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LEICESTER TIGERS 2017/18 SQUAD/TRANSFERS/CONTRACT THREAD PART 2!!

Post by RagingBull » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:26 am

Senior Team:
Head of Rugby Operations: Ged Glynn.
Head Coach: Matt O'Connor
Forwards Coach: Brett Deacon (Currently for the intrim)
Assistant Coach: Geordan Murphy
Scrum Coach: Boris Stankovich

Senior team: (New Signing), (Senior Contract from development squad)
Hooker: Bateman, Kerr, McGuigan, Polota-Nau. Thacker, Youngs
Props: Beaumann, Cilliers, Cole, Genge, Gigena, Mulipola, Rizzo, Traynor
Locks: Barrow, Fitzgerald, Kitchener, Wells, (Tuohy Loan from Bristol)
Back Row: Evans, Hamilton, Kalamafoni, Mapapalangi, O'Connor, Ryan, Williams
Scrum Half: Harrison, Youngs
Fly Half: George Ford, Joe Ford, Toomua
Centre: Catchpole, Malouf,Owen, Smith, Tuilagi
Winger: Brady, Holmes, May, Pakalani, Thompstone, Veainu
Full Back: Tait,

Rumours
IN
Steve Cummins (Rebels) 4,5,6 (Signed for Scarlets)
Nathan Earle (Saracens) 11,14,15 (expected to sign for Quins)
Franco Mostert (Lions/Black Rams) Lock (The Rugby paper saying interested in the prem and a number of clubs have spoken with him including Tigers).
Steve Mafi (castres) 4/5/6/8 (The Rugby Paper)
Kwagga Smith (Lions) 6/7 (The Rugby Paper along with Wasps and Glous)
Santiago Socino (Falcons) 2 (The Rugby Paper)
Guy Thompson (Wasps) 6/7/8 (The Rugby Paper) (Expected to sign for Tigers)
Will Spencer (Worcester) 4/5 (The Rugby Paper, The Rugby Pod etc) (Expected to sign for Tigers)
Mark Bakewell (Bristol) Forwards coach (Various places)
Santiago Cordero (Jaguares) 13/11/14/15

OUT
Tait (Newcastle)
McGuigan (Bristol)
Thacker (Bristol)
Mulipola (Toulon)
Barrow (Sale)
Murphy (Cardiff Blues)
Deacon (Cardiff Blues)

New Signings for 2017/18 season:
George Ford (Bath)
Sione Kalamafoni (Glousceter)
Jonah Holmes (Yorkshire)
Joe Ford (Yorkshire)
Valentino Mapapalangi (Manawatu)
Gareth Owen (Scarlets)
Nick Malouf (Aus 7's)
Jonny May (Gloucester) 11,13,14,15
Chris Beaumann (Wellington Lions) 2,3
Jake Kerr (Loughborough Students) 2
Kyle Traynor (Brsitol) 1,3
Atieli Pakalani (Southern Districts) 11,14,15
Tatafu Polota-Nau (Western Force) 2
Facundo Gigena (Jaguares) 1

Leavers.
Ed Slater (Gloucester)
Richard Blaze (N/A)
Jono Kitto (Harlequins)
Tom Croft (Retirement)
Ben Betts (TBA)

Re-Signings
Greg Bateman
Mike Williams
Teulsa Veainu
Matt Tommua
Dan Cole

2017/18 Development Squad
Hooker: Mahoney
Props: Betts, Grahamslaw, Heyes, Hills
Locks: Lewis, Maksymiw
Back Row: Reffell, Tuilagi
Scrum Half: Simmons, White
Fly Half: Hardwick
Centre: Thacker, J.Olowofela
Full Back: Worth

IN:
Grahamslaw (Academy)
Heyes (Academy)
Hardwick (Academy)

OUT
Brugnara - 2017/18 (Femi CZ Rovigo)
Bryant - 2017/18 (Jersey Reds)
Ryan Olowofela (England sevens)
Will Owen (Wasps)
Yawayawa - 2017/18 (Scottish Rugby Academy/Glasgow)

2017/18 Academy Squad
Hooker: Allsopp, Gibson, Harding
Prop: Lathem, Lines, Maxwell, Whitecombe
Lock: Jordan, Martin, Mcvea, Purcell
Back Row: Ashworth, Bicknell, Dickinson, Eveleigh, Gough, Lavin, Smith
Scrum Half: Orridge Du Bois, Yarnell, Van Poortvleit,
Fly Half: Costelow, Fewtrell, Glynn, Law
Centre: Dickinson, Dunn, Poland, Wager, Du-Randt
Winger: Browning, Godfrey
Full Back: Steward
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Post by RagingBull » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:27 am

Have added Tatafu Polota-Nau to the rumours the rugby paper today saying he is out of his force contract in decemeber and we are looking at him.

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Post by tigerburnie » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:37 am

Dan Touhy is a useful loan
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Post by Robespierre » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:42 am

Is it speculation that Tait and Croft are on their way, or has an official announcement been made?
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Post by longlivethecrumbie » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:27 am

Not seen anything official but wouldn't surprise me if Crofty retired. Maybe one injury too many.

Tait, for me, has been excellent each time he's come on this season and I think his flexibility (in that he can cover pretty much both wing, centre and full back positions) makes him a decent guy to have on the bench, so I'd be surprised if he moved on mid season.

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Post by sam16111986 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:47 am

longlivethecrumbie wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:27 am
Not seen anything official but wouldn't surprise me if Crofty retired. Maybe one injury too many.

Tait, for me, has been excellent each time he's come on this season and I think his flexibility (in that he can cover pretty much both wing, centre and full back positions) makes him a decent guy to have on the bench, so I'd be surprised if he moved on mid season.
His pace is gone and his tackling ability isn't the strongest. His rugby brain has been an asset though. Given the change in the breakdown interpretation you've got to be more savvy when competing and Tait is good at spotting when it's on, he's also a good leader in the backs. Don't think he'll get a new deal at the end of the season.

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Post by voice of the crumbie » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:52 am

longlivethecrumbie wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:27 am
Not seen anything official but wouldn't surprise me if Crofty retired. Maybe one injury too many.

Tait, for me, has been excellent each time he's come on this season and I think his flexibility (in that he can cover pretty much both wing, centre and full back positions) makes him a decent guy to have on the bench, so I'd be surprised if he moved on mid season.
If Tait were to go that would leave us, in my opinion, very thin for centre cover. We would have Matt Smith (solid, reliable and a true Tiger who wouldn't let us down), Catchpole (can do a job but not spectacular), Owen (hard to judge as we haven't seen him at 1st team level), possibly Malouf (he certainly has the pace, power and tackling ability for outside centre but is untried in this position as far as I know). After that we are stretching things. Adam Thompstone might be able to fill in at OC and possibly the new man Pakalani though I don't know enough about whether he can play there. After that it's development or academy players. So we need to hold on to Tait as far as I am concerned. Anyone have any further thoughts on this?
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Post by voice of the crumbie » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:00 am

voice of the crumbie wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:52 am
longlivethecrumbie wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:27 am
Not seen anything official but wouldn't surprise me if Crofty retired. Maybe one injury too many.

Tait, for me, has been excellent each time he's come on this season and I think his flexibility (in that he can cover pretty much both wing, centre and full back positions) makes him a decent guy to have on the bench, so I'd be surprised if he moved on mid season.
If Tait were to go that would leave us, in my opinion, very thin for centre cover. We would have Matt Smith (solid, reliable and a true Tiger who wouldn't let us down), Catchpole (can do a job but not spectacular), Owen (hard to judge as we haven't seen him at 1st team level), possibly Malouf (he certainly has the pace, power and tackling ability for outside centre but is untried in this position as far as I know). After that we are stretching things. Adam Thompstone might be able to fill in at OC and possibly the new man Pakalani though I don't know enough about whether he can play there. After that it's development or academy players. So we need to hold on to Tait as far as I am concerned. Anyone have any further thoughts on this?
I forgot Charlie Thacker as a centre option.
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Post by trendylfj » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:27 am

Not sure what the signing of Polota-Nau means regarding TY, Thacker, Kerr and McGuigan. To keep 4 hookers happy would be difficult but 5?????
If it is true about Croft and Tait then we really do need at least one more centre/full back cover so Earle would make total sense.

Good to read that BY and Coley are likely to sign new contracts next week - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyu ... racts.html
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Post by dunks43 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:23 pm

mail on sunday reporting , Ben Youngs and Dan Coles contracts end at the end of this season, but new contracts will be agreed this month

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Post by JP14 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:48 pm

In the front row Tigers have to start looking for the future. Mulipola, Cilliers, Traynor, Rizzo and Cole are all over 30 now and are a couple of seasons away from retiring. Betts, Heyes and Hills all good players in development squad I hope Tigers keep them but they also need to look elsewhere.
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Post by johnthegriff » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:08 pm

Props barring injury tend to play on to mid thirties like Rizzo, they are not in the team for their speed. In these days of short term contracts Tigers like all teams need to be constantly on the lookout for young players they can develop thus saving money by not requiring big money stars to immediately fill a void. This applies to all positions, we are in a strange world where 24 or 25 is a young player, 28/29 is a experienced and 30 is over the hill according to some.

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Post by FrontRowUnionMember » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:05 am

I'd be more concerned over how much time Rizzo, Cilliers and Mulipola have actually been available to us over the last season or so.
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Post by RagingBull » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:26 pm

Added Franco Mostert to the rumours in.

The TRP mentions Franco Mostert being interested in the prem and that Bristol, Tigers, Quins, Exeter and some others are interested.

Agent talk basically.

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Post by Scott11 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:49 pm

What a player he is though RB?! I'd have him tomorrow,at least as good as Kitchener in the lineout and offers way more around the park. Time to build on the pack now.

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