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More announcements at 1pm
fatlad76 (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 12:24
Two more newbies coming at 1pm

 
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nimblehippo (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 12:33
Is there really such a need to drag it all out

 
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simo112 (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 12:44
All about the click count on websites for advertising and also keeping a slight buzz about the club over a longer period of time other than releasing every info in one day

 
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Kildysart (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 12:48
Matt Rogerson, from Jersey Reds

 
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fatlad76 (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 12:56
"Oh No!" joining for the world class training facilities again!

 
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jimbo800 (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 13:00
We have an awful lot of back row. Maybe he’s a more abrasive ball carrying back rower

 
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Finno (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 13:03
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jimbo800
We have an awful lot of back row. Maybe he’s a more abrasive ball carrying back rower

yea, I thought that also!

 
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Florida (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 13:19
Plenty of backrow, but not many 8s which is where he can play. Solid signing this.

 
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HMRH (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 13:24
Bryce Campbell from US in the centres

 
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Margin_Walker (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 13:25
End of this season has shown you always need plenty of backrow cover and we've seen Lomidze, Nayalo and Basham leave, so always likely to brink in another. Interesting to see how he gets on.

Slightly more surprised by the additional centre in Campbell, but another player on the way up, so hopefully he's a hit.



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Re: More announcements at 1pm
Florida (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 13:40
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Margin_Walker
End of this season has shown you always need plenty of backrow cover and we've seen Lomidze, Nayalo and Basham leave, so always likely to brink in another. Interesting to see how he gets on.
Slightly more surprised by the additional centre in Campbell, but another player on the way up, so hopefully he's a hit.

Surprised? That we've added a centre or that we landed Campbell?

 
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Margin_Walker (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 13:55
Slightly surprised at the additional centre with McLean, Hearn, Mulchrone, Stephenson, Fowlie on the books. TBC able to cover and Matt Williams probably Championship ready.

That said Campbell looks a fairly decent addition on paper.

 
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Florida (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 14:02
Fair enough. I think centre is one area where we've been a bit light for a while. An injury to Stephenson and Fowlie could potentially leave us with

10 Myler
12 McLean
13 Mulchrone

which would be a bit one dimensional for my liking. Bringing in Cambell is a good move. He's got a couple of highlight packages up on Youtube, he looks fairly decent.

 
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cjm. (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 14:38
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Florida
Fair enough. I think centre is one area where we've been a bit light for a while. An injury to Stephenson and Fowlie could potentially leave us with
10 Myler
12 McLean
13 Mulchrone

which would be a bit one dimensional for my liking. Bringing in Cambell is a good move. He's got a couple of highlight packages up on Youtube, he looks fairly decent.

Not sure what to make of highlight packages after watching one for Brad Shields. Given all the fuss made about him I expected something pretty spectacular. In actuality his highlights seem to consisted of making 3 or 4 yards before hitting the deck. Maybe it was a spoof :-)

 
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nimblehippo (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 14:45
I wonder how many more signings we'll make now. In some ways, I'd like to see us leave a little in the bank to pick up some post Currie Cup South Africans - worked well for us this year, or maybe some out of contract super rugby players. Try and rely on current squad and youth - should be enough, and then pick up some for the 2nd half of season to fill in for some injuries and to get Premiership quality players embedded in a bit for a few months before we get there. Imagine if we'd got Botha and Van Zyl 12 months earlier!

 
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Florida (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 16:27
Rogerson scores the first try in this video, looks pretty nippy for a big lump

[www.itv.com]

 
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Margin_Walker (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 17:38
Just watched Campbell's 2018 highlight reel. Definitely the route one option. He's a big bloke

[www.youtube.com]

 
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Shawshank (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 17:52
A cross between Ben Teo and Maps.

Looks good!

 
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jimbo800 (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 18:28
Hopefully with the right coaching we can turn him into a handful. Highlights against lesser teams aren’t a great measuring stick but he seems to have the basics locked down.

 
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Blarney (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 09:43
We’ve missed not having a ball carrier in midfield. All our current centres are neither big or particularly quick - and you really need one or the other depending on what your game plan is.

Him at 12 and Ferg’s defence at 13 would certainly stop us leaking so many tries!

 
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SirBurger (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 12:09
At first I didn't really see the benefit of signing another centre, but based on the highlights he is definitely worth a punt as he could offer us something quite different. Not to say that he will definitely be a success, but based on his age profile and physical attributes he seems to be worth a gamble. I wonder how many more signings are to come. We definitely need a hooker.

 
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Margin_Walker (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 13:08
Agree on Campbell. Think he could have a pretty good upside if it works out.

Not sure we need to much more in the way of signings based on the squad as it stands. Obviously a hooker or two. Expect they'll probably want four on the books with the B&I replacement and no hooker in the Senior academy at the moment (latest intake still to be announced).

Perhaps an outside back, but Fowlie and Williams can cover wing pretty well. Guess it depends on the budget they have available and whether Hassell-Collins will be loaned out. He seemed to get on the scoresheet for Rosslyn park a fair bit last season.

Edit - Also depends on Nalaga. If he's still under an injury cloud into pre season, we'll definitely need another wing.



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SirBurger (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 13:13
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Margin_Walker
Agree on Campbell. Think he could have a pretty good upside if it works out.
Not sure we need to much more in the way of signings based on the squad as it stands. Obviously a hooker or two. Expect they'll probably want four on the books with the B&I replacement and no hooker in the Senior academy at the moment (latest intake still to be announced).

Perhaps an outside back, but Fowlie and Williams can cover wing pretty well. Guess it depends on the budget they have available and whether Hassell-Collins will be loaned out. He seemed to get on the scoresheet for Rosslyn park a fair bit last season.

Edit - Also depends on Nalaga. If he's still under an injury cloud into pre seaosn, we'll definitely need another wing.

Might be wrong about this but I think the plan is to convert Ben Atkins, Jacob's younger brother, into a hooker.

 
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Margin_Walker (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 13:19
Okay, hadn't hear that. Assume that's the same kid that got a run in the back row in the A League last month?

Be interesting to see who's joining the Senior academy. Assume Atkins and Donnell will be in. Saw on Twitter that Quins and Ireland U19 SH Caolan Englefield had signed (also played for St Pauls I think). Heard good things about Izzy Moore-Alona before this season too, but he's disappeared of the radar. Not sure if he's been injured.

 
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SirBurger (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 13:26
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Margin_Walker
Okay, hadn't hear that. Assume that's the same kid that got a run in the back row in the A League last month?
Be interesting to see who's joining the Senior academy. Assume Atkins and Donnell will be in. Saw on Twitter that Quins and Ireland U19 SH Caolan Englefield had signed (also played for St Pauls I think). Heard good things about Izzy Moore-Alona before this season too, but he's disappeared of the radar. Not sure if he's been injured.

Yes, I think that's the kid. And I had heard good things about the Izzy kid too (had a great youtube video package), but think he has been injured.

 
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HMRH (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 14:08
We need an Arno replacement - maybe that’s Rogerson but a big, ball carrying 8 would be ideal

 
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Florida (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 14:16
Given we're meant to be building a team that can compete in the premiership I think we're light in a few areas.

Front row, good but I'd expect another hooker, probably from the championship.

Second row, pretty good.

Backrow, well stocked at the flanks, but maybe a touch light at 8.

Scrum half, all good here

Fly half, we've finally got an out and out 10, so that good, plenty of cover from the likes of Bell and Tonks should injuries mount up.

Centres, my main worry really, we've plenty of players in this position but are they premiership quality? They're also quite similar, not sure who's going to be providing the spark of creativity in that lot.

Back three, not too shabby could maybe do with another wing

 
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SirBurger (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 14:27
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Florida
Given we're meant to be building a team that can compete in the premiership I think we're light in a few areas.
Front row, good but I'd expect another hooker, probably from the championship.

Second row, pretty good.

Backrow, well stocked at the flanks, but maybe a touch light at 8.

Scrum half, all good here

Fly half, we've finally got an out and out 10, so that good, plenty of cover from the likes of Bell and Tonks should injuries mount up.

Centres, my main worry really, we've plenty of players in this position but are they premiership quality? They're also quite similar, not sure who's going to be providing the spark of creativity in that lot.

Back three, not too shabby could maybe do with another wing

Interesting. Personally I am much happier with our centres than our scrum halfs.

 
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SirBurger (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 14:29
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HMRH
We need an Arno replacement - maybe that’s Rogerson but a big, ball carrying 8 would be ideal

I have high hopes for Rogerson but I don't know enough about him to say for sure that he is the answer. We definitely need someone who can do what Arno did for us though.

 
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GHA (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 15:09
What's Maps up to these days?

 
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Florida (IP Logged)
12 May, 2018 15:41
While I'd love an experienced scrum half to be added I'm ok with what we have right now. I'm hoping that Brand is given plenty of game time and next season bring someone else on to help raise his game, I believe Simpson is out of contract next season.


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