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Old 01-08-2017, 09:12 PM
nelly sham nelly sham is offline
 
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Coogee, have to disagree with you on Cloete, I think he's come in completely under. With him TOD and Oliver there are some serious options in the backrow. 21 games + 6 (at least) in Europe is a lot of rugby, robust squad is needed.

On the coaching front, I'd heard there's two potential options; 1. Mike Ford and 2. Interim post Xmas until the end of the season.

They'd do worse than to get EOS in there with Flannery and Jones to finish the season.
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Old 02-08-2017, 08:38 AM
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Coogee, have to disagree with you on Cloete, I think he's come in completely under. With him TOD and Oliver there are some serious options in the backrow. 21 games + 6 (at least) in Europe is a lot of rugby, robust squad is needed.

On the coaching front, I'd heard there's two potential options; 1. Mike Ford and 2. Interim post Xmas until the end of the season.

They'd do worse than to get EOS in there with Flannery and Jones to finish the season.
you might be right on Cloete...to be honest I don't know much about the guy but he was a regular for the southern kings this season in Super Rugby..he is quite small for a south African back row and obviously an out and out 7

to be honest its the second row I'm more worried about...looks like Holland/Kleyn/Grobler ill be the main options with Dave o Callaghan and Robin Copland covering...any young academy lads come through in the second row?
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:01 AM
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I think DOC is moving exclusively to the second row once he's back from injury.
But O'Shea is there as a full time member of the squad now too.
You're right though, still a bit light, Grobler arrived a few weeks back but Kleyn is coming back from a layoff, leaving Holland, Grobler and O'Shea as the season starters, though Kleyn should be ready by the time it kicks off.
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Old 02-08-2017, 07:57 PM
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James Hart (Scrum Half) - Just back from a spell at Racing Metro. Will battle it out with Williams for the bench spot
No, Hart will be the clear No 2 behind Murray.

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JJ (Out Half) - back after two seasons at Northampton.Will probably be used as a utility as he can play 10/12/15..cant see him starting many games ahead of Blyendaal and Keatley
Keatley was on his way out but did a deal with Fitzgerald (lowball offer), because it suits him to stay (is his girlfriend doing some course or something ?). JJ will be fighting it out with Bleyendaal and Rory Scannell. I'm really excited that we are continuing with the 2nd five eight.
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Old 03-08-2017, 01:55 PM
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I love the optimism and Flannery being spoken of as head coach
Should be in for some carnage this year
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Old 03-08-2017, 02:00 PM
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There's talk of Keatley going to Ulster to cover OH for the season.
Though they're also chasing a Super Rugby OH too, once that season is over.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:08 PM
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I love the optimism and Flannery being spoken of as head coach Should be in for some carnage this year
I wouldn't put it past them to go cheap. They're paying for Rassie and Nienbar until the end of the year anyway, so it wouldn't shock me if "they gave the local lads a chance".
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:30 PM
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Head coaches are paid for by the IRFU
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Old 04-08-2017, 12:44 PM
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I wouldn't put it past them to go cheap. They're paying for Rassie and Nienbar until the end of the year anyway, so it wouldn't shock me if "they gave the local lads a chance".
No disrespect to Axel, but giving local lads a chance did not work out last time around.
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Old 04-08-2017, 01:42 PM
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no disrespect to axel, but giving local lads a chance did not work out last time around.
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