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Post by formerly known as Sam on Mon 22 Jul 2019, 12:56 pm

Not a great position for Saints, captain and international level hooker looks likely so they've resorted to signing what is at best squad filler. Presumably Haywood and Fish will carry the bulk of the playing time.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed 24 Jul 2019, 5:34 pm

London Irish confirm the signing of Steve Mafi for next season.

Leicester Tigers have a Fijian backrow on trial believed to be London Scottish and Army number 8 Ifereimi Boladau. Presume he's being seen as cover for Denton as we don't know when he will return.

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Post by king_carlos on Thu 25 Jul 2019, 8:20 am

formerly known as Sam wrote:Leicester Tigers have a Fijian backrow on trial believed to be London Scottish and Army number 8 Ifereimi Boladau. Presume he's being seen as cover for Denton as we don't know when he will return.
Most significant part of that signing would be the first sign of Jan McGinity using his connections with Fijian rugby.

Tigers have been abysmal in their player recruitment for years so McGinity joining was a very important off the pitch move.

I've said it many times before but if Tigers want a strong Championship back row who covers several positions and carries well then they should be fighting to get Ed Milne back into the set-up.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Thu 25 Jul 2019, 8:47 am

king_carlos wrote:
formerly known as Sam wrote:Leicester Tigers have a Fijian backrow on trial believed to be London Scottish and Army number 8 Ifereimi Boladau. Presume he's being seen as cover for Denton as we don't know when he will return.
Most significant part of that signing would be the first sign of Jan McGinity using his connections with Fijian rugby.

Tigers have been abysmal in their player recruitment for years so McGinity joining was a very important off the pitch move.

I've said it many times before but if Tigers want a strong Championship back row who covers several positions and carries well then they should be fighting to get Ed Milne back into the set-up.

I think the recruitment last summer was ok if limited by the demands of a head coach who didn't seem to want the job. The recruitment this summer looks good and was done before McGinty joined. The Fijian on trial has apparently joined Notts for next season so there might be a bit of a loan deal in the offing. I'm not sure how much McGinty will have been involved in that given this isn't a Fijian international he has been playing for the British Army and London Scottish. That said I'm really hoping McGinty can get us some gems across from Fiji, we could do with a little Flying Fijian Flair in the back line.

Ed Milne I'd have back, he must have completed his studies by now and be ready to return home if asked. We do have a glut of young talent coming through at lock and in the backrow though so perhaps this is why we are looking at a short term signing on loan from Notts as opposed to signing someone on a three year deal.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 25 Jul 2019, 11:25 am

formerly known as Sam wrote:
king_carlos wrote:
formerly known as Sam wrote:Leicester Tigers have a Fijian backrow on trial believed to be London Scottish and Army number 8 Ifereimi Boladau. Presume he's being seen as cover for Denton as we don't know when he will return.
Most significant part of that signing would be the first sign of Jan McGinity using his connections with Fijian rugby.

Tigers have been abysmal in their player recruitment for years so McGinity joining was a very important off the pitch move.

I've said it many times before but if Tigers want a strong Championship back row who covers several positions and carries well then they should be fighting to get Ed Milne back into the set-up.

I think the recruitment last summer was ok if limited by the demands of a head coach who didn't seem to want the job. The recruitment this summer looks good and was done before McGinty joined. The Fijian on trial has apparently joined Notts for next season so there might be a bit of a loan deal in the offing. I'm not sure how much McGinty will have been involved in that given this isn't a Fijian international he has been playing for the British Army and London Scottish. That said I'm really hoping McGinty can get us some gems across from Fiji, we could do with a little Flying Fijian Flair in the back line.

Ed Milne I'd have back, he must have completed his studies by now and be ready to return home if asked. We do have a glut of young talent coming through at lock and in the backrow though so perhaps this is why we are looking at a short term signing on loan from Notts as opposed to signing someone on a three year deal.

Or a few more Goneva / Rabeni's!!!

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Post by king_carlos on Thu 25 Jul 2019, 1:29 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:
formerly known as Sam wrote:
king_carlos wrote:
formerly known as Sam wrote:Leicester Tigers have a Fijian backrow on trial believed to be London Scottish and Army number 8 Ifereimi Boladau. Presume he's being seen as cover for Denton as we don't know when he will return.
Most significant part of that signing would be the first sign of Jan McGinity using his connections with Fijian rugby.

Tigers have been abysmal in their player recruitment for years so McGinity joining was a very important off the pitch move.

I've said it many times before but if Tigers want a strong Championship back row who covers several positions and carries well then they should be fighting to get Ed Milne back into the set-up.

I think the recruitment last summer was ok if limited by the demands of a head coach who didn't seem to want the job. The recruitment this summer looks good and was done before McGinty joined. The Fijian on trial has apparently joined Notts for next season so there might be a bit of a loan deal in the offing. I'm not sure how much McGinty will have been involved in that given this isn't a Fijian international he has been playing for the British Army and London Scottish. That said I'm really hoping McGinty can get us some gems across from Fiji, we could do with a little Flying Fijian Flair in the back line.

Ed Milne I'd have back, he must have completed his studies by now and be ready to return home if asked. We do have a glut of young talent coming through at lock and in the backrow though so perhaps this is why we are looking at a short term signing on loan from Notts as opposed to signing someone on a three year deal.

Or a few more Goneva / Rabeni's!!!
Interestingly McGinity was involved in Rabeni signing for Tigers back when he ran a player management company. What a player Rambo was and above all else a wonderfully fun one to watch play the sport. Great club man off the pitch as well. Such a shame for a person of his character and kindness to be lost so soon.

McGinity has a very good rep amongst the players he represents and works with. Hopefully that can go some way to mending some of the ill feeling from McCaffery, Betham and Pietersen having contracts cancelled mid-term.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Thu 25 Jul 2019, 4:20 pm

The cancelled contracts were endemic of our lack of direction. We didn't know what we wanted in terms of player, style or culture from one season to the next, bouncing between ideas with increasing levels of desperation. We certainly released some players that we should have seen more from, those three aren't the only ones we've lost that we've scratched our heads over.

The last two summers have been better. I just hope that now McGinty can move it on again. Geordie knows what he wants I just hope he has the tools to realise his vision.

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Post by SirBurger on Thu 25 Jul 2019, 5:00 pm

Really happy with the Mafi signing for Irish.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 26 Jul 2019, 6:13 am

SirBurger wrote:Really happy with the Mafi signing for Irish.

Suspect he's one of your two marquee signings but worth it. Picked up the nickname Steve Murphy at Tigers due to skill set. Big and mobile at lock or 6, good signing.

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Post by Margin_Walker on Sat 27 Jul 2019, 7:53 am

Mafi's signing really plugs the gaps depth wise in the pack and brings in another good carrying option.

He won't be cheap, but suspect Coleman and Naholo will be on more and designated as the marquee players.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri 02 Aug 2019, 1:20 pm

So Lyon have signed Basteraud on a short term contract before he goes to USA....

And have announed him at Number 8 for their first friendly...

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/bastareaud-will-be-changing-position-at-new-club-lyon/

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 02 Aug 2019, 1:45 pm

Well he's big enough to make an impact ball in hand. He's generally a menace at the breakdown too. His tackle count probably won't be up to it so his flankers will have to be grafters. If Lyon still have Fearns that will be a meaty 6/8 combination and Fearns can tackle. If he's a success I wonder if he'll rethink this USA move?

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Post by king_carlos on Fri 09 Aug 2019, 5:15 pm

Roelof Smit and Elton Jantjies have re-signed with the Lions. Both were linked/tenuously rumoured with moves to NH clubs.

Tigers could have done with Smit given Denton is seeming unlikely to return to contact soon.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 09 Aug 2019, 8:36 pm

king_carlos wrote:Roelof Smit and Elton Jantjies have re-signed with the Lions. Both were linked/tenuously rumoured with moves to NH clubs.

Tigers could have done with Smit given Denton is seeming unlikely to return to contact soon.

He would have fit in well with the backrow options Geordie is compiling. We have a plethora of young backrows coming forward, maybe the coaches feel one or two are ready to step in a play a game or two this season. From what I've seen of the development options they don't shy away from the physical stuff and just need to finish their physical development. Reffell is ready to go.

I don't see a problem with an opening day backrow group of Liebenburg, Thompson, Coghlan and Reffell. Can't be worse than the Fitzgerald, Williams, BOC we saw last season.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 11 Aug 2019, 7:26 pm

When did Northampton get the Franks brothers?

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sun 11 Aug 2019, 7:36 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:When did Northampton get the Franks brothers?

First one when LI went down. Second one is due to join post RWC. They could do with the help, last season their scrum wasn't the best.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 11 Aug 2019, 7:47 pm

Yeah I just happened to be looking at their squad, that signing stood out as well as the signing of that huge Fijiian/Aussie winger. They could put quite a formidable first XV in the coming season.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sun 11 Aug 2019, 9:37 pm

Should be a good squad this season and with some junior members more experienced and ready for more game time. The RWC might hit them hard initially though with Reinach and Bigger both key players who will have long summers and have junior understudies.

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Mon 12 Aug 2019, 5:25 pm

Luckily Saints have good cover at 10 thanks to the Grayson dynasty, Ethan currently with the England U18, however if James G gets hurt we will be down to the kids unless Price Harry is fit to step in.

9 is also potentially problematic, Mitchell is very competent, but after that we have the unknowns, Henry Taylor,not yet played for Saints and the we have the kids.

I am not sure that Boyd expected Francis and Reinach to go to the RWC. Francis would have been cover for the loss of Biggar.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Mon 12 Aug 2019, 8:05 pm

WELL-PAST-IT wrote:Luckily Saints have good cover at 10 thanks to the Grayson dynasty, Ethan currently with the England U18, however if James G gets hurt we will be down to the kids unless Price Harry is fit to step in.

9 is also potentially problematic, Mitchell is very competent, but after that we have the unknowns, Henry Taylor,not yet played for Saints and the  we have the kids.

I am not sure that Boyd expected Francis and Reinach to go to the RWC. Francis would have been cover for the loss of Biggar.

Lot of potential in those 10s bit very little experience. I agree the Francis call up was a shock, not a great 10 though. Grayson Snr is a great understudy and a little more exposure in rotation with Bigger will do him good. If Bigger breaks down due to, to much playing time that's a big load on Grayson's shoulders. Similar for you guys at 9. Will we see much of Prince Harry this season he's been out for a long time?

It's why I'm happy Tigers have brought in McPhillips and Reid (admittedly more of a 12), bit of experience to help cover for Ford so we can ease in Hardwick and Costelow.

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Wed 21 Aug 2019, 1:35 pm

Anybody got any spare 9s, Mitchell is out for at least 6 weeks and with Cobus away at the RWC we are down to bare bones. Henry Taylor who hasn't been a hit anywhere, although it would be hard at Sarries and then Connor Tupai who has yet to play a proper senior game, one against the army so far.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed 21 Aug 2019, 2:23 pm

WELL-PAST-IT wrote:Anybody got any spare 9s, Mitchell is out for at least 6 weeks and with Cobus away at the RWC we are down to bare bones. Henry Taylor who hasn't been a hit anywhere, although it would be hard at Sarries and then Connor Tupai who has yet to play a proper senior game, one against the army so far.

We seem to have a production line of age grade 9s at the minute but keep yours hands off. Harrison is likely to leave this season (rumours of mid year move to Australia) and Ben Youngs will at some point take the opportunity to lad out his pension significantly elsewhere (probably after the next Lions tour).

In other news Yorkshire Carnegie have signed two props, Flynn from Sale and a Tongan international from Bristol as well as Tom Varndell. This will no doubt fan the flames of discontent with former players still being left to pay old medical bills the club have decided they can't afford.

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Post by LondonTiger on Wed 21 Aug 2019, 2:27 pm

I know the Varndell announcement created a lot of negative noise, though lower than the Ford one it seemed.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed 21 Aug 2019, 2:55 pm

LondonTiger wrote:I know the Varndell announcement created a lot of negative noise, though lower than the Ford one it seemed.

I guess Ford being the first one really brought the shock factor. YC were going to spend money building back up despite professing that they were skint and couldn't afford to pay former players or their medical costs. I hope Joe and Tom have requested their salaries up front...

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Post by Fluxy on Thu 22 Aug 2019, 9:44 am

Ben Te'o has signed for Toulon

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Post by BamBam on Thu 22 Aug 2019, 10:20 am

James Haskell has signed for MMA promotion Bellator

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/mma/breaking-former-england-rugby-star-18982796

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Thu 22 Aug 2019, 10:27 am

Fluxy wrote:Ben Te'o has signed for Toulon

And ends his international aspirations at the same time.

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 29 Aug 2019, 12:19 pm

Reading a story about the merry go round that is Aussie coaching, with suggestions that Dave Rennie will replace Chieka with Wallabies and Rob Penney taking charge at Waratahs.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 30 Aug 2019, 5:56 am

LondonTiger wrote:Reading a story about the merry go round that is Aussie coaching, with suggestions that Dave Rennie will replace Chieka with Wallabies and Rob Penney taking charge at Waratahs.

Kiwi heavy recruitment. Whilst I didn't think Chieka would remain I thought they'd want an Aussie in charge. I'd assumed they'd at least try for David Wessels first.

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Post by LondonTiger on Fri 30 Aug 2019, 10:19 am

The article was bemoaning the lack of Aussie talent - pointing out that Penney would be replacing Darryl Gibson if he gets the job and the presence of Brad Thorn at the Reds (though there is an argument that he is as much an Aussie as a Kiwi).

Apparently the stipulation for the Aussie Head Coach role is that the new man must have been the boss of a SR franchise while having further top level experience - preferably having won trophies. Scott Wisemantel was name checked, though he does not meet the experience criteria. Matt O'Connor does Very Happy Run

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 30 Aug 2019, 2:22 pm

Hahahaha if the Wallabies fans thought they weren't playing positive enough rugby before now Matt O'Connor will be a reality check.

I suppose Wessels has been too Aussie based in his coaching. His turn arounds of the Western Force and then the Rebels is quite remarkable. I quite fancied him as DOR at Tigers with Geordie as head coach but we aren't keen on spending the cash on the coaching set up.

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Wed 04 Sep 2019, 12:03 pm

James Mitchell signed from Connacht on a short term deal to cover for his younger brother during the RWC

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 06 Sep 2019, 8:57 pm

Max Lahiff joins Bristol on a one year deal.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 21 Sep 2019, 1:34 pm

Juandre Kruger and Ryan Lamb to Scarlets on short-term deals, to provide cover up to November I think.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat 21 Sep 2019, 2:15 pm

A few years ago Kruger was a sought after lock. Could be a good signing if there's still running in his legs. Lamb is one of the most frustrating players you will ever see, so much talent and so many poor decisions made.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 21 Sep 2019, 2:47 pm

The last time I seen Kruger play he was in Racing Metro colours, he was probably the strongest guy on the pitch. Probably a bit too old now.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sat 21 Sep 2019, 3:00 pm

He's 34 be 35 by end of the season so might have one more season in him. Maybe two as set piece was his strength, particularly the lineout.

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Post by king_carlos on Sun 22 Sep 2019, 2:04 am

In a parallel universe Ryan Lamb and Shane Geraghty have 100 caps between them. In this universe it is an 'interesting' announcement by Scarlets.

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Post by George Carlin on Sun 22 Sep 2019, 1:00 pm

The Scottish national team have apparently transferred their testicles to parts unknown.
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Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 22 Sep 2019, 1:23 pm

Kruger must still be good, his linking up with Bulls after this contract. Bulls are losing 3 lock forwards, all of them internationals.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Tue 24 Sep 2019, 8:17 pm

Scarlets have signed another lock, Tevita Ratuva from Fiji. Kruger is temporary but even with him gone they still have a lot of locks who aren't WQ;
Steve Cummins (Aus)
Sam Lousi (Tonga)
Ed Kennedy lock/flanker (Aus).

WQ locks around Scarlets;
Jake Ball
Lewis Rawlins
Josh Helps

I thought there was another kiwi lock/flanker they had signed a few months back, but I can't find any info on him and don't remember his name. Maybe it fell through. Either way it seems like Scarlets are over their limit on overseas players, if ever there was one? No excuses for them not performing now, and they looked pretty gash in the pre-season game at Rodney Parade.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Fri 04 Oct 2019, 2:15 pm

McPhillips goes out on loan to Doncaster Knights from Tigers until the end of the season. Tigers backing age grade playmakers to back up Reid in Ford's absence and McPhillips is now only likely to be recalled in the event of an injury crisis.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 04 Oct 2019, 3:16 pm

Ben Glynn from Quins to Ospreys, I think it's a loan deal. It's pretty poor that they didn't think to strengthen lock before the season started given that they would likely be without 2-3, preferring to play average blindsides there.

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Post by propdavid_london on Mon 07 Oct 2019, 1:17 pm

I thought Glynn had gone to a French side!

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Post by LondonTiger on Wed 09 Oct 2019, 7:16 am

Rhys Webb heading west according to ruck.co.uk with family issues quoted. 

His favoured destination would be a Welsh region, but suggestions that none of them have the money available. Exeter have made an offer that would bring him closer to home, but still out of international consideration.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed 09 Oct 2019, 10:16 am

I'd be surprised if Exeter were offering much, by their own admission they were close to the salary cap last season and had to let go a couple of players they would have liked to keep. If White is off (I forget when his agreement to return to Aus is) then they might have earmarked some funds for a replacement. Webb would be an upgrade on White in an area the Chiefs have been little more than above average for a while.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 09 Oct 2019, 10:34 am

Didn't White just leave for one year so he could be world cup eligible?

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Wed 09 Oct 2019, 10:43 am

Just checked. He's agreed to leave at the end of 2020 and join an Aussie franchise. He's been ok at Chiefs but not really moved them on. Some real talent at half back could push Chiefs on to that next level.

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Post by LondonTiger on Tue 15 Oct 2019, 9:52 am

England rumoured to lose Scott Wisemantel to Australia (alongside Dave Rennie), Neil Hatley back to Bath and noise about Borthwick to Leicester growing again.

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Post by formerly known as Sam on Tue 15 Oct 2019, 10:25 am

Borthwick to Tigers to be announced post RWC and to join post 6N so the rumours say.

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