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And besides a 10 it's forwards we need not backs
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powerful ball carriers we need. some physicality up front.
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We need both. If Asquith and McNicholl, and maybe others, (hopefully not Steff) move on as is rumoured, then there is certainly room for the likes of Josh Adams. Similarly this season has also shown that we need a backup for Patchell, and unfortunately he needs to be signed without us being able to have a decent look at O'Brien. 
 As for a couple of big ball carrying forwards to complement Ball, (who also seems to be with Wales or injured for a lot of the time), I don't think anyone is arguing with that. 
Unfortunately these are the positions that are probably most in demand and it may be easier to sign Josh Adams than the 10 or the forwards, unless Mooar has some new  ideas.
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I didn't advocate another back 3 signing unless we lose players. Mcnichol & Asquith would be big losses with Josh Adams an excellent replacement for Jonny & Owen Williams for Asquith. Owen will be needed whether Asquith moves on or not. Then we need to concentrate our spending on front 5 & that elusive No 8. 
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

I didn't advocate another back 3 signing unless we lose players. Mcnichol & Asquith would be big losses with Josh Adams an excellent replacement for Jonny & Owen Williams for Asquith. Owen will be needed whether Asquith moves on or not. Then we need to concentrate our spending on front 5 & that elusive No 8. 
 

Makes sense. Personally I'd favour Hal Amos to Josh but that is just my preference and either would be a good signing. As I understand it though Amos is nailed on to join Blues and with him studying medicine in Cardiff that makes sense. I can't see the Blues signing both Adams and Amos though.

Owen Williams for me is a no brainer, covers a few positions to a high standard, still youngish, welsh. This time last year he was probably the hottest property outside Wales along with Moriarty.
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Maybe the new coach will bring an upgrade of quality that are not Welsh
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I saw a photo of the Wales 7's team recently and Conbeer was in a boot, does anyone know what sort of injury he has? Unhappy
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He went off injured in first 7s game with leg injury. He didn't look good then
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ScarletBear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 December 2018 at 4:18pm
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

I didn't advocate another back 3 signing unless we lose players. Mcnichol & Asquith would be big losses with Josh Adams an excellent replacement for Jonny & Owen Williams for Asquith. Owen will be needed whether Asquith moves on or not. Then we need to concentrate our spending on front 5 & that elusive No 8. 

And a beast of a lock, who can play 6 too.
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Originally posted by ScarletBear ScarletBear wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

I didn't advocate another back 3 signing unless we lose players. Mcnichol & Asquith would be big losses with Josh Adams an excellent replacement for Jonny & Owen Williams for Asquith. Owen will be needed whether Asquith moves on or not. Then we need to concentrate our spending on front 5 & that elusive No 8. 

And a beast of a lock, who can play 6 too.

Tadhg Beirne Wink or maybe Kieran Read will retire after RWC and join Mooar in West Wales Smile
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Kieran Read is in a tug of war with 2 French clubs, with around £1 million + per season, it was reported on a New Zealand newspaper a few weeks ago. Racing Metro was one of the clubs.
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Since Brad Mooar is coming from Crusaders as a potential back row option it would be great to have Jordan Taufua over. He's dynamic and powerful. I'd love to have Thomas Young here if he wants to improve his Welsh chances by playing in Wales.

I agree with many on here Owen Williams would make a great signing. I see him more as a 12 and if Asquith goes then we have great cover there. Asquith can cover wing so a winger is needed especially if McNicholl leaves as well. Any of Hallam Amos, Josh Adams or Jonah Holmes would do. Someone mentioned George Bridge from the Crusaders but he's recently been capped on the All Blacks end of season tour. Bridge scored two tries against Japan so I'm sure he's going to be slowly eased in now to the All Blacks team, especially since Ben Smith is rumoured to be off to France after the World Cup. 

Other options could be Israel Dagg from the Crusaders since he hasn't featured for the All Blacks in years or Nehe Milner Skudder who has also had limited game time for the All Blacks. Both I'd imagine would be expensive. 

A big second row is needed in the mould of RG Snyman who's been mentioned on the forum a few times. Luke Romano is with the Crusaders and he maybe an option since he's in the same boat as Skudder and Dagg with regards to All Black selection. Romano is 32 mind so maybe someone younger but equally as powerful would do. 

I feel Werner Kruger could leave so a tight head would be needed. I also feel that Tom Phillips and Declan Smith could leave given the quality we have in their positions. 

Position wise I think we need a back row possibly two back rowers, a centre/fly half, another wing/ fullback, a tight head and a second row.
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Werner would be a real loss if he went. I hope he stays.
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We should do our 2nd row shopping in England, we always get bullied by English packs. Look how rubbish Leicester are and they didn't just beat us, they made us look like children.


Obviously we don't want one in the mould of Adam Useless, more like Kitchener or someone like that.
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Originally posted by M.M. M.M. wrote:

Werner would be a real loss if he went. I hope he stays.
He's getting on mind and I suppose if we see a better option on the market we need to be ruthless. Having said that we need another tighthead anyway because there's nothing behind Samson and Werner. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ffidel Bennett Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 December 2018 at 8:57pm
Werner is also our best carrier. Maybe he's not quite as effective when he has to start ie in Samson's absence but I would certainly keep him for another season at least. Gardiner has also on occasions looked useful coming on when our pack is in the ascendency and we're using rolling mauls in the opposition 22 - not so good when we are defending and the rolls of fat around his waist aren't exactly helpful for anything other than scrummaging. I'm surprised we haven't seen more of Javan Sebastian, as he is more mobile and likes to carry - a fitness issue?
One of the features that props need in plenty is confidence as I doubt that the average referee understands much about what is going on and a 20st con-man might earn a good few more penalties than a much better prop.

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