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

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Post by formerly known as Sam Tue 13 Feb 2018, 9:48 pm

George Carlin wrote:
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BigGee wrote:Dave Denton to leave Worcester Warriors, strongly tipped by Mark Palmer to be heading to Welford Rd (he has the inside info on Scottish Rugby and is nearly always right with his predictions).

Cornel du Prez moves down from Edinburgh to replace him.

Oh please not that useless lump. He's been linked several times and everytime he's gone somewhere else I breathed a sigh of relief. He's been poor for both Bath and Worcester in the AP.

Good signing for Saints. That'd a unit of a winger.

Worcester fans seem gutted he is off, which is odd if he has been poor for them?
Denton has just won back to back player of the month awards..

Change of coach might be suiting him. I still have no interest in an expensive show pony in the WR forwards. We want grit and aggression, players that'll power through and offload in attack and mix it in the tight.

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Post by Welly Tue 13 Feb 2018, 9:59 pm

Well prepare to be disappointed as denton is off to Tigers.

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Post by formerly known as Sam Tue 13 Feb 2018, 10:25 pm

Wouldn't surprise me. MOC never had the plot to lose so signing an 8 who will only flourish on the back of a big pack going forward should be what we expect. When we have an underpowered pack going backwards.

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Post by Welly Tue 13 Feb 2018, 11:35 pm

But we are looking to strengthen the pack Spencer and Thompson helps. Also in talks with a few more.

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Post by king_carlos Wed 14 Feb 2018, 2:47 am

I was at Murrayfield on Sunday and I must say that Denton did catch the eye when he came on. A clear intent off the ball to get involved and some good aggression when he got the ball. It was the closest I've seen to the performances of a few years ago that got many talking about him.

That said I think it's the first time I've been very impressed with him for a few seasons. He played well against Tigers earlier in the season but our pack that game was so poor that positive comparison wasn't hard to find.

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Post by doctor_grey Wed 14 Feb 2018, 4:02 am

Fluxy wrote:Naiyaraovo the Ozzie winger has signed for Saints next season
This is good for Saints. He is a big lad who can score. Backs are mostly set, now fix the front row..........

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Post by formerly known as Sam Wed 14 Feb 2018, 7:36 am

Welly wrote: But we are looking to strengthen the pack Spencer and Thompson helps. Also in talks with a few more.

Unless those talks involve a forwards coach that will stand up to MOC or a new head coach I fear they'll make little difference. We've been tactically awful all year. The players are less cohesive then when we had Mauger in charge.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly Wed 14 Feb 2018, 8:29 am

formerly known as Sam wrote:Wouldn't surprise me. MOC never had the plot to lose so signing an 8 who will only flourish on the back of a big pack going forward should be what we expect. When we have an underpowered pack going backwards.

When Denton was at his peak, Scotland were far from having a dominant pack, quite the opposite I would suggest.

I really like Denton and if he can gain consistency, he's a hell of an asset. I think he's a player that could fit in really well at Tigers.

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Post by Hazel Sapling Wed 14 Feb 2018, 11:50 am

Saints have lost Brooke to gain Naiya...the Fijian. He was decent at Glasgow without being dominant and kicked up a massive fuss after Australia promised to cap him. Interesting to see how his tune has changed. If he works harder and runs a line from 5m out, not many can stop him short. He could be devastating in open space. If Northampton are after a battering ram, they have signed the right player.

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Post by formerly known as Sam Wed 14 Feb 2018, 12:23 pm

Sgt_Pooly wrote:
formerly known as Sam wrote:Wouldn't surprise me. MOC never had the plot to lose so signing an 8 who will only flourish on the back of a big pack going forward should be what we expect. When we have an underpowered pack going backwards.

When Denton was at his peak, Scotland were far from having a dominant pack, quite the opposite I would suggest.

I really like Denton and if he can gain consistency, he's a hell of an asset. I think he's a player that could fit in really well at Tigers.

The only time I've been impressed with Denton was at he last world cup. The Vern Cotter forward pack gave him a platform and he ran rampant on the front foot. I saw his debut for Bath at WR where he was shocking, saw him a few times playing for Bath and he was barely any better. Seemed either injured or benched for Worcester under Gold. With the change in DOR he seems to have kicked on which provides some hope but currently we are getting the minimum out of the majority of our pack not the most. He is also not going to be the sort of abrasive presence we need to inject up front.

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT Wed 14 Feb 2018, 12:48 pm

Hazel Sapling wrote:Saints have lost Brooke to gain Naiya...the Fijian. He was decent at Glasgow without being dominant and kicked up a massive fuss after Australia promised to cap him. Interesting to see how his tune has changed. If he works harder and runs a line from 5m out, not many can stop him short. He could be devastating in open space. If Northampton are after a battering ram, they have signed the right player.

Brookes looked to be re-capturing some of the form that got him capped, was one of the few who looked good at the weekend. So, we put up with half a year of form, 2 years of injury and ineptnes and the minute he starts to recover some form he decised to go elsewhere.

Waller will be back shortly so we are good at LH, we are going to struggle at TH though, especially with Hill not producing these days
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Post by Recwatcher16 Wed 14 Feb 2018, 1:03 pm

Denton going to Tigers has given me a chuckle. To be fair he was unlucky with injuries at Bath but when fit as a supposed ball carrier it was embarrasing how he invariably got smashed in the tackle.
Fair play if he has regained some form, although given how Tigers like their back rows there is either a change of style coming or MOC is losing it......

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Post by Welly Wed 14 Feb 2018, 1:14 pm

formerly known as Sam wrote:
Welly wrote: But we are looking to strengthen the pack Spencer and Thompson helps. Also in talks with a few more.

Unless those talks involve a forwards coach that will stand up to MOC or a new head coach I fear they'll make little difference. We've been tactically awful all year. The players are less cohesive then when we had Mauger in charge.

Mark Bakewell starts today. (Or sometime this week already forgotten).
And given how he and Meehan had a falling out isn't scared to be vocal.
Borthwick and Flatman love him so we shall see.




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Post by Scottrf Wed 14 Feb 2018, 1:33 pm

WELL-PAST-IT wrote:
Hazel Sapling wrote:Saints have lost Brooke to gain Naiya...the Fijian. He was decent at Glasgow without being dominant and kicked up a massive fuss after Australia promised to cap him. Interesting to see how his tune has changed. If he works harder and runs a line from 5m out, not many can stop him short. He could be devastating in open space. If Northampton are after a battering ram, they have signed the right player.

Brookes looked to be re-capturing some of the form that got him capped, was one of the few who looked good at the weekend. So, we put up with half a year of form, 2 years of injury and ineptnes and the minute he starts to recover some form he decised to go elsewhere.

Waller will be back shortly so we are good at LH, we are going to struggle at TH though, especially with Hill not producing these days

Maybe he's finding form so he can continue playing Prem Rugby somewhere. Good riddance.

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Post by formerly known as Sam Wed 14 Feb 2018, 2:34 pm

Welly wrote:
formerly known as Sam wrote:
Welly wrote: But we are looking to strengthen the pack Spencer and Thompson helps. Also in talks with a few more.

Unless those talks involve a forwards coach that will stand up to MOC or a new head coach I fear they'll make little difference. We've been tactically awful all year. The players are less cohesive then when we had Mauger in charge.

Mark Bakewell starts today. (Or sometime this week already forgotten).
And given how he and Meehan had a falling out isn't scared to be vocal.
Borthwick and Flatman love him so we shall see.


Be a good start. Badly need some changes up front.

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Post by mikey_dragon Thu 15 Feb 2018, 12:46 am

Ashley Beck also to Worcester. A pity as I felt he should have been in contention for a Wales spot, he certainly should have been in last season. Injuries have occasionally disrupted his progress and I guess we have a lot more competition at centre now.

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Post by George Carlin Thu 15 Feb 2018, 5:29 am

Hazel Sapling wrote:Saints have lost Brooke to gain Naiya...the Fijian. He was decent at Glasgow without being dominant and kicked up a massive fuss after Australia promised to cap him. Interesting to see how his tune has changed. If he works harder and runs a line from 5m out, not many can stop him short. He could be devastating in open space. If Northampton are after a battering ram, they have signed the right player.
Definitely. He's even more George Northy than George North is/was.
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Post by nathan Thu 15 Feb 2018, 8:13 am

Guessing mark Bakewell will be joining the Tigers coaching team?

https://twitter.com/JordanCrane86/status/963796313082122241

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Post by nathan Fri 16 Feb 2018, 7:04 am

All confirmed, we have a new forward coach

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Post by propdavid_london Wed 21 Feb 2018, 4:33 pm

Matt Scott leaving Gloucester for Edinburgh....

Quins sign an academy lock....Welsh U20s Alex Dombrandt

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Post by doctor_grey Wed 21 Feb 2018, 4:47 pm

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Hazel Sapling wrote:Saints have lost Brooke to gain Naiya...the Fijian. He was decent at Glasgow without being dominant and kicked up a massive fuss after Australia promised to cap him. Interesting to see how his tune has changed. If he works harder and runs a line from 5m out, not many can stop him short. He could be devastating in open space. If Northampton are after a battering ram, they have signed the right player.
Definitely. He's even more George Northy than George North is/was.
As long as he can catch kicks under pressure and does not get lazy defending grubbers into the in-goal, then he will be fine.

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Post by Welly Sun 25 Feb 2018, 6:49 pm

Sgt_Pooly wrote:
Welly wrote: Earles has his chances and didn’t impress IMO.

Eddie disagrees somewhat....

ummm

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Post by nathan Sun 25 Feb 2018, 6:51 pm

Laugh

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Post by nathan Sun 25 Feb 2018, 7:13 pm

Sinckler being linked to a move to sarries or sale even though he has a year left on his contract

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Post by yappysnap Mon 26 Feb 2018, 6:05 am

Nnooooo!!!

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Post by Welly Mon 26 Feb 2018, 9:14 am

Sam aspland Robinson to Tigers

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Post by propdavid_london Mon 26 Feb 2018, 9:30 am

Sinks going would be a tragedy...

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Post by LondonTiger Mon 26 Feb 2018, 9:48 am

propdavid_london wrote:Sinks going would be a tragedy...

Right now it would make sense for Sinckler and Sarries. Surprised that they can afford to buy him out of his contract though and stay within the cap (unless that no longer counts towards the cap)


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Post by Guest Mon 26 Feb 2018, 11:45 am

I don't know how it used to be, but transfer fees haven't  been included in the cap for the last few years at least.


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Post by LondonTiger Mon 26 Feb 2018, 12:15 pm

Fuzzy Dunlop wrote:I don't know how it used to be, but transfer fees haven't  been included in the cap for the last few years at least.


(i) any  transfer fees paid by a Club directly to another rugby club or to an official foreign  rugby  union  in  connection  with  the  transfer  of  a  Player  to  the  first-mentioned  Club  shall  be  disregarded  and  shall  not  count  as  "Salary"  for  the purpose of the Regulations.

Ta.

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Post by Hazel Sapling Tue 27 Feb 2018, 9:10 am

http://www.planetrugby.com/news/blade-thomson-to-join-scarlets-next-season/

Don't know if this is Barclay's or Beirne's replacement.

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Post by Fluxy Tue 27 Feb 2018, 10:42 am

Hazel Sapling wrote:http://www.planetrugby.com/news/blade-thomson-to-join-scarlets-next-season/

Don't know if this is Barclay's or Beirne's replacement.

Must be Beirne's replacement.

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Post by mid_gen Tue 27 Feb 2018, 1:22 pm

Wouldn't blame any players for leaving quins.

Amazed Walker hasn't left already with the way Kingston treats him, scores pretty much every time he's on the pitch and yet remains 3rd or 4th choice. Hope he does get taken on by a decent team soon.

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Post by Welshmushroom Tue 27 Feb 2018, 2:26 pm

Fluxy wrote:
Hazel Sapling wrote:http://www.planetrugby.com/news/blade-thomson-to-join-scarlets-next-season/

Don't know if this is Barclay's or Beirne's replacement.

Must be Beirne's replacement.

I'll be surprised if he does replace Beirne, as the player himself prefers to play at 8. He's mobile too so I'm guessing Pivac has brought him in as a like for like replacement for Barclay, having also now lost Condy to injury retirement the other day. He might play in the boiler house a couple of times as cover though.

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Post by propdavid_london Tue 27 Feb 2018, 2:48 pm

mid_gen wrote:Wouldn't blame any players for leaving quins.

Amazed Walker hasn't left already with the way Kingston treats him, scores pretty much every time he's on the pitch and yet remains 3rd or 4th choice. Hope he does get taken on by a decent team soon.
Structure just isn't right at Quins, unless something changes soon I would expect players to start leaving rather than renewing.
Sinks would be a good fit for pretty much any club.

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Post by englishborn Tue 27 Feb 2018, 9:16 pm

Solomona signed new 4 year deal with sharks. http://www.salesharks.com/news/5884.php#.WpXKm5-ny9e

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Post by formerly known as Sam Tue 27 Feb 2018, 9:23 pm

Haley to Munster doing the rounds. Apparently he qualifies to play for Ireland. He signed a new contract in 2016 though so unless Sale will let him out a year early there'll be a fee to pay.

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Post by englishborn Tue 27 Feb 2018, 10:06 pm

Odd rumour of cipriani going back to Sale. Not sure I believe it, but if Haley does leave and O'Conner is seen as fullback over 10 then it might have some truth, but over a move to France I suspect not.

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Post by yappysnap Tue 27 Feb 2018, 11:47 pm

propdavid_london wrote:
mid_gen wrote:Wouldn't blame any players for leaving quins.

Amazed Walker hasn't left already with the way Kingston treats him, scores pretty much every time he's on the pitch and yet remains 3rd or 4th choice. Hope he does get taken on by a decent team soon.
Structure just isn't right at Quins, unless something changes soon I would expect players to start leaving rather than renewing.
Sinks would be a good fit for pretty much any club.

It's all a bit baffling.

I guess there's the chance to live in London and the south of England too which helps swing players. But I'm amazed so many he re signed.

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Post by yappysnap Tue 27 Feb 2018, 11:48 pm

Of course we're doing Poopie. So maybe these guys re signing isn't helping!

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Post by mikey_dragon Wed 28 Feb 2018, 12:59 am

Welshmushroom wrote:
Fluxy wrote:
Hazel Sapling wrote:http://www.planetrugby.com/news/blade-thomson-to-join-scarlets-next-season/

Don't know if this is Barclay's or Beirne's replacement.

Must be Beirne's replacement.

I'll be surprised if he does replace Beirne, as the player himself prefers to play at 8.  He's mobile too so I'm guessing Pivac has brought him in as a like for like replacement for Barclay, having also now lost Condy to injury retirement the other day.  He might play in the boiler house a couple of times as cover though.

Beirne is a lock first and foremost. Thomson must be the like-for-like to fill in for Shingler - good signing. I'm not sure if Scarlets will sign another lock when they have Ball, Bulbring, Cummins and Rawlins - at least two of them being available all year barring injury.

In other depressing news, Dragons sign has-been LH who could never scrum.

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Post by englishborn Wed 28 Feb 2018, 1:55 pm

Haley note confirmed to Munster. Real shame as a Shark and England supporter.

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Post by formerly known as Sam Wed 28 Feb 2018, 4:33 pm

englishborn wrote:Haley note confirmed to Munster. Real shame as a Shark and England supporter.

Good signing for Munster. Still young but a good all round 15. Sale have got better at keeping their own academy products in recent years so this will be disappointing for them but the lure of international rugby was to much.

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Post by stnick88 Thu 01 Mar 2018, 10:21 am

Blair Cowan on loan to sarries from irish for rest of the season, bit odd considering irish's position but they see him as third choice 7 now.

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Post by beshocked Thu 01 Mar 2018, 10:46 am

Not quite sure what London Irish get out of it but Saracens could do with an experienced backrower to fill in a position where Saracens are currently a bit depleted.

Makes sense for Cowan himself as well. Likely envious of Maitland.

Perhaps some ££ have changed hands? Perhaps Saracens will be asked to repay the favour at some point by loaning out a player?

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Post by stnick88 Thu 01 Mar 2018, 11:32 am

he leads the turnover stats this season.
im sure there is a financial benefit for irish or the promise of a player on loan next season or something.

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Post by beshocked Thu 01 Mar 2018, 11:38 am

If he's leading the turnover stats why is he your 3rd choice 7?

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Post by stnick88 Thu 01 Mar 2018, 11:43 am

good question.
his carrying and work around the park isn't as good as it used to be, suppose it could be an age thing. the coaches obviously like the pace that Northcote-Green and Gilsenan bring.

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Post by SirBurger Thu 01 Mar 2018, 11:58 am

For me he still edges Northcote-Green. Blair's carrying is underrated in my book. He doesn't run over people but he has good footwork and always buys himself a few more seconds with that and good ball presentation. He is far better than Gilsenan who has a high work-rate but really doesn't offer much else in my book. Neither MNG or Gilsenan are particularly effective at the breakdown, whereas Blair is obviously a specialist in that area.

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Post by stnick88 Thu 01 Mar 2018, 1:28 pm

if we had a genuine chance of staying up I cant imagine we would have let him go. coaches probably realise its done and dusted, cowan would have got wind of the offer from sarries and said yes please. cowan isn't the future for irish, MNG or Gilsenan could be though both need improvements. I don't really get the gilsenan hype, works hard but doesn't seem to do much. MNG is fairly decent at the breakdown.

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