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SaintsAsh
Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
SaintsAsh (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 12:59
Soon as I saw the countries he had played in I plumed for Taqele Naiyaravoro. This now confirmed. Monster winger like Nemani Nadolo.

[youtu.be]



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Saint Stokey
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:02
brilliant signing.

i know we were all expecting a prop, but in all fairness, at 19st 9lbs, he probably could give our front row a run for their money.


this must go down as a Gaffney signing!

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:07
He’s an unbelievable specimen

Did I say we were missing ball carriers?


More super rugby ball carriers please Boydy...

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Matthew (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:10
Just got to make sure we remember to bring him into the game....



ACTUAL TRAINING FOOTAGE FROM
BEHIND THE SCENES AT SARACENS:
http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/37800000/Scrooge-McDuck-gif-mickey-and-friends-37815657-245-188.gif

 
Walks11
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Walks11 (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:11
Quote:
Saint Stokey
brilliant signing.
i know we were all expecting a prop, but in all fairness, at 19st 9lbs, he probably could give our front row a run for their money.


this must go down as a Gaffney signing!

And/or Rob Horne

 
brancastersaint
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
brancastersaint (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:12
Jeez he's a beast!!!

lets hope we give him some ball to run at people with

 
SaintsAsh
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
SaintsAsh (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:13
The announcer is going to have some fun

 
Waggydog
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Waggydog (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:16
Brilliant signing!

I was watching a video on YouTube the other day of him steamrollering some poor chap and thought that we could do with a guy like him at Saints.

I'm made up with that. Roll on next year!

 
Saint Stokey
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:16
i hope [www.giantdeckchairs.com] isn't in Chris Boyds web history!

 
Deesaint
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Deesaint (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:20
That’s better - now if we can find another beast for t’other wing - happy days
And of course props lock eight

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:23
Welcome “sunrise” well it’s a bit like Tequila Sunrises.
Can see Biggar Francis Horne and Sunrise as a good attacking option



http://chrishoddle.smugmug.com/photos/i-TsCHdzK/0/M/i-TsCHdzK-M.gif

 
Lamont4Saints
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Lamont4Saints (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:25
My only issue is how to pronounce his name!

Amazing signing!

 
twsaint
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
twsaint (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:25
Great signing.

Probably better to balance the wings with a smaller, nippy guy on the other wing. We've got those here already. Spend the money on the forwards.

 
LeicesterSaint
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
LeicesterSaint (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:27
He certainly looks awesome ball in hand but when he was at Glasgow he had a reputation for being slightly lazy and/or positionally bad in defence - if that's the case can we convert him to 8?!

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:27
Quote:
Lamont4Saints
My only issue is how to pronounce his name!
Amazing signing!


actually not so bad, as it’s written broadly


n-eye-a-rav-oar-oh

 
SaintsAsh
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
SaintsAsh (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:28
Nia-Rav-O-Ro EDIT, did not see your post Hungry.



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Cransley Saint
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Cransley Saint (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:35
Where does that leave Foden?

 
Saint Stokey
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:41
now... in a cold sweat.*

next season, in a crumpled heap after some tackling practise!*

 
herbie85
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
herbie85 (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:50
Blimey, happy with that!

 
Saint Stokey
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:53
as i've not seen him all play that much, how's his defence, tackling and passing? Youtube shows very little of either.

Does he have that Islander trait of riduculous ability to offload?

 
Nath-coys
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Nath-coys (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 13:57
Get in!!!!! Corrrrr he fits the bill perfectly!!

I watch a lot of Super rugby and he is a force of nature when he is on his game!

Hats off too the board and those involved in this process!

They have secured a top quality coach and a top quality winger!

Please please replicate in the Forwards......

 
Shire
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Shire (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 14:12
How about Ro Ro as in roll on roll off.He will they will

 
nick holder
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
nick holder (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 14:14
he will certainly terrorise the defences in the championship when you go down this year.............(Sm111)

 
pksaint
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
pksaint (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 14:25
Makes Matt Banerhan look like Oriol Ripol.



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Whiston Saint
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Whiston Saint (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 15:14
What is his defence like? With his bulk will he be easily turned by somebody with more speed and agility?

 
tboullem
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Mobbs (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 15:16
Great news though I do see from the press release by Saints that we may not see him for some time yet !

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 15:22
Quote:
Saint Stokey
as i've not seen him all play that much, how's his defence, tackling and passing? Youtube shows very little of either.
Does he have that Islander trait of riduculous ability to offload?



Defence isn't his strong point but improved massively during his time under Cheika at Waratahs. They won the super rugby championship with him on the wing.

Yes he offloads, maybe can improve that a little. He has had a couple of stalling years after unsuccessul move to Glasgow and then in Japan.

It is a Moneyball signing....

 
Hymenoptera
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Hymenoptera (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 15:28
*gulp*...looks a handful boys

 
Fat Prop
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Fat Prop (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 15:34
Hopefully he’ll be more of a ‘Slammer’ than a ‘Sunrise’ ?!!

 
jimmies
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
jimmies (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 15:37
Would we say this is just a direct replacement for North or does it also spell the end of Fodes - If Foden could resign for a 'normal' experienced Clubman wage I'd love to keep for for atleast a year.....but I'd also not begrudge him a payday abroad somewhere

 
LaurieK
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
LaurieK (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 15:43
One thing has been demonstrated recently, Fodes is our best full back and should play there. Wasted on the wing.
Like the look of the new guy btw.

 
Themanwho
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Themanwho (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 16:07
Poor old Geoff Allen

 
Former Hollywood Saint
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
13 February, 2018 16:16
"Ta-kelly Nigh-yarra-vorrow" is how they pronounce it on the Aussie TV, which certinaly is not as bad as a few years ago with Fatooina Autagavaia...


The guys is a beast. A massive statemnt of a signing, and one no one saw coming (looking at you RIL and Fissler!). On that tribute video he puts in a few earth-shaker hits so defence shouldn't be too bad. Maybe people will just stay away from him because of his size?

We need big ball carriers, now we have a huge one. Just need some more. Who else is in your address book, Boydy/Gaff/Horne?



FHS

 
Eif Jones
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Eif Jones (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 17:04
Wing is not a priority in my book, many years of North hasn't been particularly positive for either North himself or for Saints. There are far more important positions to fill if there's money available. Glasgow, who excel at the running game, and he were not a great fit so he's going to be a challenge.

 
TheGent
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
TheGent (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 17:17
With the right coaching he could be devastating.

Also if Horne/Gaffney could get Sekope Kepu over for a few seasons that would be very helpful.

 
Former Hollywood Saint
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
13 February, 2018 17:45
Gaff says that he spoke to Taqele recently, but also (interestingly) mentioned he spoke to Adam Ashley Cooper who then spoke to Taqele as well and potentially recommended us.

AAC for a replacement for Luther or Foden? *



FHS

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
SaintMaul (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 18:47
I saw Tom Vickers 19 and a half stone signing and was really really hoping for a bruising 8, prop or lock TBH as these are priority.

As long as this is in addition to recruiting bulk and ball-carrying to our forward pack rather than instead of, I'll be delighted.

He certainly looks a handful. My one note of caution is it'll be interesting to see his work rate, fitness and hunger as he seems to be carrying excess tummy fat for a winger.

 
MarchingIn
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
MarchingIn (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 19:48
Let's face it, the acid test is what happens when he starts playing here under a new regime.

People may have misgivings about spending on a winger with a patchy history, but if he gives Johnny May & co the hedgehog vs steamroller treatment for a bonus point win at Welford Rd, we will be offering him the freedom of the town!

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 21:24
Quote:
Eif Jones
Wing is not a priority in my book, many years of North hasn't been particularly positive for either North himself or for Saints. There are far more important positions to fill if there's money available. Glasgow, who excel at the running game, and he were not a great fit so he's going to be a challenge.


Bet you a pint he’s awesome

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 21:26
re spending on a winger, anyone know his salary? Will be significantly less than George N, play more games and maybe be more destructive.


my logic would be, better replacement value-wise and more money for a prop etc

 
Walks11
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Walks11 (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 22:02
Quote:
HungryLikeTheWolf
re spending on a winger, anyone know his salary? Will be significantly less than George N, play more games and maybe be more destructive.

my logic would be, better replacement value-wise and more money for a prop etc

Agreed, You would hope he isn’t on a massive wedge given he’s moved around and has been signed on the basis that he is capable of being devastating rather than a proven force.

3 pack signings in addition to this and it all looks a lot better

 
Nath-coys
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Nath-coys (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 22:13
Get him involved as much as possible!

Plenty of involvements off first phase ball, either as the runner or running the dummy lines.

 
stjj
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
stjj (IP Logged)
14 February, 2018 01:46
Foden to France? Montpelier perhaps?

 
MarchingIn
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
MarchingIn (IP Logged)
14 February, 2018 08:23
Quote:
HungryLikeTheWolf
re spending on a winger, anyone know his salary? Will be significantly less than George N, play more games and maybe be more destructive.

my logic would be, better replacement value-wise and more money for a prop etc

His deal at Glasgow Warriors was rumoured to be worth about £175k a year. That should give a ballpark number.

 
Saint Swill
Re: Taqele Naiyaravoro Signed
Saint Swill (IP Logged)
14 February, 2018 13:38
Are you sure that wasn't his butcher's bill?


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