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Melbourne Rising 2017

Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by oztimmay, Jul 5, 2017.

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  1. oztimmay Peter Sullivan (51)

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  2. Caputo Alfred Walker (16)

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    Okie dokie, time to bump this for the Victorian chapter of GAGR folk.

    I can tell you Zane Hilton will be HC, with Craig McGrath as assistant.

    What will the team look like? Who from the Rebels needs to play, and which local lad deserves a shot?
  4. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    We need whomever is staying to be playing.

    No offense to the Shield boys meant, but we were very very poor this year, and we need to maximize the opportunities for those staying, particularly if the hope of 5 teams remains alive.

    For mine that currently looks something like:

    Hookers

    Hanson
    Uelese
    Leafa or Siliva

    Props

    Sa'aga
    Weeks
    Lomax
    Ah-Nau
    At least one of Moloney and Metcher

    Locks
    Cummins
    Jeffries
    Toolis
    Douglas
    Ha'angana

    Backrow
    Timani
    Leota
    Fainga'a
    Reid
    Tupai
    Maybe Fox

    Scrum Halfs
    Stirzaker
    Goddard
    Maybe Snowden

    Fly Halfs
    JGB
    McGregor
    Volavola if he re-signs and/or doesn't play for the Warriors

    Centers
    Hodge
    Sefa
    Engo
    Tuipulotu
    Maybe Horwitz if he wants to come

    Back 3
    Koroibete
    Tupou
    Maddocks
    Tumualealiifano

    Players who miss out due to injury and/or Wallabies selection should then be replaced by a combination of youngsters, locals and if we're genuinely interested in signing them, blokes like Miller and Sinclair.

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  5. GoMelbRebels Nev Cottrell (35)

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    And from the Shield, anyone from Quins. What? C'mon!
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    I liked both Miller and Sinclair. I liked the enthusiasm and the "oomph" they brought to the team. In think it would be a travesty if we didn't give them a real shot (possibly via the Rising) to get on the Rebels books in 2018.

    I tend to agree with your assessment; the Rising must be 80% Rebels and 20% local product/potential Rebels. If any team in history has showed they need as much game-time and fitness that can be thrown at them, it was the Rebels circa 2017.
  7. amirite Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Jokes aside, there will be PLENTY from Quins.
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  8. GoMelbRebels Nev Cottrell (35)

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    2017 Melbourne Rising Fixture

    Rd 1. Sun 3 Sep, Perth Spirit v Melbourne Rising, McGilvray, 5.00pm (AEST)

    Rd 2. Sat 9 Sep, Melbourne Rising v Fiji, Harlequins, 3.00pm (AEST)

    Rd 3. Sat 16 Sep, Sydney Rays v Melbourne Rising, Pittwater, 1.00pm (AEST)

    Rd 4. Sun 24 Sep, Melbourne Rising v Greater Sydney Rams, Harlequins, 3.00pm (AEST)

    Rd 5. Sat 30 Sep, Queensland Country v Melbourne Rising, Bond University, 3.00pm (AEST)

    Rd 6. Sun 8 Oct, Melbourne Rising v Canberra Vikings, Frankston, 1.00pm (AEST)

    Rd 7. Sun 15 Oct, Brisbane City v Melbourne Rising, Wests, 1.00pm (AEST)

    Rd 8. Sun 22 Oct, Melbourne Rising v NSW Country Eagles, Harlequins, 1.00pm (AEST)

    Rd 9. BYE
  9. oztimmay Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Bloody hell, another away trip to Perth? And here I was, hoping we'd have an away match in Suva. Guess I'll put my bikini back in the closet.
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  10. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Last round Bye is good if we're looking for a playoff place, as we should be.
  11. GoMelbRebels Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Another trip to a perth? Oh, OK then!
  12. Mr Wobbly Arch Winning (36)

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    Axemen vs Rising - August 26th

    Axemen vs Adelaide - September 16th

    A good chance for some of the DS boys to get a crack.
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    Surely it would be in the best interest of the Rebels and Australian Rugby for the Rising to loan one of their hookers to a Sydney team
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  14. GoMelbRebels Nev Cottrell (35)

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    And that would be?
  15. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Can't imagine the Rebels management would want Chibba and Uelese anywhere but here.

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    take your pick..

    Obviously the Rebels would want to directly oversee the development of Uelese, and Hanson is a mainstay. So choose between Leafa and Siliva, they get no development benefit by sitting on the sidelines..
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  17. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    https://melbournerebels.com/2017/08/08/rising-name-extended-training-squad/

    Local training squad named. Not gonna list it because it's 46 men strong, as they're also using it as an opportunity to select the Axemen squad.

    No surprise that it is Quins dominated. I can only assume that having any sort of Rebels contract (including Injury cover or Development squad) rules you out of being considered a club player, as I'd have expected guys like Douglas, Ha'angana, Tupai and Tumualealiifano to be named in this section of the squad otherwise.
  18. amirite Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Douglas is playing for Northland in NZ and you'd say they'd consider Haangana/Tumualealiifano contracted, as well as Pote Tupai.
  19. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    That's interesting, hadn't heard that. Obviously don't hang around the right circles apart from here.

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    Quite a few Fijian's coming through the Island Breeze Rugby Plus program which brought Naiavalu to Australia: Ukalele, Rate, Moto, Baleilovu, Nairavu and Nabolakasi.

    Then there's also Serupepli Uru, the giant U20s lock.
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