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Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by George Carlin on Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:15 am

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Heaf on Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:34 am

If the rumoured ring-fencing plans go ahead as described I can see it being the end of the road for London Irish so Bath will have to look elsewhere for their new talent ...

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by propdavid_london on Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:56 pm

Sam Jones forced to retire - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43583772
Another back rower that had a bright future - has the feel of Tom Rees...

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:14 pm

Williams as good as confirmed to us...just waiting for Irish to be officially relegated.

On the other news....flippin Dorian West is leaving Saints at the end of the season...and the bad part is that it looks like he is indeed heading straight for us!! furious

If everything coming out of saints and their fans are true...he might unsettled the whole team ethos and bond we have up here!!

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by yappysnap on Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:45 am

Dorian West would be a car crash for you guys, from what I've heard, not just this season but years ago too, he is an utter t*sser and stuck in his ways.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:04 am

I met West once a few years back, he was watching a game I was playing in. He was surprisingly funny and quick to joke.

Saints used to be effective as a forwards pack and the recruitment has been shocking for a couple of years now. Cockers revitalised himself and Edinburgh (also Toulon) with a move I wouldn't put it past West to do similar.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:05 am

Totally agree Yappy

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:07 am

Sam , I've said on a few posts I hope west needs a complete fresh new challenge and change if scenery.

He could be a breath of fresh air..and develop the fearsome pack he had at saints...alongside our attacking play

We shall see I guess...

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Rugby Fan on Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:13 am

propdavid_london wrote:Sam Jones forced to retire - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43583772
Another back rower that had a bright future - has the feel of Tom Rees...
Tom Rees
James Forrester
Dan Ward-Smith
Will Fraser

None of them got going on the international scene.

Incidentally, Brad Shields is having a good game for the Hurricanes in their game against the Rebels in Melbourne. I think he's captain too, which won't escape the notice of Jones, when he's looking for more leadership.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:48 am

I think Shields will walk into the England side tbh, he's a fine player.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Rugby Fan on Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:59 pm

Sgt_Pooly wrote:I think Shields will walk into the England side tbh, he's a fine player.
Now the back row composition is up for grabs, then he's going to come into contention. He's tall enough to be a line-out option too.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Pot Hale on Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:35 pm

Venetian media are rumouring that Treviso are in the hunt for Quade Cooper with Marty Banks being released at end of season. Ulster also being reported to be in the hunt.
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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Maine man on Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:24 pm

Is that Banks or Cooper pot?

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:28 pm

http://www.planetrugby.com/news/will-addison-to-swap-sale-sharks-for-ulster/

Another Sale youngster heading for Ireland with international ambitions. Can't see it somehow. Good squad signing for Ulster I guess but he's never really pulled up trees in the AP.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:05 pm

Ahh Shields ..meh.

Do we have to bring another foreigner in.....

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Pot Hale on Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:06 pm

Maine man wrote:Is that Banks or Cooper pot?

Cooper, MM
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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:10 am

Banks rumoured to be snubbing a provincial contract in NZ to join Dragons on a 2 year deal.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:47 am

GeordieFalcon wrote:Ahh Shields ..meh.

Do we have to bring another foreigner in.....

If you can't beat them, join them.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by TightHEAD on Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:26 am

SBW has agreed to join Quins after the RWC.
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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by formerly known as Sam on Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:34 am

TightHEAD wrote:SBW has agreed to join Quins after the RWC.

What a day to be a Quins fan eh.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:51 am

Any interesting/made up stories in the Rugby Paper today?

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by George Carlin on Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:00 pm

Sgt_Pooly wrote:Any interesting/made up stories in the Rugby Paper today?
It's leaking that Phil Vickery has retired but I simply can't bring myself to believe it.
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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:05 pm

George Carlin wrote:
Sgt_Pooly wrote:Any interesting/made up stories in the Rugby Paper today?
It's leaking that Phil Vickery has retired but I simply can't bring myself to believe it.

Probably more truth in that than half the stories Fissler writes to be fair.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by TightHEAD on Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:35 pm

I heard Matt Dawson is coming out of retirement, didn't know he had retired!
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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by RiscaGame on Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:53 pm

I thought any April Fools joke done after midday, made the teller the fool of the month? Seems pretty apt.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by Hazel Sapling on Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:03 pm

http://www.planetrugby.com/news/italy-prop-on-his-way-to-edinburgh/

Edinburgh have a new young TH prop (relative for the position). Anyone know much about how he has got on at Oyonnax?

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by mikey_dragon on Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:25 pm

George North set to snub Pro14 CHAMPIONS Scarlets and join Dragons on a two year dual contract.

Scarlets set to announce signings in the coming weeks, one of them being Clayton Blommetjies from Cheetahs - a good and experienced player available all year (injuries permitting). Pivac doing the sensible thing by continuing to build a squad which can compete when the internationals are gone. Next season that takes their NWQ quota up to, off the top of my head:

Clayton Blommetjies (SA)
*Werner Kurger (SA)
Uzair Cassiem (SA)
*David Bulbring (SA - but may now be WQ, signed as a 'project player' so to speak)
*Steve Cummins (Aus)
*Paul Asquith (Aus)
*Tom Varndell (Eng - currently on loan, not sure if/when he is off)
*Johnny McNicholl (NZ)
Blade Thomson (NZ)
Kieren Fonotia (Sam)

(* denotes already capped by Scarlets). I think they're a bit over the limit there even with European Player of the Year Beirne off across the Irish sea.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by yappysnap on Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:36 pm

Has Varndell played for Scarlets? Tbh I thought he'd retired. Brilliant try scorer in his day and mistreated by Tigers unfortunately.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:02 pm

yappysnap wrote:Has Varndell played for Scarlets? Tbh I thought he'd retired. Brilliant try scorer in his day and mistreated by Tigers unfortunately.

Fell out with Cockers. Amazing finisher but wasn't keen on working on his defence or his kicking skills. Cockers generally preferred two fullbacks and a unit on the wings.

Don't think Varndell has a contract for next season so he might retire. If I were him I'd look at a Japan move.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:16 pm

I don't think Varndell has featured much for Scarlets, maybe twice, and I'm a long way away from Wales so don't get to watch much of the league. If on loan then I'm guessing he was on the fringes of Bristol as they allowed him to go, plus only signed as injury cover, and rated behind an Aussie utility up until his injury sustained last Friday. I doubt that he's considered good enough to be signed on FT given what Scarlets will have available in the back 3 next season, and they're likely to promote an academy product in that position too. Like you say he's a good finisher but not much else these days. He did look very good when he first burst onto the scene with Tigers so I'm not sure what happened to him. It would be a little unfair to say he was never up to it though, he was a hell of a premiership winger.

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Post by VinceWLB on Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:16 pm

Hazel Sapling wrote:http://www.planetrugby.com/news/italy-prop-on-his-way-to-edinburgh/

Edinburgh have a new young TH prop (relative for the position). Anyone know much about how he has got on at Oyonnax?

I don't know how he has got on with Oyonnax but when he first joined Zebre he looked promising but then quickly stalled.. Would be clearly 4th choice at Edinburgh, that is if Shields (who i think has done a decent job) is leaving.

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by SirBurger on Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:44 am

Tom Stephenson to Worcester or Irish.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:00 am

Be surprised if it's Worcester. They've agreed to sign a SA centre already and have this year's crop under contract as well. He'd be better off getting game time at LI.

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Post by LondonTiger on Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:03 am

I was hoping he would come up the road to us.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:13 am

Agree, Worcester would be a strange choice with the options they have. I guess he either wants first team rugby or to sit on the bench in the AP.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:29 am

LondonTiger wrote:I was hoping he would come up the road to us.

You and me both.

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Post by Welly on Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:30 pm

He's just as bad injury problem wise as Owen and Manu though.
Also if Irish would be a bad move due to players in front of him wouldn't he have the same problem at Tigers?

Te'o is rumoured out, his agent has said he's staying till end of contract but lets be serious how many times have players said they are staying only to leave.


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Post by stnick88 on Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:46 pm

who would be ahead of him at Irish? no-one if you ask me!

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:18 pm

Groom joins the Saints exodus with immediate effect.

That is a blow, he was in my opinion our best 9 and would have worked well with Biggar.

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Post by Bathite on Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:48 pm

Who else have left saints? Other than north?

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:17 pm

Bathite wrote:Who else have left saints? Other than north?

Brookes, Nutley, Groom, Stephenson, Myler and North all confirmed out. Couple of squad hookers and a development lock as well.

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:01 pm

Jordan Onojaife, Charlie Clare, Matt Beesley (as above) plus Juan Pablo Estelles.

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Post by George Carlin on Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:42 pm

Rumours are that I want to move to another company because my boss is an @rse.

And there's something to those rumours, I can assure you.
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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by mikey_dragon on Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:48 pm

Teams continue their pillaging of the Toyota Cheetahs squad with Ospreys signing Tom Botha as a replacement for Arhip, who's off the Top 14. We expected this to happen if the SA teams were any good, which isn't great for SA rugby. Hopefully SA can contract some good players to both their Pro14 Franchises for next season (and keep hold of them).

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Post by mikey_dragon on Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:45 am

Anyone know the story of Johan Goosen? I thought he had retired from rugby, obviously to get away from Racing Metro, yet he's starting for Cheetahs against Munster this weekend. I've done a bit more reading on wiki and according to that Montpellier have bought out his contract with Racing. It's a strange one for sure.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:48 am

At the Cheetahs to get match fitness ahead of a move to Montpellier next season by the looks of things. Very dodgy.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:30 am

Logovi'i Mulipola to Falcons for next season (rumour).

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by toml on Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:32 am

Times reporting Jack Paddyson to Clermont

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Re: Silly Season Transfer Rumours 17/18

Post by formerly known as Sam on Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:45 am

Sgt_Pooly wrote:Logovi'i Mulipola to Falcons for next season (rumour).

Would be a blow to lose him. There's been rumours of negotiations being long with Tigers. Logo rumoured to want big name prop money whilst Tigers are concerned over his injury history (he's had quite a few). Falcons come in and offer that level of salary then he might move. We lost Goneva in a similar way (although we were also concerned about the length of contract he wanted for a winger of his age).

Be a great signing for Falcons. He seemed a humble and friendly guy off the pitch as well. I met him at a (very) amateur game where he'd come down to watch. Happy to talk and pose for selfies.

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Post by Welly on Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:00 pm

Mulipola is great BUT at 31 and the style of play he enjoys the injury front is a bit of a worry.

One of those I can understand either way.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:59 pm

31 is prime age for a prop though. Could easily carry on for another four years. Don't think many would be keen to give him a three year deal though.

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