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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby cormac » January 29th, 2020, 11:21 am

blockhead wrote:
neill_m wrote:
Dave Cahill wrote:Hasn't a deal been done where they are allowed keep the trophies as long as they aren't displayed anywhere public?


Indeed

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sara ... -z30ln5l8c


Getting a bit silly now.
What's the punishment if they display them?


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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby blockhead » January 29th, 2020, 12:50 pm

Madser.
"My contract is up in Bristol at the end of the season," Madigan said.
"I'm going through that process at the moment and maybe potentially looking at coming back home, all the Irish provinces are going as strong as ever and you would love to be involved there again, but you just have to wait and see.
"I'd be open to playing at any of the provinces, be that Leinster, Munster, Connacht or Ulster. There are great things going on with Andy Friend in Connacht and Dan McFarland in Ulster. Munster and Leinster are strong as ever, it would be a joy to play with any of the provinces."


Connacht and Ulster look most likely considering the depth at Leinster and Munster.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby MylesNaGapoleen » January 29th, 2020, 1:16 pm

That faint thud in the distance you heard just now was Stephen Jones's head exploding after the additional 70point deduction for Saracens*
(Stephen Jones with the Times - one of the only journalists to actually defend Saracans* https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/relegating-saracens-shows-that-rugby-is-unfit-to-govern-itself-jhk5jp275)
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby Dave Cahill » January 29th, 2020, 1:27 pm

blockhead wrote:Madser.
"My contract is up in Bristol at the end of the season," Madigan said.
"I'm going through that process at the moment and maybe potentially looking at coming back home, all the Irish provinces are going as strong as ever and you would love to be involved there again, but you just have to wait and see.
"I'd be open to playing at any of the provinces, be that Leinster, Munster, Connacht or Ulster. There are great things going on with Andy Friend in Connacht and Dan McFarland in Ulster. Munster and Leinster are strong as ever, it would be a joy to play with any of the provinces."


Connacht and Ulster look most likely considering the depth at Leinster and Munster.


He'd be a great signing for either, but I have the feeling he may have annoyed someone in the Union because the last time his contract was up he issued a "come and get me" series of interviews and no one bit - Connacht were particularly snooty about it if memory serves
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby blockhead » January 29th, 2020, 1:31 pm

It amazes me how a paper of such repute would continue to employ such a colossal gobsh!te. Then it is all about the clicks these days, we have our own Ewan something or other.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby MylesNaGapoleen » January 29th, 2020, 2:02 pm

blockhead wrote:It amazes me how a paper of such repute would continue to employ such a colossal gobsh!te. Then it is all about the clicks these days, we have our own Ewan something or other.

that thatch he wears on his head co-sponsored by nigel wray, perhaps?
his logic for defending the sarashambles is jaw dropping.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby hugonaut » January 29th, 2020, 2:04 pm

Dave Cahill wrote:
blockhead wrote:Madser.
"My contract is up in Bristol at the end of the season," Madigan said.
"I'm going through that process at the moment and maybe potentially looking at coming back home, all the Irish provinces are going as strong as ever and you would love to be involved there again, but you just have to wait and see.
"I'd be open to playing at any of the provinces, be that Leinster, Munster, Connacht or Ulster. There are great things going on with Andy Friend in Connacht and Dan McFarland in Ulster. Munster and Leinster are strong as ever, it would be a joy to play with any of the provinces."


Connacht and Ulster look most likely considering the depth at Leinster and Munster.


He'd be a great signing for either, but I have the feeling he may have annoyed someone in the Union because the last time his contract was up he issued a "come and get me" series of interviews and no one bit - Connacht were particularly snooty about it if memory serves


Willie Ruane said how happy he was with Moritz Boshoff. Idiot. If he had played his cards right the union would have signed Madigan for him.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby sunshiner1 » January 30th, 2020, 6:31 am

by hugonaut

Willie Ruane said how happy he was with Moritz Boshoff. Idiot. If he had played his cards right the union would have signed Madigan for him.


No one knew what a disaster Boshoff would be but looking at it now its a shame. TBF I doubt Connacht could afford Madigan then or now.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby Peg Leg » January 30th, 2020, 2:17 pm

sunshiner1 wrote:
by hugonaut

Willie Ruane said how happy he was with Moritz Boshoff. Idiot. If he had played his cards right the union would have signed Madigan for him.


No one knew what a disaster Boshoff would be but looking at it now its a shame. TBF I doubt Connacht could afford Madigan then or now.
I would say Madser's salary expectations have reduced somewhat since his exit.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby locho » January 30th, 2020, 5:05 pm

Peg Leg wrote:
sunshiner1 wrote:
by hugonaut

Willie Ruane said how happy he was with Moritz Boshoff. Idiot. If he had played his cards right the union would have signed Madigan for him.


No one knew what a disaster Boshoff would be but looking at it now its a shame. TBF I doubt Connacht could afford Madigan then or now.
I would say Madser's salary expectations have reduced somewhat since his exit.


You would think he'd have made enough by now, his last deal being £500k a year with Bristol, that he'd be happy to take €150-200k to come home with potential to make an Ireland squad or two.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby Morf » January 30th, 2020, 6:36 pm

Bit dismissive to talk about someone's wages that way, no?
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby Peg Leg » January 30th, 2020, 8:26 pm

Morf wrote:Bit dismissive to talk about someone's wages that way, no?
I stand by "somewhat reduced" based on his involvement with Brizzle this season.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby Morf » January 31st, 2020, 1:05 am

Peg Leg wrote:
Morf wrote:Bit dismissive to talk about someone's wages that way, no?
I stand by "somewhat reduced" based on his involvement with Brizzle this season.


I don't have an issue with your post.

Locho's suggestion 'he should accept 30-40% of wages to be in Ireland and be thankful for it' attitude was a bit off for me.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby ronk » January 31st, 2020, 9:16 am

Morf wrote:
Peg Leg wrote:
Morf wrote:Bit dismissive to talk about someone's wages that way, no?
I stand by "somewhat reduced" based on his involvement with Brizzle this season.


I don't have an issue with your post.

Locho's suggestion 'he should accept 30-40% of wages to be in Ireland and be thankful for it' attitude was a bit off for me.


I think he’ll be getting a pay cut wherever he goes. A substantial one and possibly of that order. He got 2 amazing deals and his stock has fallen hard. He’s a risk.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby MylesNaGapoleen » January 31st, 2020, 4:52 pm

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/matt-gallagher-has-chosen-pro14-rugby-ahead-of-the-championship-with-saracens

Gallagher... Irish qualified.... Leaving salarysins for munster.

Start of the exodus?
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby FLIP » February 11th, 2020, 12:45 pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/51460013

Some non-Sarries news, Dai Young is stepping back from first team duties for an interim period, with backs coach Lee Blackett taking over.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby blockhead » February 12th, 2020, 12:54 am

Back to Sarries.

Saracens sponsors Allianz are set to pull the plug after 8 years. Allianz's sponsorship was due to end in 2021 but it is understood that the club's principal partner will cut ties a year early. Worth £2M a year.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby blockhead » February 12th, 2020, 10:30 am

The English Championship has had its funding slashed by 50% from next season.
"The Championship is, and will continue to be, a useful way for players to get additional developmental experience, but we do not believe it is the primary place where Premiership and England players are discovered and developed.” Bill Sweeney RFU CEO
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby TrapperChamonix » February 12th, 2020, 2:29 pm

blockhead wrote:The English Championship has had its funding slashed by 50% from next season.
"The Championship is, and will continue to be, a useful way for players to get additional developmental experience, but we do not believe it is the primary place where Premiership and England players are discovered and developed.” Bill Sweeney RFU CEO


As much as the English Premiership clubs bleat about the danger of relegation, the truth is that they only go down for a 1 and bounce straight back up and with their golden share's they maintain their income. In reality they have ring fenced 13 teams for a 12 team league. This announcement further strengthens that position.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby MylesNaGapoleen » February 12th, 2020, 3:42 pm

TrapperChamonix wrote:
blockhead wrote:The English Championship has had its funding slashed by 50% from next season.
"The Championship is, and will continue to be, a useful way for players to get additional developmental experience, but we do not believe it is the primary place where Premiership and England players are discovered and developed.” Bill Sweeney RFU CEO


As much as the English Premiership clubs bleat about the danger of relegation, the truth is that they only go down for a 1 and bounce straight back up and with their golden share's they maintain their income. In reality they have ring fenced 13 teams for a 12 team league. This announcement further strengthens that position.


I hear saracens won't get the parachute payment normally given to relegated clubs and allianz have formally announced they're ending the sponsorship.
McCall was in an interview yesterday waxing lyrical about how the whole focus at the moment is the leinster game in April. https://www.rugbypass.com/news/mark-mccall-admits-saracens-to-rotate-players-to-topple-leinster-in-champions-cup/

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