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Post by munkian on Mon 05 Sep 2016, 12:05 pm

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Ponty ?
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Post by PhilBB on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 1:24 pm

Good to see Merthyr's signings this week have properly taking the p out of the WRU.

"Development league". Hilarious.
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Re: Merthyr RFC set to become new force in Welsh Rugby

Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 1:25 pm

Who have they signed?

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Re: Merthyr RFC set to become new force in Welsh Rugby

Post by ScarletSpiderman on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 1:31 pm

Pete the meat, Lou Reed, Bearman, the lad Riley who was at the dragons years ago. And a few others
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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 1:34 pm

Should be a good team, just a shame it's only a welsh premiership. We need proper A teams to be bridging the gap towards professionalism, rather than this semi-pro league. The WP is good for U18s and U20s academy players but beyond that there isn't much use for it.

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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 1:42 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:Should be a good team, just a shame it's only a welsh premiership. We need proper A teams to be bridging the gap towards professionalism, rather than this semi-pro league. The WP is good for U18s and U20s academy players but beyond that there isn't much use for it.

It needs players like Pete the meat and Co., as they are the gnarly old pros who know the tricks of the trade. The kids learn more from competing alongside/against them, than they do playing amongst their own ages.
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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 2:34 pm

ScarletSpiderman wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:Should be a good team, just a shame it's only a welsh premiership. We need proper A teams to be bridging the gap towards professionalism, rather than this semi-pro league. The WP is good for U18s and U20s academy players but beyond that there isn't much use for it.

It needs players like Pete the meat and Co., as they are the gnarly old pros who know the tricks of the trade.  The kids learn more from competing alongside/against them, than they do playing amongst their own ages.

We still need A teams. Having Pete, etc in the team will help yeah but when you watch these semi-pro teams you can't honestly think these guys are ready to step-up to the pro game. Also do we know if Dillon Lewis, etc will be featuring for Ponty or Merthyr? I assume you were referring to them IE compete alongside/against them.

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Post by PhilBB on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 4:08 pm

Dillon Lewis will spend all his working week training with professional players. He doesn't need 60 minutes, once a season (if at all) against Pete The Meat in order for his career to grow.

The number of genuine young pros playing in this league is dropping because the standard of the league is dropping.
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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 09 Aug 2017, 4:18 pm

So Dillon will be with Cardiff Blues more often that not then.

Yeah that just reemphasises the requirement for A teams.

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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Thu 10 Aug 2017, 7:56 am

Mikey, I was just on about in general players coming up against or alongside players who have been at a higher level.

A-Sides are a good idea. But they would water down the prem even more, and probably just end up with use saying there is too much of a step up from Prem to A, and that's why the A Sides can't compete when they have to draft players in
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Re: Merthyr RFC set to become new force in Welsh Rugby

Post by RiscaGame on Fri 11 Aug 2017, 1:39 am

Maybe the league needs older pros. It doesn't need silly buying, unless they want more Jonny come lately fans who switch from ponty to them? Stan must know it won't turn pro. Even if they decide on swapping a region, it won't be 73 clubs Dragons now. A new pro region would clearly be from the North. So good on Stan being rich enough to blow money for nothing.

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Re: Merthyr RFC set to become new force in Welsh Rugby

Post by PhilBB on Fri 11 Aug 2017, 9:24 am

RiscaGame wrote:Maybe the league needs older pros. It doesn't need silly buying, unless they want more Jonny come lately fans who switch from ponty to them? Stan must know it won't turn pro. Even if they decide on swapping a region, it won't be 73 clubs Dragons now. A new pro region would clearly be from the North. So good on Stan being rich enough to blow money for nothing.

It will be if "WRU Gwent Region Limited" loses money.
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