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George Smith
Slaphead (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 09:48
Rugby Inside Line have tweeted that George Smith may be about to join Bristol on a short term loan

 
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Slaphead (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 09:54
Link [twitter.com]

 
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APPLES (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 10:04
These guys are usually pretty accurate on the rumour front to be fair

Guess Lam has spent some time during pre-season assessing his squad

He has always said recruitment an ongoing process, money left in the salary cap and guess if GS is available then we'd be interested...

He was amazing for wasps quite couple of seasons ago

Think he would be a great short-term signing

Still think we're in the mix for ashton too!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 20/06/2018 10:05 by APPLES.

 
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Rich. (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 10:11
What time period would it be over though??? Even if Australia allow him to miss the Autumn Internationals He's tied up with Rugby Championship till 6th October (I'm assume he is playing in those with the World Cup coming up). So are we looking at Nov till Dec/Jan sort of time prior to him starting training for Super Rugby 2019 (those matches start mid Feb!)?

 
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JamboBris (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 10:30
He's been retired from internationals since 2013 mate. Been playing in Japan most recently.

 
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robtheh (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 11:03
Yes, they play different positions, but I have a horrible feeling Luatua's knees are really not right. Whether or not the George Smith thing (of true, of course) is down to that, I don't know. Got a nasty feeling about it though.

 
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Rich. (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 11:07
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He's been retired from internationals since 2013 mate. Been playing in Japan most recently.

Ah right!? Cheers forgot. Getting him and Pocock mixed up.

 
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Motherrucker1982 (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 11:23
If it is true then for me, itís a good bit of business - I agree with robtheh in that perhaps Luatua (who seems to have gone away again after seeing his Instagram) and DT are not recovering as quickly as first thought and we need some reinforcements. George Smith can still mix it with the best (has been at the Reds as well in Super Rugby) and would bring some excellent professional and tactical skills that the likes of DT would lap up - he wrote the book for the modern 7. Yes heís 37 but he is fit and still a hell of a player (like Llewelyn for us previously who got better with age....)

 
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JamboBris (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 11:53
Would be great to have around the squad. Only heard hugely positive things about his time at wasps a couple of seasons ago. If, and it is a big if, we could get him, Luatua, Lam, Thomas and Heenan all fit and in top form those are some great options at flanker.

 
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Portisteve (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 13:26
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Motherrucker1982
If it is true then for me, itís a good bit of business - I agree with robtheh in that perhaps Luatua (who seems to have gone away again after seeing his Instagram) and DT are not recovering as quickly as first thought and we need some reinforcements. George Smith can still mix it with the best (has been at the Reds as well in Super Rugby) and would bring some excellent professional and tactical skills that the likes of DT would lap up - he wrote the book for the modern 7. Yes heís 37 but he is fit and still a hell of a player (like Llewelyn for us previously who got better with age....)

Luatua is def still sound at training at the moment

 
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Bod (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 19:01
A great signing by Lam for many reasons, but not least to establish a squad ethos that Pat aspires to, and also for the youngsters to learn some principles of total professionalism that will be key to building future progress and success.



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Wickerman (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 19:21
Sorry not as keen as the rest of you.Rugby at the top end is very attritional on the body.
Iíd hoped we would have learned from signing all the slightly past it welsh greats recently that that isnít a way to build a team.
Too often out injured and no where near as good as they were in their pomp.
Young hungry players are where we hopefully will be investing most of our cash.

 
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Brizzlonian (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 19:37
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Wickerman
Sorry not as keen as the rest of you.Rugby at the top end is very attritional on the body.
Iíd hoped we would have learned from signing all the slightly past it welsh greats recently that that isnít a way to build a team.
Too often out injured and no where near as good as they were in their pomp.
Young hungry players are where we hopefully will be investing most of our cash.

Past it? He was Reds' player of the season last year and is a regular again this. Also I'm sure he's been brought in more so for his experience and coaching. I don't so how anyone can't be excited about this signing. We will need some old heads in the team.

 
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shhandy (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 19:37
[url=http://[www.bristolbearsrugby.com]]George Smith[/url] confirmed for 6 months. A useful cover signing.

 
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AlexInSouthville (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 19:45
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Brizzlonian
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Wickerman
Sorry not as keen as the rest of you.Rugby at the top end is very attritional on the body.
Iíd hoped we would have learned from signing all the slightly past it welsh greats recently that that isnít a way to build a team.
Too often out injured and no where near as good as they were in their pomp.
Young hungry players are where we hopefully will be investing most of our cash.

Past it? He was Reds' player of the season last year and is a regular again this. Also I'm sure he's been brought in more so for his experience and coaching. I don't so how anyone can't be excited about this signing. We will need some old heads in the team.

If I recall correctly, he had rave reviews for his work off the field at Wasps, with even seasoned and experienced pros like Haskell saying how much they had learned from him

 
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Olly (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 20:19
Ok so heís not exactly a newbie fresh out the wrapper but come on whatís not to like?? Every good player has been taught, coached or learned his skills from a good teacher so heís bound to improve many around him but not only that he can still bring that quality onto the pitch. For me heís a great addition to the team.



Bristol, like the glass is Blue, Bristol Blue.

 
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Field marshall (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 20:45
He gets the benefit of the doubt from me. People said that same about Henson and he was fantastic. If Lam thinks he's up to it, he's OK by me.

 
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SparkyBris (IP Logged)
20 June, 2018 21:07
It gives the likes of Dan Thomas and Sam Graham a chance to learn from one of the best broken play 7s the modern game has ever seen. His presence around the club will be a massive benefit even if he doesnít actually get a lot of game time (which I doubt).

Welcome George, canít wait to see you at the Gate.



Supporting Bristol since... since... Oh, not enough fingers.

 
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St00 (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 07:29
We never recovered from a slow start to the season in our last go at the Prem. If this signing means we're not talking about 'must win' games before Christmas then it's money well spent.
I'll reserve judgement on how past it he is until after I've seen him play a bit.

If nothing else I'll get to see another rugby great in blue and white.

 
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Big Dave (IP Logged)
21 June, 2018 10:49
JT is still a fairly inexperienced coach at this level (that is not a lack of confidence in him, btw) so he'll no dounbt have much to gain from working with Smith.

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