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Waratahs 2021

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by RugbyReg, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. molman Arch Winning (36)

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    What did you think of the Alex Newsome at outside-centre experiment?

    You've also got people like Joey Walton floating around. Played pretty well in the Tah A games.
  2. upthereds#! Dick Tooth (41)

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    I think he is a classic 'smart' player. No bells and whistles, but strong fundamentals and yes this was at 13. With Hunt injured I would keep Newsome at 13 and have Moeroa at 12 and make sure at least 1 wing was picked on the ability to defend first, attack 2nd.
  3. KiwiM Ted Thorn (20)

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    Defensively very poor. Poor reads and poor physicality.

    With a new defense coach now post-lockdown perhaps that will improve.
  4. Derpus Steve Williams (59)

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    Manu Tuilagi is without a club after refusing a pay cut and word seems to be that he won't fit into anyone's salary cap in England.. he'd fix our midfield
  5. Rugby Head Allen Oxlade (6)

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    Love the idea Derpus, but do you really think Manu Tuilagi will come to the Tahs?????
  6. Silverado Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Yep, would be good, but don't know if Australian SR would be an option if he's holding out for cash
  7. Derpus Steve Williams (59)

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    No i don't think it would happen for a bunch of reasons - was just havin a laff
  8. Dctarget Greg Davis (50)

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    Maybe he could go skating with Hoops at Bondi, I hear it's a million dollar experience.
  9. Rugbynutter39 Tony Shaw (54)

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    So sounds like no chance of getting tickets for scg as limited to members etc - but assume chance to get tickets when they play at anz stadium?
  10. Bobby Sands Peter Johnson (47)

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    Newsome is very promising in my opinion. Absolutely persist. Seems a smart player.
  11. eastman Billy Sheehan (19)

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    Newsome is a smart and solid footballer, who actually spent time developing his craft through Colts/ Grade rugby, as opposed to some schoolboy stars who never prioritise improving their game.

    Unfortunately he lacks the athleticism/ physical attributes to ever really excel in Super rugby.
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  12. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Isn't this just a function of where he was in the pecking order? He got a Super Rugby contract when he was 22 because he wasn't considered good enough prior to that?

    I'm not sure he actively decided not to become a professional sooner.
  13. eastman Billy Sheehan (19)

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    I don't personally know the guy but I doubt he would have left school with the ambition to be a professional rugby player.

    My point is that he's improved significantly through Colts/ Grade rugby (and worked at it), in contrast to some players who may have been inclined to rest on their laurels and natural talents.

    Hard work > natural talent.
  14. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    He was in the Australian under 20s squad for the World Championships so I don't see why he wouldn't have had the same aspirations of being a professional at that stage of his career as everyone else in that position.

    I agree that he has worked hard and improved to get where he is now but aside from not being a schoolboy superstar (played Joey's 1st XV but didn't make a GPS team) and not getting a contract straight out from the under 20s he's hardly been far off the top of his age group.
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  15. Blackadder John Solomon (38)

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  16. molman Arch Winning (36)

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    eastman, I think it's very hard to say who is working harder than who unless your really close to that player or somehow involved in his coaching.

    I do agree that he does seem to have a good head on him, continues to make small improvements and is now taking on some of the backline leadership.
  17. Wilson Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Daily Telegraph has Hanigan heading to Japan next year:

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...a/news-story/a9bfb72d021f7e06e2f584f32153baad
  18. Rugbynutter39 Tony Shaw (54)

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    At this rate If we don’t get confirmation of plans for next year won’t be many quality players left
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  19. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Hanigan moving on makes sense for everyone I think. His best position is 6 but we've got plenty of competition in the backrow with Dempsey, Swinton, Harris and potentially Tafa and we need to do better at lock, particularly with Simmons leaving.

    From a moneyball perspective we can't really pay him what he's worth whilst retaining the players we need to retain and recruiting the specialist locks we need.
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  20. Jimmy_Crouch Trevor Allan (34)

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    Don't mind a few guys going to Japan. Look at it this way. Good chance there is only SRAu/NRC next year. Young fellas get some game time, older blokes get paid and therefore overall cost down for team. Guys signing one or two year deals will have the opportunity to come back when things are more certain and push for a RWC spot.

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