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Originally posted by dantheman dantheman wrote:

Some good signings from the blues, we should have gone for Vosawai. Drags also stronger, next season could be very tough.


the blues have also lost a lot of quality

halfpenny,b davies,copeland,robinson and god knows if they will play warbirton don't forget this Vosawai guy will also miss games when he is away with Italy.

I'd be amazed if we finished below them next year

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Dragons will some good players coming in along with the Blues, however the best players are all leaving.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DDF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2014 at 11:04am
personally agree with dantheman, think both the blues & dragons overhaul of their squads will make them stronger next season.

both have added experience and quality to their squads. agree blues have lost some quality too in halfpenny, copeland & davies. but how much the blues would have seen of those players before the lead up to the WC I'd imagine would be limited.

next season should be interesting.


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Ospreys Tom Issacs will be heading to Gloucester next season.
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Know it's been mentioned on here a while ago, but WM are now running story former All Black Jarrad Hoeata to Blues. Impressive signing.
 
 
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Originally posted by Dilyn Dy Fflam Dilyn Dy Fflam wrote:

Ospreys Tom Issacs will be heading to Gloucester next season.
 
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Originally posted by Dilyn Dy Fflam Dilyn Dy Fflam wrote:

Know it's been mentioned on here a while ago, but WM are now running story former All Black Jarrad Hoeata to Blues. Impressive signing.
 
 
how good is he?
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Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

Originally posted by Dilyn Dy Fflam Dilyn Dy Fflam wrote:

Know it's been mentioned on here a while ago, but WM are now running story former All Black Jarrad Hoeata to Blues. Impressive signing.
 
 
how good is he?


personally i rate him. since moving to the highlanders he's excelled, playing for the NZ Maori & All Blacks. Think he has a lot to offer the Blues, and will be available all season.
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sounds promising dilyn, goodness knows blues needs some quality , especialy in the back 5 of their pack
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their starting pack looks pretty decent for next season:

1) Gethin Jenkins
2) Mathew Rees
3) Craig Mitchell
4) Filo Paulo
5) Jarrad Hoeata
6) Josh Turnbull
7) Sam Warburton?
8) Manu Vosawai
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Also Dragons have brought in Russian tighthead prop Andrei Igretsov for a trial. Guess using Kingsley Jones connections with the Russian National Team.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote roy munster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 March 2014 at 9:15pm
Originally posted by Dilyn Dy Fflam Dilyn Dy Fflam wrote:

Also Dragons have brought in Russian tighthead prop Andrei Igretsov for a trial. Guess using Kingsley Jones connections with the Russian National Team.
keep ewer eye on the ruskie, he may try and annexe dave parade
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Dragons are closing in on front five signings:

DIRECTOR of rugby Lyn Jones says Newport Gwent Dragons are closing in on seasoned recruits in the tight five that will shore up their struggling set piece.

The Rodney Parade region have failed to find a solution to season upon season of their pack being shunted backwards.

Last Sunday they were humbled by Connacht's driving lineout and scrum, forcing Jones to change his entire front row after just half an hour.

They fared better when 39-year-old ex-England tighthead Duncan Bell, who was tempted out of retirement by the region and who is unable to train full-time because of his job as a mortgage consultant, was on the pitch but that is a short-term fix until the end of the season.

Jones has already moved to secure the services of savvy Leicester loosehead Boris Stankovich for next season and the 34-year-old will be joined by some more seasoned campaigners at tighthead and in the second row, with signings set to be announced in the coming weeks.

"We have been talking to several players," said the director of rugby. "You certainly don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out where we need to strengthen the squad and that's what we are doing.

"We have worked towards signings for next season and I am planning way ahead and also thinking about a year from now because you can't get to March, April and May before thinking about signings."

Experience has been a key theme in Jones' recruitment so far with 33-year-old full back Lee Byrne and 27-year-old wing Aled Brew joining Stankovich in penning deals at Rodney Parade.

"The deterioration of this squad over a number of years has been unacceptable," said Jones. "I need to reverse that and it takes time.

"We have a good academy here with promising players. Lots of them will come through but first I need to bring champions into this changing room because we are used to losing and that mentality needs to be changed.

"We need to bring in seasoned internationals and the Boris Stankoviches of this world who know what the game is about.

"We need to increase that pool to get the young Welsh players to drive through. The knock-on effect of the older fellas coming in is that the new talent will be able to flourish and learn in a proper environment."


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Dragons have bolstered their front five with the return of 37 year old Ian Gough from London Irish. They have also signed tighthead Dave Young from Jersey. He came through the Leicester ranks with current Dradons recruit Stankovich.

Not marquee signings granted, but will bolster and add experience to a problem area for them.
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Dragons have also signed an overseas signing in the pipeline. Just waiting WRU clearance to announce it.
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Originally posted by Dilyn Dy Fflam Dilyn Dy Fflam wrote:

Dragons have bolstered their front five with the return of 37 year old Ian Gough from London Irish. They have also signed tighthead Dave Young from Jersey. He came through the Leicester ranks with current Dradons recruit Stankovich.

Not marquee signings granted, but will bolster and add experience to a problem area for them.


a 37 year old lock and a tight head from jersey? what's the academy system for ?

that's worrying for the drags if you ask me

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