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:
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:
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:
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.
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
Posted by: bluesmonkey (IP Logged)
Date: 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.
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