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QLD Premier Rugby 2015

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Red Galloper

Frank Nicholson (4)
As far as I'm concerned, I'm 100% sure he'll be a Bulldog again next year. Im about to release his Rugby Highlight Reel, circumstances may change, they may not. He defiantly has no other reason to change clubs atm. :) He's made a few friends with some of the boy's in all grade's, i know he'll hate to start again too. Lol.


For him to stay at Wests next year is testament to his character. As much as I would love to see him in the green and blue (God knows we need him) Wests need to do all they can to keep him at the club. If they have any chance of building off this season they need him there. I think they will be the ones to watch next year if they keep the current squad together as I would imagine some of them will be eager to prove that they deserved a NRC jersey this year.
 

Red Galloper

Frank Nicholson (4)
Looking like its gonna be another tough year down at Yoku Rd next year. Quiet whispers Kuridrani, Kerevi and Freney will be making the move the nest next year.

If the rumours prove true will be hard to attract established talent to the club. As players with so much influence at the club hopefully it doesn't start off a wave of others leaving Yoku.


I have heard the same rumours and I could only imagine they would be heading over to souths with the rest of the former GPS contingent. We are just as bad as the Reds board. Dammers should have got his marching papers straight after the end of the season. The players dont respond well to his type of coaching so why drag it on? Get Fogs and Sio back from Norths and all our old boys should follow suit.
 

TheBigDog

Nev Cottrell (35)
The same rumors floated around at the end of 2014 so I'm not 100% confident they are true. The one whom I would say is most likely to jump ship is Freney as his brother went over there in a managerial role already.

I'm all for players wanting to play at a club and in an environment that makes them enjoy rugby and feel comfortable but I would hope decisions are being made based off more than just a coach. Did GPS lose the plot a bit in 2015? Yep. Does that mean the entire club is going to fall off the edge of a cliff? Nope. Its a shame that grassroots rugby's loyalty ties are becoming thinner and thinner.
 

FilthRugby

Nicholas Shehadie (39)
Unsure how Brothers will go in 2016. It's too earlier to be casting predictions.

Brothers are starting to develop a solid forward pack. Criff and Taniela will be stronger with another season of club rugby under their belt. Backline depth is going to have to be the major focus.

If the Reds have a shithouse season then K will wear the #13 jumper unless higher honours preclude him from doing so. Don't know what JOC (James O'Connor) is doing at this stage.

Souths lack of numbers in the NRC is a bit disappointing.
 

FilthRugby

Nicholas Shehadie (39)
Easts will be another club to look at in preparation for 2016.

The Tigers had great momentum but suffered a Magpie hiding in the GF. That was a massive hit to their confidence. Though, they still have the cattle to have another strong year in 2016.
 

FilthRugby

Nicholas Shehadie (39)
Any chance TT will make an appearance in 2016? Would love to read his synopsis of the 2015 GF.

UQ have a few strong colts coming through. I would be surprised, even at this stage, if Uni aren't in the top four for next year.
 

tigerland12

John Thornett (49)
Tigers will likely be without the following for most of next year...

Gunn, Parraka, Ready (Reds)
Quirk (professional contract somewhere)
Wilkin, Perase, Rhodda (under20's)

i think the depth is there. We went most of the season without all of those players (except Ready) and brought through a lot of players.

I think we need to develop a fly half next season, as Brandon isn't going to be around forever, and neither will Krelle.
 

Stallion

Herbert Moran (7)
BigDog. That is the approach I have taken previously, but Kuridrani was actually spotted in a Souths polo back at Chipsy with the rest of the Souths supporters and players after their GF win. Kerevi's move was confirmed by a very reliable source as well. Their relationship with Piccone and Tuqiri is pretty well known as well. Admittedly GPS didn't see a hell of a lot them this year, but just having them as part of the club no doubt did its part to attract personnel to the club which may now be affected.
 

HJ Nelson

Phil Hardcastle (33)
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Tigers will likely be without the following for most of next year.

Gunn, Parraka, Ready (Reds)
Quirk (professional contract somewhere)
Wilkin, Perase, Rhodda (under20's)


It will be more than most of the season without Wilkin, he has signed with the Waratahs
 

FilthRugby

Nicholas Shehadie (39)
That's more great news for Souths supporters.

Also Magpie great Tim Horan was inducted into the Australian Rugby Hall of Fame last night. That makes three along with Tom Lawton and Andrew Slack.
 

Breakdown

Charlie Fox (21)
Tigers will likely be without the following for most of next year.

Gunn, Parraka, Ready (Reds)
Quirk (professional contract somewhere)
Wilkin, Perase, Rhodda (under20's)

i think the depth is there. We went most of the season without all of those players (except Ready) and brought through a lot of players.

I think we need to develop a fly half next season, as Brandon isn't going to be around forever, and neither will Krelle.

I would've thought you'd know Wilken is past 20's being so close to Easts?
 

tigerland12

John Thornett (49)
I would've thought you'd know Wilken is past 20's being so close to Easts?
I'm not actually involved in any form at Easts, I just support the club and teams, as I played there through school. So i don't have much idea on the players personally or any inside workings.
 

Thinker

Darby Loudon (17)
I'm all for players wanting to play at a club and in an environment that makes them enjoy rugby and feel comfortable but I would hope decisions are being made based off more than just a coach. Did GPS lose the plot a bit in 2015? Yep. Does that mean the entire club is going to fall off the edge of a cliff? Nope. Its a shame that grassroots rugby's loyalty ties are becoming thinner and thinner.

The issue is most of theses players pay to play. They play for the enjoyment and unlike the Reds/professionals don't have to play for a coach they dislike. Then you have the Reds contingent who have to put up with Graham 5 days per week. They probably don't want to go to another unhappy environment on Thursday night and the weekend.

Loyalty should go both ways and players should expect the right coaches to be appointed not just the guy hanging around the bar. Look at what happened to Souths this year when they appointed a good coach rather than a guy who was around.

I'm not knocking Dammers, haven't had an involvement with him since he as been back in Brisbane, but I have heard some pretty bad stories from a few folk there who are qualified to pass judgement. It certainly seems like a Reds situation where the board made a poor hire and refuse to accept their own culpability in the situation (which happens regularly in club land).
 

TheBigDog

Nev Cottrell (35)
I've always had a lot of time and respect for Kerevi and Kuridrani so if they have left GPS then I wish them all the best.

However, if Kuridrani was actually rocking around in a Souths Polo after their GF win I think its pretty poor form, especially coming from a bloke who is now a professional rugby player. He made a commitment to one club in 2015 and should at least hold that public appearance until anything different was announced. You can imagine the backlash if someone from a Super Rugby franchise was spotted doing a similar sort of thing.
 

Thinker

Darby Loudon (17)
I've always had a lot of time and respect for Kerevi and Kuridrani so if they have left GPS then I wish them all the best.

However, if Kuridrani was actually rocking around in a Souths Polo after their GF win I think its pretty poor form, especially coming from a bloke who is now a professional rugby player. He made a commitment to one club in 2015 and should at least hold that public appearance until anything different was announced. You can imagine the backlash if someone from a Super Rugby franchise was spotted doing a similar sort of thing.


To be fair Kuridrani has never stuck with one thing for very long. In the space of 4 years he had 3 surnames and 5 teams.

Or maybe he was just supporting his friends who he has played with since 2008 at schoolboys and U20 level and fellow Fijians or coaches who he wishes success to. Given he is a former premiership winning player at Souths, he already has a Souths shirt.
 

Asa

Bob McCowan (2)
I would be surprised if Tyrone (Osama) left Wests. He seems to like the place and has spoken about some mates joining him.

He has been a great clubman. Before and After training he works with the younger guys in the squad helping them with Skills etc. What is even more impressive this was his own initiative.

His a good footy player and a fantastic bloke.

As for GPS losing players. They had great success developing their own talent through their Juniors and Marist. Has attracting/recruiting players from outside had an impact on their culture?


Exactly!! Well we currently live in Reedy Creek, Gold Coast. So if West could completely follow through with what they have spoken to him about, i believe the The Kennels future, will only bloom start of 2016.

Tyrone's an ace player, but it takes more than 15 men to finish the job. :)

Here's a link to what he's capable of, and im sure the Doggies will grow stronger all together!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=i7gxTnCpjwA&app=desktop
 
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