Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by swingpass, Apr 2, 2014.
yea fuck him
who'd want to go overseas and get paid to play footy
If that's true, whatever tape the Rebels had on Clyne must've been a goodn.
The Rebels are turning out to be a really bodgy organisation. Took by far the best roster, packed full of Wallabies and a strong start and bottled the fuck out of it.
I think it was more in reference that thierry dusutoir implied there was an expectation that he should be getting a look-in at Super Rugby level already.
I certainly have no issue with him heading overseas for a professional gig to further his career if there is one available.
Foley and Cooper look to be on the way out
I don’t have thoughts either way on whether it’s right or wrong by the Rebels or Sione Tui as I don’t know the ins and outs of the situation.
I do think that where there is smoke there is fire in regards to the lack development strategy and I know my own club Wests have been a big beneficiary of VIC talent (& Gossip) moving interstate. I know during the force’s teething issues on the development front DHP went away Biarritz (I think) and he seemed to do well from that.
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think in a small market like VIC, and you are a player starting in one of the most successful junior national teams of the last decade that you would get some form of deal. Especially when you play are a specialist winger in a squad that is full centres and fullbacks.
Tui is probably going from an u20 contract to a development contract. He Could double his money overseas even without breaking a sweat and move up from there. He may be back or he won't, but 'doing the hard yards' in a professional environment is tough when you have 10 years to max out $ and you can't even be a regular starter in U20, therefore lucky to have a pro contract to begin with.
Are you sure it’s Sione Tui from the 20’s and not Sione Tuipolotu from the Rebels top squad?
Tuipolotu was announced alongside a few others departing the club sometime last week.
Not technically part of the exodus, but for those wondering what happened to Ben McCalman
^ what a champion. Such a sad end to his career. Would've been a monster for the 'tahs this year.
The NSW Country Rugby Union should be using blokes like him in some capacity. What an absolute inspiration to young kids in the bush he would be.
Totally off topic, but what a great nickname.
Big Dog, The Big Dog, Dog
Whose 2020 foreign Team is better? Honestly, evening without the SA losses (Vermulean, Etzebeth, Pollard etc) how can SR even come close to claiming it is the premier comp in the world with these players NOT IN IT.
* making a couple predictions here
1. Franks 2. Flynn 3. Franks
4. Whitelock 5. Rettalick
6. Squire 8. Read 7. Messam
9. Kerrbarlow 10. Barrett 11. Piutau 12. SBW 13. Crotty 14. Naholo 15. Smith
16. Moulds 17. Faumoina 18. Afoa 19. Hemopo 20. Luatua 21. Pulu 22. Sopoaga 23. Savea
1. Kepu 2. TPN 3. Maafu
4. Arnold 5. Skelton
6. Fardy 8. Mcmahon 7. Pocock
9. Genia 10. Foley 11. Koroibete 12. Kerevi 13. AAC 14. Naiyaravoro 15. Hunt
16. Hanson 17. Ryan 18. Holmes 19. Coleman 20. Timani 21. Phipps 22. Quade 23. Tomane
Because it still has the best rugby and is still the hardest to win.
Players leave to extend their careers because other leagues and slower and easier.
I would absolutely love a club world championship match. Watching Saracens get belted by the Crusaders would be entertaining.
Ahead of Holmes? Shame.
But also they have more money, need a bigger roster for a longer season, and need to cover the loss of their internationals for test matches as their comps continue through them. BUT they do have depth issues as talent is spread thing so need to bolster.
I reckon there's a direct correlation between the number and quality of southern hemisphere players in the foreign competitions, and the relative popularity of the competitions
Edit... and nothing's going to stop this
Loved that article and had a high regard for the Big Dog when he was at the Force. Champion bloke.
Sign me up for Saracens v Crusaders tickets!!
The ultimate grudge match between 2 great armies (somewhat dormant over the last few hundred years).
As for the prospect of a "belting", on my rough count Saracens have 561 national caps and 29 Lions caps. Decent team. Crusaders might beat them but would likely be a hell of a game.
Saracens v Crusaders
3317 v 1989 in Professional games
545 - 565 in tests
Held in 2019 - Very close, but 2020? Remove Read, Franks, Taufua, Todd, Crotty and it definitely swings to Saracens favour.
Both teams also have uncapped/low capped players who have been selected in most recent national squad eg, Spencer, Singleton, Reece, Bridge, Ennor.
Amazing how many games you play in Europe. Even if you upgraded ITM cup to be included, it still doesn't come close. Goode is only 31 - not exactly ancient, and has 287 games for Saracens in 11 years.
As opposed to an Overseas 23, I started thinking about which current players (anywhere in the world) would make an uncapped Australian 23.
The eligibility I have decided upon is that they must have been contracted to an Australian Super Rugby team following the 2011 Rugby World Cup (if they have played for another country since departing, they're eligible), and I've taken Naisarani and HJH out of the equation due to impending debuts. I've gone on their achieved ceiling, as opposed to current ability or their ability when they left Aus if overseas.
1. JP Smith
2. Alex Mafi
3. Angus Ta'avao
4. Hugh Pyle
5. Sam Wykes
6. Jarrad Butler
7. Colby Fainga'a
8. Lachlan McCaffrey
9. Ian Prior
10. Jono Lance
11. Tom English
12. Billy Meakes
13. Mitch Inman
14. Dillyn Leyds
15. Jason Woodward
16. Anaru Rangi
17. Matt Gibbon
18. Paul Alo-Emile
19. Harry Hockings
20. Rob Valetini
21. Ben Lucas
22. Bryce Hegarty
23. Telusa Veainu
Other players I considered (in no order):
Prop: Ruan Smith, Michael Alaalatoa, Sam Talakai, Kieran Longbottom
HK: Damien Fitzpatrick, Pat Leafa
Lock: Cadeyrn Neville, Sam Lousi, Tom Staniforth, Steve Cummins
Back Row: Liam Wright, Angus Cottrell, Chris Alcock, Ita Vaea, Fotu Auelua, Michael Wells, Jed Holloway, Will Miller, Ross Haylett-Petty, Tom Cusack, Angus Scott-Young, Lachlan Swinton
SH: Richard Kingi, Brendan McKibbin, Ben Meehan, Michael Ruru, Tate McDermott
FH: James Stannard, Zack Holmes, Jake McIntyre, Bryce Hegarty, Jack Debreczeni
Centres: Duncan Paia'aua, Andrew Smith, Hamish Stewart, Irae Simone
OBs: Toni Pulu, Aidan Toua, Campbell Magnay, Izaia Perese, Cameron Clark, Andy Muirhead, Alex Newsome
Angus Ta'avao is an All Black and Dillyn Leyds is a Springbok.
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