rugbyunion
Latest News:

The COML Message Board

The place for discussion, debate and nonsense about Bath Rugby.

Join our new Facebook Group today!

New visitors please read the house rules before posting

Test your prognostications at our Prediction League


MESSAGES->author
callmeMrTibbs (IP Logged)

Broncan
06 March, 2018 09:11
Being brought in next season to help recruitment. Chronic.

 
Beergoggles
Beergoggles (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 09:14

 
Bathovalballer
Bathovalballer (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 09:44
Recruitment specialist appointment beggers the question who is going to go to loosen up the cap to allow it to happen? I can think of one person who is probably off but also shows who we have brought in just haven't done the business. So what does Thompson do?

Also goodness knows what do Booth and Hooper do and as for the skills coach, I think many would agree he has been very ineffective.

Personally, I would beef up the forwards coaching role and the defence and basic skills coachjng. Once they are sorted, we can think about attack.

 
HugoBoss
HugoBoss (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 10:10
Disagree BoB.

We saw last season and the beginning of this that defence wise we are actually pretty damn solid in the grand scheme of things when we are on our game. For me, our struggles are entirely in attack as we too often look clueless in possession and our first instinct 9 times out of 10 is to kick it away, or grubber on as Tapuai is guilty of aimlessly doing hundreds of times. Todd has to open his eyes to the need for some fresh ideas here and an attack coach for me is a priority. We have a set of backs that can be devastating but who, to me, are rarely utilised to their full potential and from whom we see individual moments of genius as opposed to a well oiled unit.

I think our issues stem from this as we struggle to put teams away. By no means are we perfect up front I grant you, and I agree we need to work hard at basic skills but I'd argue on our day we very much perform to our ability up front. In the backs, its a different story. A few mistakes from players, slow ball (Kahn) and we lose momentum. Our backs (understandably) feel the keen need to get us into the game but simply don't quite know how. Someone recently mentioned Freddie looks stifled. I very much agree with this and the suggestion he is playing in a way that just isn't him. New coach, new ideas, faith in our 10, I think we are crying out for this and a change in the kicking possession gameplan we too often see.



Adopted Player 2017-18.....Semesa "Freak of Nature" Rokoduguni

 
dr.bath1865
dr.bath1865 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 10:20
Broncan sounds like an additional hire, not in place of an actual on-field coach. So fine, beinvenue a Bath, bonne chance with your job and let's see some decent hires.

The man we're missing in our coaching team remains Tabai Matson. It's such a shame that he's not here, slowly building our attack over time. We certainly weren't 'all court' with Tabs, but you could see ideas developing and structures coming into play.

I'm surprised he hasn't been replaced with a like-for-like hire. Maybe he will this summer, but sounds like we're after something slightly different. Either way, I think we're a man short in the on-field coaching team still. The sooner they are put in place the better, as our attack looks like it isn't being coached... which it isn't.

 
B4thB4ck
B4thB4ck (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 11:38
Has anyone seen TM rule out a return to Bath? Obviously a sensitive subject with the reason for heading back extremely personal. I just wonder if that is why he hadn't been replaced, to allow him all the time he needs to pair up again with TB if and when he wants to.

 
robhumperson
Humpo (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 11:41
He's now a coach with the Chiefs, so he won't be returning sadly.

 
cb2
cb2 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 11:43
Who has the final say in recruitment?

 
robhumperson
Humpo (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 12:15
Quote:
cb2
Who has the final say in recruitment?

Bruce, Tarquin and David Thompson.

 
ballsout
ballsout (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 12:27
Two guys in charge of recruitment now? Seems a bit muddled, much like our coaching set-up.

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 12:39
I don't really get this appointment on the recruitment front either. What is this guy actually going to do?

If its dictate the profile of our squad than that's surely a DoR's job. If its not then what... a scout? a guy who handles negotiations (not the role of a coach surely?)? Someone who sells a vision of the club to potential players (again surely that's the DoR's vision?)?

In terms of who has the last say, I'm quite happy for an account to say "You might want Beauden Barrett, but we can't afford him." That's the last word on it. But if it goes beyond that and they're putting in any more than light suggestions as to what we need that would explain why we're in the position we are. They might as well just put a poll on 'ere to decide who we sign.

 
ilovebathtime
ilovebathtime (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 12:51
Quote:
DanWiley
I don't really get this appointment on the recruitment front either. What is this guy actually going to do?

My guess is the head coach says I want a player who can and will box kick from anywhere, go and get me one. The person in recruitment says I have these people who fit the bill and the money man does the negotiation.

I'm not sure that takes 2 people,but if you want to have a really good knowledge of who's coming through, who's available, whose contract is coming up then maybe it is the one thing you really need to get right.

I hope Blackadder has more luck communicating what he wants to him than he does to the players though. Maybe not a time to rely on google translate. We may end up with some unexpected signings at hooker if he does.

 
dr.bath1865
dr.bath1865 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 12:59
Back on coaching, not recruitment, watching Gloucester v Newcastle at the weekend, the thought struck me that the coach I'd like to sign from the Premiership to fill the gap we have in our structure is Dave Walder.

I'm not saying we have any possibility of this ever happening, but with Richards he's coaching a team to perform above the sum of its parts, playing a nice brand of rugby, with a focus on good skills and simple things done well. Walder seems to be really instilling a style and a focus in his charges going forward.

Vesty is leaving Worcester, I see. No idea if he's a decent coach or not, but he's a bit like Walder, in that he was a successful club player, inside back, intelligent rugby player. Anyone know where he's off to? He'd fit in well here and he knows his way around the city.

 
P G Tips
P G Tips (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 13:09
Please see my post on "Supporters Forum" thread:

"Todd is very ďhands onĒ as DOR, which is his key focus, unlike some DORs who are almost full-time scouts/recruiters. The coaches and especially Todd are central to recruitment decision making. "

Broncan is the guy who will scout, identify, propose recruits. Coaches will be central to final decision making as stated above.

PG

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 13:13
Quote:
Bathovalballer
Recruitment specialist appointment beggers the question who is going to go to loosen up the cap to allow it to happen?

Banahan, Tapuai, Auterac, G Mercer, KPN, Geoff W, others on shorter term contracts such as Phillips, Knight, Josh Lewis, Charles, Vuna? With Willinson and Ruaridh McConnochie coming in there should be a bit of slack I would have thought?

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 13:22
You also said:

"Bruce Craig does not impose coaches on the DOR. "

I find a French scout and unlikely choice of a Kiwi DoR in England.

 
B4thB4ck
B4thB4ck (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 13:46
Probably not the prime reason for doing it but employing a recruitment coach sends a message to any under performing players.

 
P G Tips
P G Tips (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 14:25
Maybe Dan, but he comes as a scout, not a coach.

Anyway it is reasonable to assume that "The coaches and especially Todd are central to recruitment decision making. " can be extended to other rugby areas including that of scout recruitment.

PG

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 14:36
I agree, coach or scout doesn't seem to make much odds.

Unless we want to continue this confused approach Todd should BE the rugby decision making. Central to it doesn't appear to mean making it.

 
Ali1969
Ali1969 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 14:48
Great some more cooks to spoil the broth. Just do not get it - why are we not replacing our current recruitment team if they are not up to scratch not adding to it - and let's face it Tolouse have not been serving the world alight in recent years. No doubt more frustration for TB - he needs and has publicly stated he wants a coach to replace TM instead another back room appointment.

Let us be brutally honest we are not the most attractive proposition at the moment - we may have great facilities but the squad inc coaching team appear to have a less than harmonious relationship with Bruce and Tarquin to put it mildly, we have not yet even had confirmation that TB is seeing out his contract!!

First and foremost I am a Bath rugby fan through and through - I thought we had been through this when Brownsword left but now we appear right back where we were - in turmoil.

So far we have signed a Cemtre (who is not even - a first choice in the Worcester 1st XV) and an England Sevens player who is unproven at XV premiership level - I apologize if I have missed a signing oh yes a Puma LH who appears to be struggling slready at scrum time.

We have let go - an international Centre in BT - An international winger and club stalwart in Banners - A very promising L/H in NA and not forgetting KPN, SK, probably Phillips & Williams.

It appears at least one of our targets who was allegedly nailed on has chosen to go North rather than join us, and Will Chudley appears to have gone quiet.

We are short in so many departments - yet nothing. We need our front 5 to actually front up and stop being so stupid!! We need our backrow to give quick decent ball for our S/H to actually give our backline a chance of creating something.

I am afraid that our season is rapidly falling away and what hurts me most is that we appear to be doing very little about it - TB in his press conference sounded like a man at the end of his tether - the recent performance of our team is one that is devoid of passion and belief and without sounding harsh talent. A couple of players can be excluded from that - Mercer & Stooke.

 
MESSAGES->author
OutsideBath (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 15:10
Can't see the added value here, just smacks of BC finding a role for a mate.



Tom Dunn - Adopted player 2018/19

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 15:16
The Chronicle reports that he is here for academy recruitment.

With long-term proposals for the Premiership A League to expand to a full calendar, having already more than doubled in terms of fixtures this season, Bath are keen to build for the future.

Broncan will be expected to scout young talent as well as established players as the club looks to strengthen its academy and increase the number of players successfully progressing through to the senior ranks and committing to long term.


With people on this forum unhappy at the A league results and people (such as me) worried about the size of the academy currently I can only see that this is a positive move. (This would also appear to negate most of the discussion above if he is only here for young talent).

Welcome Pierre and lets hope that you uncover some gems for the future of Bath Rugby.

 
MESSAGES->author
shipwrecked (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 15:29
Anyone else find the sniping at the club without the full facts incredibly annoying!

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 15:44
I dare say they do, but equally shutting down conversations because we're not in a position to know the full facts is also self defeating.

All we can do is speculate on the apparent merits of an event, the other option is to say nothing and you can do that and avoid the annoyance by just not reading.

I really do believe the way forward is to appoint the best DoR we can find, give him a budget and some targets then untie his hands entirely. Its a slightly tangent as to whether TB is that DoR, I'm about 50:50 on that, but I think he should be given his chance. If you're not going to do that then there's no point finding a great DoR, just get a puppet.

All I'm saying is that this doesn't strike me as a move of a DoR who has his hands untied. You're right, I don't have the full facts there, maybe this was absolutely TB's choice with no influence from anyone. But on balance I feel its more likely the idea came from elsewhere, its not like this is the only event that's given me this suspicion.

That seems like a ligitamate comment to me.

 
Ali1969
Ali1969 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 15:45
Shipwrecked - I am not sniping at the club - The club has had every opportunity to give the full facts - I know from speaking to players I know that there are some issues concerning a number of issues and how certain things have been conducted - I am not divulging them all as they were told to me in confidence and most importantly it is not my place to air them - however the playing side are not in control of the media releases - I know there are people who will not accept anything unless it is officially published by the club and I respect that.

Dan Evans is yet to publish what he knows - I will wait to hear his view from his privileged position.

 
Shorty Shorty iiv
Shorty Shorty iiv (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 15:49
If there is someone who lives and breaths first class rugby being hired to solely find and coax talent to Bath then thats fine by me.... Really don't get the drama, management have obviously identified it's a role that needs filling, and filled it has been.. Go get em Bronco..

 
Rolfs_Cartoon_Club
@Hydor18 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 15:51
I much preferred Sean Connery than Pierre Broncan.

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 15:55
Quote:
@Hydor18
I much preferred Sean Connery than Pierre Broncan.

Indeed, some relevant lines too: World domination. The same old dream. Our forums are full of people who think they're Napoleon. Or God.

 
MESSAGES->author
shipwrecked (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 16:02
OK Ali I get that, my point was a bit specific to the appointment, overlapping roles, undermining the DOR etc when his role was laid out in the Chron article on the second post.

The fact is its an appointment that will have little impact on the main squad.

If your saying there are other issues and you don't feel its appropriate to share I completely get that.

 
Hamptonite
Hamptonite (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 16:46
Quote:
Ali1969
Great some more cooks to spoil the broth. Just do not get it - why are we not replacing our current recruitment team if they are not up to scratch not adding to it - and let's face it Tolouse have not been serving the world alight in recent years. No doubt more frustration for TB - he needs and has publicly stated he wants a coach to replace TM instead another back room appointment.
Let us be brutally honest we are not the most attractive proposition at the moment - we may have great facilities but the squad inc coaching team appear to have a less than harmonious relationship with Bruce and Tarquin to put it mildly, we have not yet even had confirmation that TB is seeing out his contract!!

First and foremost I am a Bath rugby fan through and through - I thought we had been through this when Brownsword left but now we appear right back where we were - in turmoil.

So far we have signed a Cemtre (who is not even - a first choice in the Worcester 1st XV) and an England Sevens player who is unproven at XV premiership level - I apologize if I have missed a signing oh yes a Puma LH who appears to be struggling slready at scrum time.

We have let go - an international Centre in BT - An international winger and club stalwart in Banners - A very promising L/H in NA and not forgetting KPN, SK, probably Phillips & Williams.

It appears at least one of our targets who was allegedly nailed on has chosen to go North rather than join us, and Will Chudley appears to have gone quiet.

We are short in so many departments - yet nothing. We need our front 5 to actually front up and stop being so stupid!! We need our backrow to give quick decent ball for our S/H to actually give our backline a chance of creating something.

I am afraid that our season is rapidly falling away and what hurts me most is that we appear to be doing very little about it - TB in his press conference sounded like a man at the end of his tether - the recent performance of our team is one that is devoid of passion and belief and without sounding harsh talent. A couple of players can be excluded from that - Mercer & Stooke.

Ali, I regret to say that your facts regarding Jackson Willison are totally wrong.
Upto and including round 13 of the AP, he had played more minutes than any other back in the AP - 1037. He missed the LI game through injury but I think has played in rounds 14, 15 and 17.

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 17:01
"The fact is its an appointment that will have little impact on the main squad. "

Surely not. If that's the case what's the point? I think the person who defines what it seems will be an enlarged squad will have a huge impact on our squad on many levels.

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 17:12
Quote:
DanWiley
"The fact is its an appointment that will have little impact on the main squad. "
Surely not. If that's the case what's the point? I think the person who defines what it seems will be an enlarged squad will have a huge impact on our squad on many levels.

According to the quote in the Chron the point is to bring people in who will one day, ie. not immediately, make the first team squad. I assume this is talented kids (like Obano, Auterac) and lower league (like the new french prop) players in the first instance? Like SW I don't see it as much of an overlap - if it has been reported correctly?

 
MESSAGES->author
shipwrecked (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 17:17
Quote:
DanWiley
"The fact is its an appointment that will have little impact on the main squad. "
Surely not. If that's the case what's the point? I think the person who defines what it seems will be an enlarged squad will have a huge impact on our squad on many levels.

The fact is he is scouting youth for the academy Dan.

Quote from the Chron "Broncan will be expected to scout young talent as well as established players as the club looks to strengthen its academy and increase the number of players successfully progressing through to the senior ranks and committing to long term."

Also quoted by Matt above.

Any effect will be indirect and subject to development in the Acedemy.

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 17:32
Right, so it will have an impact on our squad, particularly with an expanded A league. Squad and succession management, nailed on DoR responsibility.

 
MESSAGES->author
shipwrecked (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 17:37
If you look I was referring to the "main squad" Dan, but you are right of course.

 
P G Tips
P G Tips (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 17:42
Dan
"All I'm saying is that this doesn't strike me as a move of a DoR who has his hands untied. You're right, I don't have the full facts there, maybe this was absolutely TB's choice with no influence from anyone. But on balance I feel its more likely the idea came from elsewhere, its not like this is the only event that's given me this suspicion. "

Of course the idea may have "come from elsewhere" and still be one accepted by the DOR -even welcomed.

There is more to it than the "idea" of course - the selection and choice of the individual, the specification of role. I do not claim to know the details, but logic suggests that there is more to a hiring decision than a binary yes/no choice.

From what I heard at Farleigh I very much doubt this would have happened without Todd's agreement.

PG

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 17:52
Agreement sure, but if your boss says "I think we should hire this guy." and you say "Well, that undermines me." you're in resignation territory.

Either way, I want our DoR to have a strong idea who he wants for such a role.

If the main squad doesn't include our united squad then we've got a problem.

 
Ali1969
Ali1969 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 18:19
"Ali, I regret to say that your facts regarding Jackson Willison are totally wrong.
Upto and including round 13 of the AP, he had played more minutes than any other back in the AP - 1037. He missed the LI game through injury but I think has played in rounds 14, 15 and 1"

Hamptonite you are right but what I was getting at is he would not have played had they had both Olivier, Teo etc fit. He is not their first choice go to man.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/03/2018 18:20 by Ali1969.

 
MESSAGES->author
OutsideBath (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 18:58
Surely a local man/woman would have been better for scouting talent? Seem to remember Tarquin stating that they are looking to build on links to local rugby network. Don't see how a French guy is best suited for this.



Tom Dunn - Adopted player 2018/19

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
06 March, 2018 19:17
They already have a local network OB.

I canít believe that anyone would have a problem with an extra pair of eyes potentially watching more matches and finding some more talent? He could find the next Auterac or Obano somewhere in France in a lower league...letís wait and see.

 
Bath Hammer
Bath Hammer (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 00:33
Quote:
OutsideBath
Surely a local man/woman would have been better for scouting talent? Seem to remember Tarquin stating that they are looking to build on links to local rugby network. Don't see how a French guy is best suited for this.

I do find this appointment puzzling though if it were properly explained I would probably understand. Firstly, I donít believe Brancan has any previous experience of the Premiership. He will no doubt develop that knowledge but it will take time. in the meantime he will neither know the players nor contacts at other clubs. His principal area of knowledge will be the French league but comparatively few play here probably because the pay is lower. Is he likely to transform that situation overnight? Recruitment is vital I accept but is it a full time job for two people? Bruce has strong French connections & clearly reckons we can poach a few players but even if Brancan spots talent how will he entice them? We have apparently signed a prop no one has heard of. Maybe he will bolster up our front row & he is just the first of neglected 2nd division French players who Brancan will unearth. Letís hope it will work & my scepticism is unjustified. We are certainlly struggling to entice many Brits at present.

 
Boldangrey
Boldangrey (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 07:31
Just give him a copy of the LI telephone directory.

 
P G Tips
P G Tips (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 08:35
Just a thought: could it be he has expertise in spotting potential, rather than his contacts that is behind this decision?

PG

 
Bath Hammer
Bath Hammer (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 08:50
Quote:
P G Tips
Just a thought: could it be he has expertise in spotting potential, rather than his contacts that is behind this decision?
PG

So he would be an old fashioned chief scout scouring the playing fields of Britain to seek out the next Ford or Itoje by using his special talent spotting skills. I wonder how they knew he had such an eagle eye (Sm100)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/03/2018 08:51 by Bath Hammer.

 
Boldangrey
Boldangrey (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 10:35
It's as much the networking as the spotting that gets the young players to us.

 
cb2
cb2 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 11:39
This is an important position. Who does it for Exeter? They seem quite good at spotting talent and bringing through the youngsters.

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 11:44
Exe are lucky that they have the whole of Cornwall to pick from as well. We are a bit squeezed here, lots of clubs after the top local talent.

 
Substitute
Substitute (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 12:11
Quote:
cb2
This is an important position. Who does it for Exeter? They seem quite good at spotting talent and bringing through the youngsters.

Do they? Or are they just a team in form? And so everyone looks better.

I wonder - of the England squad whose academy (not signed as a youngster i.e. Watson) has produced the most players?

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 12:15
Quote:
Substitute
Quote:
cb2
This is an important position. Who does it for Exeter? They seem quite good at spotting talent and bringing through the youngsters.

Do they? Or are they just a team in form? And so everyone looks better.

I wonder - of the England squad whose academy (not signed as a youngster i.e. Watson) has produced the most players?

Worcester always seem to have loads in the England age groups.

 
dr.bath1865
dr.bath1865 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 12:16
Stand by.

We'll be given an essay on Exeter's unique development structure and talent management systems any minute.

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 13:44
"I canít believe that anyone would have a problem with an extra pair of eyes potentially watching more matches"

My problem isn't with the role, but who chose him for it. It should be the DoR for me and I've guessed that isn't the case. If he is effective, he'll bring forward a whole bunch of players and potential players. I think that means he must be in tune with our DoR.

Moreover, as the other comments here suggest, he might be a good scout, but surely there are English people who are as good AND have local contacts and cultural understanding. If not an English one, then one with SH connections might be a great asset, a Celtic one wouldn't be crazy, maybe even go leftfield and get one with connections to an untapped country (Georgia or somewhere). France seems to me to be the least useful country to have connections with: they'll be expensive, play a fairly brain dead form of rugby, France are hardly covering themselves in glory right now and if they get anywhere they'll disappear back to France*. The only appeal I can see is if you have a Francophile calling the shots...

* ok, true of most countries, but we won't even have a finantial incentive to keep them.

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 14:15
Thatís all just speculation as far as Iím concerned - clearly there is a reason why he is thought to add value (despite neither you nor I seeing an obvious one) so I look forward to watching this space...

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 14:52
"Thatís all just speculation as far as Iím concerned "

Sure, on here what else would it be? It's either that or news where we can cite of respectable source, in which case we're just relaying it, or willy waving.

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 14:57
Quote:
DanWiley
"Thatís all just speculation as far as Iím concerned "
Sure, on here what else would it be? It's either that or news where we can cite of respectable source, in which case we're just relaying it, or willy waving.

We have cited the Bath site and the Chron which has given us the info that we know. Clearly he is qualified to do the job or BC / TM could have just signed BoB.

 
DanWiley
DanWiley (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 15:13
Right, so we post an article that (for the sake of argument) contains the facts, everything after that is speculation (or WW). If this site is all about the fact all threads basically stop after the first post. What more is there to say?

 
B4thB4ck
B4thB4ck (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 15:13
Surely BoB would have a better knowledge of fine whines...

 
Bathovalballer
Bathovalballer (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 15:17
Actually Matt cannot stop, the phone is ringing and its a Bath number.....

Someone called earlier and left a message but sounded as if he was being strangled. Think his name was Trevor MacDonald. Must call back to see who it is.

Will let you know.

 
BathMatt53
BathMatt53 (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 15:28
Quote:
Bathovalballer
Trevor MacDonald.

What a legend. Would love to see him in a Bath shirt.

 
Bathovalballer
Bathovalballer (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 15:33
Couldn't get through to the top man and was told he was ringing someone else. Pallinder or some such and then had a note to see if anyone at Old Prostates was free for an evening or two.

Sounded desperate to me.

 
MESSAGES->author
hemington (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 17:46
Quote:
BathMatt53
Exe are lucky that they have the whole of Cornwall to pick from as well. We are a bit squeezed here, lots of clubs after the top local talent.

Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, IOW, even W.Sussex. I realise that London I and bristol might consider them as well but we should be the desired destination.

 
Bathovalballer
Bathovalballer (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 19:01
If you talk to Robin Cowling (ex Glaws and England loosehead) who runs the Exeter Academy, he will tell you Bath rarely come into the consideration of the boys joining the Exe Academy. We just do not appear attractive enough or have guys on the ground in Devon and Cornwall where many of the Exe boys come from. They have ties with colleges in Truro, Ivybridge and a college near Exmouth whose name I cannot recall. Plus strong connects at Exeter College and most of the public schools like Plymouth College, Blundells, West Buckland, Truro, Kelly College and the Exeter schools. That is what Mr Broncan might be charged to break into. Hope he can speak Cornish!

 
Boldangrey
Boldangrey (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 20:21
Pirates and Albion used to supply players to us now they go to Ex.

 
B4thB4ck
B4thB4ck (IP Logged)

Re: Broncan
07 March, 2018 20:30
Quote:
Bathovalballer
That is what Mr Broncan might be charged to break into. Hope he can speak Cornish!

I can't imagine an ex Glos player recommending anything Bath to be honest BoB.

Regarding the language, maybe Broncan has a head start?

[en.m.wikipedia.org]


Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing abuse@sportnetwork.net
 
 

Who is online?

Total users online:  

Most users online:  

Users on this site:  

Where are they?