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Post by Hazel Sapling on Fri 4 Mar - 11:33

First topic message reminder :

Aaron Jarvis has signed for Clermont (http://www.planetrugby.com/news/ospreys-prop-jarvis-to-join-clermont/). The Osprey's signed Rhodri Jones as a replacement I guess.

Steve Shingler (of is he eligible for Scotland or not fame) has gone to the Blues. Straight swap of Shingler for Patchell. Hope Cardiff are paying less as Scarlets got the better player (http://www.planetrugby.com/news/shingler-swaps-scarlets-for-blues/)

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Thu 15 Sep - 11:19

Mikey, he won't dance through gaps but if he's got players running off them he'll put them through holes all day. As you say boot and the ability to control a game make him a quality 10. If he can get a good run if games under his belt so he's fully fit then he's comfortably the second best Welsh flyhalf option. Another season or two regular rugby and he has the ability to overtake Biggar.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 15 Sep - 12:20

Williams is obviously not in Bigger's class, but he'd be a decent squad option for the Welsh, he's a handy player.

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Post by Driver on Thu 15 Sep - 13:05

I'd argue Rhys Priestland fit and in form is the second best Welsh option at 10.
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Post by lostinwales on Thu 15 Sep - 13:07

Driver wrote:I'd argue Rhys Priestland fit and in form is the second best Welsh option at 10.

At his best without question. Problem is his best was a while ago and he doesn't seem to show the sort of consistency which makes the Wales selectors job harder.

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Post by Driver on Thu 15 Sep - 13:11

Might get the chance too under Blackadder if George Ford does jump ship. I was at Twickenham in '11 when he came in at 10 for Jones at the last minute and bossed the show.
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Post by Seagultaf on Thu 15 Sep - 15:02

Sgt_Pooly wrote:Williams is obviously not in Bigger's class, but he'd be a decent squad option for the Welsh, he's a handy player.

If he can get back to fitness he will undoubtedly come into consideration. At present he is behind, Biggar, Priestland, Anscombe, Patchell and Davies, probably in that order But with Priestland likely to miss out under the new selection rules, Anscombe and Patchell still learning the role at regional level and Davies very much no 2 at the Ospreys, Williams could get an opening to jump the queue?

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Thu 15 Sep - 15:24

Sgt_Pooly wrote:Williams is obviously not in Bigger's class, but he'd be a decent squad option for the Welsh, he's a handy player.

I said in a couple of seasons time. He's obviously not there yet but has the attributes to be better if he can get the right experience and stay fit for extended period.

Driver, I don't think I've seen Priestland look confident and in form for a while. He had his critics whilst playing for Wales and it seemed to really effect him.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 15 Sep - 16:26

Plenty of it's and buts there Sam. I don't think OW will ever be as good as Bigger personally.

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Post by True Raven on Thu 15 Sep - 16:37

Driver wrote:I'd argue Rhys Priestland fit and in form is the second best Welsh option at 10.

When you're playing Scotland or Italy and you know you'll have the majority of possession and string some training ground moves together then priestland can do a job but the guy is mentally fragile and has no composure. I remember the guy at twickenham in 2012 trying to run the ball from under his posts cos he can't think under pressure. It's anscombe turn to back up Biggar until Sam Davies is ready to take the reigns

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Thu 15 Sep - 18:37

Sgt_Pooly wrote:Plenty of it's and buts there Sam. I don't think OW will ever be as good as Bigger personally.

What areas do you consider to be a weakness? I've seen him play a lot and to my mind the only reason I can see as to why he's not an international is injury and a frankly dodgy suspension.

Personally I'd like to see Williams fully fit and at ten with Burns at 15 in the Murphy role for Tigers.

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Post by Seagultaf on Thu 15 Sep - 19:08

True Raven wrote:
Driver wrote:I'd argue Rhys Priestland fit and in form is the second best Welsh option at 10.

When you're playing Scotland or Italy and you know you'll have the majority of possession and string some training ground moves together then priestland can do a job but the guy is mentally fragile and has no composure.  I remember the guy at twickenham in 2012 trying to run the ball from under his posts cos he can't think under pressure.  It's anscombe turn to back up Biggar until Sam Davies is ready to take the reigns

Anscombe has to learn how to defend first, he can hide at 15 (which he often does even when playing at 10 for Cardiff, just like Dan Parks did) at 10 at test level his revolving door defence will be a liability.

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Post by ChequeredJersey on Thu 15 Sep - 19:20

Not many people thought Biggar would be this good 3-4 years ago.

Things change, it's hard to say exactly how much a player can kick on or slide, OW is still v young
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Post by True Raven on Thu 15 Sep - 19:42

ChequeredJersey wrote:Not many people thought Biggar would be this good 3-4 years ago.

Things change, it's hard to say exactly how much a player can kick on or slide, OW is still v young

Biggars only recently got a reputation in the international game but in Wales he's been highly touted since he was 18. I remember when he was 22 four years ago and nailed a touchline conversion in the dying moments to win the pro12 at the RDS against the European champions 31-30. The guy has oozed quality since he made his debut at 18

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 16 Sep - 2:39

Agree with Raven, Bigger has always looked a quality option, it just took a while to give him a run.

No real weaknesses Sam but I don't see that much quality when he plays. As CJ says he could kick on, but at 24 I don't think he's going to improve that much.

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Post by True Raven on Fri 16 Sep - 7:40

I should add that if Owen Williams has serious Wales ambitions (same with Callum sheedy at Bristol) then he needs to leave Leicester asap. With Biggar aged 26, anscombe aged 24/25 and Sam Davies who in the past 12 months has seriously developed aged 22 there is no place in the Welsh team for him atm plying his trade in the premiership.

Not a knock on Leicester who I am a big fan of but with PRL flexing their muscles anytime a Welsh players needs early release there is no point picking him over Sam Davies who will get released whenever Garland deems it.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 16 Sep - 9:46

Very true Raven. With only two players to be picked outside of Wales (contract allowance taken into account) you have to be really filling a hole or undroppable to be capped by Wales whilst playing elsewhere. However, technically Williams signed his last contract before Gatland's law came to pass so he could come into the squad no problems. Of course as you say he'll have to get back to the outstanding form he was in the other year and avoid the injuries that destroyed last season for him.

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Post by nathan on Fri 16 Sep - 16:57

Carl Fearns rumoured to Tigers

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Post by Bathite on Fri 16 Sep - 17:27

nathan wrote:Carl Fearns rumoured to Tigers

Interesting. He was on a podcast the other week talking about how much he hated the last year at Bath. But also that we he signed for Bath he turned down Tigers. So, wouldn't be surprised that if he wants to come back to England, then Tigers is a great option for him. Great player and good fit for both parties. Would be gutted to see him playing against us though

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Post by yappysnap on Fri 16 Sep - 19:59

Any particular reason he hated his last season at Bath? Can't have just been the presence of Henson surely...

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Post by Bathman_in_London on Fri 16 Sep - 20:01

Mike Ford has absolutely no man management skills whatsoever yappy, he wasn't a popular head coach.

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Post by Welly on Fri 16 Sep - 20:15

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nathan wrote:Carl Fearns rumoured to Tigers

Interesting. He was on a podcast the other week talking about how much he hated the last year at Bath. But also that we he signed for Bath he turned down Tigers. So, wouldn't be surprised that if he wants to come back to England, then Tigers is a great option for him. Great player and good fit for both parties. Would be gutted to see him playing against us though

and the Fact he prefers to play 8 will be a draw since we are desperate for a hard running 8 but who also has a fair amount of workrate, all the 8's i have heard have been 6/8's.

(Well you will feel same as Sharks fans did when he played against them).

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Post by HongKongCherry on Wed 21 Sep - 13:29

According to the bastion of sports journalism, the Daily Express, Glaws have been linked to Castleford wing Denny Solomona. Given our lack of back 3 options this would be a welcome signing, if somewhat of a gamble.
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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 21 Sep - 13:35

Has Fearns overcome all his injury problems these days? He was a real hope when he was young yet just seemed to be permanently injured or recovering from injury

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Post by Driver on Wed 21 Sep - 14:13

He's in France with Lyon GF
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Post by Bathite on Wed 21 Sep - 14:52

yappysnap wrote:Any particular reason he hated his last season at Bath? Can't have just been the presence of Henson surely...

Ford had lost the dressing room by all accounts. Burgess affair was a real shambles. Apparently they showed a powerpoint presentation of him about 12 months before he joined telling everyone the impact he was going to make on the team. Just a joke really.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 21 Sep - 15:15

Driver wrote:He's in France with Lyon GF

Yes I know mate, just wondering if he was still having his problems or was injury free.

What a player if he was injury free.

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Post by George Carlin on Wed 21 Sep - 15:24

Apparently Glasgow have signed a gigantic, tattooed lunatic:
http://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby-union/glasgow-warriors/glasgow-sign-human-locomotive-langilangi-haupeakui-1-4235641

He'll be disappointed when he realises that has no rarety value in Glasgow.  Very Happy
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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 21 Sep - 16:09

Yeah that's pretty normal up there ha ha.....

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Post by SirBurger on Wed 21 Sep - 21:43

George Carlin wrote:Apparently Glasgow have signed a gigantic, tattooed lunatic:
http://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby-union/glasgow-warriors/glasgow-sign-human-locomotive-langilangi-haupeakui-1-4235641

He'll be disappointed when he realises that has no rarety value in Glasgow.  Very Happy

That is potentially a very good signing. He will have been on the radar of a lot of European clubs.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 22 Sep - 20:44

Falcons have said a major signing announced tomorrow?? Curious who that could be!

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Thu 22 Sep - 20:54

GeordieFalcon wrote:Falcons have said a major signing announced tomorrow??  Curious who that could be!

Odd time of year to come in. Must be a SH player. Can't be that former Durham student centre you picked up today.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 22 Sep - 20:58

Nah its not Burden the centre.

Another one. Its being built up as a biggy.

But some rumours that' it's Davy Wilson coming back. I genuinely hope not!!!!

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Post by SirBurger on Thu 22 Sep - 21:19

Newcastle have a bit of a track record of building up signings, only for them to be a bit underwhelming! I wouldn't be too excited if I were you GF!

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 22 Sep - 21:29

I'm not mate. I just hope to god it's not Davy Wilson. He was in the falcons bar this weekend.

I hope it's a quality midfielder.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Thu 22 Sep - 21:43

Be an odd move given Bath have little option at tighthead, it's really only Wilson or Thomas. Falcons have the other Wilson, Welsh and Vea. A controlling playmaker would be a far better use of the cash. Just think what impact Goode had, Falcons are crying out for that kind of control in the 10 shirt.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 22 Sep - 23:07

They're saying him because Scotty Wilson is,still out and Vea is out which Leaves us with Welsh and Ryan and young Foster.

But even with that I wouldn't want Davy Wilson.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 23 Sep - 9:38

He's not that bad a player. He's probably better than your tightheads when fully fit and in form. Whether you're happy with the cap/budget being spent on him is another matter entirely.

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Post by yappysnap on Fri 23 Sep - 9:47

There was a time when he was clearly the second best in his position in the league, when on form a solid scrummager but also very good around the field.

Injuries seem to have dogged him though.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 23 Sep - 9:55

Bets are on Flood or Wilson, I guess the latter.

I'd be happy with either tbh, any added quality is welcome.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 23 Sep - 10:02

Flood might give you the control you need from half back. Been lots of rumours about him returning but he's still playing at Tolouse.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 23 Sep - 11:46

Wilson to Falcons confirmed on Twitter.
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Post by Driver on Fri 23 Sep - 12:05

Dave Wilson is the one from the pair I didn't want. It's Falcons transfer policy in a nutshell. Add a marque player too a position where we have quality already but neglect other positions by shoe horning players in there. Socks playing 10 for a period is that personified.
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Post by LondonTiger on Fri 23 Sep - 15:04

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2016/09/23/mike-ford-to-join-toulon-as-first-team-coach/

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Post by Bathite on Fri 23 Sep - 16:01

Wilson said last year that he's fallen out of love with the game. Let's be honest he wasn't the only one in the bath squad like that under the previous regime. He was incredible for us in the lead up to the World Cup but has really tailed off with injury.

Thomas isn't quite ready to be at his level yet, he still gives away a lot of pens and whilst Palmer-Newport is coming along, lahiff is a terrible th. We are now looking really short, but you'd have to assume Wilson was on a substantial wedge as a international th, so hoping that frees up some movement to grab someone from the sh.

Apparently fruean will arrive in November and the visa issues has been worked through.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 23 Sep - 16:43

Bathite I was wondering that maybe Blackadder was going to use his Crusaders connections and contact a certain LI prop.

Seems a few AP teams are eying up late deals for SH players.

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Post by Bathite on Fri 23 Sep - 17:41

Yeah I was surprised that Franks committed to the championship. Surprised and impressed. He is predominantly a lh though. Is he good enough at th?

We haven't signed a London Irish player for a while.

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Post by Heaf on Sat 24 Sep - 1:59

Must be getting withdrawal symptoms Wink

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sat 24 Sep - 8:43

What a feckin statement by the falcons!! Sign a past it has-been!!!! What a joke

Time for Dean to move on!!

Sam,
He's nowhere near as good as Welsh or Vea these days.

Retirement move....fuming!!!

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat 24 Sep - 9:23

He's hardly past it, he's only 31! If he can stay got and in form for more than five minutes he'll more than likely be back in the England reckoning. Sick note maybe but past it certainly not. Rejuvenate him in a similar way to Brookes and he'll be starting ahead of Vea and Welsh.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 24 Sep - 9:29

We (Dragons) were pretty close to signing Mike Ford. Guess he fancied a bit of sun. His loss. And ours too I guess as we're going nowhere fast.

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