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Van Cannonball!!
12 January, 2018 22:24
Am I right in thinking, unless he plays in the Anglo Welsh games ( unlikely) then tomorrow could be his last appearance at AJ Bell ?

The next Prem home game is Saracens on 16/2, with the Lions kicking off their season the following day - 17/2.

Heís going to be a massive loss not only for the team but for the instant cult status he is acquiring with the fans. It literally wonít be the same without him !!

Heís got to be number 1 priority signing for next season

 
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Sailing Shark (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 23:44
From the iffy on Tuesday: [www.salesharks.com]

Did I read this too optimistically or is it a job application?

He even gets his name in the bye-line!

 
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H's Dad... (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 00:26
Far too optimistically!
You might try start humming "when you wish upon a star...." and if your nose starts to shrink markedly then maybe....otherwise NO!
The Lions have been in back to back SuperRugby finals: one of the best sides in the Southern Hemisphere. Why would they release him? Why would he leave?

 
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andyrobo1811 (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 06:30
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H's Dad...
Far too optimistically!
You might try start humming "when you wish upon a star...." and if your nose starts to shrink markedly then maybe....otherwise NO!
The Lions have been in back to back SuperRugby finals: one of the best sides in the Southern Hemisphere. Why would they release him? Why would he leave?

Money?!

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
Crutch (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 07:39
Break the bank.

 
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yukon (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 08:42
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Crutch
Break the bank.

Absolutely, 100% agree.

 
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Yareet (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 09:25
Quote:
H's Dad...
Far too optimistically!
You might try start humming "when you wish upon a star...." and if your nose starts to shrink markedly then maybe....otherwise NO!
The Lions have been in back to back SuperRugby finals: one of the best sides in the Southern Hemisphere. Why would they release him? Why would he leave?

Same reasons theyíve released Faf, Ackermann and Ackermann

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
Olyy (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 10:33
Quote:
Newcastle under Lyme RUFC Shark
Am I right in thinking, unless he plays in the Anglo Welsh games ( unlikely) then tomorrow could be his last appearance at AJ Bell ?
The next Prem home game is Saracens on 16/2, with the Lions kicking off their season the following day - 17/2.

Heís going to be a massive loss not only for the team but for the instant cult status he is acquiring with the fans. It literally wonít be the same without him !!

Heís got to be number 1 priority signing for next season

This one of the most depressing posts I've read in a while sad smiley
I didn't realise the super rugby season was so soon, I thought we had him until about Easter for some reason

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
13 January, 2018 19:35
My eldest lad reckons Yarde has posted something on social media saying that Van Cannonball is on his way back to S Africa this weekend???

Depressed if true

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
Olyy (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 19:39
Yup, was just coming on here to say.
Leaves tomorrow apparently sad smiley

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
13 January, 2018 19:46
Top 6 if he was with us for the rest of the season. Now with AJ out as well not so sure.

Iíll say it again - his signing got to be number 1 priority for next season

 
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MartWhit (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 19:53
without those 2, do we have the tools to finish top 6 this year?

If not, we should recruit, because the rest of the team is good enough to deliver top 6 with some help.

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
13 January, 2018 20:20
I donít think we have Mart. Couple of new signings will lift the place and hopefully keep the momentum going. Otherwise season could just peter out. Letís go get Kuridriani !!!

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
Sailing Shark (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 21:36
Looked like it was 'goodbye' as he left the pitch.

Let's hope it is 'au revoir'.

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
yukon (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 21:58
I literally love his contribution, it cannot be lost on the powers that be

 
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Crutch (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 21:59
Would have been nice if the club had announced this - they must have known. He went off to applause anyway but I'm sure it would've been a lot more if the crowd had been made aware.

Also sad that his last experience at the club was in front of such a poor crowd - not something to help sway a possible future decision.

 
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MartWhit (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 22:04
absolutely crutch.

Its been a great stint for both parties, lets celebrate it properly.

 
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clutch (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 22:35
The tannoy dufus could have announced it. I'm sure he understands the crowd issue with the second tier European comp

 
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Crutch (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 22:46
Of course he understands it - but it doesn't give the best impression of a club to make him really want to come back does it? Of course if we qualify for the top tier for next year then it would be largely irrelevant, but I'm worried about making that without him around.

Any news on when Leota is back?

 
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ashtonshark (IP Logged)
13 January, 2018 22:53
Oh no!! I thought he'd still be here for the Saints game.

Thanks Rohan for a short but brillantlly exciting few weeks. I hope we'll see you again very soon..and not in an opposition shirt!

Have a great Super Rugby season



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Re: Van Cannonball!!
14 January, 2018 08:21
Between us and Gloucester to sign him next season according to The Rugby Paper. Fissler seems to hint that we are the favourites to sign him at this stage.

Fingers crossed

 
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thekeg (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 10:03
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Crutch
Of course he understands it - but it doesn't give the best impression of a club to make him really want to come back does it? Of course if we qualify for the top tier for next year then it would be largely irrelevant, but I'm worried about making that without him around.
Any news on when Leota is back?

Leota back in April I think, but given the nature of the injury I think it will take him a while to be back up to speed. It will then be the end of the season.....

 
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H's Dad... (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 10:54
Leota will be desperate to get back on the field and put in some impressive performances: it will be his brief shop window to attract offers from other clubs for next season.

 
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thekeg (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 11:08
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H's Dad...
Leota will be desperate to get back on the field and put in some impressive performances: it will be his brief shop window to attract offers from other clubs for next season.

Yes I agree that seems like the likely scenario. Donít see us retaining him

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
MartWhit (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 11:10
all this could disappear in a puff of smoke if his form continues with the Lions and he gets back in the Springbok XV.

 
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PoyntonShark (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 11:18
Did all this ever really appear? All just speculation/wishful thinking from us isn't it?. I have no doubt we have been doing everything we can to convince him to stay/come back, but this was always about getting some games in and rediscovering form for the Super rugby season from his point of view.
If he doesn't look like getting near the Springboks then we might convince him, even more so if someone leapfrogs him in Lions pecking order. If he re,mains first choice at Lions then all we could do is throw large bags of money at him, not necessarily a bad idea, but I'm not sure it's a route the club wants to go down.



Unhappiness, where's when I was young
And we didn't give a damn
'Cause we were raised
To see life as a fun and take it if we can

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
MartWhit (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 11:36
moneywise the Prem (even Sale) can trump Super rugby.

However, we arent going to overcome the lure of Springbok selection. If he's even in the frame I doubt he'll leave.

 
Re: Van Cannonball!!
Monty9 (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 11:40
Next season is a World Cup year and the Springboks allow for selection from any country in WC years. If he cements his place in the team this season, which I am sure he will, he will still be able to be selected playing for us. With Faf and maybe more here, plus others in the Prem I imagine players over here will still have a good chance of been selected in 2019.

 
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H's Dad... (IP Logged)
14 January, 2018 12:53
Poynters it always was, and is, about VR coming back to Sale after fulfilling his contract at Lions.
When a foreign club has been good enough to release an international quality player to get some valuable gametime before their season starts the last thing you want to do is to upset them and break the agreement. Sale would probably never be able to get such a player on loan from many other clubs as well. Huge reputational damage.
He has no doubt been made a very attractive, and perhaps appealing, offer but now it's up to him.
I'm not sure exactly when his contract ends, but if it's only till the end of the upcoming Super14 season, that isn't that long to wait for an answer.


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