According to the Wales on Sunday:
Lou Reed (Scarlets), Benoit Bourrust (Perpignan ) and Andy Kyriacou (Ulster) have all but signed for the Blues.
What an incredibly average bunch of signings.
I really hope Andries Pretorius gets back fit and healthy because then you might well see:
6. Paterson / Pretorius / Copeland
7. Warburton / Navidi
8. Rush / Pretorius / Hamilton
I like Kyriacou. Gets around the pitch, goes well in contact. Hooker is the one area of the park in which Ulster have been fairly set, so there's no shame on him in my eyes for scrapping with a place with Brady. Can be a little shaky on the essentials, or he'd be well past him imo, but still a useful little player to have around the place.
Shouldn't be trusted alone in an Italian taxi though.
edit: Better than their current hooker, couldn't say, but there's plenty worse squad players in the Rabble Pro. Most of Ulster's squad back-rows for one...
Note: 'Body' in this context means the cab, rather than the cabbie, which makes it hilarious rather than worrying. Well, ok, still a little worrying.Andy Kyriacou, Ulster Hooker, 29 years old, after the match against Benetton rugby of ' third time» had to have made more than one. ' Was unable to stand-tells upset the cabbie who responded to the call-and I could do? " Hard to leave one of his walk, whereupon the tonnage driver has done a nice recommendation and went to the hotel where he downloaded the rugby player.
The journey lasted a handful of kilometres, but thirty were enough a few hundred metres away. When the taxi has embarked on viale della Repubblica, English (by Liverpool) started to spit inside the car-tells the head of the cooperative taxi Treviso-once, twice, three times, biascicando words that you don't understand and ignoring the request to a set of links. Then: the unthinkable. «The rugby player he untied the flap of the pants and started to pee in the machine '. Realising what was happening in the car, the taxi driver has nailed and approached a road side fell and screaming, opened the door and ordered to dismount rugby player from the car.
When he saw that the English, completely drunk, did not respond, he called the police. Only then understood the antiphon, Kyriacou was released from the machine leaning heavily to a pole, as she hollered at the taxi driver and spintonandolo. He, then, did the only thing that seemed right to do: give up the rugby player in the middle of the street. But the young Andy was not of the same opinion, and when he saw the cabbie climb to the driving position, turn on the engine and the gear mesh is attached to the handle of the door by pulling it up to tearing and inveighed against punches and kicks to the body. An incredible scene, the taxi driver was left behind in the rapid intervention of hoping flying police.
Yesterday, after having brought the machine in the workshop for clean, igienizzarla and replace the body, sent a request for damages to Ulster. «But we reserve the right to make a complaint to the team-leader of Co.Ta.Tre says. Paolo Busato-is unacceptable. Oscar Wilde used to say "rugby is a good opportunity to keep away thirty Simian grunts from the city centre. The problem, chew bitter someone is when they come back
http://www.espnscrum.com/premiership...ry/162844.html"Everybody in South African rugby knows there is something special happening at Saracens, and I can't wait to get stuck in and make a contribution to the continuing development of the club," Hargreaves said.
Haven't seen this in a while.
Anyway, disappointed to see Alistair go, but I think Bresler and Jan Andre would be ahead of him, with Peet and PSdT coming through as well.
I added Pro D2 transfers to the front page
Rodrigo Roncero, from Stade français and Argentina, announced his retirement from rugby today. He's going back to Argentina to work as a doctor.
I just heard that Connacht released Peter Borlase from his loan back to Munster for the reason that he was a bit pants
he must be hurting being told he's not good enough for Connacht
Considering that Connacht have Nathan White (who is absolutely excellent) coming in next year, it's hardly surprising. I kind of feel sorry for Borlase truth be told. It was a major commitment coming over to Ireland and it's essentially ruined his career. Hopefully he can return to New Zealand and get a decent ITM cup contract.
Wasn't Borlase considered a decent scrummager in New Zealand before going to Ireland?
I remember seeing videos of him being a fairly destructive scrummager - what went wrong? I don't think the step up from ITM to Pro12 is enough to see him go from a decent prop to a terrible one.
I don't know much about the coaching set up down south, but I get the impression that before the arrival of BJ Botha, the scrum coaching in Munster was fairly shocking. Add that to the fact that the players he'd be learning from were Tony Buckle and John Hayes and you can see where things might have gone wrong for him. A shame.
Connacht's record in the front row's probably been better than Munster's recently tbh, hardly a suprise Connacht don't want him if Munster don't.