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Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Discussion started by paulm1953 , 22 July, 2020 15:41
Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
paulm1953 22 July, 2020 15:41
Is there a Zoom call tomorrow? If so, what is the user ID and password and when does it start?



Come on you Irish

Paul

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
HMRH 22 July, 2020 16:23
Thought details due out today but could be wrong? Hope someone updates us regularly as now canít make the call

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
HMRH 22 July, 2020 16:36
Email just arrived so expect thatís the case across the piece

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
rugbygibbo 22 July, 2020 17:25
Could a kind soul post a summary for those without season tickets?
With thanks in advance

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Derby Irish Fan 22 July, 2020 17:43
emails sent out

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Tom1215 22 July, 2020 18:17
There was someone who did a really good detailed breakdown of the last zoom call on the View from the 22 forum. So keep an eye out as they might do one after tomorrowís zoom call.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Griff 22 July, 2020 19:05
I'll try to remember to attend this one (thought the last one was on the Thursday and it was Tuesday...) so I can have a crack at a write-up.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Finno 22 July, 2020 23:29
I think they are individual links to ensure only Season Ticket Holders can attend.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
no17 23 July, 2020 19:33
Has anybody got through to this?. I keep being asked to register again.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Alphacat 23 July, 2020 20:02
Tom Homer returning.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
PV 23 July, 2020 20:06
If he continues last seasons form that will be great

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Tom1215 23 July, 2020 20:41
Makes sense.
Parton and Homer Iím happy with that

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
PJ 23 July, 2020 20:58
Subject to his Medical tomorrow!

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Florida 23 July, 2020 21:00
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Subject to his Medical tomorrow!

Don't you have to be technically dead to fail a LI medical?

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
paddym 23 July, 2020 21:01
Freddie would have been a better option that bringing Homer back IMHO.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Tom1215 23 July, 2020 21:02
Freddie as much as I wanted him to do it for us was given the chances and didnít take them

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Margin_Walker 23 July, 2020 21:04
Would take Homer over Veitokani every day of the week.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
M51 23 July, 2020 21:13
As long as you have one working limb seems to be the minimum requirement. Preferably your contract signing hand. (Sm21)

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
shimmieandshake 23 July, 2020 21:14
Sounds very positive.

Was there much else of note beyond player recruitment/retainment?

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
paddym 23 July, 2020 21:17
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Would take Homer over Veitokani every day of the week.

Freddie is younger and has more about him than an ageing Tom Homer though?

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
old hillbilly 23 July, 2020 21:19
Tom has pretty good kicking stats though and with Myler gone that could be important.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Margin_Walker 23 July, 2020 21:22
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Would take Homer over Veitokani every day of the week.

Freddie is younger and has more about him than an ageing Tom Homer though?

I thought Veitokani was incredibly talented with ball in hand. He was also a complete bomb scare at 15 in defence though and clearly wasn't trusted by the coaching staff in the prem.

Homer is only just 30 and has been a very consistent premiership quality 15 for Bath. He's got a good few years in him imo and is coming off a very good season (well is still in it technically)

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Gazzle 23 July, 2020 21:24
Homer obviously a better choice than an even older Abendanon. He had some amazing twilight years btw.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
paddym 23 July, 2020 21:29
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Would take Homer over Veitokani every day of the week.

Freddie is younger and has more about him than an ageing Tom Homer though?

I thought Veitokani was incredibly talented with ball in hand. He was also a complete bomb scare at 15 in defence though and clearly wasn't trusted by the coaching staff in the prem.

Homer is only just 30 and has been a very consistent premiership quality 15 for Bath. He's got a good few years in him imo and is coming off a very good season (well is still in it technically)

Weíll agree to disagree on that one then. If we are building for the future Freddie was way to go although majority of his rugby in Oz was at 10.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
MarkE 23 July, 2020 21:31
Great news .... was really expecting the worst given press / lack of any news out of the club. Think Parton and Homer gives us some options at full back.

Agree with the above about Freddie being amazing in attack... but clearly struggled with defensive elements - otherwise he would have been first choice.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Tom1215 23 July, 2020 21:33
Building for the future still includes having experienced players around the squad. Freddie was 27 and the step up looked too much, never had an impacted on any game.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
paddym 23 July, 2020 21:39
Maybe he should have been tried in his real position at 10

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Finno 23 July, 2020 22:01
Glad I nudged Declan into one slip....great to have Tom back!!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 23/07/2020 22:03 by Finno.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
jimbo800 23 July, 2020 22:05
I think itís a shrewd move. Paddy J was unconvincing with the boot so if Tom is playing 15 he can take kicking duties and let Paddy concentrate on running the show at ten. It also gives us an extra dimension when attacking, Tom has greater distance on his boot so we may be in a position to sneak a few more pens in tight games

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Smudge21 23 July, 2020 22:21
Brilliant to have tom back on board. He was superb for bath this season. I thought he had given up on his goalkicking though due to injuries?

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
jimbo800 23 July, 2020 22:25
Oh, didnít realise that, if thatís the case the ignore everything I just said.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
paulm1953 24 July, 2020 07:51
So the Zoom call was to announce the return of Tom Homer! I am glad I was able to miss it. I thought the club were going to announce the leavers, ones remaining and any new signings.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Derby Irish Fan 24 July, 2020 08:08
well if you had been on it you would have found out a hell of all lot more than just one aspect

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
SixNineOne 24 July, 2020 08:27
I think there was a lot of good stuff on the call. It wasnít just the factual info about the squad and the new stadium, it was also their openness and honesty that impressed me. A lot of us whinge that the club isnít telling us anything, but Declan K was up front about that and I respect his point of view. I was also struck by his integrity and the fact that he recognised that heís dealing with real people and their livelihoods and not just playing assets.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
rugbygibbo 24 July, 2020 08:58
So whatís he craic with the Brentford move? Any idea when we will get in?

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
franciscorrigan 24 July, 2020 09:32
Missed the Zoom call, so I'm a little in the dark. We seem to have lost quite a few of what I would call core players, which might prove to be a bit of a problem, but I expect Declan and Les have it in hand.
It's a shame for Veitokani that, despite his undoubted talent, he never quite looked convincing in the Prem. A fit Tom Homer would be a welcome return, but, as others here have noted, he probably can't take on kicking duties due to previous injuries. I'm sure we can all remember some unbelievable long range efforts from previous seasons. Perhaps he could still hazard the odd long range one every now and again, which would be an asset, but who at the club can replicate the metronomic, reliable boot of Steve Myler? With apparently no real news forthcoming, rumours abound still. Personally, I would hate to see an aged Parisse (unless we've lost Albert, a great 8), or Itoje on loan, although a permanent transfer would be perhaps acceptable. Interesting times indeed. Can't wait for some real news though and looking forward to Brentford, even though it puts another 80 miles on my round trip for "home" games.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
GHA 24 July, 2020 09:57
Signing Itoje would be perhaps acceptable?

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Tom1215 24 July, 2020 10:54
Parisse has signed a deal with Toulon...
Also people who were in the zoom call have said all the big names are sticking around. Thatís pretty big news if you ask me!

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
norg2072 24 July, 2020 11:43
Ruans return is still being negotiated, that was the only concern I heard. Medicals underway for the new guys and visas in hand - plural smiling smiley

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
SixNineOne 24 July, 2020 12:03
My impression was that we could expect an announcement on the squad some time around the end of the first week in August, but others may have been listening more closely than I.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Alphacat 24 July, 2020 12:12
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So whatís he craic with the Brentford move? Any idea when we will get in?

Seem to remember around September/October there may be an open day, with the season currently scheduled to start in November.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Florida 24 July, 2020 12:13
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SixNineOne
My impression was that we could expect an announcement on the squad some time around the end of the first week in August, but others may have been listening more closely than I.

I would hope they could wrap it up and announce it before then, the season starts the following week!! They really do like cutting it fine.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Tom1215 24 July, 2020 12:25
Cutting it fine with fans.
Iím sure the coaches and players all know by now what the squad will be.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
HMRH 24 July, 2020 14:08
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norg2072
Ruans return is still being negotiated, that was the only concern I heard. Medicals underway for the new guys and visas in hand - plural smiling smiley

Kom terug Ruan



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 24/07/2020 17:06 by HMRH.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
SixNineOne 24 July, 2020 17:32
Interestingly, Declan commented that if we canít get Ruan back, we would get someone equally good. I donít know if thereís a specific, gnarly South African in the wings, but I was encouraged by his confidence.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
tatthecraic2 24 July, 2020 18:08
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Interestingly, Declan commented that if we canít get Ruan back, we would get someone equally good. I donít know if thereís a specific, gnarly South African in the wings, but I was encouraged by his confidence.

I'd say Franco would probably be on his way back in?

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Fursa 25 July, 2020 12:42
WAs there any information about the move to Brentford?

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Alphacat 25 July, 2020 12:50

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
M51 25 July, 2020 22:09
While trying not to sound negative the briefing was both lightweight and lacking in substance, both squad news and and ground access (especially those with minor disablilities). They talked around car parking and and shuttle buses with no final certainty (not that I understand local parking charges, but it seems that a season ticket parking charge of 120/200 GBP for the local environment is a big jump from the Madstad onsite seasonal parking of 90 GBP). The final costings to me as a supporter are still unknown. An increase in season ticket costs and unknown parking charges leave me in a place of uncertainty. We've got less than four weeks to commit to a season ticket that we want to pay but just feel that the lack of detail on total costs make me and the wife feel nervous. We are both not working and on pensions and understand we get the pension concession. But driving from south Oxfordshire to Brentford and paying out much more in tickets, parking and fuel is leaving us uneasy. We realise there is no easy answer to this but would just like to say that from 2002 that watching London Irish in the premiership and from the Madstad was an absolute pleasure and will go with me to the crematorium. Not forgetting some great trips to Championship matches ( a holiday in Jersey with great club welcome and wonderful hospitality, and the stay in Penzance and really loved the Pirates supporters and atmosphere ). I am starting to get maudling now and wish LI and its fantastic supporters all the best for the future of which both mywife and I will be, but probaly from afar. Lets hope we get some certainty on squad players and supporter costs soon, or else us supporters on lower incomes will not be able to return to season tickets. COYI

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
SixNineOne 26 July, 2020 08:40
M51, it would be a great shame if you and your wife werenít able to make it to our matches at Brentford. I think it would be worth your while talking to the club to see if they can tell you a bit more about your travel options and whether they have any other ideas. Understandably, theyíre keen to get as many fans in as possible so theyíll be keen to help. Iíd start by contacting Katy Bigos who seems very smart and efficient katy.bigos@london-Irish.com and see what she can tell you.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
franciscorrigan 27 July, 2020 13:26
Although we have already purchsed our season tickets, we are in a similar position to M51. Being able to park at Brentford will be quite a priority for us, as we will be driving from Swindon. I remember some talk of perhaps running a shuttle bus from Reading. That could be helpful to us and M51, if it transpires at a reasonable price, but I share his misgivings about possibly excessive parking charges in Brentford. Gone are the days of easy street parking in the immediate area. It's not too much of a stroll from Kew to the ground. Does anyone know what the parking situation is just south of the river?

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Derby Irish Fan 27 July, 2020 16:06
they gave options on park and rides, but my travel will mean a parking season ticket

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Swindonirish2 27 July, 2020 17:46
Also donít forget the ULEZ that expands In I think October 2020 and October 2021.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
M51 27 July, 2020 23:04
A quick search on London transport, I think says ULEZ expands in October 2021. But I believe Brentford is classed as LEZ and, that cars and motorbikes come under the LEZ and most cars qualify as long as you are parked in the zone and not driving through it. (Vehicles parked in the zone but not driving are not subject to LEZ charges for that day). I still need clarification.
A question to Katy I think.

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
waltham 28 July, 2020 15:42
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Although we have already purchsed our season tickets, we are in a similar position to M51. Being able to park at Brentford will be quite a priority for us, as we will be driving from Swindon. I remember some talk of perhaps running a shuttle bus from Reading. That could be helpful to us and M51, if it transpires at a reasonable price, but I share his misgivings about possibly excessive parking charges in Brentford. Gone are the days of easy street parking in the immediate area. It's not too much of a stroll from Kew to the ground. Does anyone know what the parking situation is just south of the river?

If you haven't seen it already, take a look at the new transport thread...it details the current parking and the proposed Reading Park & Ride..

Re: Zoom call on 23rd July 2020
Griff 28 July, 2020 16:14
I took notes but Stevie pretty much covered them in his write up on ViewFromThe22 (above).

The club have also Published a summary although that might be my copy of a document that either won't hang around or I shouldn't share (if asked to I will remove the link). The email said "for those that missed it".


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