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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby simonokeeffe » August 20th, 2017, 12:56 pm

TerenureJim wrote:Anyone else think the marketing team at Guinness must have been dying for an Italian or Welsh side to go bust after the SA move, instead of the Guinness Pro14 we could have been the Hop House 13.


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When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby BlueBlue » August 21st, 2017, 2:56 pm

http://www.planetrugby.com/news/kings-b ... ing-ranks/

Southern Kings resign players from Super Rugby campaign and bolster coaching team.
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby simonokeeffe » August 21st, 2017, 7:48 pm

BlueBlue wrote:http://www.planetrugby.com/news/kings-bolster-playing-coaching-ranks/

Southern Kings resign players from Super Rugby campaign and bolster coaching team.


at least 3 of them

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%E2%80%9318_Southern_Kings_season#Player_movements

theyve had quite the turnover
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby cormac » August 22nd, 2017, 8:32 am

2018 final will be in the Aviva again
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby blockhead » August 22nd, 2017, 10:48 am

cormac wrote:2018 final will be in the Aviva again


Another good decision by the Pro14.
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby BlueBlue » August 22nd, 2017, 5:45 pm

This Pro14 is great, making all sorts of good decisions
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby simonokeeffe » August 22nd, 2017, 6:43 pm

Guinness will be happy
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby Dexter » August 30th, 2017, 9:20 am

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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby Dexter » August 30th, 2017, 9:24 am

David Kelly wrote another negative article on the Pro14 yesterday:
With the prospect of 20,000-mile round trips to the new South African franchises within a clunky conference system, much uncertainty attends European rugby's poor relation as it begins its latest attempt to ratchet up credibility and commercial gains.

Uncertainty reigns, too, amidst so many of the leading contenders, not to mention the bottom feeders who have failed to contribute to the league in recent seasons

the greatest intrigue will be in seeing if the South African Cheetahs can justify some optimistic noises that they can bring more than just a few Rand to the table.
The PRO14 needed their input for commercial reasons and they will hope that investment is matched on the field also; the competition is already lopsided enough and an expansion that leads to contraction could be fatally damaging to its image.

league chiefs trumpet their fair play and try-scoring statistics, chiefly due to the absence of relegation

interest in the caviar of European and Six Nations is a far tastier prospect than the often dreary bread and butter of weekly league combat.


The competition is obviously far from perfect but this doesn't really help IMO. I'm sure there are some people who enjoy watching it!
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby arsebiscuits1 » August 30th, 2017, 11:40 am

Dexter wrote:David Kelly wrote another negative article on the Pro14 yesterday:
With the prospect of 20,000-mile round trips to the new South African franchises within a clunky conference system, much uncertainty attends European rugby's poor relation as it begins its latest attempt to ratchet up credibility and commercial gains.

Uncertainty reigns, too, amidst so many of the leading contenders, not to mention the bottom feeders who have failed to contribute to the league in recent seasons

the greatest intrigue will be in seeing if the South African Cheetahs can justify some optimistic noises that they can bring more than just a few Rand to the table.
The PRO14 needed their input for commercial reasons and they will hope that investment is matched on the field also; the competition is already lopsided enough and an expansion that leads to contraction could be fatally damaging to its image.

league chiefs trumpet their fair play and try-scoring statistics, chiefly due to the absence of relegation

interest in the caviar of European and Six Nations is a far tastier prospect than the often dreary bread and butter of weekly league combat.


The competition is obviously far from perfect but this doesn't really help IMO. I'm sure there are some people who enjoy watching it!


I hate the approach of criticising something ahead of time. So many journos think they're breaking brand new ground with this because they can either preach that they were right if it goes tits up or just stay silent and move on if it goes wrong. It is tiresome and pretty subpar
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby blockhead » August 30th, 2017, 2:56 pm

The crazy might return to Glasgow
Fijian scrum-half Niko Matawalu has trained at Scotstoun ahead of a potential return to Glasgow Warriors, BBC Scotland has learned.

Matawalu is a free agent after leaving Exeter Chiefs and spoke with Warriors head coach Dave Rennie on Wednesday.
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby kermischocolate » August 30th, 2017, 2:58 pm

blockhead wrote:The crazy might return to Glasgow
Fijian scrum-half Niko Matawalu has trained at Scotstoun ahead of a potential return to Glasgow Warriors, BBC Scotland has learned.

Matawalu is a free agent after leaving Exeter Chiefs and spoke with Warriors head coach Dave Rennie on Wednesday.


Apparently he's signed a 2year contract.

Not entirely sure where he's going to play though....
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby Dave Cahill » August 30th, 2017, 3:16 pm

kermischocolate wrote:
blockhead wrote:The crazy might return to Glasgow
Fijian scrum-half Niko Matawalu has trained at Scotstoun ahead of a potential return to Glasgow Warriors, BBC Scotland has learned.

Matawalu is a free agent after leaving Exeter Chiefs and spoke with Warriors head coach Dave Rennie on Wednesday.


Apparently he's signed a 2year contract.

Not entirely sure where he's going to play though....


Neither is anyone else, including Dave Rennie and Niko Matawalu.
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby wixfjord » August 30th, 2017, 3:28 pm

I'd love to see Matawalu back in the league, absolute nutter that he is. The worst passing 9 and the best passing 9 ever!
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby blockhead » August 30th, 2017, 3:36 pm

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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby johng » August 30th, 2017, 4:39 pm


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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby blockhead » August 30th, 2017, 10:41 pm

Just listened to WNR on newstalk. Munster got their usual 50% minimum, Connacht and Ulster the rest and we got about 15 seconds, I kid you not. We're the new Ulster.
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » August 30th, 2017, 11:35 pm

The other provinces have all had far more interesting summers though, sure we've barely had anything to talk about on here.
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby Dave Cahill » August 31st, 2017, 12:10 am

blockhead wrote:Just listened to WNR on newstalk. Munster got their usual 50% minimum, Connacht and Ulster the rest and we got about 15 seconds, I kid you not. We're the new Ulster.



In fairness though, it has been mental sh!t down south.
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Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Postby Dexter » August 31st, 2017, 11:15 am

Dave Cahill wrote:
blockhead wrote:Just listened to WNR on newstalk. Munster got their usual 50% minimum, Connacht and Ulster the rest and we got about 15 seconds, I kid you not. We're the new Ulster.



In fairness though, it has been mental sh!t down south.

Yep, if that's what it takes to get airtime then they're welcome to it!
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