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4 months 3 weeks ago #65953

I think we could take a leaf out of footballs book and start using different sponsors on the training and warm-up gear. If we don't do that we'll end up with a jersey that looks like scarletts one riddled in sponsors.


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4 months 2 weeks ago #66033

Thanks for the research guys. Still it is very disappointing that there is no direct financial incentive from qualifying for the CC, I am very surprised!!

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4 months 2 weeks ago #66067

I see Zane Kirchner has been released by Dragons. Too old for us now but a player in that mould, like a Fergus McFadden or Dave Kearney, who can cover more than one position, FB/Wing or Wing/Centre, has experience and loves to tackle is what we need at 14, too many guys been swotted off like flies on the right wing this season.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #66084

From today’s 42 Friend saying 3 signings to be anointed in the coming weeks . 1 NIQ and 2 IQ .

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4 months 2 weeks ago #66085

Delighted to see he mentions we need a big ball carrier, we've been short a big brute for a long time now. Realistically that will either come in the second or back row......neither of which are spots I thought we'd be looking to spend big money on :dry:
We surely can't get another NIQ in the back row, maybe a big tight head.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #66087

We're already confirmed to get a TH Prop. If that's one of the IQ slots then perhaps we might see Oli Jager from the Crusaders or perhaps one of the Leinster back-ups - Bent, Abeladze, or Porter. For a big ball-carrying forward which Andy referenced today - would Max Deegan fit that bill? Mick Kearney is likely to rejoin from Leinster which might leave us with our NIQ coming into the back 3 - some strapping Fijian wing like the chap at Treviso, or even resurrect the Sevu Reece move?

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4 months 2 weeks ago #66088

Sevu Reece is very unlikely to move now that they are talking about him for an All Blacks spot. Also Max Deegan got a decent bit of game time this year, if I was him I would not look for a move, also with Sean O'Brien 1.0 leaving.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #66090

I think you're probably right that the boat has sailed on Reece. The fact that the announcement on the IQ's joining has been delayed could mean that they are still expecting game time before the end of the season. Will Nucifora/Schmidt want Conan, Doris, and Deegan all remaining at Leinster next season?

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4 months 2 weeks ago #66091

I see Doris the most likely of those three. Conan would obviously be first choice.

Nucifora has found some great wingers down south over the last few years with Lowe and Reece. Lets hope he has another gem ready to come up north.

Does anyone know if Super Rugby players will join earlier this year due to the World Cup? Waiting til November is never ideal, also would be nice to get a good March going while all the internationals are away.

Julian Savea could be looking for a club? Recon we could get him into shape?

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4 months 2 weeks ago #66093

One player is look at but find it highly unlikely would be Manasa Mataele. He’s the player who Reece was an injury replacement for and would probably find it hard to get back in with the crusaders again with all the top class young backs they’re producing. Mataele is only 22 and is Seta Tamanivalus nephew (not as big as his uncle). I’d say if he does leave nz it would be to France though.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #66106

www.balls.ie/rugby/bill-johnston-munster-ulster-410240

Potentially a very good player. Would have been a very good IQ signing for Connacht in a position that needs strengthening.


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4 months 1 week ago #66111

From our point of view I agree- better than our backup 10s so could come in and do a job from us.
But from his point of view Ulster are a bigger club and he has a better chance of unseating Burns from his starting stop rather than Carty so makes sense for him to go there.

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4 months 1 week ago #66115

DeadStraightStare wrote: I see Doris the most likely of those three. Conan would obviously be first choice.

Nucifora has found some great wingers down south over the last few years with Lowe and Reece. Lets hope he has another gem ready to come up north.

Does anyone know if Super Rugby players will join earlier this year due to the World Cup? Waiting til November is never ideal, also would be nice to get a good March going while all the internationals are away.

Julian Savea could be looking for a club? Recon we could get him into shape?


Just curious is there any reason why you think it was Nucifora who scouted Lowe and Reece?

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4 months 1 week ago #66116

Heard a rumour there's an "Australian Flyer" coming


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4 months 1 week ago #66118

So that's a TH Prop, an Australian Flyer for the back three, and allegedly Mick Kearney in for James Cannon. That just leaves a beast of a Tongan ball-carrying back row and we're sorted.

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4 months 1 week ago #66119

Mick Kearney of to Italy allegedly.

Connachta would Kellaway be classified as a Australian flyer?

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