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Transfers: 05/06



Originally posted by Teh Mite+Jul 13 2005, 06:36 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teh Mite @ Jul 13 2005, 06:36 AM)</div>
Originally posted by [email protected] 13 2005, 06:00 AM
<!--QuoteBegin-Teh Mite
@Jul 13 2005, 02:11 AM
Wow - The WRU really f***ed over Leinster there.

Lima originally signed for Leinster - I guess with the WRU bolloxing up the Celtic league they had to nullify his contract. [/b]
Oh, I understand now. Cheers. Their loss, Bristol's gain.

Any sevens viewers know much about the other guy - David Lemi. He is top try scorer in sevens so must be ok, but then again Henry Paul springs into mind..


not sure if these have been shared but Llanelli seems to have been busy
the artilce is mainly about afeaki. Lemi is the real deal he carves up most in the sevens.
Ex-Hurricane Afeaki moves to Wales

15.07.05 1.00pm

New Llanelli rugby recruit Inoke Afeaki says he is living out a dream with his move to Stradey Park.

The Tongan test captain is settling into his new life in Wales following his move from Japanese club Secom on a two-year deal.

Having spent his career so far in Japan and New Zealand, it's a big change of direction for the 32-year-old lock -- but one he is relishing.

"I wanted to come out here and have a stab at European rugby," he told the Western Mail.

"This is a different culture and, if you want to experience Welsh culture, there is nowhere better than Llanelli.

"Competition for places within the squad is tough, and that's a good thing. There are a lot of guys pushing for a start and that's what pushes you that little bit further."

Born in Tofoa, Afeaki moved to New Zealand at the age of three and was brought up in Wellington, where he learned his rugby trade before playing several seasons with the Ricoh club in Japan.

He returned to New Zealand in 1998 to play for Wellington in the NPC and was then called up by the Hurricanes for the Super 12, where he played four seasons, ahead of a move back to Japan.

Afeaki, who has 18 caps for Tonga and three for the Pacific Islanders, is one of a batch of new faces at Llanelli.

Other recruits include South African Hottie Louw, US Eagle Mike Hercus, New Zealander Regan King, Englishman Clive Stuart-Smith, as well as Welsh internationals Alix Popham and Dafydd James.

An Tarbh

Originally posted by Teh Mite+Jul 12 2005, 07:36 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teh Mite @ Jul 12 2005, 07:36 PM)</div>
Originally posted by [email protected] 13 2005, 06:00 AM
<!--QuoteBegin-Teh Mite
@Jul 13 2005, 02:11 AM
Wow - The WRU really f***ed over Leinster there.

Lima originally signed for Leinster - I guess with the WRU bolloxing up the Celtic league they had to nullify his contract. [/b]
Never heard anything about Lima signing for Leinster, he had his short term contract with Munster but was released without playing. Could be wrong but I don't think he had signed for us.


Connacht have signed prop Frik Venter to replace Peter Bracken.

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News Story

Venter signs for Connacht
15 Jul 2005 

Connacht have completed the signing of versatile Natal Sharks front rower Frik Venter ahead of the new season.

Connacht manager Tim Allnutt expects the 23-year-old to be a good addition to his squad following the departure of Peter Bracken to Wasps last month.

``Frik's preferred position is loosehead, but he can also play both sides in the front row and as a hooker,'' admitted Allnutt. ``He is a good ball carrier and will give us a lot of options for the coming season.''

Venter played his first ever Currie Cup match last month, helping the Sharks to a 37-23 defeat of the Boland Cavaliers at the ABSA Stadium[/b]
From scrum.com


From BBC - the tranfers so far...

Ins and Outs
A round-up of all the close-season moves as England's Premiership clubs prepare for the new campaign.


IN: David Bory (wing - Castres), Pieter Dixon (hooker - Stormers, SA), Andy Dunne (fly-half - Harlequins), Peter Short (flanker - Narbonne), Michael Stephenson (wing - Newcastle).

OUT: Jonathan Humphreys (hooker - retired, assistant coach Ospreys), Geraint Lewis (flanker - Bristol).

IN: Mark Denney (centre - Castres), David Lemi (wing - Samoa), Tommy Hayes (fly-half - Worcester), Geraint Lewis (flanker - Bath), Brian Lima (centre - Munster), Gareth Llewellyn (lock - Narbonne), Mark Regan (hooker - Leeds), Andy Reay (centre - Harlequins), Lee Robinson (wing - Plymouth Albion), Mariano Sambucetti (lock - Argentina), Dan Ward-Smith (No 8 - Plymouth Albion), Roy Winters (flanker - Harlequins).

OUT: Adam Billig, Jim Brownrigg, Owen Evans, Hentie Martens, Luke Nabaro, Ed Pearce, Mark Woodrow (all released).

IN: Patrice Collazo (prop - Toulouse), Quinton Davids (lock - Western Province, SA), Mike Tindall (centre - Bath), Ludovic Mercier (fly-half - Pau), Quinton Davids (lock - Western Province, SA), Bryan Redpath (assistant coach - Sale), Peter Richards (scrum-half - Wasps), Rob Thirlby (wing - Penzance & Newlyn).

OUT: Dave Ellis (defence coach), Andy Gomarsall (scrum-half - Worcester), Nigel Melville (director of rugby).

IN: Gordon Bulloch (hooker - Glasgow), Roland De Marigny (full-back - Italy), James Isaacson (prop - Newcastle), Justin Marshall (scrum-half - Canterbury, NZ), Daryl Powell (assistant coach - Leeds Rhinos), Roland Reid (flanker - London Irish).

OUT: Jon Callard (assistant coach - RFU Academy), Matt Holt (prop - retired), Mark Regan (hooker - Bristol).

IN: Leo Cullen (lock - Leinster), Ian Humphreys (fly-half - Belfast Harlequins), Shane Jennings (flanker - Leinster), Alex Moreno (prop - Brive), Ian Nimmo (lock - Heriot's).

OUT: Neil Back (retired - now assistant coach), Martin Johnson (retired).

IN: Toby Booth (forwards coach), Danie Coetzee (hooker - Blue Bulls, SA), Michael Collins (prop - Waikato, NZ), Riki Flutey (fly-half - Wellington, NZ), Juan Manuel Leguizamon (No 8 - San Isidro, Arg), Olivier Magne (flanker - Clermont-Ferrand, Fra), Brian Smith (director of rugby), Ben Willis (scrum-half - Beziers, Fra), James Storey (centre).

OUT: Geoff Appleford (centre - Northampton), Gary Gold (head coach - Western Province, SA), Roland Reid (flanker - Leeds).

IN: Anthony Elliott (wing - Rotherham), Owen Finegan (flanker - ACT Brumbies), James Hoyle (wing/centre - Sale), Robbie Morris (prop - Northampton), Andy Perry (lock - Plymouth Albion), Tino Paoletti (prop - Plymouth Albion).

OUT: Michael Stephenson (wing - Bath), Epi Taione (wing/centre - Sale), Craig Hamilton (lock - Glasgow), Semo Sititi (No 8 - Borders), Galo Alvarez Quinones (prop - released).

IN: Geoff Appleford (centre - London Irish), Luke Harbut (prop - trial), Sean Lamont (wing - Glasgow), Seamus Mallon (centre - Ulster), Colin Noon (prop - Leicester), James Percival (lock - Worcester), David Quinlan (centre - Leinster), Carlos Spencer (fly-half - Auckland).

OUT: Shane Drahm (fly-half - Worcester), Corne Krige (flanker - retired), Ed O'Donoghue (flanker - Worcester), Marc Stcherbina (centre - Cardiff Blues).

IN: Valentin Courrent (scrum-half - Brive), Mark Taylor (centre - Llanelli Scarlets), Epi Taione (centre - Newcastle), Daniel Larrachea (fly-half - Bayonne), Lionel Faure (prop - Section Pauloise), Nathan Bonner-Evans (number eight - Neath Swansea Ospreys), Elvis Seveali'i (centre/wing - Neath Swansea Ospreys), Nick Wakley (full-back - Doncaster)

OUT: Mike Hercus (fly-half - Llanelli Scarlets), Bryan Redpath (scrum-half - retired, assistant coach Gloucester), Chris Rhys-Jones (centre - St Helens RL), Pierre Caillet (second/back row - Beziers), Josh Taumalolo (centre/full-back - Coventry), James Moore (full-back - Coventry), James Hoyle (centre - Newcastle), Phil Davies (back row - Bayonne)

IN: Andy Farrell (Wigan RL), Shane Byrne (hooker - Leinster), Billy O'Driscoll (centre - Henly).

OUT: Raphael Ibanez (hooker - released).

IN: Peter Bracken (prop- Connacht), Leon Holden (technical coach - NZ), Ian McGeechan (director of rugby - SRU), Eoin Reddan (scrum-half), Jeremy Staunton (fly-half/full-back - Harlequins).

OUT: Craig Dowd (retired, now forwards coach), Warren Gatland (director of rugby - Waikato, NZ), Trevor Leota (hooker), Peter Richards (scrum-half - Gloucester).

IN: Emiliano Bergamaschi (prop), Shane Drahm (fly-half - Northampton), Chris Fortey (hooker - Gloucester), Andy Gomarsall (scrum-half - Gloucester), Kai Horstmann (No 8 - Harlequins), Nicolas Le Roux (full-back - Brive), Ed O'Donaghue (lock/flanker - Northampton), Uche Oduoza (wing), Jonny Tuamoheloa (flanker - Newbury), Mark Tucker (centre/wing - Northampton).

OUT: Neil Cole, Ben Daly, Mark Gabey, Chris Hall, Jon Higgins (all released), Tommy Hayes (fly-half - Bristol), Neil Lyman (prop - retired), Brad Macleod-Henderson, Neil Mason, Daren O'Leary (all released), James Percival (lock - Northampton), Duncan Roke (released), Clive Stuart-Smith (scrum-half - Llanelli Scarlets), Giscard Pieters, Paul Sampson (both released).


From the French sporting newspaper L'Equipe, the updated transfers for the Top14 teams:


Departures: Mathieu Barrau (Castres), Loïc Fior (Auch), Christophe Coro (Béziers), Sébastien Bonetti (Brive), Christophe Clarac (Auch), Julien Turini (Colomiers).

Arrivals: Alessio Galasso, Nicolas Morlaes and Robert Froissard (coach) (Castres), Cezar Popescu (Tarbes, Romanian), Dave Vainqueur (Béziers), Julien Tilloles (Bayonne), Régis Sonnes (coach)

Aviron Bayonnais:

Departures: Thierry Mentières (coach) (Pau), Laloaoa Milford (Castres, Samoan), Daniel Larretchea (Sale Sharks), Julien Tilloles (Agen), Lisandro Arbizu (Argentinian)and Stéphane Delpuech (Pau), Marc Jourdaine (Albi), Sylvain Jonnet (Montauban), Yvan Abbadie and Sébastien Caujolle (Tarbes), Muldubeltez and Julien Hourie-Claverie (Tyrosse)

Arrivals: Hecke (Bourgoin), Grant Hill (Grenoble, New Zealander), Benjamin Lhande and Richard Dourthe (Castres), Eduard Coetzee (Natal Sharks, South African), Henri-Pierre Vermis (Béziers), Fraser (Canterbury, New Zealander), Viatcheslav Gratchev (Russian) and Xavier Péméja (coach) (Montauban), Mathieu Siro (Narbonne), Pila Fifita (Coventry, Tongan), Afato So'oalo (Linwood, New Zealander), Mefin Davies (Sale Sharks, Welsh), Leo Lafaiali'i (Parma, Samoan)

Biarritz Olympique:

Departures: Guillaume Boussès (Bourgoin), Marc Lièvremont (coach), Christophe Milhères, Bruno Hiriart, Emmanuel Menieu and Mathieu Maillard (Dax), Guillaume Serres (Auch), Philippe Bernat-Salles (Tarbes), Laurent Mazas, Sotele Puleoto and Jean-Michel Gonzalez (retired), Thibault Lacroix (Stade Français).

Arrivals: Denis Lison (Grenoble), Nicolás Cariza (Rosario, Argentinian), Benjamin Noirot (Dax), Sereli Bobo (Parma, Fijian), Thibault Duvalet (Périgueux), Haig Sare (Warringah, Australian)

Bourgoin Jailleu:

Departures: Laurent Seigne (coach) and Patrick Chassaing ( coach) (Castres), Bernard Faure (coach) and Pierre Raschi (retired), Laurent Soucaze (Béziers), Renaud Boyoud (Dax), Grant Estherhuizen (Golden Lions, South African), Frederico Pucciarello (Argentinian, Italian international), Christopher Ruiz and Hecke (Bayonne).

Arrivals: Christophe Urios (coach) (Castres), Guillaume Boussès (Biarritz), Laurent Baluc-Rittener (Narbonne), Pablo Cardinali (Argentinian) and Davit Khinchagishvili (Georgian) (Béziers), Carlo Del Fava (Parma, South African), Roger Randle (Waikato, New Zealander), Wessel Jooste (Aix, South African), Nicolas Carmona (Grenoble).


Departures: Julien Laharrague (Perpignan), Alain Penaud (player/coach) (Lyon), Naves (Lyon), Valentin Courrent (Sale Sharks), Alejandro Moreno (LeicesterTigers, Argentinian), Nicolas Le Roux (Worcester), John Welborn (Western Force, Australian), Régis Lespinas (Montpellier), Eric Bouti (player/coach) (Malemort), Sébastien Laloo (Tarbes), Florent Cazeaux (Mont-de-Marsan), Emmanuel Amapakabo (Saracens, Ivorean), Arnaud Ferreira (Aurillac).

Arrivals: Maxime Petitjean (Aurillac), Charl van Rensburg and Johan van Zyl (Natal Sharks, South Africans), Pedrisor Toderasc (Oyonnax), Sébastien Bonetti (Agen), Yohan Dalla Riva and Xavier Sadourny (Castres), Rudy Cheron (Perpignan), Tim Clark (NSW Waratahs, Australian), Laurent Rodriguez (coach) (Pau).

Castres Olympique

Departures: Christophe Urios (coach) (Bourgoin), Christian Gajan (coach) (Japan), Justin Fitzpatrick (Ulster), Richard Dourthe (Bayonne), Benjamin Lhande (Bayonne), Jacques Deen (Japan, South African), Mark Denney (Bristol), Nicolas Raffault (Bristol), Alessio Galasso, Robert Froissart (coach) and Nicolas Morlaes (Agen), David Bory (Bath), David Barrier (Clermont Auvergne), Mario Ledesma (Clermont Auvergne, Argentinian), Mauricio Reggiardo (retired, Argentinian), Yohan Dalla Riva (Brive), Xavier Sadourny (Brive), Grégory Arganese, Yannick Caballero (Montauban), Stéphane de Besombes (retired).

Arrivals: LaurentSeigne (coach) (Bourgoin), Patrick Chassaing ( coach) (Bourgoin), Mathieu Barrau (Agen), Jean-Baptiste Peyras-Loustalet (Pau), Florian Faure, Karim Ghezal and Julien Puricelli (Grenoble), Laloaoa Milford (Bayonne, Samoan), David Attoub (Clermont Auvergne), David Roumieu (Montauban), Akvsenti Giorgadze (Rovigo, Georgian), Phil Cristophers (Leeds), Carl Hoeft (Otago, New Zealander), Yann Fior (Mont-de-Marsan), Romi Ropati (Japan, New Zealander), Ramiro Pez (Bath, Argentinian Italian international), Laurent Cadau (Aix).

Clermont Auvergne:

Departures: Olivier Saisset (coach) (Béziers), Olivier Magne (London Irish), David Attoub (Castres), Kuzbik (Montpellier), Marc Raynaud (Montauban), Gérald Merceron (La Rochelle), Lyonel Vaïtanaki (Montauban, Noumean), David Ashvetia, Romain Carmignani and Sébastien Morel (La Rochelle), Geoffroy Messina (Stade Français), Vincent Deniau (Dax), Hottie Louw (Llanelli, South African), Fabrice Brandon, Cédric Soulette, Fabien Abella and Philippe Martin (Béziers).

Arrivals: Jamie Cudmore (Grenoble), Sam Broomhall (Canterbury, New Zealander), Pierre Manuel Garcia (Narbonne), Jean Baptiste Dambielle (Auch), Mario Ledesma (Castres, Argentinian), Breyton Paulse (Western Province, South Africa), David Barrier (Castres), Gonzalo Canale (Treviso, Argentinian Italian internatuional), Seti Kiole (Gloucester, Tongan)


Departures: Philemon Toleafoa (Waikato, New Zealander), Laurent Armand (SBUC), Denis Navizet (retired), Christian Chemin (Dax), Bertrand Guilloux and Aurélien Rossi (Oyonnax), Yannick Saladié, Jérémy Valls, Jean-Michel Meunier and Pierre Tachella (Nîmes), Gregor Townsend (Borders, Scottish international), Sylvain Jouve (Colomiers), Wilfred Maccari (Aubenas, coach), Soso Nikolaenko (Parma, Georgian).

Arrivals: Sébastien Kuzbik (Clermont Auvergne), Nicolas Descamps (Auch), Nicolas Grelon and Sébastien Mercier (Perpignan), Dabvid Aucagne, Rickus Lubbe, Sébastien Petit, and Anthony Vigna (Grenoble), Crane (Viadana), Régis Lespinas (Brive), Michel Boussuge (Paris University), Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia), Vassili Bost (Périgueux), Codlin (Northampton).


Departures: David Douy (Toulon), Laurent Baluc-Rittener (Bourgoin), Pierre Manuel Garcia (Clermont Auvergne, and Argentinian), Laurent Ferrères and Pierre-Olivier Julien (Béziers), Louis Koen (Western Province, South Africa, as a kicking coach), Marc Dehaese (Carcassonne), Gareth Llewellyn (Bristol), Welsh international, Peter Short (Bath, English), Mathieu Siro (Bayonne), Sébastien Petigiani (Tarbes).

Arrivals: Jason Hooper (Auch, a New Zealander), Christian Labit, Lionel Mazars and Julien Patey (Toulouse), Olivier Benassis, Thomas Bouquié and Christopher Ruiz (Perpignan), Cédric Desbrosse (Béziers), Jaco Gouws (Natal, South Africa), Grégory Mahé (Stade Français), Dwayne Haare (Randwick, Australian), Springer (North Harbour, New Zealander), Lei Tomiki (Randwick, Australian).

Section Paloise:

Departures: Marius Tincu (Perpignan, Romanian), Lionel Faure (Sale Sharks), Jean-Baptiste Peyras-Loustalet (Castres), Ludovic Mercier (Gloucester), Peter Giroud and Philippe Carbonneau (Dax), Stuart (Mendoza), Rida Jahouer (Montauban), Laurent Rodriguez (coach) (Brive).

Arrivals: Daniel and Ramiro Pez (Argentinian) (Bath), Stéphane Delpuech and Thierry Mentières (coach) (Bayonne), Karl Rudzki and Ace Tiatia (Harlequins, New Zealander), Gonzalo Quesada and Rudy Charton-Collier (Stade Français, Argentinian), Abdel Boutati (Toulouse, Moroccan).

US Arlequin Perpignan:

Departures: Sébastien Mercier (Montpellier), Nicolas Grelon (Montpellier), Augustin Petrichei (Béziers, Romanian), Mick O'Driscoll (Munster), Lodovic Loustau (Toulon), Olivier Benassis, Thomas Bouquié and Christopher Ruiz (Narbonne), Jérôme Labat (Béziers), Leon van den Heever (Grenoble, South African), Tjoppie van den Heever South African, German Bustos (Argentinian), Dan Luger (Englishman) and Rudy Cheron (Brive).

Arrivals: Julien Laharrague (Brive), Marius Tincu (Pau), Nathan Hines (Edinburgh, Australian), Guillaume Bortolaso (Auch), Lucas Ostiglia (Padova, Argentinian), Sylvain Dupuy (Toulouse), James Pritchard (Plymouth Albion, Canadian), Sereli Bobo (Parma, Fijian), Villani Vaky (Parma), Agustin Lopresti (Aix).

Stade Français

Departures: Olivier Brouzet (retired), Juan Carlos Bado (Montauban, Uruguayan), Regan King (, New Zealander), Raphaël Poulain (retired), Grégory Mahé (Narbonne), Sacha Marot (Grenoble, South African), Bastien Sipielski (Stade Bordelais), Gonzalo Quesada (Argentinian) and Charton-Collier (Pau), Sydney Galopin (Métro Racing 92)

Arrivals: Sergio Parisse (Treviso, Italian), Pablo Henn (Hindú Club, Argentinian), Geoffroy Messina (Clermont Auvergne), Julien Saubade (Dax), Thibault Lacroix (Biarritz), Morgan Williams (Saracens, Canadian), Boela du Plooy (Cats, South African).


Departures: Stéphane Franchini (retired), Damien Delmonte, Renaud Férien, and Francois Ruben de Courtieux (Limoges), André da Silva and Jean-Michel Moraitis (La Seyne), Pascal Bazani (Carqueiranne)

Arrivals: David Douy (Narbonne), Eusebio Guinazu (Mendoza, Argentina), Ludovic Lousteau (Perpignan), Noel Curnier (Gloucester), Joane Toevalu (Tarbes), Van Rensburg, Smit, Julien Capdeillayre (La Seyne), Franck Comba (Aix)

Stade Toulousain

Departures: Sylvain Dupuy (Perpignan), Christian Labit, Lionel Mazars and Julien Patey (Narbonne), Patrice Collazo (Gloucester), Florian Denos (Auch), Julian Fiorini, Dragos Dima (Romanian), Abdel Boutati (Pau, Moroccan).

Arrivals: Yannick Nyanga (Béziers), Grégory Menkarska (Auch), Aidan McCullen (Leinster).


Well I don't know these players but I was told that Ramiro Pez played very well for Italy when they defeated Argentina in Argentina before going to Australia.


Originally posted by el_tk@Aug 4 2005, 01:42 AM
Yeah, Pez is class, he just never got a chance for Leicester
We had him for the second half of last season and he was arse. If, as a 10, you can't get in a team ahead of Chris Malone (once described in the national press as having all the pace of an ageing wombat), you should realise that something is wrong.


Ageing wombat lol! U guys at Bath gotta hav a lot of faith in Dunne as if he backfires, ur stuck with the reliable drop-goals of Malone for yet another season.

Phil Christophers isn't a bad player, a bit slight but very agile. Got a few Eng caps a few yrs bac.


Originally posted by harrison2468@Aug 4 2005, 08:28 AM
Ageing wombat lol! U guys at Bath gotta hav a lot of faith in Dunne as if he backfires, ur stuck with the reliable drop-goals of Malone for yet another season.
If Dunne backfires, Connolly (being the champagne rugby brain that he is) will probably stick Malone back in, but Barkley's said on numerous occasions that he prefers playing 10 instead of 12. If we can keep our backline fit enough, we should be able to change things about a bit.

If not, we'll have Malone chipping away.

Glory days, how we miss thee...


We'll be struggling for class in the backs even more now as Robbie Fleck has had to retire thru injury.



It's a weird one. When he first got injured, they said 2-4 weeks, then he just never came back. He signed a new two year deal in February and started pre-season, and now calls it a day.

The thing is, there's practically zero chance of getting a replacement from the NH, as everyone's already started to prepare for the coming season, so in the unlikely event that Brownsword puts his hand in his pocket, we'll have to look to the Currie Cup or NPC.

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