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Also heard Tulip is a done deal, which I think will be great for us.
Lawson, if it's true would bring experience and he and Pasqualin must know each other well from Glos so hopefully he'd be a good mentor for him. He's one of the best defensive 9's in the league and a really gutsey player but he's not renowned for his attacking threat or speed of service.
We need some more depth in the 2nd row so Macleod would be good, not sure if VDH is staying.
Deano likes taking honest players and getting them fired up and playing above their ability, so alot of the names mentioned fit that mantra.
I suppose it all depends on what happens in April with regard to staying in the Premiership.
Oliver Tomaszczsk has been away got a degree and spent a year with Worcester, so should be just coming into his prime, so reserve judgement on that. Not sure what Tane and Crocket could bring to the party that we haven't got already. the same with Macleod, so I think that vanders must be on his way, sad to see him go, but he has not played recently, seems to have fallen foul of the new regime.
Rory Lawson would be a decent signing, but he is a not in th same class as Petit Stringer, why did Munster have to offer him a year, sure he could have got 2 with us, but I think he wants 100 international caps so would need to be in Ireland to get that. That said then Lawson is a good compromise.
Still it will be dependent on whether we are in the Premiership who comes and today's Glos lost wasnt good!
Tomahawk has bags of potential, I think that the two probles he has are discipline and fitness. He is an intelegent chap and may think he knows best, if someone can show him he is wrong I think he could be a very good tighthead.
Championship is now Crocketts level, recovering from a season long ACL injury.
Not inspired by any of that lot really;
Rory Lawson - better than what we have (PS excepted) but probably past his best
Scott macleod - never pulled up any trees, would rather have Goode permanently
Alex Crockett - was a really good player a few years ago (think he captained Bath at one stage) but time out and injuries may well prove too much to come back to AP level
Oliver tomaszczyk - don't really know him, but do we need another young propping prospect?
Tane Tu'ipulotu - would really need to improve on his final season's form to improve on what we currently have (which is just no where near good enough anyway)
Rory Lawson probably divides Glos fans more than any other player. The knock on him - and I am not saying this is my view - is that his service is not as quick as it might be and he doesn't make the breaks that a Danny Care type does. What absolutely nobody - and I do mean nobody - on Shedweb doubts is that he is as brave as they come; he is 100% committed; he is a great tackler; and he is an all round top bloke who will only bring positive things to a squad.
If, as seems likely, he is leaving Gloucester to make way for Jimmy Cowan, there will be as many disappointed in losing Rory as there will be elated at the arrival of a 50 cap All Black.
Make of that what you will! My personal view, FWIW, is that if you sign Rory you will not be disappointed.
What about Mike Blair? Announced yesterday that he is leaving Edinburgh: makes breaks, quick ball and has a canny turn of pace.
Personally, either Blair or Lawson would be excellent to add to Pasqualin and Chudley and Pilgrim (assuming all 3 stay this summer).
Nursepete I think that could be wishful thinking! As I read it Blair is leaving Edinburgh because he wants to so why would he join us, Lawson on the other hand has been let go by Gloucester so depending on other offers he could well choose to join our new vision for the future, although with Blair leaving Edinburgh I would have thought Lawson would fancy his chances at getting in there.
As for retaining all 3 of our other 9's if Lawson or Blair etc were signed I would suggested that would be highly unlikely, prem teams normally run with 3 first team 9's and possibly 1 in the academy and many championship sides only 2 first team 9's, so I doubt we'd have more than 3 next season whatever division we're in.
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