I spoke to Jon after the Bedford v London Welsh game on Sunday and asked him about the 'Rugby Paper' article mentioning Irish and Bath were interested in his services for next season.
He was non-commital on that to me verbally, possibly because he was stood with another Bedford player, but failed to recognise that I'd overheard him giving an earlier interview post-match where he said he was grateful for the opportunity Bedford had given him and had enjoyed the experience with them that season.
Also, and I didn't ask him this, he reckoned that Brian Smith was the right coach for London Irish. He didn't mention the Bath coach at all, which you might expect him to if he was going there. The fact that the Bath coach had released him from London Irish may be coincidental.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 18/05/2012 16:33 by GMC_LI.
Hope he is coming back as he gives us better depth in the back five. He was good when he played for us, although I feel Gibson has already surpassed him as a back rower.
We are light on actual second row players this year with only Evans, Garvey, Skivington and Sandford (and Low from the academy) so hopefully Fisher/Sinclair/Smith will play mainly as secondary locks. Similarly, we released two academy back rows so this could be Brian rounding out the squad (4 Locks, 3 Lock/Flankers, 6 Back Rowers).
Yeah agreed Rod, am a big fan on Fish but as well as having a lot of players for the back 5, we're also not going to lose many guys there to internationals, which is normally while you'd get a so much depth...
Was hoping to have heard something on the new coach by now, hope it's not a sign one or both of them have turned us down
Fisher had huge amounts of promise, but never really pushed on and fulfilled that. It seems that the drop down a level may have helped him to kick on. He's certainly a better cover option than Siggery, Alexander et al.
We do seem to have a tendancy to collect number 6s though. Gibson (he's not a 7!), Smith, Sinclair, Danaher now Fisher.
A future replacement for Declan Danaher once he retires, mark my words.
Mark Mapletoft was all for having Jon at 'quins when he was still with Irish, masking it behind examples of young English players who fared well at U/20 not being given the chance at first team level in an article in the 'Rugby Paper'.
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