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    Posted: 20 August 2018 at 11:20am
Ahead of the new season, I thought I'd start a thread for news from other PRO14 & Heineken Champions Cup teams...

Visiting fans from other clubs welcome to post their news, views & gossip here. Hug



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ULSTER

Dan McFarland has been released by the SRU to start work as head coach with Ulster as of this morning (Mon 20 Aug).

Simon Easterby was temporarily drafted from the IRFU to manage the team ahead of McFarland's arrival, so it'll be interesting to see how quickly the reins change hands, especially as our first game of the season is at the Kinspan/Ravenhill - having two former Scarlets in their coaching set-up could benefit their preparation, but a switch of leadership leaves them potentially volatile so close to the opening game.

Gloucester beat them relatively easily in Belfast (you can see the full game on their Facebook page), and new outside half Billy Burns was injured in that game against his old club.


UPDATE:
Ulster have also re-signed Ireland centre Stuart McCloskey until 2022, and expect Springbok flanker Marcell Coetzee back this weekend after a 12-month injury lay-off.




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SOUTHERN KINGS

Double announcement this morning - they have secured ISUZU SA as their headline shirt sponsor, and are now the first black-owned rugby franchise in South Africa, also creating an academy for the Eastern Cape's young talent - big day for them.

Originally posted by Southern Kings Southern Kings wrote:

This is the home of black rugby - our team will promote cohesion in South African society.





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GLASGOW WARRIORS

Dave Rennie has appointed Ryan Wilson and Callum Gibbins as co-captains for this season.

Originally posted by Dave Rennie Dave Rennie wrote:

They work really well together and we have a big squad of 50 players, which is a lot to manage. They have complimentary skills, are both very passionate about this club and are hugely respected by all.



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Originally posted by NobbySosban NobbySosban wrote:

ULSTER

Dan McFarland has been released by the SRU to start work as head coach with Ulster as of this morning (Mon 20 Aug).

Simon Easterby was temporarily drafted from the IRFU to manage the team ahead of McFarland's arrival, so it'll be interesting to see how quickly the reins change hands, especially as our first game of the season is at the Kinspan/Ravenhill - having two former Scarlets in their coaching set-up could benefit their preparation, but a switch of leadership leaves them potentially volatile so close to the opening game.

Gloucester beat them relatively easily in Belfast (you can see the full game on their Facebook page), and new outside half Billy Burns was injured in that game against his old club.




Interesting thread. Ulster in Belfast are no easy opposition. If we are near our best we will win. They still, for me, are a bit lightweight in the front 5 and have not successfully replaced their 9/10 axis. Burns doesn't cut it for me. I would love to see our first half team against Bath as the starters for Ulster. Our pack for that game hopefully will be :-

1. Rob 2. Ken 3 Samson 4. Ball 5. Cummins 6. McLoud 7. Davis 8. Casseim
Bench 16. Elias 17. Price/Evans 18. Werne 19. Bulbring 20. Kennedy.

As well as the injured list I have excluded Cubby as he had a busy summer; the only other player I also think may fit in this category is Hadleigh so lets start the season fully loaded and send out a message to our competitors.  
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EDINBURGH

Head coach Richard Cockerill has downplayed their chances for this season, saying that they have a long way to go to match Glasgow and the top teams in the PRO14.

Having appointed Stuary McInally as their captain for the new season, Cockers has also signed Scotland centre Matt Scott, Kiwi fly-half Simon Hickey, Glasgow scrum-half Henry Pyrgos, Newcastle back Juan Pablo Socino and Scotland back-rowers John Barclay and Luke Hamilton.

Originally posted by Cockers Cockers wrote:

The reality is though is that we have to better than Leinster, European champions and Pro14 champions, Scarlets - semi-finalists in Europe and finalists in the Pro14 - and Ulster.

All three sides spend significantly more money than we do and have a good, deep squad. The reality is we've got to be better than those three consistently.

Not sure where the Cockmeister is getting his player budget figures from, mind. Ermm





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DRAGONS

For their Thursday night pre-season friendly against Gloucester, Bernard Jackman has named 10 Welsh capped players in his starting XV. Is that the most ever? Shocked

15 Jordan Williams
14 Dafydd Howells
13 Tyler Morgan
12 Jack Dixon
11 Hallam Amos
10 Josh Lewis
 9 Rhodri Williams
 8 Lewis Evans
 7 Aaron Wainwright
 6 Huw Taylor
 5 Cory Hill (c)
 4 Brandon Nansen
 3 Leon Brown
 2 Richard Hibbard
 1 Ryan Bevington

Elliot Dee, Nic Cudd, Tavis Knoyle & Gavin Henson all on an extended bench of 14 replacements.

Glaws have named a strong side, with Banahan, 36, Ben Morgan and Danny Cipriani at 10, plus Polledri & Own Williams among the replacements.

Expect Robin Davey to predict a championship season if Dragons finish within 7 points. Wink


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Originally posted by NobbySosban NobbySosban wrote:

DRAGONS

For their Thursday night pre-season friendly against Gloucester, Bernard Jackman has named 10 Welsh capped players in his starting XV. Is that the most ever? Shocked

15 Jordan Williams
14 Dafydd Howells
13 Tyler Morgan
12 Jack Dixon
11 Hallam Amos
10 Josh Lewis
 9 Rhodri Williams
 8 Lewis Evans
 7 Aaron Wainwright
 6 Huw Taylor
 5 Cory Hill (c)
 4 Brandon Nansen
 3 Leon Brown
 2 Richard Hibbard
 1 Ryan Bevington

Elliot Dee, Nic Cudd, Tavis Knoyle & Gavin Henson all on an extended bench of 14 replacements.

Glaws have named a strong side, with Banahan, 36, Ben Morgan and Danny Cipriani at 10, plus Polledri & Own Williams among the replacements.

Expect Robin Davey to predict a championship season if Dragons finish within 7 points. Wink



Jackman will come under increasing pressure if that selection don't put up a decent show. Fixtures have given him a good start to the season and anything less than 12 points from the first 3 games will be unacceptable. He is about to find out how easy he had it last year. 
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The Ospreys backline against Saracens is very good, though for me their pack looks a little weak...

15 Dan Evans

14 George North

13 Scott Williams

12 Owen Watkin

11 Tom Williams

10 Sam Davies

9 Aled Davies 

 

1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Tom Botha

4 Adam Beard

5 Bradley Davies

6 Sam Cross

7 Justin Tipuric (Capt)

8 James King

 

REPLACEMENTS 

16 Scott Otten

17 Rhodri Jones

18 Alex Jeffries

19 Giorgi Nemsadze

20 Ifan Phillips

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Luke Price

23 Luke Morgan

- Lloyd Ashley

- James Ratti

- Guido Volpi

- Matthew Aubrey

- Hanno Dirksen

- Cory Allen

- Joe Thomas

- James Hook

 

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Their backline looks decent but we can take most of the credit for that, Sam Davies included. LOL
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Originally posted by dr_martinov dr_martinov wrote:

Their backline looks decent but we can take most of the credit for that, Sam Davies included. LOL


Saracens in pretty much full warpaint- ie with most of their pack- will ensure that the Ospreys backline is completely irrelevant.
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TBH all they look good at is 12,13,14. The rest are good but not that good. Overhype once again.
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I wouldn't take any one of their start XV over ours. The only osprey I would welcome would be AWJ
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Originally posted by Mogwen Mogwen wrote:

I wouldn't take any one of their start XV over ours. The only osprey I would welcome would be AWJ

Starting I would take AWJ & Scott - the only 2. Of course George has the ability but needs to find the consistency.
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I mean in our strongest XV.
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Ospreys can put out a decent XV.

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