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All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings


Campese Ma'afu

By CardiffSteve
April 17 2012

Three confirmed signings and another three strongly rumoured. Cause for celebration, no? Rugby fans love hearing about stuff like this don't they?...

Instead the reaction has been quite mixed.

Leaving the frothing about why there's no money to one side, lets look sensibly at the players coming in:

 

Campese Ma'afu. Loosehead prop. West Harbour. Fijian.

Some countries have a reputation for producing hard as steel and tough as old boot front row forwards that make the rest of the world tremble and hope George Clancy's reffing.

Fiji is not one of these countries. Neither is Australia. So we can be forgiven for assuming that  a Fijian plucked from Australian club rugby might not be the man  needed to harden up the front row.

 

On youtube is this handy highlight reel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwxWB-YwA0A

 

Its already been pointed out that many of these highlights aren't too flattering and consist of Campo picking the ball up, trundling a few yards then falling over.

On the other hand, much of that highlight vid consist of Campo playing the Wallabies and All Blacks – he has some top level experience. Also, he's been signed from what in Australia is essentially amateur/part time rugby (albeit of a high standard) so, he should be hungry and out to prove himself. Time will tell.

 

Robin Copeland. Blindside flanker/Second row. Rotherham Titans. Irish.

The last time Cardiff dipped into the RFU Championship, we signed three players who made little impact before moving on after one season. However, other clubs have signed players from the Championship who've gone on to become top notch players. Mouritz Botha at Saracens, Matt Hooper at Quins, Akapusi Qera at Gloucester a few examples.

Copeland is highly regarded by Rotherham fans and by regular watchers of the Championship in general. Worth noting that he has an impressive try scoring record for a forward (11 tries from 20 matches).

Here's some brief footage of him in action, scoring against Esher:

http://youtu.be/k9bLqddbgV8?t=3m50s

 

So, pace, good feet and an awful try celebration. Seems like he probably has the raw ability to be a useful player. Time will tell.

 

Jason Tovey. Outside half. Newport Gwent Dragons. Welsh.

Arriving in a blaze of bitterness from down the 'port – this is at least a signing everyone is probably happy with. We've seen plenty of Tovey, know what can do and  know where he can improve. A couple of reminders:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBgRvE_hQBg

http://youtu.be/v_TAzfK3yxk?t=20s

 

Outside half has been a problem position since Saint Nick left. Even then, sections of our support were immune to his magic. In my own opinion, we've signed a better player than the guy leaving and he's young enough to get better. But the Cardiff 10 shirt has claimed many victims over the years. Hopefully Tovey can beat the curse and make it his own.

 

Three other signings are unconfirmed but “strongly rumoured”:

 

Benoit Bourrust. Tighthead Prop. USAP. French.

For as long as I can remember, people have been banging on about signing a big hairy prop from the French league. Now we've got one. Here he is, having a fight:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKnSbAlajfM

 

Given our scrum's recent problems (and it hasn't exactly been formidable for a long time) signing a guy who has been understudying Nicolas Mas sounds like a damn good idea. Bourrust is still only 26 and has managed to last three years at USAP – where non scrummaging tightheads are probably burned at the stake. On paper, he sounds ideal competition for the much maligned Scott Andrews.

 

Andy Kyriacou. Hooker. Ulster. English.

Sale, Leeds, Saracens, Munster, Saracens (again), Ulster and a couple of Ireland A caps despite being a Scouser. I don't think Andy Kyriacou would be offended if he was described as a journeyman. I can't find any youtube footage – thats how solid and unspectacular he is.

And there’s nothing wrong with that - a guy who has been around a bit and will be unspectacular but put in a shift is probably exactly what we need.

 

Lou Reed. Second Row. Scarlets. Welsh.

A guy who is probably sick to death of being asked if he's had a “Perfect Day” or if he likes a “Walk on the Wild Side”. Lou partnered Bradley Davies in the second row when Wales U.19 won a Grand Slam in 2006 (coached by Justin Burnell). He hasn't enjoyed the same sort of success since but is young enough to improve.

 

Other rumoured signings are London Welsh scrum half Rob Lewis and Cross Keys hooker Gerwyn Price.

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All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
theArmsPark.co.uk (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 12:50
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Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
Huwie mobile (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 13:36
Excellent stuff, thanks

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
shrekogre (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 15:05
No mention of the New Zealander who the Blues collected from Heathrow airport last week. Could be one for the future.

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
bluesmonkey (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 15:13
Naughty Shrek. Don't go wrecking the 'WE'RE DOOMED' vibe

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
wales606 (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 15:50
Any New Zealander in particular - or did they just assume a New Zealander would be able to play rugby?

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
cardiffsteve (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 16:00
Quote:
shrekogre
No mention of the New Zealander who the Blues collected from Heathrow airport last week. Could be one for the future.

Well there is now. Don't suppose its the young guy spotted at the Connacht game?

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bluesmonkey
Naughty Shrek. Don't go wrecking the 'WE'RE DOOMED' vibe

I dont think this was a negative thread, was it?

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
bluesmonkey (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 16:21
No mate but they all end up that way don't they?

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
wales606 (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 17:38
Quote:
cardiffsteve
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shrekogre
No mention of the New Zealander who the Blues collected from Heathrow airport last week. Could be one for the future.

Well there is now. Don't suppose its the young guy spotted at the Connacht game?

Who?

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
blueshuw (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 19:04
Positive,positive,positive I consider is for marketing men and government spokesmen.Posts on here generally appear to me to be realistic not negative.We have just lost 5 matches in a row- 4 of which I consider hammerings-spirits are bound to be a bit low.

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
Cardifflose (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 20:17
Sonny Bill? Imagine that there's positive thinking for you smiling smiley

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
wales606 (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 20:25
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Cardifflose
Sonny Bill? Imagine that there's positive thinking for you smiling smiley

I would rather Owen Franks to be honest.

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
cardiffsteve (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 20:34
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wales606
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cardiffsteve
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shrekogre
No mention of the New Zealander who the Blues collected from Heathrow airport last week. Could be one for the future.

Well there is now. Don't suppose its the young guy spotted at the Connacht game?

Who?

Spotted a young guy who looked like he might be from that part of the world sitting with the players at the Connacht game. Few other people noticed him. No idea who he was.

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
cardiffstu (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 21:28
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cardiffsteve
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wales606
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cardiffsteve
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shrekogre
No mention of the New Zealander who the Blues collected from Heathrow airport last week. Could be one for the future.

Well there is now. Don't suppose its the young guy spotted at the Connacht game?

Who?

Spotted a young guy who looked like he might be from that part of the world sitting with the players at the Connacht game. Few other people noticed him. No idea who he was.

I've seen him training with a few of the Cardiff players and coaches at DW. Been around a few months but know no more than that.

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
Stevenjp74 (IP Logged)
17/04/2012 21:57
I've seen him too, usually with Blues Academy players

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
yCymro (IP Logged)
18/04/2012 23:17
Rhys Llewellyn?

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
wales606 (IP Logged)
18/04/2012 23:24
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yCymro
Rhys Llewellyn?

Would be an excellent signing - we need a 13 and he was incredible for the baby black. WQ aswell.

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
Stevenjp74 (IP Logged)
19/04/2012 07:57
No. The guy I saw looked more like a south sea islander and was darker skinned than Rhys

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
cardiffsteve (IP Logged)
06/05/2012 12:56
A little more Robin Copeland footage.

[www.viddy.com]

This is quite impressive.

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
wales606 (IP Logged)
06/05/2012 13:24
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cardiffsteve
A little more Robin Copeland footage.
[www.viddy.com]

This is quite impressive.

That was quick!

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
bluesmonkey (IP Logged)
06/05/2012 16:37
Robin Copeland impresses me from what I've seen. He just won Championship player of the season too. I heard a few clubs including Worcester were after him but I think he wants to play in the Pro12 to get to the attention of the IRFU. I wish him good luck as it can only benefit the Blues.

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
bloogoo (IP Logged)
07/05/2012 12:41
Saw a similar guy with Tito in Poshcana butchers.

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
Bluuuue (IP Logged)
07/05/2012 19:12
Who is this guy?

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
robin58 (IP Logged)
20/05/2012 13:51
Any news on what is happening with Benoit Bourrust the French TH,and Lou Reed and Rob Lewis are they still coming to Cardiff ?

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
CoventryWelsh (IP Logged)
20/05/2012 16:44
Rob Lewis is the best scrum half in the Championship by a country mile - I thought he was joining one of the Aviva Prem clubs. Here's a link for you

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Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
Rich. (IP Logged)
21/05/2012 11:32
Excellently written Steve - grand job

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
wales606 (IP Logged)
21/05/2012 12:13
With Filise resigning, does it mean no Bourrust - If so, then no chance of a stable scrum next season then (although at least Filise won't be out injured the whole time hopefully)

 
Re: All You Need-to-Know About Cardiff's New Signings
cardiffstu (IP Logged)
21/05/2012 17:49
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wales606
With Filise resigning, does it mean no Bourrust - If so, then no chance of a stable scrum next season then (although at least Filise won't be out injured the whole time hopefully)

Fau can also play loosehesd, in fact, wasn't he a converted LHP?

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