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9 years 3 months ago #34368

ConnachtBOB wrote: Dan confirmed for Glasgow

www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby/latest/dan-...w-warriors-1-3730670


like how they use pic of Bernard Jackman :pinch:
wish him all the best though

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9 years 3 months ago #34446

Andrew Browne and Jason Harris-Wright have signed one year contracts.

www.connachtrugby.ie/forward-pack-booste...-deals/#ConnachtNews

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9 years 3 months ago #34447

salmson wrote: Andrew Browne and Jason Harris-Wright have signed one year contracts.

www.connachtrugby.ie/forward-pack-booste...-deals/#ConnachtNews


Two guys who have had their injury problems - hopefully they came fairly cheap, and we've got more significant announcements to come. Fingers crossed.

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9 years 3 months ago #34449

RonanL wrote:

salmson wrote: Andrew Browne and Jason Harris-Wright have signed one year contracts.

www.connachtrugby.ie/forward-pack-booste...-deals/#ConnachtNews


Two guys who have had their injury problems - hopefully they came fairly cheap, and we've got more significant announcements to come. Fingers crossed.


With 2 confirmed departures (Swift & Faloon), 12 players remaining unsigned (Heffernan, Henry, Cooney, Kearney, Qualter, Fafita, Nikora, O'Leary, Finn, Carr, Layden, Muliaina), and only 4 new signings (Dilane, Masterson, Blade, Fox-Matamua) we need 10 more re-signings or new signings just to fill out our 41-man senior squad.

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9 years 3 months ago #34451

salmson wrote:

RonanL wrote:

salmson wrote: Andrew Browne and Jason Harris-Wright have signed one year contracts.

www.connachtrugby.ie/forward-pack-booste...-deals/#ConnachtNews


Two guys who have had their injury problems - hopefully they came fairly cheap, and we've got more significant announcements to come. Fingers crossed.


With 2 confirmed departures (Swift & Faloon), 12 players remaining unsigned (Heffernan, Henry, Cooney, Kearney, Qualter, Fafita, Nikora, O'Leary, Finn, Carr, Layden, Muliaina), and only 4 new signings (Dilane, Masterson, Blade, Fox-Matamua) we need 10 more re-signings or new signings just to fill out our 41-man senior squad.


i know technically they're new signings but 3 of those were available and played (well) for us this year. I'm sure there is but I really hope there's loads going on that we don't know about

There's a lot of announcements coming from other clubs but all we have is a new Fox in the Sportsground.

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9 years 3 months ago #34453

I can only see us signing one of Heffernan or Henry. Particularly with Delahunt filling in nicely when required. Munster might like to get Henry back as their 3rd/4th choice especially if they don't get Creevy.
I've no doubt there will be some new signings. Handy list here of which super rugby players are not contracted for next season yet.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2015%E2%80...uper_Rugby_transfers
Slade has declared his wish to play in Europe in last week. French teams would probably outbid us. Simon Hickey - Blues second choice OH would be a nice (and not too expensive) fit for us . Plenty of Blues/Auckland players/coaches here already.

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9 years 3 months ago #34454

Swift and Faloon gone, indications that Kearney will go to Leinster. Of the others, Henry would be unlucky not to get a new contract, I'd imagine given the time they've invested in him they'll want to keep Heffernan but that would leave 4 hookers and they wouldn't then be able to promote Delahunt which I'm sure they'd like to do.

I'd imagine Finn will stay, O'Leary will stay also I'd imagine and may see a bit more gametime next season.

Cooney, Fafita and Nikora will leave I'd imagine. Would be surprised if Fionn is kept on. Layden and Qualter hard to know, Muliaina?

For me with it being a world cup year it'll be hard to find much quality available around the provinces, they'll hold on to any fringe players for next season at least.

A prop, a couple of 2nd rows, another back row/8, an out half and a centre are the positions I'd be targetting. Out half and 2nd row/back row the main priority for me.

I'd be happy with 3 or 4 signings who will really improve the side rather than bringing in lads to fill out the squad. A lot depends on whether Muliaina is staying or going. That will be a big chunk of the budget either way.

Either way Pat will have to use all his contacts to pick up players for next season, its a limited market.

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9 years 3 months ago #34456

FFR are tightening up on the numbers of non-homegrown players in Top 14 squads. In combination with the expected influx of Southern Hemisphere stars a large number of players are being released this summer - for instance Toulon aren't re-signing David Smith, not that we could afford him. There are probably a few gems like Mike Delaney at Clermont we could have a look at.

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9 years 3 months ago #34457

salmson wrote: for instance Toulon aren't re-signing David Smith, not that we could afford him. There are probably a few gems like Mike Delaney at Clermont we could have a look at.

There was talk over on babbling brook about Smith to Leinster a few weeks back (weak rumours only) . Delaney off to Falcons.

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9 years 3 months ago #34503

Trevor wrote: Mils moving on to Zebre.
www.connachtrugby.ie/muliaina-to-move-to-zebre/#ConnachtNews


I wish him all the best, but I have to say I'm glad. He was a good signing from a marketing perspective, but he has lost too much pace to be effective on the pitch, and quite a bit of confidence too I'd say.

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9 years 3 months ago #34505

Some people calling April Fool's on it but it just made too much sense realistically. I'm sure his input off the pitch has been huge but on the field he just hasn't been that influential. It has been great having him here though for sure but by cutting him loose we continue to show ambition to move forward.

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9 years 3 months ago #34506

Ya agree it's probably for the best. Frees up an NIQ spot and quite a wedge of money too I'd imagine.

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9 years 3 months ago #34507

Trevor wrote: Some people calling April Fool's on it but it just made too much sense realistically. I'm sure his input off the pitch has been huge but on the field he just hasn't been that influential. It has been great having him here though for sure but by cutting him loose we continue to show ambition to move forward.


Have to agree with everything that you said. Hopefully the money saved can be put to good use.


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9 years 3 months ago #34508

Trevor wrote: Mils moving on to Zebre.
www.connachtrugby.ie/muliaina-to-move-to-zebre/#ConnachtNews


Makes me think they're freeing up some cash for someone else. ?Slade :whistle:

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9 years 3 months ago #34510

He was certainly worth the gamble, but proved a shadow of himself since returning from injury. I wish him luck at Zebre. I'd imagine he'll have a similar role there as mentor/coach/player.

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