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League players.

Post by Smudge » Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:57 pm

Following a conversation with friends yesterday I said I would ask the members of the forum if you have enough knowledge of RL to identify any players who would be an asset to Tigers.

Frankly it's years since I was bothered to look at a game let alone read about one, but since Bath were able to entice a big name over and Leeds have done the
same, it would be interesting to know if there are any more Jason Robinsons around who could boost our ranks.

Back in my day we got fed up of players going "north" but now the boot is on the other foot it would be interesting to know if we are missing a trick.

Discuss please.
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Re: League players.

Post by ellis9 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:11 pm

None. I can think of only one player who was better at Union that at League and the only one that made the right choice in switching codes. That man is Jason Robinson.

Andy Farrell
Henry Paul
Joel Tomkins
Owen Farrell
Sam Burgess

None of these would have been or are not good enough for Tigers

Actually, George Ford started in League who is good enough but as you're asking for current League players then I'd say none.

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Re: League players.

Post by longlivethecrumbie » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:54 pm

Purely on his try scoring record, I'd say Ryan Hall from Leeds

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Re: League players.

Post by WhitecapTiger » Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:17 pm

I think Sam Tomkins would add something to Tigers at Fullback, doubt we'd get him though.
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Re: League players.

Post by 4071 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:30 am

Well, we do already have Brad Thorn....

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Re: League players.

Post by 4071 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:34 am

ellis9 wrote:None. I can think of only one player who was better at Union that at League and the only one that made the right choice in switching codes. That man is Jason Robinson.
Steven Myler and Chris Ashton as well.


As an aside, Owen Farrell and George Ford were not 'code swaps' - both were playing League and Union as they grew up. Both played Union for England at U16 level, so are hardly code swaps. A lot of current rugby players probably played football and cricket in their youth as well - doesn't make them code swaps.

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Re: League players.

Post by Sajerj » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:10 am

I think it is getting very difficult to switch now, even for backs. The Union games is massively more technical than it was 15 years ago when Robinson switched, and the physical and fitness gap that used to exist has also disappeared.

I would liked to have seen Greg Ingles from South Syndney try his hand at Union.

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Re: League players.

Post by BarmyBamford » Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:50 am

It may be the wrong place for this but I just want to stand up for Henry Paul, true he never stood out at international level in the XV a side game, but he was excellent at sevens

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Re: League players.

Post by Surreytiger » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:39 am

I would like to see Rangi Chase , Josh charnley ,Shaun Johnson and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDE2WUAJOKM

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Re: League players.

Post by Smudge » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:50 pm

Thanks for the link SurryTiger. That was awesome to watch.
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Re: League players.

Post by Noggs » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:24 am

I'll second that.

I find it hard at times to understand those who say RL has nothing to offer either in terms of entertainment or bringing skills to our game. Having grown up playing and watching league I now prefer union but still enjoy league. I'm sure there are many 10's if not 100's of league players, particularly overseas, who would bring something new and valuable to the union game were they to make the switch.
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Re: League players.

Post by floridaboy » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:21 am

Noggs wrote:I'll second that.

I find it hard at times to understand those who say RL has nothing to offer either in terms of entertainment or bringing skills to our game. Having grown up playing and watching league I now prefer union but still enjoy league. I'm sure there are many 10's if not 100's of league players, particularly overseas, who would bring something new and valuable to the union game were they to make the switch.
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Re: League players.

Post by northerntiger » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:33 am

Agree with that too. I don't think the issue is that RL players lack skills, more that the game is so different it takes a while to adapt. Look at any YouTube clips of Burgess player for S Sydney- he was awesome. At the moment he is a pale shadow because he hasn't yet worked out where to be on the field. If he sticks it out and finds the right position he could be great.

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Re: League players.

Post by physiodan » Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:37 am

Freddie Tuilagi

Not only did he bring himself to tigers but also, Henry, Alex, Andy, Vavae, Manu and the next generation.

There are so many players who can more than add to RU but I think the key is actually signing them early on potential rather than waiting for them to become stars.

What I would like to see is us tapping into the American Football market. Yes it is a different game but the potential is huge for the guys who don't make the NFL. Carlin Ilses is just an example but if attracted soon enough then we could generate a stream of big, fast hard hitting players who have great footwork.

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Re: League players.

Post by Noddy555 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:23 pm

No 4071 Chris Ashton never. Ill disciplined, Flashy and often takes wrong decisions which indicates a poor rugby brain

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