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harrison2468
23-04-06, 09:16 AM
Luke Arscott has signed for Bristol.
Bortalmi to Gloucester
Nievo to Gloucester
Lawson to Gloucester
Lee Best to Worcester
Some prop to Saints

Black-Monday
23-04-06, 09:30 AM
Two gypo welsh players to sale, not really expecting much. Probably just squad players for when we have internationals.

BM

Bullitt
23-04-06, 09:45 AM
Originally posted by harrison2468+Apr 23 2006, 09:16 AM-->
Some prop to Saints [/b]
<!--QuoteBegin-northamptonsaints.co.uk
Saints sign massive prop from rugby neighbours

http://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/images/news/mainimages/SoaneandBencropped.jpg

Northampton Saints have signed the massive prop Soane Tonga’uiha from their rugby neighbours Bedford Blues on a two-year deal. The Tongan international stands at 6ft 5ins tall and weighs in at 20st 7lbs making him the heaviest player in the Saints squad by at more than a stone. Lock Damien Browne is 19st 5lbs.

Tonga’uhia won two caps for Tonga against France and Italy in 2005, and three for the Pacific Islanders against South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 2004.

The 23-year-old loosehead has been playing for Bedford for the past two seasons. He will begin training with Saints in the summer ahead of the 2006/07 season.

Tonga’uhia is the second player in as many years that Saints have signed from the Blues. Flanker Ben Lewitt crossed over the county border last season.

Director of rugby Budge Pountney said today: “Soane is a young, raw talent who we believe is ready for the step up into the Premiership. He has a good work ethic and at just 23 years old has an exciting future ahead of him. I am sure he will flourish at Franklin’s Gardens.”

Theyv&#39;e also signed David Akinluyi from Cambridge Uni (wing) and Christian Short from Connacht (lock).

That this rate, they&#39;ll turn into Worcester considering all the un-pronouncable names... :ph34r:

Boy
23-04-06, 10:07 AM
Originally posted by Teh Mite@Apr 23 2006, 09:45 PM
That this rate, they&#39;ll turn into Worcester considering all the un-pronouncable names... :ph34r:
And our Feaunati, Filise, Fuimaono-Sapolu and Faamatuainu simply roll off the tongue...

Shaun Berne to Bath
James Hudson to Irish

PeeJay
23-04-06, 12:56 PM
Gary Powell (Gloucester) to Blues
Hal Luscombe (Dragons) to Harlequins
Jon Bryant (Dragons) to Sale
Nikki Walker (Borders) to Ospreys
Stephen Jones (Clermont-Auvergne) to Scarlets
Scott Macleod (Borders) to Scarlets

harrison2468
23-04-06, 12:59 PM
Confirmed

Arscott to Bristol.
Bortalmi to Gloucester
Nievo to Gloucester
Lawson to Gloucester
Lee Best to Worcester
Morris to Worcester
Soane Tonga’uiha to Saints
Shaun Berne to Bath
James Hudson to Irish
Ben Evans to Sale
Lee Thomas to Sale
John Bryant to Sale

Titan
23-04-06, 01:45 PM
3 members of the Titans squad are bound for the Premiership - Dave Strettle and Chris Hala&#39;Ufia (both Quins) and Jon Golding (Newcastle).

harrison2468
23-04-06, 01:57 PM
What positions do Hala&#39;Ufia and Golding play?

loratadine
23-04-06, 04:02 PM
lee byrne is rumuored to be going to the ospreys, martyn williams looks likely to sign with perpignan, and the ospreys look close to signing nz flanker jono gibbes.

Titan
23-04-06, 07:17 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468@Apr 24 2006, 01:57 AM
What positions do Hala&#39;Ufia and Golding play?
Hala&#39;Ufia is a no.8 (Tongan international). Golding is a prop with a LOT of potential. Began his career with Northampton.

Bullitt
23-04-06, 07:56 PM
Originally posted by Titan@Apr 23 2006, 07:17 PM
Golding is a prop with a LOT of potential. Began his career with Northampton.
Par for course - release decent props but keep utter crap like Robbie Morris

el_tk
23-04-06, 08:01 PM
Chris Whitaker, Trevor Hogan, and Stephen Keogh have signed for Leinster.

gjohn85
23-04-06, 08:14 PM
The 4 welsh side transfers & rumours courtesy of BBC, link (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/welsh/4592838.stm).

BLUES
In: Gary Powell (Gloucester)

Rumoured transfer targets: Gareth Thomas (Toulouse)

Out: Jonah Lomu (returning to New Zealand), Ryan Powell (Worcester), Craig Quinnell (retired), Lee Thomas (Sale), Ben Evans (Sale)

Possible exits: Martyn Williams (linked with a move to Perpignan), Nick McLeod, Maama Molitika, Tristan Davies
-----------------------------------------------------------
DRAGONS
In: Matt Jess (Cornish Pirates), Joe Bearman (Cornish Pirates)

Out: Haldane Luscombe (Harlequins), Shawn van Rensburg (Celtic Crusaders), Jon Bryant (Sale)

Possible exits: Jason Forster (out of contract)
----------------------------------------------------------
OSPREYS
In: Nikki Walker (Borders)

Rumoured transfer targets: Lee Byrne (Scarlets), Tal Selley (Scarlets)

Out: Rhodri Wells (Cornish Pirates)

Possible exits: Damian Karauna (out of contract), Des Dillon (out of contract)
-------------------------------------------------
SCARLETS
In: Stephen Jones (Clermont Auvergne), Scott MacLeod (Borders), Scott Quinnell (joins coaching team), Ian Jones (development contract), Rhys Priestland (development contract), Rob McCusker (development contract), Lou Reed (development contract), Liam Davies (development contract), Lee Williams (development contract)

Rumoured transfer targets: Julian White (Leicester)

Out:

Possible exits: Lee Byrne (out of contract), Craig Dunlea (out of contract), Chris Wyatt (out of contract, linked to Munster), Tal Selley

PeeJay
23-04-06, 09:08 PM
Byrne would be a good signing for the Ospreys, but I&#39;d rather he didn&#39;t go. Other than Barry Davies, we don&#39;t have any really good full-backs at Stradey :( (Yes, I do know about Garan Evans, but he&#39;s hardly played in ages and he&#39;s listed as a winger on the Scarlets website)

Southern man
23-04-06, 10:26 PM
Seilala Mapusua ---> Saracens

loratadine
23-04-06, 10:31 PM
i hope we get jono gibbes it would be a massive signing.

Southern man
23-04-06, 10:47 PM
I think it&#39;s sad that NH clubs can&#39;t develop their own players.

Bullitt
23-04-06, 11:04 PM
Originally posted by Southern man@Apr 23 2006, 10:47 PM
I think it&#39;s sad that NH clubs can&#39;t develop their own players.
:huh:

gjohn85
23-04-06, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by Southern man@Apr 23 2006, 10:47 PM
I think it&#39;s sad that NH clubs can&#39;t develop their own players.
You could say that about the SH teams, why have they got all those fiji/soman/tongan players?

Southern man
23-04-06, 11:35 PM
Who are from the SH, who are born in New Zealand. Most NH clubs would have more pacific islanders than our provincal squads. Atleast we don&#39;t have to buy washed up players from other countries to make our competitions look good.

loratadine
23-04-06, 11:52 PM
jonno gibbes is not washed up.

i think you have an extremely poor view on the nh comps.

Bullitt
24-04-06, 07:04 AM
Originally posted by Southern man@Apr 23 2006, 11:35 PM
Who are from the SH, who are born in New Zealand. Most NH clubs would have more pacific islanders than our provincal squads. Atleast we don&#39;t have to buy washed up players from other countries to make our competitions look good.
No, just steal them from other countries to make the national team look good.

esoj
24-04-06, 09:36 AM
Originally posted by loratadine@Apr 24 2006, 12:52 PM
jonno gibbes is not washed up.

i think you have an extremely poor view on the nh comps.
and you have no idea about the sh comps.

the focus especially for the nz teams in the super 14 is having playing that can play for the all blacks. this why they rarely have international players from other countries and only often have 1 or 2 in their squads. I think the current crusaders starting lineup actually has 0 foregin players in it and other like the blues have only 1. also as others said a lot of these island player were either born in nz or moved over when they were very young.

this is compared to the nh were it is not uncommon for teams to have at least 3 or more foregin players in their teams.

harrison2468
24-04-06, 10:27 AM
In the Celtic League, there are very little forign players in the squads, as the unions contract the players as well. If you look at many line-ups in the CL, there is normally only 1 or 2 foreign players.

However, in the GP and Top14, there are more foreigners because there are no contracts with the unions, hence the constant arguing about players and their release, and also, there are more clubs, meaning players are thinned out more.

Anyway, as this is a thread about transfer activity, an updated list;

Confirmed

Arscott to Bristol.
Bortalmi to Gloucester
Nievo to Gloucester
Lawson to Gloucester
Lee Best to Worcester
Morris to Worcester
Soane Tonga’uiha to Saints
Shaun Berne to Bath
James Hudson to Irish
Ben Evans to Sale
Lee Thomas to Sale
John Bryant to Sale
Abbott to Quins
Luscombe to Quins
Strettle to Quins
Chris Hala&#39;Ufia to Quins
Golding to Falcons
Chris Whitaker to Leinster
Trevor Hogan to Leinster
Stephen Keogh to Leinster
Gary Powell to Cardiff
Ryan Powell to Worcester
Matt Jess to Dragons
Joe Bearman to Dragons
Nikki Walker to Ospreys
Rhodri Wells to Pirates
Stephen Jones to Scarlets
Scott MacLeod to Scarlets
Seilala Mapusua to Sarries

Thanks to those who added.

Boy
24-04-06, 10:41 AM
Looks almost certain that Phil Vickery is leaving Gloucester, in another case of a player demanding high wages without proving their fitness (*cough* Tindall). Wasps looks a likely destination, but it&#39;s just a strong rumour right now.

Apparently Salesi Finau, who was only on a short-term deal at Bath, will be at Newbury next season.

gjohn85
24-04-06, 10:49 AM
How old is Phil Vickery now?

Boy
24-04-06, 11:03 AM
He turned thirty on 14th March, so he could still have three years or so in him. The point is that, like certain other England internationals, he hasn&#39;t had a sustained injury-free period since the World Cup.

Maybe a change of scene is what he needs.

harrison2468
24-04-06, 12:04 PM
Originally posted by Boy@Apr 24 2006, 10:41 AM
Apparently Salesi Finau, who was only on a short-term deal at Bath, will be at Newbury next season.
You guys aren&#39;t keeping the big man? All you have to do is teach him to carry the ball in 2 hands...

EDIT;

Volley
Nicola Spanghero
Kohn
Peter Cook

All to Quins

cavan
24-04-06, 03:07 PM
Ulster have signed:

Kieron Dawson
Mark Bartholomeus
Mike Court

PeeJay
24-04-06, 03:09 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468@Apr 24 2006, 11:27 AM
In the Celtic League, there are very little forign players in the squads, as the unions contract the players as well. If you look at many line-ups in the CL, there is normally only 1 or 2 foreign players.
According to the official rules of the Celtic League, teams are only allowed to have a maximum of two foreigners in the matchday squad.

Rule 5.3 (http://www.celticleague.com/120_397.php)

SaintsFan_Webby
24-04-06, 03:19 PM
Originally posted by Southern man@Apr 23 2006, 11:47 PM
I think it&#39;s sad that NH clubs can&#39;t develop their own players.
Clearly doing some research before coming out with crap like that is frowned upon in Southland.

No? :huh:

SmokeyMonkey
24-04-06, 03:37 PM
According to the official rules of the Celtic League, teams are only allowed to have a maximum of two foreigners in the matchday squad.

Rule 5.3[/b]

Looks like the Blues broke that rule on Wednesday when they fielded Xavier Rush, Kort Schubert and Mark Schterbina :rahh:

loratadine
24-04-06, 04:51 PM
im glad they broke the rules, we wouldnt want the dragons dented there title aspiration would we

Boy
24-04-06, 05:33 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468+Apr 25 2006, 12:04 AM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-Boy@Apr 24 2006, 10:41 AM
Apparently Salesi Finau, who was only on a short-term deal at Bath, will be at Newbury next season.
You guys aren&#39;t keeping the big man? All you have to do is teach him to carry the ball in 2 hands...
[/b]
It&#39;s just to confusing having him, Zak and Filise all on the pitch at the same time, all with pretty much identical builds. If anything, Sally&#39;s the fattest of the three.

He was only a stop-gap solution when we had tons of centres out. All being well, next season we&#39;ll have Barkley, Berne, Fuimaono, Crockett, Cheeseman and Davis to pick from, and Maddock showed he can play 12 when he needs to.

Finau has been good, but he came to us in awful shape from the Scarlets. As he&#39;s got fitter he&#39;s actually been quite impressive.

PeeJay
24-04-06, 05:34 PM
Originally posted by SmokeyMonkey@Apr 24 2006, 04:37 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE
According to the official rules of the Celtic League, teams are only allowed to have a maximum of two foreigners in the matchday squad.

Rule 5.3

Looks like the Blues broke that rule on Wednesday when they fielded Xavier Rush, Kort Schubert and Mark Schterbina :rahh: [/b][/quote]
Have none of them become nationalised Welshmen?

Boy
24-04-06, 05:40 PM
I expect some of them have found European passports. I remember when Stransky was at Leicester he qualified as an EU-player as he had a relative from Luxembourg. There are all sorts of loopholes.

SaintsFan_Webby
24-04-06, 05:54 PM
Well Stchterbina definately isn&#39;t. The whole reason he left Saints is because you couldn&#39;t have him and Spencer on the field at the same time.

Cymro
24-04-06, 09:28 PM
Kort Schubert has been with the Blues for a while, i think 4 years in fact

Bullitt
24-04-06, 09:30 PM
That&#39;ll be it than, he&#39;ll have residency.

PeeJay
24-04-06, 09:33 PM
Originally posted by Cymro@Apr 24 2006, 10:28 PM
Kort Schubert has been with the Blues for a while, i think 4 years in fact
You&#39;d think with a name like that he&#39;d have at least SOME German blood in him. Poor sod.

An Tarbh
25-04-06, 06:05 AM
South Africans don&#39;t count as foreign players as they&#39;re entitled to work in the EU under some worker accord, one of the reasons Quins signed Mehrtens.

brooksey101
25-04-06, 06:26 AM
marshall set for ospreys turned down an offer for wasps

Black-Monday
25-04-06, 05:23 PM
Anyone who has a trade agreement with the uk, such as SA, West indies and zimbabwe are allowed to work in a country with these agreements in place without a whim for a work permit. So the term used is the &#39;kolpak agreement&#39;, it is mainly used in cricketing playing nations but excludes AUS and NZ, as they were never an invadery part of the commonwealth.

Sorry to be so long winded.

BM

Boy
26-04-06, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by Black-Monday@Apr 26 2006, 05:23 AM
Anyone who has a trade agreement with the uk, such as SA, West indies and zimbabwe are allowed to work in a country with these agreements in place without a whim for a work permit. So the term used is the &#39;kolpak agreement&#39;, it is mainly used in cricketing playing nations but excludes AUS and NZ, as they were never an invadery part of the commonwealth.

Sorry to be so long winded.

BM
That&#39;s weird. One of the reasons that Frikkie Welsh left Bath was because he wouldn&#39;t have been granted an extension to his work permit, so he decided to return to SA.

Elsewhere, Vickery to Wasps confirmed (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/4942682.stm), although it seems strange for a club to sign a player who may already be carrying a career-ending injury.

SaintsFan_Webby
26-04-06, 06:10 PM
Originally posted by Boy@Apr 26 2006, 12:19 PM
Elsewhere, Vickery to Wasps confirmed (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/4942682.stm), although it seems strange for a club to sign a player who may already be carrying a career-ending injury.
:bravo:

With any luck they&#39;ll turn into the new Saracens, signing players on reputation alone...

harrison2468
26-04-06, 06:22 PM
Well, they need a new prop so badly, it is a risk they are obviously willing to take.

Although, they could just have a look at the Argentina League. That is where Bristol took Contepomi from, and he hasn&#39;t done too badly now has he? Aregentina don&#39;t have too much trouble producing front-row beasts either.

SaintsFan_Webby
26-04-06, 06:29 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468@Apr 26 2006, 07:22 PM
Aregentina don&#39;t have too much trouble producing front-row beasts either.
Freddie Mendez is testament to that. :P

:cheers:

Black-Monday
26-04-06, 08:17 PM
Originally posted by Boy+Apr 26 2006, 11:19 PM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-Black-Monday@Apr 26 2006, 05:23 AM
Anyone who has a trade agreement with the uk, such as SA, West indies and zimbabwe are allowed to work in a country with these agreements in place without a whim for a work permit. So the term used is the &#39;kolpak agreement&#39;, it is mainly used in cricketing playing nations but excludes AUS and NZ, as they were never an invadery part of the commonwealth.

Sorry to be so long winded.

BM
That&#39;s weird. One of the reasons that Frikkie Welsh left Bath was because he wouldn&#39;t have been granted an extension to his work permit, so he decided to return to SA.

Elsewhere, Vickery to Wasps confirmed (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/4942682.stm), although it seems strange for a club to sign a player who may already be carrying a career-ending injury. [/b]
There is a stipulation to the rule, the person who partakes in kolplak forsakes any need to play for their own country, so they are temporarily english. This could lead to an english passport, so if a person has an idea of playing for their own country, they have to become overseas once again. I distincly remember reading that welsh decided to go to super 14, so couldn&#39;t be a kolpakker.

BM

Boy
26-04-06, 11:14 PM
That&#39;ll be why then. Frikkie was holding out hope that he would get a call up for the Springboks in time for the World Cup if he was playing back at home.

Ironically, he probably stood a better chance of getting to the World Cup if he stayed at Bath and qualified for England on residency.

loratadine
26-04-06, 11:22 PM
ben blair is rumuored to be close to signing for the blues.

gjohn85
27-04-06, 12:09 AM
They could do with a decent Fly Half

SaintsFan_Webby
27-04-06, 02:20 PM
Originally posted by gjohn85@Apr 27 2006, 01:09 AM
They could do with a decent Fly Half
I thought he was more of a full-back? :huh:

Or have I got that wrong?

loratadine
27-04-06, 02:29 PM
nah he is a fulback.

Boy
27-04-06, 03:48 PM
Falcons release Finegan, Peanut-head and Paoletti (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/4951310.stm)

Having seen Finegan play against Bath at the start of the season, it was pretty clear that he was a) out of shape B) completely disinterested c) more lemon than Melon (to borrow a line from Stuart Barnes). At one point he was stood still on his own 10m line behind a Falcons ruck, was passed the ball, and simply hoofed it into the stand twenty yards away.

Walder&#39;s a surprise. They&#39;re placing a lot of faith in Toby Flood to be Jonny&#39;s sole understudy, unless they&#39;re hunting another ten.

Henry Paul f***s off (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_league/super_league/london/4951414.stm) back to rugby league with Quins RL. Was really worth the RFU spunking all that money on getting him, wasn&#39;t it? Farewell you utter, utter waste of time and money.

SaintsFan_Webby
27-04-06, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by Boy@Apr 27 2006, 04:48 PM
Walder&#39;s a surprise. They&#39;re placing a lot of faith in Toby Flood to be Jonny&#39;s sole understudy, unless they&#39;re hunting another ten.
Agreed. He&#39;s very solid, if unspectacular, and has a habit of pinning teams back with excellent kicking when necessary.

Perhaps the shape of his head was starting to annoy Rob Andrew.

cavan
27-04-06, 04:01 PM
Munster have signed Chris Wyatt and Leinster have signed Trev Hogan.

edinburgh_gunner
27-04-06, 06:52 PM
Leonelli has moved to the Warriors on a two year deal.

Sad to see him go, he&#39;s too good for the Warriors. Though it gives Webbo a chance, and I rate him very highly. So a back 3 of Webster, Southwell and Paterson for the Gunners next year.

gjohn85
27-04-06, 07:18 PM
Originally posted by SaintsFan_Webby+Apr 27 2006, 02:20 PM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-gjohn85@Apr 27 2006, 01:09 AM
They could do with a decent Fly Half
I thought he was more of a full-back? :huh:

Or have I got that wrong? [/b]
Sorry I was trying to be clever & guess what position he was. I have never heard of him, so I went to google images & search for pics of him. The one pic I saw was him taking a goal kick, so I automatically thought of a fly half. I totally forgot about people in other positions taking goal kicks.

Black-Monday
27-04-06, 07:50 PM
How many times have we ****** a league to union player

Iestyn Evans
Henry Paul
Andy Farrell

are just some examples, any others?

BM

loratadine
27-04-06, 07:55 PM
what, iestyn harris is welsh, and if the point youre making is that all league to union players are flops, then what about jason robinson and lote tuqiri.

Black-Monday
27-04-06, 08:03 PM
Originally posted by loratadine@Apr 28 2006, 07:55 AM
what, iestyn harris is welsh, and if the point youre making is that all league to union players are flops, then what about jason robinson and lote tuqiri.
Yes, but that was a total balls up job, made by the WRU, who are just a principality of the RFU. Also I never said the RFU, I just said we. As in a collective term for &#39;Unionists&#39;.

Yes, we may get the Jason Robinson&#39;s of the world. However he wasn&#39;t brought in by England initially. He was contacted by the then new Sale chairman.

So Lora, stop roaming around topics, finding imperfections in what people say, just for the point of posting.

BM

loratadine
27-04-06, 09:52 PM
this is a forum, its hardly roaming around, ive posted sveral times in this forum. This aint black mondays soap box, its a forum, people are going to disagree with things you say. and i do.

Black-Monday
27-04-06, 10:02 PM
Fair enough..

BM

Boy
27-04-06, 10:21 PM
I&#39;m pretty sure it was Woodward who initiated Robinson&#39;s move. He signed him on a short-term deal when he was at Bath (as he did with Paul) and was a continued fan. He ended up at Sale pretty much because it was the closest union club.

At the minute I&#39;m not sure we can even class Farrell as a flop, as that would imply that he&#39;s actually done something.

If we&#39;re going to sign people from League, we should look at the young players like Danny Maguire or Richie Mathers, not guys in their late twenties. I&#39;ve got a hue objection to the unions stumping up the money when it could be put to much better use at grassroots and youth level (or, perish the thought, not making the cheapest Twickenham international ticket £50).

Boy
28-04-06, 12:23 PM
Mapusua to Sarries (http://www.therugbyforum.com/index.php?showtopic=5906&st=0&#entry142567), as report our compatriots from the arse end of the world.

PeeJay
01-05-06, 08:14 PM
Lee Byrne and Taliesin Selley have signed for Ospreys today. Not too fussed about Selley leaving, but Byrne leaves a gap on our bench. Could do with a new utility back.

SaintsFan_Webby
02-05-06, 04:36 PM
Ian Vass to Saints.

Get in, nice to see a home grown lad coming back to his roots.

harrison2468
02-05-06, 05:52 PM
Originally posted by Boy@Apr 28 2006, 12:23 PM
Mapusua to Sarries (http://www.therugbyforum.com/index.php?showtopic=5906&st=0&#entry142567), as report our compatriots from the arse end of the world.
Interesting - LI is said to have got him here;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_unio...ish/4966140.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/4966140.stm)

Bullitt
02-05-06, 07:50 PM
Straight from the Bedford website

&#39;&#39;The Club is delighted to announce the arrival of Ben Patston to Goldington Road for next season. Having spent the last few years at Northampton Saints academy Ben will offer the ability to play at both outside half and full back. He is a left footed goal kicker with the ability to strike the ball a long way out of hand. Ben comes highly recommended from the Saints and is further evidence of the strong relationship between the two clubs.&#39;&#39;

Patston is possibly one of the best young talents I&#39;ve ever seen. Considering the ties between Northampton and Bedford, I can see him coming back when his contract expires in 2 years time after he gets some match experience - at the exact same time that Spencers contract expires.

SaintsFan_Webby
03-05-06, 07:59 AM
Originally posted by Teh Mite@May 2 2006, 08:50 PM
Straight from the Bedford website

&#39;&#39;The Club is delighted to announce the arrival of Ben Patston to Goldington Road for next season. Having spent the last few years at Northampton Saints academy Ben will offer the ability to play at both outside half and full back. He is a left footed goal kicker with the ability to strike the ball a long way out of hand. Ben comes highly recommended from the Saints and is further evidence of the strong relationship between the two clubs.&#39;&#39;

Patston is possibly one of the best young talents I&#39;ve ever seen. Considering the ties between Northampton and Bedford, I can see him coming back when his contract expires in 2 years time after he gets some match experience - at the exact same time that Spencers contract expires.
What are we doing letting him go at all? Loan him out by all means, but it seems strange that they don&#39;t keep him officially tied to the club at all. The lad has huge potential.

Boy
03-05-06, 09:35 AM
Falcons have now released Scotland lock Stuart Grimes, and there is a lot of talk saying that Colin Charvis, whose contract expires this summer, won&#39;t have his deal renewed.

What&#39;s crawled up Rob Andrew&#39;s arse? He&#39;s releasing contracted players all over the place.

harrison2468
03-05-06, 08:36 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_unio...ish/4969548.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/scottish/4969548.stm)

Anyone see this guy in the Middlesex sevens? Very quick, and with a bit of development, could be a good winger.

Symclaw
05-05-06, 08:36 AM
Twen2y4Se7en?!!

Norhtern Lad
05-05-06, 05:34 PM
From the Bedford Website

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer is delighted to announce the capture of Ross Broadfoot, Mike said "we have been chasing Ross for a number of weeks and are now pleased to announce his agreement to join us for next season.* He is a quality player with premiership experience and along with Ben Patston will provide us with competition at 10 & 15 in our back line.* This adds to the blend of youth and experience in our squad and I&#39;m sure both Ross and Ben will benefit from playing alongside the likes of Matt Allen and the other senior players."

After making his debut for Leicester at the start of last season the left footed place kicker made a total of eight appearances in the first team and was also a member of Tigers&#39; successful A League squad. Ross had represented England at 16 Group Schools in 1999/2000 and 2000/01, and 18 Group Schools (1 September) in 2001/02, before being selected for England at the FIRA U19s World Championship in France in April 2003. He also appeared in the U19 &#39;shadow&#39; Six Nations, and the IRB U19 World Championship in Durban where he kicked a personal tally of 23 points in England&#39;s 33-23 win over Australia in the pool stages. During 2004/05 he progressed to the England U21 team for which he made three appearances during the shadow Six Nations campaign. A former pupil of Whitgift School, Croydon, Ross was a member of their squad that won the Daily Mail Under 15 Cup in 1999. He plays cricket as a hobby.
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GET IN THERE!!! :D :cheers:

Bullitt
05-05-06, 05:59 PM
Broadfoot ain&#39;t got **** on Patston.

Norhtern Lad
05-05-06, 07:50 PM
Why should I care, two great Fly-Half/Fullbacks coming to Bedford. Now we just need two props and a backrow.

edinburgh_gunner
06-05-06, 12:18 AM
Yet another Gunner has moved to Glasgow. Ally Kellock has signed.



The SRU are a complete joke. Edinburgh are the only Scottish side who look like they could win the league, and are prepared to let player go? Complete farce! Some pessimists believe that the SRU are preparing the most succesful and cash generating pro team.


Congratulations McKie.....your a complete and utter tool.

Boy
07-05-06, 10:38 PM
The rats are jumping ship at Headingley. The Tykes have announced who will be leaving this summer:

Players leaving Leeds Tykes: Iain Balshaw, Chris Bell, Gordon Bulloch, Danny Care, Andy Craig, David Doherty, Dan Hyde, Mark McMillan, Tom Palmer, Richard Parks, Roland Reid, Gordon Ross and David Rees.

Players remaining at club: Tom Biggs, Lee Blackett, Michael Cusack, Roland De Marigny, Jon Dunbar, Stuart Hooper, James Isaacson, Chris Jones, Scott Morgan, Chris Murphy, Rob Rawlinson, Nathan Thomas and Rob Vickerman.

I&#39;d happily see Care, Doherty and Palmer come to Bath. There are strong rumours that Balshaw is coming back, which I really hope aren&#39;t true. We&#39;ll sign him and he&#39;ll spend three years either being **** or injured (or both).

SaintsFan_Webby
08-05-06, 04:07 PM
Rumours have been flying about saying Care is coming to Saints. I&#39;m suprised Biggs isn&#39;t leaving, he has been linked with us as well. Palmer would be one of my personal favourites to see.

harrison2468
08-05-06, 04:56 PM
Fair play to both Biggs and Hooper for staying though. They have been Leed&#39;s better players, and could easily get in most squads, so to stay and help Leeds get back up is commendable, along with the others staying.

Boy
09-05-06, 02:20 PM
Care is being linked with Quins, Bell with Sale, Palmer to Wasps (also looking at Doherty).

Simon Amor joins Wasps from Gloucester. Not that he&#39;ll be there of course, being England 7s captain.

harrison2468
09-05-06, 04:28 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_unio...ish/4755327.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/4755327.stm)

Bristol have signed O&#39;Riordan, who will be cover for Perry, if of course he gets a shot with England. Can any of the Leinster fans give me some info. on him please?

Bristol have also signed Craig Morgan, from Cardiff Blues.

el_tk
09-05-06, 04:43 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468@May 9 2006, 05:28 PM
Bristol have signed O&#39;Riordan, who will be cover for Perry, if of course he gets a shot with England.* Can any of the Leinster fans give me some info. on him please?


He&#39;s decent enough but he never really got a proper shot at Leinster. For a long time he was touted as a future international but he never quite made the cut. Whitaker&#39;s signing was the death knell of his Leinster career. He also has a slightly dodgy shoulder. And he went to my school so he&#39;s a fine upstanding citizen (in my eyes).

cavan
09-05-06, 04:54 PM
Back in the day he formed one part of the deadly Leinster scrum half combo "No Break/No Pass" with Brian O&#39;Meara. O&#39;Riordan was called "No Pass" due to his fondness for sniping around the fringes and O&#39;Meara got the "No Break" moniker due to his Stringer-esque crapness at retaining the ball in contact!

Oh and O&#39;Riordan went to UCD as well, you can&#39;t underestimate the class in that! :D

el_tk
09-05-06, 04:58 PM
And he&#39;s very, very good at cricket.

gjohn85
09-05-06, 06:17 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468@May 9 2006, 04:28 PM
Bristol have also signed Craig Morgan, from Cardiff Blues.
I hope he can get regular place at Bristol as I think he is a great winger.

SaintsFan_Webby
09-05-06, 06:19 PM
Originally posted by gjohn85+May 9 2006, 07:17 PM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-harrison2468@May 9 2006, 04:28 PM
Bristol have also signed Craig Morgan, from Cardiff Blues.
I hope he can get regular place at Bristol as I think he is a great winger. [/b]
Be tough for him if Lemi and Robinson continue the impressive form they&#39;ve been in this season.

Black-Monday
09-05-06, 08:09 PM
Why did he leave the Blues, surely with Lomu going he was going to get a good time at the 11 berth. However can he be guaranteed that at Bristol?

BM

loratadine
09-05-06, 08:57 PM
the blues might be signing ben blair.

Boy
10-05-06, 10:38 AM
Originally posted by Black-Monday@May 10 2006, 08:09 AM
Why did he leave the Blues, surely with Lomu going he was going to get a good time at the 11 berth. However can he be guaranteed that at Bristol?

BM
Because Robinson is still a long, long way from being the finished article. People started to show him up technically and tactically towards the end of the season (20m out of position for Andy Beattie&#39;s try in the Bath V Bristol game, for example). That coupled with second season syndrome (he&#39;s not an unknown quantity anymore) may mean that he&#39;ll have a lot less impact next term.

Signing Morgan his good because it puts pressure on Robinson to improve.

cavan
10-05-06, 02:53 PM
Adrian Flavin (London Irish to Connacht)
Aiden McCullen (Toulouse to London Irish)

harrison2468
10-05-06, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by SaintsFan_Webby+May 9 2006, 06:19 PM-->

Originally posted by gjohn85@May 9 2006, 07:17 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-harrison2468@May 9 2006, 04:28 PM
Bristol have also signed Craig Morgan, from Cardiff Blues.
I hope he can get regular place at Bristol as I think he is a great winger.
Be tough for him if Lemi and Robinson continue the impressive form they&#39;ve been in this season. [/b]
What Boy said was spot on really. Morgan is apparently quite a big guy, so will put pressure on Robinson&#39;s spot, while we have Marko to challenge Lemi as the smaller put more agile winger.

Robinson has scored some good tries, but his defence, along with his defensive positioning has been weak at times, while he has a tendancy to kick loosely. However, with this being his first season as a pro, I&#39;m sure he will get better.

Hopefully O&#39;Riddan&#39;s pass will improve while at Bristol under Richard Hill, who has taught (Paul) Hodgson and Perry a lot about this technique, and they are two of the best passers in England at the moment. Maybe he could come into international contention if he improved like Reddan has.

falconsfan
10-05-06, 06:49 PM
Falcons Land Saints Wing Rudd

Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of Northampton Saints wing John Rudd in a two-year deal.
The 24-year-old stands at 1.88m (6ft 1) and 108kg (17 stone), making 35 starts in his two years at the Saints, for whom he scored nine tries.
A former England representative at Under-16s, 18s and 21s, Rudd has also played Sevens for his country, earning the nickname ‘Rhino’ due to his stature and abrasive style of play.

Having started his professional career with London Wasps, he helped them to the 2003 Zurich Premiership and Parker Pen Challenge Cup titles, before opting to switch to Franklin’s Gardens.

Falcons director of rugby, Rob Andrew, said: “John is a big powerful lad and a strong runner who will give a different dimension to our game.

“He has been unlucky at Northampton to only receive limited chances due to the likes of Ben Cohen and Sean Lamont being in the team, and feels he needs regular rugby under his belt to really get the best out of his game.

“We already have huge pace in the wide areas with the likes of Anthony Elliott, Tom May, Ollie Phillips and James Hoyle, so John’s style of play gives us more flexibility to adapt our game plan.

“He has played on the wing and can also slot in to the centres, which could be very important over the next couple of seasons if we lose our whole midfield during the international windows and next season’s Rugby World Cup.”

Speaking on his decision to move north to Newcastle, Rudd said: “I’ve played at Kingston Park a few times and always enjoyed the atmosphere, then when I came up to meet Rob Andrew there was a really positive feel about the place.

“Everyone seemed to be buying in to the same philosophy, and while I was up in Newcastle I talked to a few of my old team mates about the place, like Robbie Morris who is already at the club. They had nothing but good things to say, and so my mind was made up.

“At Northampton I possibly suffered a bit because the other wingers they had were a similar style to myself, and while you can never guarantee first team rugby anywhere, the Newcastle set-up with their young English backs seems like the ideal place for me to be.”

Boy
10-05-06, 07:38 PM
Congratulations, you&#39;ve signed the Premiership&#39;s fattest, slowest, crapest winger.

He didn&#39;t &#39;help&#39; Wasps to the title. He was just there when they won it.

Bullitt
10-05-06, 10:25 PM
That&#39;s unfair. Rudd is a fast player, has a good eye for an attacking move and once up to speed won&#39;t be stopped easily.

I&#39;ve had enough trying to defend the poor git on Saints site, so don&#39;t make me start here.

Boy
11-05-06, 08:26 AM
Originally posted by Teh Mite@May 11 2006, 10:25 AM
That&#39;s unfair. Rudd is a fast player, has a good eye for an attacking move and once up to speed won&#39;t be stopped easily.
The key is &#39;once up to speed.&#39; Duncan Bell is difficult to stop when he&#39;s up to speed. Rudd doesn&#39;t have the acceleration of a top flight winger, which is the most important aspect of that position.

Another typical Falcons signing.

SaintsFan_Webby
11-05-06, 03:15 PM
Originally posted by Teh Mite@May 10 2006, 11:25 PM
That&#39;s unfair. Rudd is a fast player, has a good eye for an attacking move and once up to speed won&#39;t be stopped easily.
Unfortunately he can&#39;t pass, and actually looked better last season when he was playing in a team doing ****.

falconsfan
11-05-06, 04:17 PM
So Saints Fan is Rudd really that crap ??
Has Rob signed another donkey like melon ? :rahh: :rahh: :wah: :wah:

falconsfan
11-05-06, 04:19 PM
Wilson Flies Into Falcons&#39; Nest

Newcastle Falcons have signed Kiwi back rower Brent Wilson in a one-year deal.
The 24-year-old joins from New Zealand’s North Harbour province, after spending the second half of this season in England with Leicester Tigers.
A former New Zealand Sevens international, Wilson weighs in at 108kg (17st) and stands at 1.95m (6ft 4).

He has 25 provincial caps for North Harbour, having also played for the Blues Super 12 Development squad and Otago Colts.

Falcons director of rugby, Rob Andrew, said: “Brent comes highly recommended to us from our ex-Falcons mafia in New Zealand, with Pat Lam at Auckland and our former academy manager Paul Mackinnon at North Harbour both giving us excellent reports.

“We have watched him first hand for Leicester and he trained with us at Kingston Park last week, he is an athletic ball carrier and we look forward to him linking up with us in July for pre-season training.”

Wilson does not count as an overseas player due to his wife Janelle’s British passport, with Andrew saying: “He is from the same North Harbour stable as our former back rower Craig Newby, and is not a dissimilar sort of player. He specialises at blindside flanker, but can also slot in to any of the back row positions without any problem.

“He complements the back row talent we already have at the club in the likes of Mike McCarthy, Phil Dowson, Ben Woods, Cory Harris and Andy Buist, with youngsters like Greg Irvin, Ed Williamson and Eni Gesinde pushing through in the academy squad, so he gives us a range of options and more flexibility in the back row.”

Ex-Falcons academy manager Paul Mackinnon, now player development manager at North Harbour, has worked with Wilson in New Zealand, and said of Newcastle’s new acquisition: “Brent is a very honest guy with a lot of integrity and dedication to work hard and succeed.

“He is a strong ball carrier in the middle and wide channels, an excellent line out forward with good pace and skills who links well. He is a consistently strong tackler in defence and a good athlete overall.”

Having finalised his move to Kingston Park, Wilson said: “I came up and trained with the team for a few days last week, and I was really impressed with the set-up at Kingston Park, the facilities and the attitude of the boys.

“There is a good young team in the making at Newcastle, and it’s a tremendous prospect to be part of it, so I look forward to working with Peter Walton, Rob Andrew and the rest of the squad.”

Doesn&#39;t bode well for colin charvis if we are signed another back rower :angry: :angry:

SaintsFan_Webby
11-05-06, 04:27 PM
Originally posted by falconsfan@May 11 2006, 05:17 PM
So Saints Fan is Rudd really that crap ??
Has Rob signed another donkey like melon ? :rahh: :rahh: :wah: :wah:
I really liked him when he first came to us. He looked, strong, quick, and a good finisher. I thought - "Great, just what we need"

Unfortunately he cannot link with other players at all, and hasn&#39;t used his strength as well as a guy his size should. Defense is also an issue.

Boy
12-05-06, 10:11 AM
Balshaw to Gloucester. At least something good has come over the Ashton-saga. If BA&#39;s future was certain, Balshaw would have signed with Bath. I&#39;m almost thankful the RFU are poaching our coach again.

Balshaw&#39;s signing pushes Marcel Garvey out of Kingsholm, the winger signing for Worcester.

edinburgh_gunner
12-05-06, 12:17 PM
Di Rollo has stayed on and we&#39;ve signed Laidlaw as cover for Mikey Blair.

Canadian_Rugby_Guy
13-05-06, 06:37 PM
Hey Gunner, what do you think of Canadian Mike Pyke in your club right now? I was sort of curious what your opinion on his playing skills are.

Saint N Sinner
13-05-06, 11:32 PM
Not sure if posted but Marcell Garvey to Worcester.

loratadine
13-05-06, 11:57 PM
marcell? wtf, its marcus?

SaintsFan_Webby
14-05-06, 08:21 AM
Originally posted by loratadine@May 14 2006, 12:57 AM
marcell? wtf, its marcus?
Marcus Garvey is a very different person. Look it up...

loratadine
14-05-06, 08:29 AM
ha ha ha, yeah sorry, ive been helping my sister with her history and the guy must have been on my mind.

edinburgh_gunner
16-05-06, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by Canadian_Rugby_Guy@May 13 2006, 06:37 PM
Hey Gunner, what do you think of Canadian Mike Pyke in your club right now? I was sort of curious what your opinion on his playing skills are.
He seldom plays. When he has, he&#39;s been OK in attack, but his defence isn&#39;t all that great.


Gunners have signed Ben Cairns from Currie aswell.

DonBilly
16-05-06, 09:50 PM
Califano announced on monday that he had agreed to play next two seasons with Gloucester.

DonBilly
17-05-06, 09:12 AM
Isitolo Maka leaves Toulouse for f***uora in Japan. He was carried by his team mates in a round of honnor last Saturday. He even scored 2 point when transforming a try instead of Michalak.

loratadine
17-05-06, 09:54 AM
the japanese league must be quite competitive, as he wouldnt be the first big name to go up there.

edinburgh_gunner
17-05-06, 01:11 PM
Yeah, the players are attracted cause of the big money. Most of the teams in Japan are corperations, so have oodles of cash.

el_tk
19-05-06, 05:45 PM
Originally posted by DonBilly@May 17 2006, 10:12 AM
Isitolo Maka leaves Toulouse for f***uora in Japan. He was carried by his team mates in a round of honnor last Saturday. He even scored 2 point when transforming a try instead of Michalak.
I saw the kick on Setanta. It was sensational.

PeeJay
20-05-06, 11:26 PM
Originally posted by el_tk+May 19 2006, 06:45 PM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-DonBilly@May 17 2006, 10:12 AM
Isitolo Maka leaves Toulouse for f***uora in Japan. He was carried by his team mates in a round of honnor last Saturday. He even scored 2 point when transforming a try instead of Michalak.
I saw the kick on Setanta. It was sensational. [/b]
Out of interest, what was so good about this kick? Was it just because he&#39;s a back row player that made it so great?

el_tk
21-05-06, 01:48 PM
Originally posted by PeeJay+May 21 2006, 12:26 AM-->

Originally posted by el_tk@May 19 2006, 06:45 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-DonBilly@May 17 2006, 10:12 AM
Isitolo Maka leaves Toulouse for f***uora in Japan. He was carried by his team mates in a round of honnor last Saturday. He even scored 2 point when transforming a try instead of Michalak.
I saw the kick on Setanta. It was sensational.
Out of interest, what was so good about this kick? Was it just because he&#39;s a back row player that made it so great? [/b]
It was under the posts, he took it about 20 metres back, turned around and hoofed it. His twenty-odd stone also added something to the occasion.

Boy
21-05-06, 04:46 PM
Pah, that&#39;s nothing. You haven&#39;t seen anything until you&#39;ve seen Gareth Chilcott convert his own try in his final match. He needed a rest in the run up to the ball.

http://www.sporting-heroes.net/files_rugby/CHILCOTT_G_19860301_GH_R.jpg

All_Blacks_Hurricanes_Lions_Fan
24-05-06, 08:10 AM
Former Hurricanes no. Filo Tiatia to Ospreys

Bullitt
27-05-06, 09:53 AM
Originally posted by skysports.com
Newcastle duo fly Falcons nest

http://images.skysports.com/images/sports/Newcastle/charvis.jpg

Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that international forwards Colin Charvis and Stuart Grimes will not be in the squad for next season.

Wales back row Charvis has spent two seasons at Kingston Park and was even captaining the Guinness Premiership side last year.

Charvis joins Scotland lock Grimes in leaving the club, as he leaves after spending over six years on Tyneside.

Fly-half Dave Walder also leaves the club, with a move to Newport Gwent Dragons being mentioned, while Owen Finegan has attracted Guinness Premiership interest.

Director of rugby Rob Andrew has confirmed that Australian full-back Matt Burke will replace 34-year-old Charvis as Falcons skipper after signing a new two-year contract.

"Matt takes over from Colin Charvis, who led the side last season, but along with Stuart Grimes will not be with us for the coming campaign," said Falcons rugby director Rob Andrew.

"We thank Colin and Stuart for their time with us, and wish them both well for the future."

Charvis, who has 84 caps for Wales, is now considering retiring from the game after his departure from Newcastle.

New skipper Burke, who has notched 21 tries from 48 starts, believes that club are on an upward spiral.

"We saw our potential last season with some fantastic performances, beating all four of the top sides in the Premiership," said Burke.

"The key now is to maintain that form over the course of the whole campaign, and to do ourselves justice with the great talent we have in the squad."

Newcastle have also confirmed their new arrivals in the squad, with Northampton wing John Rudd, North Harbour flanker Brent Wilson, Rotherham prop Jon Golding and Otley lock Jason Oakes all coming in.

"The end of last season saw glimpses of what we are capable of when we have the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Mathew Tait, Jamie Noon and Matt Burke in the sameback-line behind our good young forwards, and this is a squad which will develop together over a number of years," added Andrew.

"We have confidence in this squad, and will be allowing them to grow together to fulfil their undoubted promise."

Rob Andrew does it again! :lol:

Black-Monday
30-05-06, 12:49 PM
Sale have made some good signings, if only to replace the gaps in our squad for when Internationals come about.

JM Lobbe (Brother of Ignacio)
A Vilk (Sevens player from Northampton)
C Bell (Centre from Leeds)

Lobbe will provide much needed cover in the back row and vilk and bell will add to the backline. Truthfully I have only seen Bell in action, but Lobbe is held in high regard. Any information on those 3?

BM

Bullitt
30-05-06, 12:56 PM
Originally posted by Black-Monday@May 30 2006, 12:49 PM
Sale have made some good signings, if only to replace the gaps in our squad for when Internationals come about.

A Vilk (Sevens player from Northampton)

Quality player, but he&#39;ll never be fit or availible for selection being injured/in Dubai or wherever.

Boy
31-05-06, 12:01 PM
There seem to be growing rumours that Leeds Rhinos centre Chev Walker is coming to Bath, turning down the chance to play in the NRL, so says theage.com.au (http://www.theage.com.au/news/Sport/Rugby-tipped-to-beat-Melbourne-to-Walker/2006/05/31/1148956396369.html), Radio NZ (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/bulletins/sport/200605311838/1b4917a6) and Fox Sports Australia (http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,19316484-23214,00.html).

Although they all seem to have been written by the same guy and we haven&#39;t actually got a coach to sign any players right now...

damien
02-06-06, 11:38 AM
luke mcallister to biarritz (http://www.rugbyrama.com/asp/rugbyrama_art.asp?art=20060602001&rub=el1)
:bravo: :cheers:

el_tk
02-06-06, 11:52 AM
Originally posted by damien@Jun 2 2006, 12:38 PM
luke mcallister to biarritz (http://www.rugbyrama.com/asp/rugbyrama_art.asp?art=20060602001&rub=el1)
:bravo: :cheers:
Utterly bizarre if it&#39;s true.

DonBilly
02-06-06, 11:55 AM
Originally posted by el_tk+Jun 2 2006, 12:52 PM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-damien@Jun 2 2006, 12:38 PM
luke mcallister to biarritz (http://www.rugbyrama.com/asp/rugbyrama_art.asp?art=20060602001&rub=el1)
:bravo:* :cheers:
Utterly bizarre if it&#39;s true. [/b]
Why would it be bizarre? Peyrelongue the current BO FH is not a top talent as obvious in the HEC final and anyway the BO need to double this position.

harrison2468
02-06-06, 11:58 AM
McCallister is only 22 though, and has an All Black future in front of him, probably at 12.

DonBilly
02-06-06, 12:02 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468@Jun 2 2006, 12:58 PM
McCallister is only 22 though, and has an All Black future in front of him, probably at 12.
He may have thought that this won&#39;t happen for the next RWC and that in the mid time he will get more playing time as FH if he joins Biarritz.

damien
02-06-06, 12:06 PM
in 10 carter hill
in center mauger laulala nonu

el_tk
02-06-06, 12:24 PM
Originally posted by DonBilly+Jun 2 2006, 12:55 PM-->

Originally posted by el_tk@Jun 2 2006, 12:52 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-damien@Jun 2 2006, 12:38 PM
luke mcallister to biarritz (http://www.rugbyrama.com/asp/rugbyrama_art.asp?art=20060602001&rub=el1)
:bravo:* :cheers:
Utterly bizarre if it&#39;s true.
Why would it be bizarre? Peyrelongue the current BO FH is not a top talent as obvious in the HEC final and anyway the BO need to double this position. [/b]
He&#39;s young and still has a shot at the ABs. Most players who move up so young know they&#39;ll never make it as a stalwart of their country. Pyrelongue is pretty bad though.

Boy
02-06-06, 01:11 PM
Very strange thing to happen 15 months before a World Cup for a guy who has just broken into the team. Is his contract with NZRFU up for renewal soon? It could just be an agent trying to put the squeeze on.

Bullitt
02-06-06, 01:13 PM
Just shows that NH > SH... :rolleyes:

SaintsFan_Webby
02-06-06, 01:30 PM
Expect to see Ripper hung from a tree using a Blues jersey very soon if that transfer goes through.

Boy
05-06-06, 07:14 PM
Chev Walker to Bath confirmed (http://www.bathrugby.com/23_5170.php)

Part funded by the RFU, similar to Robinson and Paul&#39;s initial union deals. Could be an interesting signing at just 23 years old.

Ripper
06-06-06, 02:19 AM
Originally posted by damien+Jun 3 2006, 12:06 AM-->
in 10 carter hill
in center mauger laulala nonu [/b]
Hills going overseas... and the fact that he&#39;s ****, he&#39;s the 4th best Fly Half in NZ, I would rather Carter, McAlister and Evans ahead of him, and personally Gopperth as well.

And If McAlister goes overseas, it will be because he has a wife and a kid he needs to support.

But It will be in his best interests to stay... or else I&#39;ll bludgeon him to death with Tasea Laveas arm. Can&#39;t find any information on Google, my bull**** senses are tingling.

<!--QuoteBegin-SFW
Expect to see Ripper hung from a tree using a Blues jersey very soon if that transfer goes through.

Hanging yourself is so last year. Drowning in David Nuciforas pool with signs of foul play is where its at.

esoj
06-06-06, 11:48 AM
I somehow doubt mcAlister would be going anywhere fast. I am also pretty sure he has a contract through to 2008 with the nzrfu.

Black-Monday
07-06-06, 10:38 AM
Cardiff Blues have signed former New Zealand full-back Ben Blair, as well as Scott Morgan and Mosese Luveitasau.

These seem to be some good signings.

Morgan adds to a weakened second row for Cardiff, while Blair will fill a gap in the Back three left either by Lomu or C.Morgan. Same for the Fijian, who has won 6 caps, the last being against Wales.

BM

Boy
07-06-06, 10:58 AM
Cardiff seem to have a lot of money to throw about. Can&#39;t remember if it&#39;s been covered, but they&#39;ve also signed Tongan prop &#39;Fao Filise, who played last season at Bath. Excellent player in the loose, but scrummaging needs a bit more discipline.

DonBilly
07-06-06, 03:02 PM
Kees Meeuws should play for the Harlequins next year. He had a deceiving year with Castres this year. His performances were very variable. apparently he didn&#39;t manage to establish a good relation with Laurent Seigne the Castre coach.

DonBilly
08-06-06, 11:12 AM
Eventually Kees Meuws has decided to stay in France and will play for Agen, Caucaunibuca&#39;s club.

loratadine
13-06-06, 03:53 PM
ospreys have signed jono gibbes.

Boy
14-06-06, 02:22 PM
Not according to the Waikato Rugby Union (http://www.planet-rugby.com/News/story_51846.shtml).

Gibbes can&#39;t be contacted as he&#39;s playing in the Churchill Cup, and the invention of the telephone apparently hasn&#39;t reached the US. <_<

Black-Monday
14-06-06, 09:42 PM
Just like I found it ridiculous that Shaun Perry never received the calls in the 6N, you&#39;d think they would have better ways of contact!

BM

Muse_Cubed
15-06-06, 09:41 AM
I don&#39;t know if the RFU can afford in-built call up functions into the player&#39;s watches. I&#39;ve got a great superhero-Shaun-to-the-rescue sequence going on in my head though. Hmm.

Besides, he probably answered the phone. But since it was Saturday night he was probably a little...erm...incoherent.

AR: Shaun, we need you for the game!

SP: Shuuuuure Andy-P-pandy, anyshing you shay! Thanksh for giving me...thish opportunity...to...*passes out*

harrison2468
15-06-06, 03:57 PM
He probably knew he wouldn&#39;t of played, and sitting behind Ellis and a poisoned Dawson probably made him sick himself. He would of had a ape-ringtone assigned for when, if ever, AR called, and when he had the @oh-ahh-ahh@, he would of just ignored it.

el_tk
15-06-06, 08:39 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468@Jun 15 2006, 04:57 PM
He probably knew he wouldn&#39;t of played, and sitting behind Ellis and a poisoned Dawson probably made him sick himself. He would of had a ape-ringtone assigned for when, if ever, AR called, and when he had the @oh-ahh-ahh@, he would of just ignored it.
I see someone&#39;s not bitter at all.

Boy
16-06-06, 12:10 PM
Bath have signed Pietro Travagli, a scrum half from Viadana capped twice by Italy, and Matt Banahan, a National Academy lock from London Irish to replace Hudson going in the other direction. Barely more than stock players for the reserves, really. Don&#39;t know why we need another scrum half to sit behind Walshe, Williams and Wood, as well as the few we&#39;ve got in the academy.

There are some rumours that our new coach will be ex-Bath and England hooker, and current Plymouth Argyle Director of Rugby, Graham Dawe. Could be interesting if true. He&#39;s been successful with Plymouth and Devon, and in the amateur days would make the 300 mile round trip from his farm in Devon to Bath three times a week to train and play, so he clearly cares about the club. It would also answer the question of who is actually signing these players (unless they were all in place before Ashton jumped ship).

harrison2468
16-06-06, 04:00 PM
Originally posted by el_tk+Jun 15 2006, 08:39 PM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-harrison2468@Jun 15 2006, 04:57 PM
He probably knew he wouldn&#39;t of played, and sitting behind Ellis and a poisoned Dawson probably made him sick himself.* He would of had a ape-ringtone assigned for when, if ever, AR called, and when he had the @oh-ahh-ahh@, he would of just ignored it.
I see someone&#39;s not bitter at all. [/b]
Bitter towards who exactly?

I don&#39;t think you have a clue what you are talking about to be honest. I was relieved that he didn&#39;t get picked, as it meant he could play for his club rather than be a spectator for the worst match of our season.

Angry that he wasn&#39;t picked orignally, but bitter of Ellis? Bitter of Robinson? Yes, I&#39;m bitter towards memers of my national team. Dumbass.

harrison2468
16-06-06, 04:03 PM
Originally posted by Boy@Jun 16 2006, 12:10 PM
There are some rumours that our new coach will be ex-Bath and England hooker, and current Plymouth Argyle Director of Rugby, Graham Dawe. Could be interesting if true. He&#39;s been successful with Plymouth and Devon, and in the amateur days would make the 300 mile round trip from his farm in Devon to Bath three times a week to train and play, so he clearly cares about the club. It would also answer the question of who is actually signing these players (unless they were all in place before Ashton jumped ship).
You really don&#39;t want Dawe. Having watched a bit of ND1 rugby, his style is that of pre-Ashton Bath. Boring as hell.

Boy
16-06-06, 06:58 PM
As I say, it&#39;s only a rumour, so it could never happen, but if you want to play running rugby, it would be a bit weird to appoint a former hooker.

We&#39;ve got Mark Bakewell in place as our forwards coach, but we&#39;re just waiting for his work permit to be cleared before we can announce him. Steve Meehan, the backs coach at Stade Francais for the past four years, has apparently applied for our backs coach role. His contract&#39;s up and is supposed to fancy a change. He also brings with him the chance of Nick Mallett coming on board as Director of Rugby.

harrison2468
16-06-06, 09:20 PM
Mallet would be a great signing.

el_tk
16-06-06, 10:01 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468+Jun 16 2006, 05:00 PM-->

Originally posted by el_tk@Jun 15 2006, 08:39 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-harrison2468@Jun 15 2006, 04:57 PM
He probably knew he wouldn&#39;t of played, and sitting behind Ellis and a poisoned Dawson probably made him sick himself.* He would of had a ape-ringtone assigned for when, if ever, AR called, and when he had the @oh-ahh-ahh@, he would of just ignored it.
I see someone&#39;s not bitter at all.
Bitter towards who exactly?

I don&#39;t think you have a clue what you are talking about to be honest. I was relieved that he didn&#39;t get picked, as it meant he could play for his club rather than be a spectator for the worst match of our season.

Angry that he wasn&#39;t picked orignally, but bitter of Ellis? Bitter of Robinson? Yes, I&#39;m bitter towards memers of my national team. Dumbass. [/b]
Jeez, stop whining and take a joke. Your personal attack on Andy Robinson was a little unneccesary to say the least. You seem very bitter and in other posts tend to dislike Robinson and his seletions. Don&#39;t take everything so seriously you tosser.

harrison2468
16-06-06, 10:44 PM
Originally posted by el_tk+Jun 16 2006, 10:01 PM-->

Originally posted by harrison2468@Jun 16 2006, 05:00 PM

Originally posted by el_tk@Jun 15 2006, 08:39 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-harrison2468@Jun 15 2006, 04:57 PM
He probably knew he wouldn&#39;t of played, and sitting behind Ellis and a poisoned Dawson probably made him sick himself.* He would of had a ape-ringtone assigned for when, if ever, AR called, and when he had the @oh-ahh-ahh@, he would of just ignored it.
I see someone&#39;s not bitter at all.
Bitter towards who exactly?

I don&#39;t think you have a clue what you are talking about to be honest. I was relieved that he didn&#39;t get picked, as it meant he could play for his club rather than be a spectator for the worst match of our season.

Angry that he wasn&#39;t picked orignally, but bitter of Ellis? Bitter of Robinson? Yes, I&#39;m bitter towards memers of my national team. Dumbass.
Jeez, stop whining and take a joke. Your personal attack on Andy Robinson was a little unneccesary to say the least. You seem very bitter and in other posts tend to dislike Robinson and his seletions. Don&#39;t take everything so seriously you tosser. [/b]
How was that a joke? And you can hardly blame me for being upset with English rugby, we have lost to you guys three times in a row now. It is embarrassing. As well, you can hardly single me out, as most English posters like to have a slag off at Robinson. It just seems a bit personal to me.

I would rather enjoy having a quick **** off then making idiotic posts, trying to nit-pick.

Anyway, this is a transfer thread, so why don&#39;t we discuss Contepomi&#39;s move from Leinster after next season when he has completed his medical course.

DonBilly
17-06-06, 12:14 AM
There&#39;s a rumor that Tana Umaga would play half a season with Toulon which have just been relegated to ProD2. The RCT would offer 300 000€ to Tana.

el_tk
17-06-06, 10:25 AM
Originally posted by harrison2468+Jun 16 2006, 11:44 PM-->

Originally posted by el_tk@Jun 16 2006, 10:01 PM

Originally posted by harrison2468@Jun 16 2006, 05:00 PM

Originally posted by el_tk@Jun 15 2006, 08:39 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-harrison2468@Jun 15 2006, 04:57 PM
He probably knew he wouldn&#39;t of played, and sitting behind Ellis and a poisoned Dawson probably made him sick himself.* He would of had a ape-ringtone assigned for when, if ever, AR called, and when he had the @oh-ahh-ahh@, he would of just ignored it.
I see someone&#39;s not bitter at all.
Bitter towards who exactly?

I don&#39;t think you have a clue what you are talking about to be honest. I was relieved that he didn&#39;t get picked, as it meant he could play for his club rather than be a spectator for the worst match of our season.

Angry that he wasn&#39;t picked orignally, but bitter of Ellis? Bitter of Robinson? Yes, I&#39;m bitter towards memers of my national team. Dumbass.
Jeez, stop whining and take a joke. Your personal attack on Andy Robinson was a little unneccesary to say the least. You seem very bitter and in other posts tend to dislike Robinson and his seletions. Don&#39;t take everything so seriously you tosser.
How was that a joke? And you can hardly blame me for being upset with English rugby, we have lost to you guys three times in a row now. It is embarrassing. As well, you can hardly single me out, as most English posters like to have a slag off at Robinson. It just seems a bit personal to me.

I would rather enjoy having a quick **** off then making idiotic posts, trying to nit-pick.

Anyway, this is a transfer thread, so why don&#39;t we discuss Contepomi&#39;s move from Leinster after next season when he has completed his medical course. [/b]
It was mildly amusing to see you dragging your hatred of Robinson into this thread after someone made an offhand reference to that scrumhalf of yours not having his phone on. It smacked of someone holding a personal grudge and despairing to air it.


Anyway, why would Contepomi leave the best backline in Europe? And where would he go? Why did you even try to bring this up?

harrison2468
17-06-06, 03:55 PM
Originally posted by el_tk+Jun 17 2006, 10:25 AM-->

Originally posted by harrison2468@Jun 16 2006, 11:44 PM

Originally posted by el_tk@Jun 16 2006, 10:01 PM

Originally posted by harrison2468@Jun 16 2006, 05:00 PM

Originally posted by el_tk@Jun 15 2006, 08:39 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-harrison2468@Jun 15 2006, 04:57 PM
He probably knew he wouldn&#39;t of played, and sitting behind Ellis and a poisoned Dawson probably made him sick himself.* He would of had a ape-ringtone assigned for when, if ever, AR called, and when he had the @oh-ahh-ahh@, he would of just ignored it.
I see someone&#39;s not bitter at all.
Bitter towards who exactly?

I don&#39;t think you have a clue what you are talking about to be honest. I was relieved that he didn&#39;t get picked, as it meant he could play for his club rather than be a spectator for the worst match of our season.

Angry that he wasn&#39;t picked orignally, but bitter of Ellis? Bitter of Robinson? Yes, I&#39;m bitter towards memers of my national team. Dumbass.
Jeez, stop whining and take a joke. Your personal attack on Andy Robinson was a little unneccesary to say the least. You seem very bitter and in other posts tend to dislike Robinson and his seletions. Don&#39;t take everything so seriously you tosser.
How was that a joke? And you can hardly blame me for being upset with English rugby, we have lost to you guys three times in a row now. It is embarrassing. As well, you can hardly single me out, as most English posters like to have a slag off at Robinson. It just seems a bit personal to me.

I would rather enjoy having a quick **** off then making idiotic posts, trying to nit-pick.

Anyway, this is a transfer thread, so why don&#39;t we discuss Contepomi&#39;s move from Leinster after next season when he has completed his medical course.
It was mildly amusing to see you dragging your hatred of Robinson into this thread after someone made an offhand reference to that scrumhalf of yours not having his phone on. It smacked of someone holding a personal grudge and despairing to air it.


Anyway, why would Contepomi leave the best backline in Europe? And where would he go? Why did you even try to bring this up? [/b]
I am not the only English fan annoyed by AR, have a look at some other threads and see. Go and have a go at some other English fans. I can&#39;t see the point in your original comment either, it just seems like you are trying to be a **** stirrer.

The whole point of a forum is to air your thoughts, so that is what I have done. I do have a grudge against Robinson. Well done.

This is a thread about transfers, so I thought we could discuss rugby, rather than having a pointless argument, started because you are trying to be funny. Why would Contepomi leave the best backline in Europe? Firstly, he doesn&#39;t play for Toulouse, and secondly, there is no place like home.

Black-Monday
17-06-06, 11:14 PM
Anyway, why would Contepomi leave the best backline in Europe? And where would he go? [/b]

Because he has got one of the worst packs infront of him.

BM

el_tk
18-06-06, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by harrison2468@Jun 17 2006, 04:55 PM
I am not the only English fan annoyed by AR, have a look at some other threads and see.* Go and have a go at some other English fans.* I can&#39;t see the point in your original comment either, it just seems like you are trying to be a **** stirrer.

The whole point of a forum is to air your thoughts, so that is what I have done.* I do have a grudge against Robinson.* Well done.*

This is a thread about transfers, so I thought we could discuss rugby, rather than having a pointless argument, started because you are trying to be funny.* Why would Contepomi leave the best backline in Europe?* Firstly, he doesn&#39;t play for Toulouse, and secondly, there is no place like home.
You are by far the most vociferously annoyed England fan. My original commment was offhand and you&#39;re turning it into an unnecessarily big deal.

Anyway, turning the dicussion towards Contepomi was a bit of a cheap shot because it doesn&#39;t really have anything to do with anything but as I said: Best Backline in Europe:http://www.rte.ie/sport/2006/0401/leinster1.html

harrison2468
18-06-06, 12:11 PM
Not really a cheap shot, I do think Felipe will return if we don&#39;t get releagted next season. He may be playing in one of the best backlines, but what has he won in his time with Leinster?

It is not a big deal, but do you think I don&#39;t have a right to be annoyed?

el_tk
18-06-06, 03:28 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468@Jun 18 2006, 01:11 PM
Not really a cheap shot, I do think Felipe will return if we don&#39;t get releagted next season. He may be playing in one of the best backlines, but what has he won in his time with Leinster?

It is not a big deal, but do you think I don&#39;t have a right to be annoyed?
I&#39;ll tell you what he&#39;s won after next season. I don&#39;t remeber him winning much at Bristol.

Anyway I don&#39;t really think you have a right to be annoyed as my comment wasn&#39;t meant to cause offence, therefore, by getting annoyed you are misinterpreting it.

harrison2468
18-06-06, 03:36 PM
Originally posted by el_tk+Jun 18 2006, 03:28 PM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-harrison2468@Jun 18 2006, 01:11 PM
Not really a cheap shot, I do think Felipe will return if we don&#39;t get releagted next season.* He may be playing in one of the best backlines, but what has he won in his time with Leinster?*

It is not a big deal, but do you think I don&#39;t have a right to be annoyed?
I&#39;ll tell you what he&#39;s won after next season. I don&#39;t remeber him winning much at Bristol.

Anyway I don&#39;t really think you have a right to be annoyed as my comment wasn&#39;t meant to cause offence, therefore, by getting annoyed you are misinterpreting it. [/b]
I&#39;m not annoyed by your comment. I interpret the word &#39;bitter&#39; as having a jealousy element attached to it, which is why I defended myself, because I&#39;m not jealous of AR or Ellis. However, having had a look in the dictionary, my way of looking at the word differs, so yes, I am bitter towards both of them. Although, it also can mean being sarcastic, and going by your orignal comment, that makes you a hypocrite. ;)

Btw, I am annoyed with English rugby.

Also, I am just trying to have a real rugby conversation here, rather than a pointless discussion. I fully appreciate Contepomi didn&#39;t win anything here, and he will limit his chances if he does rejoin us, but I believe the chance to link up with his brother, and fellow Argentines, Stortoni and Sambuetti, will help influence him, along with his love for the club, who gave him his first profesional contract. How will you replace him and with who, when next season ends?

el_tk
18-06-06, 04:47 PM
I&#39;ll tell you what he&#39;s won after next season. I don&#39;t remeber him winning much at Bristol.

Anyway I don&#39;t really think you have a right to be annoyed as my comment wasn&#39;t meant to cause offence, therefore, by getting annoyed you are misinterpreting it.
I&#39;m not annoyed by your comment. I interpret the word &#39;bitter&#39; as having a jealousy element attached to it, which is why I defended myself, because I&#39;m not jealous of AR or Ellis. However, having had a look in the dictionary, my way of looking at the word differs, so yes, I am bitter towards both of them. Although, it also can mean being sarcastic, and going by your orignal comment, that makes you a hypocrite. ;)

Btw, I am annoyed with English rugby.

Also, I am just trying to have a real rugby conversation here, rather than a pointless discussion. I fully appreciate Contepomi didn&#39;t win anything here, and he will limit his chances if he does rejoin us, but I believe the chance to link up with his brother, and fellow Argentines, Stortoni and Sambuetti, will help influence him, along with his love for the club, who gave him his first profesional contract. How will you replace him and with who, when next season ends? [/quote]
Contepomi won&#39;t leave Leinster. You however seem confident he will. If I am wrong and he does leave or suffers a horrible drop in form odds are Jonathan Sexton will replace him. There is a tiny possibility they would try to lure Manning from Munster but I doubt he would leave them. Or they could try to get Mark McHugh back from Connacht or Paddy Wallace from Ulster. But odds are none of this would happen.

I don&#39;t care if something I said makes me seem like a hypocrite. I can&#39;t be arsed reading through everything I said and looking for possible sub meanings. In this context I was using &#39;bitter&#39; more in a "bitter and twisted" angry context.

harrison2468
18-06-06, 06:41 PM
Well, we shall see in the future if he does leave.

Symclaw
19-06-06, 06:19 PM
u both should just stop. u are idiots. anyway Deacon Manu from waikato to scarlets

el_tk
20-06-06, 08:20 AM
Originally posted by Symclaw@Jun 19 2006, 07:19 PM
u both should just stop. u are idiots. anyway Deacon Manu from waikato to scarlets
We&#39;ll stop when you start writing properly.

Symclaw
20-06-06, 08:30 AM
meh meh meh, im el tk. i love men&#39;s willies, meh meh meh. Guess who that was an impression of!

el_tk
20-06-06, 02:18 PM
Originally posted by Symclaw@Jun 20 2006, 09:30 AM
meh meh meh, im el tk. i love men&#39;s willies, meh meh meh. Guess who that was an impression of!
You&#39;re the funniest dyslexic 21 year old I know. We had actually finished arguing before you had to stick your nose into it. Your homophobia impresses no-one.

SaintsFan_Webby
20-06-06, 03:06 PM
Worcester have signed one of the Quinnell thugs. Can&#39;t remember which one. Don&#39;t really care to be honest, they&#39;re all the same.

harrison2468
20-06-06, 03:34 PM
Originally posted by SaintsFan_Webby@Jun 20 2006, 03:06 PM
Worcester have signed one of the Quinnell thugs. Can&#39;t remember which one. Don&#39;t really care to be honest, they&#39;re all the same.
The younger one, Craig. He is the only one left playing now anyway.


u both should just stop. u are idiots. anyway Deacon Manu from waikato to scarlets [/b]

What has happened to you Synclaw? You used to be cool.

SmokeyMonkey
20-06-06, 03:47 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468 Posted on Jun 20 2006+ 03:34 PM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-SaintsFan_Webby @ Jun 20 2006@ 03:06 PM

Worcester have signed one of the Quinnell thugs. Can&#39;t remember which one. Don&#39;t really care to be honest, they&#39;re all the same.

The younger one, Craig. He is the only one left playing now anyway. [/b]

Actually it&#39;s Gavin, the younger one, Stradey Park couldn&#39;t take the weight of both him and Madden!

harrison2468
20-06-06, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by SmokeyMonkey+Jun 20 2006, 03:47 PM-->

Originally posted by harrison2468 Posted on Jun 20 2006@ 03:34 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-SaintsFan_Webby @ Jun 20 2006@ 03:06 PM

Worcester have signed one of the Quinnell thugs. Can&#39;t remember which one. Don&#39;t really care to be honest, they&#39;re all the same.

The younger one, Craig. He is the only one left playing now anyway.

Actually it&#39;s Gavin, the younger one, Stradey Park couldn&#39;t take the weight of both him and Madden! [/b]
:lol: Oh sorry. I get confused with my Quinells.

Bullitt
20-06-06, 04:57 PM
Bugger, I really liked the pies at Sixways. Fat chance of ever getting one again.

gjohn85
20-06-06, 11:05 PM
Nooooooooo!!! Martyn Madden has left the Scarlets & he says he may join a French team.

Link to the story here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/welsh/5071654.stm).

That&#39;s the 2nd time Madden has left the Scarlets.

Black-Monday
21-06-06, 10:30 PM
There was a problem with supplying all the food to Madden&#39;s mouth, only that can be resumed in France.

Oh well, sit on Michalak.

BM

Ripper
23-06-06, 08:48 PM
Originally posted by Sporting Life
HOHNECK AGREES BRISTOL MOVE
Bristol have announced the signing of Kiwi lock Sean Hohneck, who will move to the Memorial Stadium at the start of November.

The 27-year-old New Zealand Maori has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with Bristol and will join them once he has completed his NPC duties with Waikato Chiefs.

Bristol head coach Richard Hill said: "We have had a close look at Sean throughout the Super 14 competition and have been impressed with his ball-winning ability and athleticism around the field.

"He is only 27, so we believe he is a good long-term investment for Bristol."

Chief executive David White added: "Having seen Sean play I am confident that he will be a tremendous addition to the squad and is well suited to the physical nature of the game in the Northern Hemisphere."

May have been posted elsewhere, I don&#39;t care.

harrison2468
24-06-06, 07:31 AM
Originally posted by Ripper+Jun 23 2006, 08:48 PM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-Sporting Life
HOHNECK AGREES BRISTOL MOVE
Bristol have announced the signing of Kiwi lock Sean Hohneck, who will move to the Memorial Stadium at the start of November.

The 27-year-old New Zealand Maori has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with Bristol and will join them once he has completed his NPC duties with Waikato Chiefs.

Bristol head coach Richard Hill said: "We have had a close look at Sean throughout the Super 14 competition and have been impressed with his ball-winning ability and athleticism around the field.

"He is only 27, so we believe he is a good long-term investment for Bristol."

Chief executive David White added: "Having seen Sean play I am confident that he will be a tremendous addition to the squad and is well suited to the physical nature of the game in the Northern Hemisphere."

May have been posted elsewhere, I don&#39;t care. [/b]
I saw that, and was going to post it, but couldn&#39;t be bothered.

How good is he SH guys? I know he is not quite international class, but I have heard good things about him. But then that is by the people who are signing him.

Marcos Ayerza to Leicester, who beat Agen and Toulouse to him. A rumour I have heard, not sure if posted, is that Tipoki may go to Munster.

Boy
27-06-06, 12:01 PM
Steve Meehan joins Bath coaching team (http://www.bathrugby.com/23_5236.php) after four years as backs coach at Stade Francais. No word yet on whether Meehan will be backs coach or head coach, which adds a bit of weight to the Nick Mallett rumours (they worked together at Stade).

Anyone who&#39;s up on their French rugby know much about Meehan? Any chance he could carry on what Ashton started at Bath by actually having our backs score tries?

toup
28-06-06, 12:58 PM
Not sure if this has been posted already, but Planet Rugby has done quite a nice summary of premiership transfers in easy to read table form here (http://www.planet-rugby.com/Tournaments/Guinness_Premiership/story_52045.shtml)

harrison2468
28-06-06, 07:05 PM
Originally posted by toup@Jun 28 2006, 12:58 PM
Not sure if this has been posted already, but Planet Rugby has done quite a nice summary of premiership transfers in easy to read table form here (http://www.planet-rugby.com/Tournaments/Guinness_Premiership/story_52045.shtml)
Nice one!

harrison2468
29-06-06, 05:30 PM
Walter Pozzebon to Bristol.

Gomersall has left Worcester after just 1 year as well, and Dunne has left Bath after the same amount of time, whilst Umaga has signed a short-term contract with Toulon.

Saint N Sinner
05-07-06, 09:11 PM
Saint&#39;s pinch Laird from Wasps (http://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/32_3674.php)

Boy
06-07-06, 03:06 PM
Melon to Leinster (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/irish/5154570.stm), Peanut-head to W*sps. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/5154410.stm)

Surprised that anyone has given Finnegan another chance. His overall effort for the Falcons this past season was a disgrace.

el_tk
07-07-06, 01:00 PM
Bad move by Leinster, they have plenty of decent young back rows. Finegan is only after his paycheck.

Symclaw
10-07-06, 09:08 AM
Originally posted by harrison2468@Jun 21 2006, 03:34 AM
What has happened to you Synclaw? You used to be cool.
i did didn&#39;t i......... hmmm

Bullitt
18-07-06, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by skysports.com
Bristol land All Black Hill

http://images.skysports.com/images/sports/New%20Zealand/hill-david.jpg

Bristol Rugby have added New Zealand fly-half David Hill to their squad for the new Guinness Premiership campaign.

The 27-year-old, who follows former Waikato team-mate Sean Hohneck to the club, played for the All Blacks against Ireland in the recent Test series.

Bristol chief executive David White said: "This is a significant signing for Bristol and we are looking forward to David joining us on November 1 following the conclusion of the New Zealand NPC competition.

"He is an experienced, well-performed player who has the ability to play both fly-half and inside centre."

Head coach Richard Hill added: "We have been closely following David Hill over the last 18 months and have been impressed with his progress, in particular his leadership in the pivotal fly-half position, his accurate goal-kicking, flair and versatility.

"Having spoken to David at length we believe that his attitude and character will be a real asset to the squad.

"At only 27 years of age he is at his prime and will be integral to the continued development of Bristol Rugby."

Where does that leave Perry?

Boy
18-07-06, 09:06 PM
You mean where does signing a fly half leave scrum half Perry? Pretty much where he was, I&#39;d imagine.

Bullitt
18-07-06, 09:28 PM
Excuse me... I had a brain dead moment...

:ph34r:

Black-Monday
18-07-06, 10:53 PM
Has anyone told this guy where bristol is, or what brand of &#39;rugby&#39; they play? He had better add some creativity to that side, boring old bristol.

BM

el_tk
20-07-06, 12:14 PM
Leinster have signed Harry Vermaas, a 22 y/o hooker/loosehead from the Blue Bulls and Andy Dunne is also training with them.

DonBilly
20-07-06, 01:43 PM
Transfers to French clubs are closed since last week but for the clubs that were promoted from ProD2 to Top14, Albi & Montauban, and from Fédérale 1 to ProD2: Gaillac, Grenoble & Limoge.

esoj
10-08-06, 02:38 AM
lutui signed by worcester http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/811487

Bullitt
10-08-06, 07:03 AM
Another player with an unpronouncable name at Worcester.

Wow.

Boy
10-08-06, 08:29 AM
Lutui [La-too-ee] isn&#39;t that hard a name. It&#39;s certainly no Faamatuainu.

All_Blacks_Hurricanes_Lions_Fan
10-08-06, 08:58 AM
Originally posted by esoj@Aug 10 2006, 02:38 PM
lutui signed by worcester http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/811487
Great another Tongan player who will never get released.

dobrien7
10-08-06, 09:54 AM
Originally posted by Boy@Aug 10 2006, 08:29 PM
Lutui [La-too-ee] isn&#39;t that hard a name. It&#39;s certainly no Faamatuainu.
And it&#39;s got nothing on Villiame Waqaseduadua and Junior Poluleuligaga from North Harbour :P

Bullitt
10-08-06, 12:29 PM
When it&#39;s more complex then, say for example, "Smith" I usually give up.

robbinho
11-08-06, 10:45 AM
Originally posted by Boy@Aug 10 2006, 08:29 PM
Lutui [La-too-ee] isn&#39;t that hard a name. It&#39;s certainly no Faamatuainu.
Faamatuainu [Jon-nee Eff]

Bullitt
11-08-06, 02:33 PM
Dragons capture back-row Charvis

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41953000/jpg/_41953616_charvis1_203.jpg

Newport Gwent Dragons have signed Colin Charvis on a one-year contract.

The 84-cap former Wales captain, 33, was released by Newcastle at the end of last season and pondered retirement as he could not land a new contract.

But Michael Owen&#39;s shoulder injury left the Dragons short in the back-row, so Charvis has arrived at Rodney Parade.

Dragons coach Paul Turner said: "It was important that we secured the signing of a world-class forward and Colin fits that description."

Charvis has vast experience at international level, having also toured with the 2001 Lions.

He captained Newcastle and has also played a season for French club Tarbes after being overlooked for a contract when Wales switched from club to regional rugby.

Charvis started his career with London Welsh before joining Swansea in 1995, playing a key role in helping them claim Welsh League titles in 1998 and 2001, as well as the Welsh Cup in 1999.

"He is a big, strong forward and is a huge boost for the region. He is a proven leader and has a vast amount of experience," Turner added.

"It&#39;s a huge statement of intent and ambition. I&#39;ve been talking to Colin over the last two months and I was impressed with his ambition both at regional and international level."

# The Dragons have been boosted by the news that Wales second-row Luke Charteris will be fit for the kick off of the new season.

The lock injured his knee on Wales&#39; summer tour to Argentina and the problem flared up in pre-season training, but a scan revealed no major damage.

Credit: BBC.co.uk

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Good to see he&#39;s not been forced into retirement due to not getting a new job and I&#39;m sure he&#39;ll do well in Newport, although I wonder how wise it is picking him up at his age, especially considering how many injuries he&#39;s had over the last couple of seasons.

I guess only time will tell.

Bullitt
11-08-06, 02:39 PM
Ins and Outs

A round-up of all the close-season moves as England&#39;s Premiership clubs prepare for the new campaign.

BATH

IN: Matt Banahan (lock - London Irish), Shaun Berne (fly-half - NSW), Jonny Faamatuainu (lock Otahuhu), Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu (centre - Auckland University), Pietro Travagli (scrum-half - Viadana, Italy), Chev Walker (centre - Leeds Rhinos).

OUT: Mike Baxter (scrum-half - Pertemps Bees), Lee Best (full-back - Worcester), Andy Dunne (fly-half - Ireland), Taufa&#39;ao Filise (prop - Cardiff Blues), Salesi Finau (wing - Bourgoin, France), Billy Fulton (scrum-half - Agen), James Hudson (lock - London Irish), Frikkie Welsh (Blue Bulls, SA).

BRISTOL

IN: Luke Arscott (full-back - Plymouth Albion), David Hill (fly-half - Waikato, NZ), Sean Hohneck (lock - Waikato, NZ), Craig Morgan (wing - Cardiff Blues), Brian O&#39;Riordan (scrum-half - Leinster), Walter Pozzebon (centre - Treviso, Italy), Josh Taumalolo (full-back/centre - Neath), Alfie Tooala (back-row - Plymouth Albion), Justin Wring (prop - Otley).

OUT: Ross Blake (scrum-half - released), Manuel Contepomi (released), Mark Denney (centre - retired), Ollie Hodge (lock - Exeter Chiefs), Olly Kohn (lock - Harlequins), Sean Marsden (full-back - Glasgow), Jon Pritchard (centre - released), Jacob Rauluni (scrum-half - Leeds), Martin Rospide (prop - released), Rory Teague (back-row - released).

GLOUCESTER

IN: Iain Balshaw (full-back - Leeds), Marco Bortolami (lock - Narbonne), Christian Califano (prop - Agen, France), Will James (lock - Cornish Pirates), Rory Lawson (scrum-half - Edinburgh), Ross McMillan (hooker - Sheffield Uni), Carlos Nieto (prop - Viadana, Italy), Willie Walker (fly-half - World Fighting Bull, Japan).

OUT: Simon Amor (scrum-half - Wasps), Quinton Davids (lock - Cheetahs, SA), Terry Fanolua (centre - Brive, France), Marcel Garvey (wing - Worcester), Duncan McRae (fly-half - retired), Henry Paul (centre - Harlequins RL), James Parkes (hooker - Leeds), Gary Powell (prop - Cardiff Blues), Phil Vickery (prop - Wasps).

HARLEQUINS

IN: Stuart Abbott (centre - Wasps), Danny Care (scrum-half - Leeds), Peter Cook (prop - Nottingham), Chris Hala&#39;Ufia (flanker - Rotherham), Olly Kohn (lock - Bristol), Hal Luscombe (centre - Newport Gwent Dragons), Mike Ross (prop - Cork, Will Skinner (flanker - Leicester), David Strettle (wing - Rotherham), Nicola Spanghero (lock - Castres), Paul Volley (flanker - Castres)

OUT: Henry Barratt (centre - Cornish Pirates), Pablo Bouza (lock - Leeds), Kevin Burke (lock - London Welsh), Darren Clayton (back-row - Coventry), Tony Diprose (number eight - retired; assistant. Academy manager), Will Greenwood (centre - retired), Duncan James (scrum-half - released), Agustin Costa Repetto (hooker - released), Kiba Richards (wing - released), Ian Vass (scrum-half - Northampton), Mike Worsley (prop - released).

LEICESTER

IN: Marcos Ayerza (prop - Argentina), Paul Burke (fly-half, Munster), Martin Castrogiavanni (prop - Calvisano, Italy), Jordan Crane (number eight - Leeds), Gavin Hickie (hooker - Worcester), Frank Murphy (scrum-half - Munster).

OUT: Ross Broadfoot (fly-half - Bedford), Alex Dodge (centre - Nottingham), Austin Healey (scrum-half - retired), Will Johnson (flanker - Coventry), Daniel Montagu (number eight - Nottingham), Darren Morris (prop - Worcester), John Rawson (prop - released), Will Skinner (flanker - Harlequins), Ephraim Taukafa (hooker - released), Anitelia Tuilagi (centre/wing - Leeds, season loan), Brent Wilson (flanker - Newcastle), Alex Wright (scrum-half - released).

LONDON IRISH

IN: Steffon Armitage (flanker - Saracens), Tonga Tea&#39;aetoa (prop - Pau, France), James Hudson (lock - Bath), Stuart Mackie (hooker - Newcastle), Seilala Mapusua (centre - Otago, NZ), Aidan McCullen (flanker - Toulouse), Richie Rees (scrum-half - Ospreys).

OUT: Kieron Dawson (flanker - Ulster), Darren Edwards (scrum-half - Leeds), Adrian Flavin (hooker - Connacht), Paul Franze (centre - rugby league), Paul Gustard (flanker - Saracens), Adam Halsey (prop - retired), Rob Hardwick (prop - coaching); Ross Laidlaw (fly-half - Saracens), Rodd Penney (centre - Saracens), Ryan Strudwick (lock - South Africa).

LONDON WASPS

IN: Nick Adams (prop - Cornish Pirates), Simon Amor (scrum-half - Gloucester), David Doherty (wing - Leeds), Mark McMillan (scrum-half - Leeds), Tom Palmer (lock -Leeds), Phil Vickery (prop - Gloucester), Dave Walder (fly-half - Newcastle).

OUT: Stuart Abbott (centre - Harlequins), Matt Dawson (scrum-half - retired), Jon Dawson (prop - South Africa), Thom Evans (wing - Glasgow), Tim Foster (centre - released), Ben Gotting (hooker - Worcester), Rob Laird (full-back - Northampton), Mark Lock (flanker - Leeds), Justin Va&#39;a (prop - Glasgow)

NEWCASTLE

IN: Jon Golding (prop - Rotherham), Jason Oakes (lock - Otley), John Rudd (wing - Northampton), Brent Wilson (flanker - North Harbour, NZ, via Leicester).

OUT: Grant Anderson (prop - Cornish Pirates), Colin Charvis (flanker - released), Owen Finegan (flanker - Leinster), Stuart Grimes (lock - Borders), Luke Gross (lock - Doncaster), Stuart Mackie (hooker - London Irish), Tino Paoletti (prop - Parma, Italy), Jason Smithson (number eight - released), Dave Walder (fly-half - Wasps), Mark Wilkinson (centre - coaching staff).

NORTHAMPTON

IN: David Akinluyi (wing - Cambridge Univesrity), Rob Laird (full-back, Wasps), Christian Short (lock - Connacht), Soane Tonga&#39;uiha (prop - Bedford), Ian Vass (scrum-half - Harlequins).

OUT: Ross Beattie (flanker - Borders), Selborne Boome (lock - Western Province), Luke Harbut (prop - released), Ben Jones (flanker - Doncaster), Brett McNamee (back row - released), Colin Noon (prop - Biarritz), James Pritchard (full-back - Bedford), John Rudd (wing - Newcastle), Grant Seely (retired), Mark Soden (back row - Unione Rugby Capitolina, Rome), Brett Sturgess (prop - released), Andy Vilk (centre - Sale).

SALE

IN: Chris Bell (centre - Leeds), John Bryant (centre - Newport Gwent Dragons), Ben Evans (prop - Cardiff Blues), Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (back-row - Liceo Naval, Argentina), Lee Thomas (fly-half - Cardiff Blues), Andy Vilk (centre - Northampton),

OUT: Pete Anglesea (flanker - retired), Valentin Courrent (scrum-half - Toulouse), Ben Coutts (prop - Queensland), Epi Taione (centre - released), Robert Todd (centre - retired), Nick Wakley (released).

SARACENS

IN: Paul Gustard (flanker - London Irish), Census Johnson (prop - Biarritz), Ross Laidlaw (fly-half - London Irish), Fabio Ongaro (hooker - Treviso), Pelu Pavihi (lock - Otago, NZ), Rodd Penney (centre - London Irish), Kameli Ratuvou (centre - Fiji), Tomas de Vedia (wing - San Isidro, Argentina)

OUT: Emmanuel Amapakabo (flanker - released), Steffon Armitage (flanker - London Irish), Paul Bailey (wing - released), Mark Bartholomeusz (full-back - Ulster), Kyran Bracken (scrum-half - retired), Hamish Mitchell (prop - released), Nnamdi Obi (wing - released), Billy O&#39;Driscoll (centre- released), Ben J Russell (flanker - released).

WORCESTER

IN: Miguel Avramovic (centre - Alumni, Argentina), Lee Best (full-back - Bath), Marcel Garvey (wing - Gloucester), Ben Gotting (hooker - Wasps), Darren Morris (prop - Leicester), Ryan Powell (scrum-half - Cardiff Blues), Gavin Quinnell, (back row - Llanelli Scarlets).

OUT: Nicolas Le Roux (full-back - Brive), Andy Gomarsall (scrum-half - released), Gavin Hickie (hooker - Leicester), Jonny Hylton (wing - Cornish Pirates), Mike Maguire (wing - Ulster), Mike McDonald (prop - Leeds), Ed O&#39;Donaghue (lock - Queensland, Aus), Jonny Tuamoheloa (flanker - Tarbes, France), Saiosi Vaili (flanker - Viadana, Italy), Andre Van Niekerk (hooker - Lions, SA).

Symclaw
20-08-06, 08:33 PM
i read that Lyn Davis is still optimistic over Jonno Gibbes. He said he thinks hell have him by christ mass

nez
13-09-06, 05:49 AM
sorry to burst the bubbles of all the ospreys fans but big Jono Gibbes has signed on with the NZRU for a bit longer http://www.allblacks.com/index.cfm?layout=...ewsArticle=4642 (http://www.allblacks.com/index.cfm?layout=displayNews&newsArticle=4642)

SaintsFan_Webby
13-09-06, 06:29 PM
Sarries have got Neil De Kock.

Beeb Sport (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/saracens/5342922.stm)

Good signing I think, always thought he looked a useful player.

danit
28-11-06, 03:31 PM
Gaffie Du Toit to Toulouse

lesiterugby (http://www.lesiterugby.com/division_1/Articles_141434_Du-Toit-va-tenir-la-baraque.shtml)

Rugby_Cymru
28-11-06, 11:09 PM
Graham Henry to Cardiff Blues???

http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0500rugbyun...-name_page.html (http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0500rugbyunion/0200news/tm_headline=henry-in-shock-link-to-blues&method=full&objectid=18166985&siteid=50082-name_page.html)

DonBilly
01-12-06, 02:44 AM
Gaffie Du Toit to Toulouse

lesiterugby (http://www.lesiterugby.com/division_1/Articles_141434_Du-Toit-va-tenir-la-baraque.shtml)
[/b]

He arrived some days ago, if fit he will play this weekend.

<div align="center">http://www.stadetoulousain.fr/templates/images/articles/gaffie1.jpg</div>

DonBilly
21-12-06, 10:33 PM
Frédéric Michalak, the Toulouse FH, is considering joining a SA S14 sides in the season which follows the RWC. He would be in contacts with the Stormers and the Sharks.

el_tk
03-01-07, 02:19 PM
Shane Jennings is rejoining Leinster on a 3 year contract at the end of the season.

An Tarbh
03-01-07, 03:28 PM
great signing for Leinster there, pretty ****** to see him leave in the first place, thank you Judas, but as long as Cheika gets to grip with his tendency to concede penalties then we should be well set.

DonBilly
05-01-07, 12:17 PM
Damien Traille would be negotiating with Sale Sharks for the next season. His contract with Biarritz Olympique ends this season.

SmokeyMonkey
05-01-07, 01:49 PM
There seems to be some talk in Wales at the moment about Gough going to Bristol or the Scarlets and a possible swap deal between the Blues and the Dragons involving Nicky Robinson and Ceri Sweeney. Just speculation though.

welshfan
12-01-07, 05:15 PM
Talk I have heard is Gough has signed for the Ospreys , But I have heard the same as you about Sweeney and Nicky Robinson

SmokeyMonkey
13-01-07, 11:32 AM
Yup, I&#39;ve heard the same about Gough and the Ospreys a few days ago. Hope it&#39;s complete ******** though because Gough is one of the best players in our team and IMO irreplacable!

Bullitt
20-01-07, 08:35 PM
Flutey to leave Reading and heads to Buckingham (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/london_irish/6279317.stm)

SmokeyMonkey
20-01-07, 09:41 PM
Gareth Thomas and Paul Tito sign for the Cardiff Blues: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_unio...ues/6281855.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/cardiff_blues/6281855.stm)

Black-Monday
21-01-07, 12:46 AM
Traille to sale? that would be great, fills a massive gap at 12 and a proper sub at 10.

GO PSA

BM

el_tk
27-01-07, 04:06 PM
Leo Cullen is rejoining Leinster in the summer on a 3 year deal despite rumours he was to be offered the Tigers captaincy.

An Tarbh
27-01-07, 04:11 PM
he&#39;ll have more of a chance to get back into the international setup over here though, still only 28 and O&#39;Kelly is coming to the end of his career, so a decent move plus he&#39;s come on in leaps and bounds since going to Leicester.

LarryWatson
01-02-07, 03:31 PM
These clubs need to step it up and develope their players rightly.

An Tarbh
06-02-07, 11:36 PM
Paul Warwick will join Munster at the end of the season, was on the cards alright and makes sense for Munster as he can&#39;t play for Ireland cause he&#39;s played sevens for Australia. That and the fact that Manning doesn&#39;t seem to be living up to his potential.

jake the mus
07-02-07, 02:35 AM
as a new zealander its intresting to read the fluty article and to see quote from london irish such as "we will go after a big midfield signing" is there a depth issue in english rugby as a whole or would this be a one off?

SaintsFan_Webby
07-02-07, 08:44 AM
as a new zealander its intresting to read the fluty article and to see quote from london irish such as "we will go after a big midfield signing" is there a depth issue in english rugby as a whole or would this be a one off?
[/b]

Who said they won&#39;t go after an English centre with a big reputation?

DonBilly
07-02-07, 02:39 PM
Frédéric Michalak is negotiating with the Super 14 SA Franchise Natal Sharks. He would start over there after RWC if he plays it, in case he&#39;s not selected he woul join SA sooner.

jake the mus
09-02-07, 01:32 AM
<div class='quotemain'>
as a new zealander its intresting to read the fluty article and to see quote from london irish such as "we will go after a big midfield signing" is there a depth issue in english rugby as a whole or would this be a one off?
[/b]

Who said they won&#39;t go after an English centre with a big reputation?
[/b][/quote]

nah what i mean is do all those clubs over there sign players from other clubs all the time like in soccer or do they have there own coming through

SaintsFan_Webby
09-02-07, 07:40 AM
<div class='quotemain'>
<div class='quotemain'>
as a new zealander its intresting to read the fluty article and to see quote from london irish such as "we will go after a big midfield signing" is there a depth issue in english rugby as a whole or would this be a one off?
[/b]

Who said they won&#39;t go after an English centre with a big reputation?
[/b][/quote]

nah what i mean is do all those clubs over there sign players from other clubs all the time like in soccer or do they have there own coming through
[/b][/quote]

There are a lot of foreign signings - there is no benefit to clubs in having England players at the moment, the ongoing battle with the RFU means they are missing them for half the season.

There are also very good young English players coming through as well though. Some particularly exciting backs for the future.

DonBilly
09-02-07, 08:35 PM
That&#39;s confirmed. Fred Michalak will play for the Natal Sharkd next season. He should fly to SA after the RWC.

<div align="center">http://i.rugbyrama.eurosport.fr/2007/02/09/336686-1745696-151-113.jpg</div>

An Tarbh
10-02-07, 03:10 PM
So will he be allowed to play for France, you wouldn&#39;t think so with the 6N being on the same time as Super 14.

DonBilly
10-02-07, 08:22 PM
So will he be allowed to play for France, you wouldn&#39;t think so with the 6N being on the same time as Super 14.
[/b]

He has already explained that he would not play 6N next season.

An Tarbh
10-02-07, 08:34 PM
<div class='quotemain'>
So will he be allowed to play for France, you wouldn&#39;t think so with the 6N being on the same time as Super 14.
[/b]

He has already explained that he would not play 6N next season.
[/b][/quote]

Fair enough

jake the mus
11-02-07, 08:39 PM
fair enough signing. i wouldnt say no to a international 1st 5!

Bullitt
18-02-07, 03:20 PM
Word on the terrace is Carlos Spencer is off to Agen and to replace him Northampton have recruted Stephen Brett. So there&#39;s another brilliant talent for Grayson to ruin.

SaintsFan_Webby
19-02-07, 07:48 AM
Word on the terrace is Carlos Spencer is off to Agen and to replace him Northampton have recruted Stephen Brett. So there&#39;s another brilliant talent for Grayson to ruin.
[/b]

To be perfectly honest I wouldn&#39;t be too disappointed if that turned out to be true. Spencer isn&#39;t firing this season and can&#39;t control a match to save his life.

If this Brett guy can kick, it wouldn&#39;t be a bad thing to see him and Myler battling it out for the 10 shirt.

SmokeyMonkey
19-02-07, 09:59 AM
Mike Phillips has gone to the Ospreys! (http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0500rugbyunion/0200news/tm_headline=ospreys--big-cash-deal-for-phillips%26method=full%26objectid=18639485%26sitei d=50082-name_page.html)

SaintsFan_Webby
19-02-07, 10:00 AM
Scrap that then, we&#39;ve just signed Everitt.

Amusingly enough, people have been moaning we don&#39;t have a goal kicker for 2 years, then we sign a fantastic kicker and they moan some more.

Good signing in my view, a player able to control a game with the boot, while also underated for his ability to get backs moving.

Bullitt
19-02-07, 10:34 AM
If it means we start being average again it&#39;ll be a start. Although he won&#39;t turn up until next season, so we have a problem there; It may be too little, too late.

Pluys, I just hope he doesn&#39;t turn out like the last O&#39;Irish player who came to us a couple of seasons ago.

DonBilly
19-02-07, 01:25 PM
Word on the terrace is Carlos Spencer is off to Agen and to replace him Northampton have recruted Stephen Brett. So there&#39;s another brilliant talent for Grayson to ruin.
[/b]


Agen intend to contract Kelleher too.

Rugby_Cymru
20-02-07, 08:21 PM
As an Ospreys fan that&#39;s great news about Mike Phillips choosing us over Leicester and Harlequins.

9.Mike Phillips
10.James Hook
11.Shane Williams
12.Gavin Henson
13.Sonny Parker
14.Nikki Walker
15.Lee Byrne

Sounds like a good strong back line. I&#39;m looking forward.

But it&#39;s a shame to hear about some of the guys due to leave the Dragons.
Gareth Cooper is leaving them to go to Gloucester - if he is their first choice scrum half and if he stays uninured England will be able to see week in week out how dangerous a player he can be.
And it looks like Ian Gough could be moving to Scarlet if he doens&#39;t agree to the ultimatum propsed by the Dragons.

SmokeyMonkey
20-02-07, 08:29 PM
Actually the rumours are that Ian Gough has also already signed for the Ospreys!

Rugby_Cymru
20-02-07, 08:32 PM
What?
Where are you getting this from?
Ospreys don&#39;t need Gough.
He&#39;s a great player, but Dragons need him.
Surely we can&#39;t steal everyone.
We&#39;ll end up trying to make the actual welsh team as the ospreys!

I&#39;m truly gutted for the Dragons if that&#39;s the case.
Good news that Sweeney and Charvis have both signed 1 year extensions on their contracts.

jake the mus
20-02-07, 11:29 PM
<div class='quotemain'>
Word on the terrace is Carlos Spencer is off to Agen and to replace him Northampton have recruted Stephen Brett. So there&#39;s another brilliant talent for Grayson to ruin.
[/b]

To be perfectly honest I wouldn&#39;t be too disappointed if that turned out to be true. Spencer isn&#39;t firing this season and can&#39;t control a match to save his life.

If this Brett guy can kick, it wouldn&#39;t be a bad thing to see him and Myler battling it out for the 10 shirt.
[/b][/quote]

for nz rugbys sake i pray they havent stolen brett hes just burst onto the scene in the crusaders. stop throwing money at all our boys!!

Cymro
21-02-07, 07:42 AM
Mike Phillips has gone to the Ospreys! (http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0500rugbyunion/0200news/tm_headline=ospreys--big-cash-deal-for-phillips%26method=full%26objectid=18639485%26sitei d=50082-name_page.html)
[/b]

Thats only the Western Mail saying that. None of the clubs have said they have been incontact with Phillips and to be honest the Western Mail is hardly a reliable source!



As an Ospreys fan that&#39;s great news about Mike Phillips choosing us over Leicester and Harlequins.

9.Mike Phillips
10.James Hook
11.Shane Williams
12.Gavin Henson
13.Sonny Parker
14.Nikki Walker
15.Lee Byrne

Sounds like a good strong back line. I&#39;m looking forward.

But it&#39;s a shame to hear about some of the guys due to leave the Dragons.
Gareth Cooper is leaving them to go to Gloucester - if he is their first choice scrum half and if he stays uninured England will be able to see week in week out how dangerous a player he can be.
And it looks like Ian Gough could be moving to Scarlet if he doens&#39;t agree to the ultimatum propsed by the Dragons.
[/b]

Tis a pity that Cooper is likely to go! Again it has worked for Mefin Davies!



Actually the rumours are that Ian Gough has also already signed for the Ospreys!
[/b]

There are no such rumours!

Dirty Scrote
22-02-07, 09:51 AM
If Cooper is coming to Gloucester that will make it an interesting battle for the srummie starting position with Pete Richards, Haydn Thomas and Rory Lawson already in the first xv. i can&#39;t believe we will need four top quality scrummies so maybe one or two off to somewhere else? Ill watch with interest.

SmokeyMonkey
23-02-07, 08:21 AM
According to the Scarlets website they&#39;ve signed Nathan Brew! (http://www.scarlets.co.uk/features/NewsDetails.aspx?ID=184) ******! :angry:
And Danielli of Borders is moving to Ulster. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/ulster/6387341.stm)

SmokeyMonkey
23-02-07, 08:10 PM
<div class='quotemain'>
Mike Phillips has gone to the Ospreys! (http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0500rugbyunion/0200news/tm_headline=ospreys--big-cash-deal-for-phillips%26method=full%26objectid=18639485%26sitei d=50082-name_page.html)
[/b]

Thats only the Western Mail saying that. None of the clubs have said they have been incontact with Phillips and to be honest the Western Mail is hardly a reliable source!



As an Ospreys fan that&#39;s great news about Mike Phillips choosing us over Leicester and Harlequins.

9.Mike Phillips
10.James Hook
11.Shane Williams
12.Gavin Henson
13.Sonny Parker
14.Nikki Walker
15.Lee Byrne

Sounds like a good strong back line. I&#39;m looking forward.

But it&#39;s a shame to hear about some of the guys due to leave the Dragons.
Gareth Cooper is leaving them to go to Gloucester - if he is their first choice scrum half and if he stays uninured England will be able to see week in week out how dangerous a player he can be.
And it looks like Ian Gough could be moving to Scarlet if he doens&#39;t agree to the ultimatum propsed by the Dragons.
[/b]

Tis a pity that Cooper is likely to go! Again it has worked for Mefin Davies!



Actually the rumours are that Ian Gough has also already signed for the Ospreys!
[/b]

There are no such rumours!
[/b][/quote]

Phillips to Ospreys (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/cardiff_blues/6389159.stm)

The Gough &#39;rumours&#39; (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/ng_dragons/6390695.stm)

Rugby_Cymru
23-02-07, 09:29 PM
SmokeyMonkey, are you sure about the whole Nathan Brew shananigans?

I mean, you Dragons had him on a year loan from us.
How has he gone to Stradey.
He&#39;s got to come back to Liberty, surely.
What i mean to say is, with the way he&#39;s been playing this season for the dragons he prven himself as a huge talent and someone very dangerous that the Ospreys would be lucky to have in the backline.
If we don&#39;t keep him then i demand the Dragons keep him.
Let him find his feet and settle somewhere, please!
We&#39;re messing wtih a good player.
And he was very effective at the dragons.

SmokeyMonkey
23-02-07, 09:33 PM
Nathan Brew has gone to the Scarlets. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/llanelli_scarlets/6390169.stm)

Rugby_Cymru
23-02-07, 09:35 PM
And why are we bringing in Gough?
I mean, we&#39;ve only got Cockbain, Ian Evans and Wyn Jones as cracking 2nd rowers as it is!



Gotcha!

Nathan...not Aled.

SmokeyMonkey
23-02-07, 09:36 PM
I think Aled is staying with us for another year! Some good news for us then!

Rugby_Cymru
23-02-07, 10:05 PM
Good, i&#39;m glad to hear that he&#39;s staying wiht you.
Dragon&#39;s are a caracking side with more heart than any of the other welsh sides - and i don&#39;t mean that to sound patronising.

danit
01-03-07, 03:54 PM
from The Guardian online, today:

Sale&#39;s Welsh international centre Mark Taylor is set to move to the Ospreys in the summer while the Welsh region&#39;s New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall, who joined last June after a season with Leeds, has been linked with a move to Stade Français

They (SF) need a sh because Augustin Pichot is going to move away: he signed with the 2nd team from Paris, Racing-Metro (ProD2)

SaintsFan_Webby
01-03-07, 04:07 PM
Glasgow prop Euan Murray and winger Rory Lamont are rumoured by be set to sign for Northampton and Sale respectively.

DonBilly
02-03-07, 09:37 AM
Two French players are joining GP teams, the veteran back row player Christian Lait who has been contracted by Northampton for the end of this season and Julien Laharrague who used to be the France full back until last November trashing. He will play for the Sale Sharks.

SmokeyMonkey
06-03-07, 08:06 AM
Some more rumours of Gavin Henson going to Sale! Hopefully it&#39;s just that, rumours.