as Sam on Sun 01 May 2016, 5:50 pm

Pretty sure Maori is the NZ second team with the requirement for Maori ancestry dropped now.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by nathan on Mon 02 May 2016, 10:19 pm

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Post by Notch on Mon 02 May 2016, 10:24 pm

nathan wrote:I know this is the rugby forum, but get in!!!

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by formerly known as Sam on Mon 02 May 2016, 10:38 pm

Selby wins the snooker as well.

The local basketball team is the best in the country, the Tigers have booked their 12th consecutive play off and the cricket club have actually won a game.

Fantastic stuff. Dreamland really. Be interesting to see how much of the city is still standing when I go to work tomorrow.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by LordDowlais on Tue 03 May 2016, 8:11 am

Looking for a Leicester rugby guru here. Can anybody confirm that Welsh back rower Luke Hamilton is signing for your club from Agen this summer ? He has been playing well out in France and he has been having some rave reviews. Leicester's gain is Wales's loss I suppose.

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Tue 03 May 2016, 12:11 pm

formerly known as Sam wrote:Selby wins the snooker as well.

The local basketball team is the best in the country, the Tigers have booked their 12th consecutive play off and the cricket club have actually won a game.

Fantastic stuff. Dreamland really. Be interesting to see how much of the city is still standing when I go to work tomorrow.

So the full weight of an unlikely treble rests securely on Tigers shoulders. If City were 5000/1, what would such a treble have been?


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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by formerly known as Sam on Tue 03 May 2016, 12:43 pm

LD the rumours are he's heading our way. Given we are going Aus style and playing a 7 at 8 when both open sides are fit he looks to be joining as squad filler. Hopefully he's mobile and physical and can offer us something different in back row options as we've played locks at 6 and sometimes lacked mobility round the park.

WPI the odds would have been very good on a quadruple (football, snooker, basketball and rugby).

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by king_carlos on Tue 03 May 2016, 12:46 pm

LordDowlais wrote:Looking for a Leicester rugby guru here. Can anybody confirm that Welsh back rower Luke Hamilton is signing for your club from Agen this summer ? He has been playing well out in France and he has been having some rave reviews. Leicester's gain is Wales's loss I suppose.

It was reported in midi that he would be joining Tigers for next season. Others say that he has been offered a contract (without confirmation he's accepted) but nothing has been confirmed by either side.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by LondonTiger on Tue 03 May 2016, 3:21 pm

In the standard session with BBC Radio Leicester and other local media today, Cockers confirmed that the club have spoken to Hamilton and are looking for one more back rower for next season. He also confirmed that Sam Harrison has multiple facial fractures and will be out for the rest of the season.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by formerly known as Sam on Tue 03 May 2016, 5:26 pm

Feel sorry for Harrison he was having a good game and one slip on the wet turf has left him with a nasty injury.

I wouldn't be surprised if Hamilton's agent is fishing for a better deal. Being able to credibly link the Tigers to his client won't hurt his negotiating stance.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by Welly on Thu 05 May 2016, 9:47 pm

Comment about a big clear out of academy players (Guessing the senior ones) on Tigers fan page (Facebook)


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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by king_carlos on Thu 05 May 2016, 10:36 pm

Do they specify any in particular Welly?

It's a big academy squad this year so it wouldn't be surprising.

Levi Davis - Bath rugby
Harry Simmons - Is very highly rated so won't be going anywhere
Jacob Umaga - Apparently leaving for pastures new
Ben White - promotion to development squad
Alex Worth - promotion to development squad
Sam Yawayawa - promotion to development squad

Those are the bigger names from the squad who jump out at me.

Tom Hardwick also impressed in the A-league game against Worcs he started at FB - a goal kicker too which is always useful.

Lewis Winterbottom and Matt Riddington have bench appearances to their name for the A-team but along with the list above that's it for A-team appearances from the big academy squad.

A few from the development squad who are unlikely to progress further as the squads currently stand would be better served by lower league contracts to continue their development at this stage as well.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by Welly on Thu 05 May 2016, 11:10 pm

Nah but suspect it is mainly the older players to make way for the U18 players.

Prob I don't the 20 years olds etc.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by Welly on Thu 05 May 2016, 11:21 pm

Tresidder to Titans.
Will Owen to Titans

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by king_carlos on Fri 06 May 2016, 12:54 am

If we were in a position cap wise (and with players out of contract) to sign a decent number 8 then I'd have happily have kept Will Owen as a blindside behind Williams and Croft with Locky covering the whole back row.

It looks like a new starting 8 isn't going to happen so Cockers and Mauger are instead favouring 2 opensides and a big tackling blindside in the back row, hence the Hamilton rumours. It's a back row balance which has worked well this season but I do worry that it won't hold up against the best teams - most of whom have outstanding number 8s - in the biggest games.

Hopefully Owen will head back after a season or two in the Championship a better player and still play an important role for Tigers. I do fear that he could be another who we lament letting go though.

Tressider is a player I've always liked but is a victim of stiff competition. The 3 first team scrum halves are all quality players and White/Simmons in the academy are excellent prospects. I hope he does well with Rotherham and eventually gets a Prem contract as he's certainly talented enough to.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by Welly on Fri 06 May 2016, 1:05 am

Think I might of gotten the wrong Will Owen now.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by king_carlos on Fri 06 May 2016, 1:37 am

Looking around online the 'Rotherham Rugby News' twitter page is reporting that Tressider will be announced tomorrow amongst 22 signings for them for next season. Given the links with the club I'd guess that a couple of the 'academy clear out' might be heading there too.

Where did you hear the Will Owen rumour Welly? If Hamilton comes in I could absolutely see Owen leaving, not that I want to see it happen.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by Welly on Fri 06 May 2016, 1:48 am

Nah I saw Will Owen Rotherham but it is a different Will Owen.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by king_carlos on Fri 06 May 2016, 9:45 am

Glad to hear that. I still hope that he'll stay on. If we are looking at two opensides as our go to back row balance then he's certainly a useful player to keep in the squad.

6.Williams, Croft, Hamilton
7.BOC, Evans, Owen
8.Locky, BOC, Fonau, Milne/Grant

If Crane goes and Hamilton signs then our back row stocks would potentially look like that. Not perfect but the 2 openside plan has worked this year, having Mike Williams back makes a huge difference to our balance as well.

I still think we need a stronger option at 8 to challenge the best sides but finding one, tempting them and fitting it in the cap is easier said than done I do admit.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 06 May 2016, 12:09 pm

To find a big, mobile 8 with great hands and ability at the breakdown would cost a fortune. I think we've made bigger packs look ponderous when both 7s have played. Trying to fight fire with fire and field a big back row has not gone well for us and we've been overpowered. We only looked like scoring against Racing once we introduced Croft to give some more pace to the back row. If we'd have had both sevens available we'd have won that game.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 1:37 pm

Odogwu apprently off.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat 07 May 2016, 2:19 pm

That's a shame though slightly unsurprising considering how bright a talent he looked, someone was bound to offer him game time. Any news on who? If it's a Billy style move to the Championship for a year that wouldn't be a bad thing, if it was another AP side that would be a loss.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat 07 May 2016, 2:30 pm

Bryant and Brugnara on the bench for Doncaster for their second round play off game with Yorkshire.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:02 pm

formerly known as Sam wrote:That's a shame though slightly unsurprising considering how bright a talent he looked, someone was bound to offer him game time. Any news on who? If it's a Billy style move to the Championship for a year that wouldn't be a bad thing, if it was another AP side that would be a loss.

We Released him by the sounds of it rather than him leaving.

From what is being said on Facebook at least.

Only 3 players being kept from the development squad according to it.

Evans
Worth
Bryant (?)


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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:14 pm

Be am unusual move to dispense of both the props given Hills and Hogan both look to have bright futures. Unless they are academy players and not yet in the development transitional squad. Evans is only 18 so he might count as academy as opposed to development.

Be a shame to write off so many of the development squad so quickly. They are an excellent way for adding depth to he squad and some of those guys could develop into first team starting options. Unless we're being very clever and releasing them to lower league clubs but retaining first option clauses like we did with 36.

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by king_carlos on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:34 pm

Hills and Hogan are both development squad.

As are Maksymiw, Beckett, Charlie Thacker, Will Owen, George Nairn and Jake Farnworth. Fred Tuilagi jnr and Stone Priestley-Nangle as well.

I guess that some might be getting added to the senior squad, others could perhaps be going to championship clubs for a full season. If that number of them are just being let go it will be surprising and very frustrating though. There's a lot of talent in the current development squad.

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:35 pm

Shocking start for us, appalling midfield defence.

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Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:35 pm

That was soooo lax

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Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:37 pm

Genge is a beast

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:40 pm

Genge will be a treasure. Wave after wave of attack by us, but just poor composure close to the line.

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Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:41 pm

Imagine Genge and Logo coming on together with 20mins to go

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by king_carlos on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:45 pm

Genge should definitely have leapfrogged Balmain as joing Logo on the bench for the semi on current performance.

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:46 pm

On current form should be Genge and Balmain

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Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:47 pm

Evans is some prospect

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Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:48 pm

Genge has some step on him for a big guy.

Good try for Balmain

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:48 pm

Nice body position by Balmain for that try Very Happy

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:49 pm

Do we have Genge for next season?

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Post by king_carlos on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:49 pm

Logo has looked good for short bursts I've thought. His fitness just simply hasn't been up to more due to his knee. Hopefully this short break will have helped that though.

Evans is a brilliant player to watch. He's just everywhere.

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:50 pm

What is it with us and restarts?

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:50 pm

LondonTiger wrote:Do we have Genge for next season?

Well according to some the wheel are his sponsor next season so yes hopefully

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Post by king_carlos on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:51 pm

LondonTiger wrote:Do we have Genge for next season?

Nothing confirmed but Andy Robinson hasn't asked for him back for the play-offs and rumoured he isn't interested in working with Genge again due to off field issues.

Plus I read somewhere that Genge already has a sponsor for next season in Leicester which bodes well...

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Re: Leicester Tigers Thread 2015/16 A New Beginning Part 1

Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 3:53 pm

Silly from Croft to play that once on ground, however pretty sure he woul dhave had it while standing if Bath not holding on.

Maxwell-Keys being bossed by both skippers.

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Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 4:01 pm

Good try.

Crane isn't flashy but he is solid

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 4:02 pm

Crane doing a damned fine impression of his best atm.

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Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 4:03 pm

LondonTiger wrote:Crane doing a damned fine impression of his best atm.


Crane always does better later in the season.

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 4:11 pm

Holy f, Ellis Genge is just..........

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Post by Welly on Sat 07 May 2016, 4:12 pm

I know he is like Logo but mobile

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Post by king_carlos on Sat 07 May 2016, 4:15 pm

It's a long time since we've seen a Crane turnover Erm

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat 07 May 2016, 4:24 pm

I've got radio coverage and it sounds like we're all over Bath. Evans sounds like he's everywhere and the two props are getting stuck in with the carrying. We quite simply have to keep Genge.

Ben Youngs playing himself back into form at the perfect time. Good to see the boys doing their thing and giving the coaches a headache ahead of next weeks selection.

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 07 May 2016, 4:51 pm

Fantastic comeback bty Bath.

Cannot say what I think about the penalty against Genge - which should have been reversed in any case following Garveys punch to the head.

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