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Topic: #Tnewsday Signings
Posted By: NobbySosban
Subject: #Tnewsday Signings
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 5:21pm
Latest #Tnewsday re-signing announced today, with Ryan Elias extending his contract. Clap

66 appearances, 3 tries and 2 caps by the age of 22 - not bad for a hooker. Wink

http://www.scarlets.wales/en/news/articles/scarlets-2/" rel="nofollow - http://www.scarlets.wales/en/news/articles/scarlets-2/


#Tnewsday contract news this season so far:
2018
15/05 - Angus O'Brien (from Dragons
15/05 - Ed Kennedy (Welsh-qualified, from Randwick, Australia
15/05 - Matthew Davies (Neath lock, 2m tall, first pro contract - announced by Neath not yet confirmed by Scarlets
01/05 - Kieran Hardy (from Jersey
01/05 - Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (from Edinburgh
10/04 - Clayton Blommetjies (from Cheetahs, 
03/04 - Phil Price (permanent contract, 2018-19 and beyond
27/03 - Hadleigh Parkes (extension for "a few more years"
20/03 - Uzair Cassiem (from Cheetahs, for 208-19 'and beyond'
06/03 - Tom Varndell (from Bristol, short-term contract to end of season
27/02 - Blade Thomson (from Hurricanes, 2018-19 only?
13/02 - Jonathan Davies (NDC extension,
13/02 - Jake Ball (NDC extension,
13/02 - Gareth Davies (NDC,
09/01 - Jonathan Evans (extension, 
2017
30/12 - Lewis Rawlins (extension, "next few years"
19/12 - Ryan Elias (extension, unspecified
12/12 - Aaron Shingler (extension, 
05/12 - Rhys Patchell (extension, 
30/11 - Herschel Jantjes (temporary contract, 1 game in SA
30/11 - James Davies (extension
29/11 - Kieron Fonotia (signing from next season
28/11 - Dylan Evans (extension
21/11 - Wyn Jones (extension, "few years"
21/11 - Mike Phillips (short-term contract for 2 games in SA
21/11 - Stephen Jones & Byron Hayward (coaching contract extensions
17/11 - Steve Cummins (from Melbourne Rebels post SuperRugby season)
26/10 - Wayne Pivac (extension to 2020
03/08 - Leigh Halfpenny (signed, 


#Tnewsday signings for 2019/20

2019
02/4 Sam Lousi  (lock forward from Hurricanes, signed for "next few years"
26/3 Johnny McNicholl  (at least 2 yrs, eligible for Wales Dec-19
24/3 Tom Price to Exeter  (2 yrs
19/3 Jon 'Fox' Davies  (off NDC
Ken Owens
Rob Evans
http://www.scarlets.wales/en/team-news/articles/grand-slam-winners-jonathan-davies-rob-evans-and-ken-owens-sign-new-scarlets-deals/%C2%A0" rel="nofollow - 14/3 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne - on loan to Harlequins for rest of season

2018
3/12 Brad Mooar - Head coach  (from Crusaders

Rumours
Jon Fox to Leicester
Tom Price to Exeter - confirmed 24/3
Clayton Blommetjies on loan to Leicester Tigers for remainder of season?
Sam Lousi from Hurricanes - confirmed 02/4



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Posted By: SVD
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 5:26pm
Falch i glywed!!


Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 5:36pm
 Brilliant news !!


Posted By: trident
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 5:59pm
That's a great retention.
Ryan has a real physical edge, and at 22 will surely only improve over the next couple of years.


Posted By: InTheBath
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 6:19pm
He's the best young hooker in Wales with a huge future and a big part to play this season and beyond, glad he's signed a new deal.


Posted By: 1carmscarletsfan
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 6:27pm
GREAT NEWS da iawn Ryan


Posted By: sospanman
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 6:34pm
Excellent news. This boy has the minerals to get to the top-happy that, at the moment, he seems to be under the radar and being allowed to develop in his own time.

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Posted By: SospanMawr
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 6:47pm
This is great news. Elias and Dee are going to be fighting it out for years to come for the Welsh jersey.
Hope Ken is happy to pass on all he knows


Posted By: PE SA
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 6:48pm
Excellent news. Absolute beast of a player.


Posted By: scarletnut
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 6:58pm
Hibbard will get all the attention but this is a far better signing

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Posted By: Sandman
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 7:07pm
Great news. Firmly believe this guy is our future Captain.

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Posted By: philturk
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 7:10pm
Unless I dreamed it (and I hope I haven't) then you're missing 1 fairly major extension there.....Wayne Pivac


Posted By: PE SA
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 7:13pm
Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Hibbard will get all the attention but this is a far better signing
Dragons can keep all the attention!


Posted By: Joni Bach
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 7:17pm
Fantastic news. Has a big future not only at y Parc but also with the national side. Loving these re-signings.


Posted By: NobbySosban
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 7:31pm
Originally posted by philturk philturk wrote:

Unless I dreamed it (and I hope I haven't) then you're missing 1 fairly major extension there.....Wayne Pivac

Don't know what you mean, Philturk. Embarrassed




Posted By: aber-fan
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 7:33pm
Excellent news - Elias is already breathing down Ken's neck, in the same way that Ken himself followed then overtook Smiler Rees - I can easily see Ryan taking over from Ken as Wales's first choice in a year or two, with Dee of the Dragons another contender.

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Posted By: rygbi11
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 7:35pm
Will be a future British & Irish Lion God willing.


Posted By: Wil Chips
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 7:42pm
Incredibly important signature this. Huge. Great news.


Posted By: ap sior
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 8:27pm
In a couple of season's I think he'll take over from Ken. He'll then sign for another contract as first choice hooker.


Posted By: Why
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 10:09pm
Probably one of the most important signings the region have made this season.

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Posted By: Mr Lee91
Date Posted: 19 December 2017 at 10:27pm
Brilliant and a very important resigning. 
probably spells the end of Emyr Phillips time with us though.


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Posted By: TheKing
Date Posted: 20 December 2017 at 1:51am
Certainly a key player to keep hold of. Excellent news.


Posted By: Dafen Boy
Date Posted: 20 December 2017 at 3:57am
Huge upside here, good piece of business Thumbs Up


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 20 December 2017 at 8:37am
Great news. He should be in the Welsh squad now without doubt. Has many of the attributes of the South African hooker Marx who is, in my opinion, the Worlds best at the moment. Ryan has the ability and attitude to match him. 


Posted By: Rob o'r Bont
Date Posted: 20 December 2017 at 9:13am
Ryan is a very impressive person both on and off the field.  Delighted with this news. Clap



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Posted By: Sandman
Date Posted: 20 December 2017 at 11:35am
Originally posted by ap sior ap sior wrote:

In a couple of season's I think he'll take over from Ken. He'll then sign for another contract as first choice hooker.
Don’t think it’ll take as long as that. If not at the end of this season, then definitely at the start of next season. I really believe he’s that good. Also, having spoken to Ken over the summer, his will is in no doubt to the Scarlets’ cause, however, his body and ability to recover may be.

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Posted By: aber-fan
Date Posted: 20 December 2017 at 2:46pm
Originally posted by Mr Lee91 Mr Lee91 wrote:

Brilliant and a very important resigning. 
probably spells the end of Emyr Phillips time with us though.

Emyr is a top player, but has had bad luck with injuries (is he fit at the moment, BTW?)

I can see him as having a very important role to play during international periods, especially if both Ken and Ryan are called up, as will very likely happen.


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Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 20 December 2017 at 3:01pm
Hope Emyr stays fit and healthy this time round.

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Posted By: crj89
Date Posted: 23 December 2017 at 5:29pm
Does anyone think there'll be a good news Tnewsday signing on Boxing Day? Preferably half time, how good would that be? The No. 8 we've all been hoping for, maybe George North?


Posted By: SospanMawr
Date Posted: 23 December 2017 at 9:18pm
Originally posted by aber-fan aber-fan wrote:

Originally posted by Mr Lee91 Mr Lee91 wrote:

Brilliant and a very important resigning. 
probably spells the end of Emyr Phillips time with us though.


Emyr is a top player, but has had bad luck with injuries (is he fit at the moment, BTW?)

I can see him as having a very important role to play during international periods, especially if both Ken and Ryan are called up, as will very likely happen.
Cracking player and leader is Emyr, however I don’t see him being around for long unfortunately as he is quite injury prone and also we have Daf Hughes and Taylor Davies both of whom are good enough to be 3rd choice and in Daf’s case good enough to be even more.
Could very well see Emyr move on to make some money elsewhere.


Posted By: ladram
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 8:54am
our new 9 for next year is Kieron hardy.

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Posted By: Mogwen
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 9:17am
I heard it was a Southern Hemisphere player. From the same club as the 8 Pivac is hoping to sign. Got no names tho.

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Posted By: haydn_davies
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 9:17am
Originally posted by ladram ladram wrote:


our new 9 for next year is Kieron hardy.

we asked about taking him with us to SA but Jersey weren't willing to release him.

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Posted By: cymraes
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 9:23am
  could the Southern Hemisphere 9 be Herschel Jantjies who joined us in South Africa?



Posted By: llanelli_boy
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 9:37am
Posted on the other thread, but saw Jon Daniels with a large south sea islander last night (was in one of the boxes) and I'm pretty sure I saw some of his family were shown around the barn prior to kick off


Posted By: ScarletBear
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 10:14am
I was disappointed we Didn't announce a signing yesterday pre-game. Are we struggling to recruit?


Posted By: The Brain
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 10:22am
Originally posted by llanelli_boy llanelli_boy wrote:

Posted on the other thread, but saw Jon Daniels with a large south sea islander last night (was in one of the boxes) and I'm pretty sure I saw some of his family were shown around the barn prior to kick off


How large?

Jonah Lomu size large?

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Posted By: scarletnut
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 10:24am
Originally posted by ladram ladram wrote:


our new 9 for next year is Kieron hardy.
Disappointed if that's true

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Posted By: 2ndtimeround
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 10:38am
Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by ladram ladram wrote:


our new 9 for next year is Kieron hardy.
Disappointed if that's true

Why ?, I don't follow English rugby but thought he had done well there?
Surely good enough as 3rd choice 9


Posted By: ScarletSpiderman
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 10:50am
Originally posted by ScarletBear ScarletBear wrote:

I was disappointed we Didn't announce a signing yesterday pre-game. Are we struggling to recruit?
 
Only a few seasons ago we were waiting until Mid July/early August to hear who was signing, so having anounced anyone by now is a big step forward.


Posted By: scarletnut
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 10:56am
Originally posted by 2ndtimeround 2ndtimeround wrote:

Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by ladram ladram wrote:


our new 9 for next year is Kieron hardy.
Disappointed if that's true


Why ?, I don't follow English rugby but thought he had done well there?
Surely good enough as 3rd choice 9
Hopefully he proves me wrong and admittedly I haven't seen much of him at Jersey. But I watched a lot of him in the Principality Premiership and he looked out of his depth even at that level. As I said hopefully he's improved but it's really not a good signing IMO

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Posted By: Exkixu
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 11:36am
This is a 3rd choice scrumhalf we are looking at. I can't see the point of spending more money than it is strictly necessary.

We can always call Mike Phillips if injury occurs.


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Posted By: PE SA
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 5:57pm
More than a 3rd choice. Cawdor will be missing for chunks of the season. Jonny Evs our inured- which can happen next year too, we need a 9 that is first team ready. Not “3rd choice”. We need 1st 2nd choice 9 tome in and push our current 9s and be good enough when internationals are away.


Posted By: ladram
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 6:29pm
he has filled out and has come on leaps and bounds since going to jersey but keep an eye out for his cousin luke davies no 9 too but destined for the very top.

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Posted By: Exkixu
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 6:52pm
Originally posted by PE SA PE SA wrote:

More than a 3rd choice. Cawdor will be missing for chunks of the season. Jonny Evs our inured- which can happen next year too, we need a 9 that is first team ready. Not “3rd choice”. We need 1st 2nd choice 9 tome in and push our current 9s and be good enough when internationals are away.

Nah, sorry. Still 3rd choice and no worth a huge investment given our resources. Injuries can happen across the squad, and in other places we are even worse off. Number 8 to begin with. I don't expect to have such bad luck with our injuries during international call ups at scrumhalf next year. Or no more than in other positions.

Let's get our starting XV or 23 sorted and then we can talk about players who will have a chance come AI/6N time.


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Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 6:53pm
Originally posted by ladram ladram wrote:

he has filled out and has come on leaps and bounds since going to jersey but keep an eye out for his cousin luke davies no 9 too but destined for the very top.


   Kieran his a big lad now it will be great to see how he goes on his return .Nigel does Luke play for Scarlets under16s ?? if it his the lad I think exciting darling .


Posted By: elmo761
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 7:21pm
I think it's a good acquisition he's played well as first choice 9 for Jersey regularly scoring tries. It'll be great to have him back to prove doubters wrong. #GiveTheBoyAChance #GlasADu

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Posted By: ladram
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 7:31pm
Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:

Originally posted by ladram ladram wrote:

he has filled out and has come on leaps and bounds since going to jersey but keep an eye out for his cousin luke davies no 9 too but destined for the very top.


   Kieran his a big lad now it will be great to see how he goes on his return .Nigel does Luke play for Scarlets under16s ?? if it his the lad I think exciting darling .
yes mark.


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Posted By: scarletnut
Date Posted: 27 December 2017 at 7:53pm
Originally posted by PE SA PE SA wrote:

More than a 3rd choice. Cawdor will be missing for chunks of the season. Jonny Evs our inured- which can happen next year too, we need a 9 that is first team ready. Not “3rd choice”. We need 1st 2nd choice 9 tome in and push our current 9s and be good enough when internationals are away.
Spot on. If Hardy has signed then I hope he's up to it, but I have a lot of doubts

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Posted By: Mundoscarlet
Date Posted: 28 December 2017 at 10:30am
Most of the time I've seen his name on the sheet for jersey it's not on there or wing on times for them


Posted By: seany61
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 1:04pm
Is Hardy an upgrade on Declan smith?

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Posted By: SospanMawr
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 2:23pm
Originally posted by seany61 seany61 wrote:

Is Hardy an upgrade on Declan smith?
I’ve never seen the fuss about either but Dec Smith seemed decently thought of in the Scarlets until recently.


Posted By: anniesboy
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 4:06pm
Heard a number eight is on his way.
Jordan Taufua


Posted By: ScarletBear
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 4:53pm
Originally posted by anniesboy anniesboy wrote:

Heard a number eight is on his way.
Jordan Taufua

Hadn't we done this to death. Anyway, thought he had a year left to go on his contract.


Posted By: Wasp
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 5:00pm
Originally posted by anniesboy anniesboy wrote:

Heard a number eight is on his way.
Jordan Taufua
Stop it. 


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Posted By: anniesboy
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 5:56pm
my mate told me ,but he can be a liar.


Posted By: ScarletBear
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 5:57pm
Originally posted by anniesboy anniesboy wrote:

my mate told me ,but he can be a liar.

LOL


Posted By: Wasp
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 6:28pm
Originally posted by anniesboy anniesboy wrote:

my mate told me ,but he can be a liar.
Big smileBig smileBig smile

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Posted By: Ffidel Bennett
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 7:22pm
Originally posted by Wasp Wasp wrote:

Originally posted by anniesboy anniesboy wrote:

my mate told me ,but he can be a liar.
Big smileBig smileBig smile

How long has worked for the Western Mule?


Posted By: Huwbach
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 7:31pm
Who was the big guy in the barn then?


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 7:46pm
Can people describe him?

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Posted By: 1carmscarletsfan
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 7:50pm
Was that the fella talking to Gareth Jenkins?


Posted By: elmo761
Date Posted: 29 December 2017 at 11:58pm
Right don't normally add fuel to a fire but there was a South Sea island family being shown around the barn on Boxing Day - they spent quite a bit of time in the balcony. I didn't see "the big guy" with Gyppo and put 2 and 2 together and came up with Fonotia as he was with the away team.
Well an 8 would be excellent!!

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Posted By: Mundoscarlet
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 6:49am
I suppose one thing we can say about taufua is that he would have Jonny mac and Fonatia here, 2 mates from his crusaders days . Who knows , maybe they have got in his ear too about the way we play and would suit his style I'm sure .


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 8:19am
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Can people describe him?
Any details or estimates and/or descriptions of height, facial hair, family members with him?

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Posted By: Matthew Cardey
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 8:59am
Originally posted by ScarletBear ScarletBear wrote:

Originally posted by anniesboy anniesboy wrote:


Heard a number eight is on his way.
Jordan Taufua


Hadn't we done this to death. Anyway, thought he had a year left to go on his contract.


A year left on a super rugby contract mean players would be available in the autumn like parkes and mchnicol were.


Posted By: Ben10thomas
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 9:36am
I was in the one of the suites on Boxing Day, there was an islander being shown around, with his family. Spent a while being introduced to Benny, looked in his early twenties, 6-2ish. Maybe an announcement soon.


Posted By: M.M.
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 9:37am
Just seen on Twitter, Lewis Rawlings stays with Scarlets.


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 9:45am
Originally posted by Ben10thomas Ben10thomas wrote:

I was in the one of the suites on Boxing Day, there was an islander being shown around, with his family. Spent a while being introduced to Benny, looked in his early twenties, 6-2ish. Maybe an announcement soon.
Thanks Ben. Any facial hair and did you see any of his family?

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Posted By: shocker
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 9:55am
[URL= ][/URL]https://www.google.co.uk/search?ie=UTF-8&client=ms-android-samsung&source=android-browser&q=Jordan+Taufua&gfe_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=eWJHWpHWCbHL8ge3p7PwBQ#gfe_rd=cr&imgrc=kIpiC8bb_B7JRM:


Posted By: Matthew Cardey
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 9:57am
Was he wearing glasses?
Like a game of guess who.

Maybe you could google an image/video of jordan taufua.....



Posted By: totallybiasedscarlet
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 10:00am
Originally posted by M.M. M.M. wrote:

Just seen on Twitter, Lewis Rawlings stays with Scarlets.


Good news that!

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Posted By: shocker
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 10:02am
Sent link of image, didn't know how to highlight it though.is that guy mysterious guy spotted


Posted By: totallybiasedscarlet
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 10:06am
Originally posted by Matthew Cardey Matthew Cardey wrote:

Was he wearing glasses?
Like a game of guess who.

Maybe you could google an image/video of jordan taufua.....



https://youtu.be/goEwK-oJK2Q" rel="nofollow - Video

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Posted By: dantheman
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 10:23am
I don't think it's particularly likely it's Taufua.

His Instagram page suggests he was in Fiji just before Xmas and is now back in NZ. It isn't credible that we'd fly him and his entire family all the way round the World for a few days just to watch the Ospreys game.

If it is a player then far more likely they are currently based far closer to Llanelli or were nearby on holiday.


Posted By: Why
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 10:29am
Originally posted by dantheman dantheman wrote:

I don't think it's particularly likely it's Taufua.

His Instagram page suggests he was in Fiji just before Xmas and is now back in NZ. It isn't credible that we'd fly him and his entire family all the way round the World for a few days just to watch the Ospreys game.

If it is a player then far more likely they are currently based far closer to Llanelli or were nearby on holiday.

Faletau it is then

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Posted By: totallybiasedscarlet
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 10:31am
Originally posted by Why Why wrote:

Originally posted by dantheman dantheman wrote:

I don't think it's particularly likely it's Taufua.

His Instagram page suggests he was in Fiji just before Xmas and is now back in NZ. It isn't credible that we'd fly him and his entire family all the way round the World for a few days just to watch the Ospreys game.

If it is a player then far more likely they are currently based far closer to Llanelli or were nearby on holiday.

Faletau it is then






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Posted By: Matthew Cardey
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 10:33am
Could well be a player in a different position.......


Posted By: aber-fan
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 10:39am
Originally posted by totallybiasedscarlet totallybiasedscarlet wrote:

Originally posted by M.M. M.M. wrote:

Just seen on Twitter, Lewis Rawlings stays with Scarlets.


Good news that!

Very good - Rawlins's continued absence from the match-day squad was baffling to me, unless he was injured - or was on the naughty step for some unreported reason.

Given his contribution last season, I'm delighted he's staying.


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Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 11:10am
Originally posted by dantheman dantheman wrote:

I don't think it's particularly likely it's Taufua.

His Instagram page suggests he was in Fiji just before Xmas and is now back in NZ. It isn't credible that we'd fly him and his entire family all the way round the World for a few days just to watch the Ospreys game.

If it is a player then far more likely they are currently based far closer to Llanelli or were nearby on holiday.
Other than the holiday option, or someone on the injured list, it is most likely to be someone within the UK, or the Top14.

If in the UK, it’s more likely that he would’ve been recognised, so that leads me towards a Top14 player. They played on Sat 23/12 and it’s perfectly feasible to fly in on 26/12 and leave the next morning to return to his club in time for training, subject to snow and location. If being rested for this weekend, it’d be even easier to fit in a visit to a prospective club.

Any thoughts?

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Posted By: Wasp
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 11:12am
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by dantheman dantheman wrote:

I don't think it's particularly likely it's Taufua.

His Instagram page suggests he was in Fiji just before Xmas and is now back in NZ. It isn't credible that we'd fly him and his entire family all the way round the World for a few days just to watch the Ospreys game.

If it is a player then far more likely they are currently based far closer to Llanelli or were nearby on holiday.
Other than the holiday option, or someone on the injured list, it is most likely to be someone within the UK, or the Top14.

If in the UK, it’s more likely that he would’ve been recognised, so that leads me towards a Top14 player. They played on Sat 23/12 and it’s perfectly feasible to fly in on 26/12 and leave the next morning to return to his club in time for training, subject to snow and location. If being rested for this weekend, it’d be even easier to fit in a visit to a prospective club.

Any thoughts?
Or currently injured of course.


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Posted By: greypower1
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 11:15am
Could have been just a friend on a freebie come to watch the match. May not have been a rugby player at all let alone a number8.

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Posted By: Wasp
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 11:24am
Originally posted by Mundoscarlet Mundoscarlet wrote:

I suppose one thing we can say about taufua is that he would have Jonny mac and Fonatia here, 2 mates from his crusaders days . Who knows , maybe they have got in his ear too about the way we play and would suit his style I'm sure .
We have already signed our 8 I believe. and he's not an Islander.
Taufua has played at 7 a lot for the Crusaders, and looks like a fantastic player, would love to have him on board. 


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Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 11:30am
Originally posted by Wasp Wasp wrote:

Originally posted by Mundoscarlet Mundoscarlet wrote:

I suppose one thing we can say about taufua is that he would have Jonny mac and Fonatia here, 2 mates from his crusaders days . Who knows , maybe they have got in his ear too about the way we play and would suit his style I'm sure .

We have already signed our 8 I believe. and he's not an Islander.
Taufua has played at 7 a lot for the Crusaders, and looks like a fantastic player, would love to have him on board. 
Any idea on nationality?

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Posted By: henry_winkler
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 12:29pm
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Wasp Wasp wrote:

Originally posted by Mundoscarlet Mundoscarlet wrote:

I suppose one thing we can say about taufua is that he would have Jonny mac and Fonatia here, 2 mates from his crusaders days . Who knows , maybe they have got in his ear too about the way we play and would suit his style I'm sure .

We have already signed our 8 I believe. and he's not an Islander.
Taufua has played at 7 a lot for the Crusaders, and looks like a fantastic player, would love to have him on board. 
Any idea on nationality?


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Posted By: Matthew Cardey
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 12:54pm
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Wasp Wasp wrote:

Originally posted by Mundoscarlet Mundoscarlet wrote:

I suppose one thing we can say about taufua is that he would have Jonny mac and Fonatia here, 2 mates from his crusaders days . Who knows , maybe they have got in his ear too about the way we play and would suit his style I'm sure .

We have already signed our 8 I believe. and he's not an Islander.
Taufua has played at 7 a lot for the Crusaders, and looks like a fantastic player, would love to have him on board. 
Any idea on nationality?


I thought it was that australian michael wells?


Posted By: henry_winkler
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 1:32pm
Originally posted by Matthew Cardey Matthew Cardey wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Wasp Wasp wrote:

Originally posted by Mundoscarlet Mundoscarlet wrote:

I suppose one thing we can say about taufua is that he would have Jonny mac and Fonatia here, 2 mates from his crusaders days . Who knows , maybe they have got in his ear too about the way we play and would suit his style I'm sure .

We have already signed our 8 I believe. and he's not an Islander.
Taufua has played at 7 a lot for the Crusaders, and looks like a fantastic player, would love to have him on board. 
Any idea on nationality?


I thought it was that australian michael wells?


No offence to Wells but I'd be very underwhelmed if he's the only 8 we get in.


Posted By: Dafen Boy
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 4:13pm
Originally posted by llanelli_boy llanelli_boy wrote:

Posted on the other thread, but saw Jon Daniels with a large south sea islander last night (was in one of the boxes) and I'm pretty sure I saw some of his family were shown around the barn prior to kick off

Must have loved the weather...Wink


Posted By: Dafen Boy
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 4:15pm
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by dantheman dantheman wrote:

I don't think it's particularly likely it's Taufua.

His Instagram page suggests he was in Fiji just before Xmas and is now back in NZ. It isn't credible that we'd fly him and his entire family all the way round the World for a few days just to watch the Ospreys game.

If it is a player then far more likely they are currently based far closer to Llanelli or were nearby on holiday.
Other than the holiday option, or someone on the injured list, it is most likely to be someone within the UK, or the Top14.

If in the UK, it’s more likely that he would’ve been recognised, so that leads me towards a Top14 player. They played on Sat 23/12 and it’s perfectly feasible to fly in on 26/12 and leave the next morning to return to his club in time for training, subject to snow and location. If being rested for this weekend, it’d be even easier to fit in a visit to a prospective club.

Any thoughts?

I look forward to buying your first detective novel Thumbs Up

Excellent research..


Posted By: Matthew Cardey
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 4:52pm
Originally posted by Dafen Boy Dafen Boy wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by dantheman dantheman wrote:

I don't think it's particularly likely it's Taufua.

His Instagram page suggests he was in Fiji just before Xmas and is now back in NZ. It isn't credible that we'd fly him and his entire family all the way round the World for a few days just to watch the Ospreys game.

If it is a player then far more likely they are currently based far closer to Llanelli or were nearby on holiday.
Other than the holiday option, or someone on the injured list, it is most likely to be someone within the UK, or the Top14.

If in the UK, it’s more likely that he would’ve been recognised, so that leads me towards a Top14 player. They played on Sat 23/12 and it’s perfectly feasible to fly in on 26/12 and leave the next morning to return to his club in time for training, subject to snow and location. If being rested for this weekend, it’d be even easier to fit in a visit to a prospective club.

Any thoughts?


I look forward to buying your first detective novel Thumbs Up

Excellent research..


What about a top14 player with a pivac auckland/fijian connection......?


Posted By: Exkixu
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 5:11pm
Joe Edwards springs to mind

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Posted By: Mundoscarlet
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 5:12pm
Taufau is currently injured , broken arm I believe??


Posted By: Mundoscarlet
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 5:17pm
Just looked at he broke his arm in tasman defeat to Canterbury in the mitre cup final on 30th October and coach said out for upto 12 weeks. Not in any demand for international honours atm so why wouldn't he want to join a top European sides with mates already there?


Posted By: Wasp
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 5:23pm
Originally posted by henry_winkler henry_winkler wrote:

Originally posted by Matthew Cardey Matthew Cardey wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Wasp Wasp wrote:

Originally posted by Mundoscarlet Mundoscarlet wrote:

I suppose one thing we can say about taufua is that he would have Jonny mac and Fonatia here, 2 mates from his crusaders days . Who knows , maybe they have got in his ear too about the way we play and would suit his style I'm sure .

We have already signed our 8 I believe. and he's not an Islander.
Taufua has played at 7 a lot for the Crusaders, and looks like a fantastic player, would love to have him on board. 
Any idea on nationality?


I thought it was that australian michael wells?


No offence to Wells but I'd be very underwhelmed if he's the only 8 we get in.
It's Wells.


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Posted By: greypower1
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 5:52pm
Makes sense if it's Wells as we need another Ausie to share house with Asquith. There's more to recruiting players than just ability.😁😁😁

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Posted By: Dafen Boy
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 5:55pm
He looks a great athlete, good skills from sevens...time will tell..


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 6:04pm
You’d not think Wells was a South Sea Islander, unless you’d had 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺 so who is this guy?



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Posted By: Matthew Cardey
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 6:17pm
Originally posted by Wasp Wasp wrote:

Originally posted by henry_winkler henry_winkler wrote:

Originally posted by Matthew Cardey Matthew Cardey wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Wasp Wasp wrote:

Originally posted by Mundoscarlet Mundoscarlet wrote:

I suppose one thing we can say about taufua is that he would have Jonny mac and Fonatia here, 2 mates from his crusaders days . Who knows , maybe they have got in his ear too about the way we play and would suit his style I'm sure .

We have already signed our 8 I believe. and he's not an Islander.
Taufua has played at 7 a lot for the Crusaders, and looks like a fantastic player, would love to have him on board. 
Any idea on nationality?


I thought it was that australian michael wells?


No offence to Wells but I'd be very underwhelmed if he's the only 8 we get in.

It's Wells.


I think we should hold our judgement of wells untill he has played for us. Looks a very good player from what ive seen of him and will slot in very nicely with our style of play.

I think the south sea islander is an outside back.



Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 6:30pm
 If we bring in Wells ?  there will be an 8 as well and a lock as I understand ...


Posted By: Wasp
Date Posted: 30 December 2017 at 7:30pm
Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:

 If we bring in Wells ?  there will be an 8 as well and a lock as I understand ...
Seemingly.


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