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No sign of jenkins last two games, worrying sign that
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Max Llewellyn looked good! Scored a nice one and set up the second.
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Owen Williams has signed for Worcester. 
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Ospreys signs Otago pair of Collins, Regan

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    Two of Otago leading performers from last year are believed to be heading for the same Welsh club.

    Captain Michael Collins and lock Jack Regan, both of whom have played for the Highlanders this year, are set to head to top Welsh club Ospreys.

    Collins has captained the Otago side for the past 2½ seasons and played in the past three successful Otago Ranfurly Shield challenges.

    He started playing in the midfield for Otago but has moved to fullback in the past few season where he has impressed.

    Collins, who turns 28 next month, can qualify for Wales through his grandparents.

    That also means he will not be regarded an an import by the Welsh club.

    He has played 71 matches for Otago since debuting for the province in 2012.

    Ospreys is based in Swansea and is the most successful club in the Celtic or Pro 14 league, having won it four times.

    It sits third in conference A of the Pro14 league.

    Collins previously played in Wales for the Llanelli Scarlets in the 2015-16 season.

    Irishman Regan has gone from the scrapheap to a contract with one of the leading Welsh clubs.

    Regan, who turns 24 this month, was let go by professional Irish club Ulster and was unsure of his next move.

    He then received a call at the start of last year from Dunedin and asked if he was interested in playing a season for the Kettle Park club.

    He arrived in the South just before last year’s Covid-19 lockdown in late March.

    But he got through that, played well for Dunedin and was picked in the Otago Mitre 10 Cup side.

    He played in every game for Otago and then, through injuries, managed to force himself into the Highlanders at the start of the season.

    It was a major leap in a year for Regan.

    The move to a powerful Welsh club is a major boost to his career.

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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Legendinmybathroom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2021 at 5:25pm
    So no Pro14 representation in the finals of either European competitions this season, the big leagues of England and France both dominate.
    It just shows that our competition is not up to standard (with the exception being Leinster (over the past 5 or 6 seasons and the odd team over performing (such as us in 2017).
    The Irish sides dominate the top 2 positions in the conferences most seasons with the welsh and Scottish sides usually playing for the remaining European positions.  
    This cannot be good preparation for European competition, Leinster usually play second string sides against most opposition in the Pro14 as they are that much better, whilst almost keeping a separate squad for knockout competition.
    Despite winning the Pro14 at a canter yet again this season they have been found out at European level and beaten convincingly by La Rochelle.
    This might be a seed change for the Pro14/pro16 as this season has seen the Pro14 teams do worse than ever in Europe.
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    La Rochelle and Toulouse deservedly in the final I thought.

    LR just ground down Leinster today. The pack is a massive unit, tbh I thought the hot weather and that size might see them blow up. Quite the opposite actually, they seem to get stronger as the game went on.

    Leinster had no answer. 3 French teams in the European finals.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote EJPT Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2021 at 5:59pm
    Leinster have only lost a handful of games in pretty much the past three years. They are still a force and consistently set the standard. They knocked out Exeter in the last round remember. I personally don’t think they’ve been ‘found out’. 
    They will be in the mix next year as always. 
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GPR - Rochester Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2021 at 7:12am
    Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

    La Rochelle and Toulouse deservedly in the final I thought.

    LR just ground down Leinster today. The pack is a massive unit, tbh I thought the hot weather and that size might see them blow up. Quite the opposite actually, they seem to get stronger as the game went on.

    Leinster had no answer. 3 French teams in the European finals.

    Fair play to La Rochelle. They deserved everything they got and their carriers - Atonio, the magnificent Skelton & Alldrit backed up by the class act which is Vito were just too powerful for Leinster. Skelton must be close to being the best carrying 2nd row in World rugby - he is awesome. The La Rochelle driving maul is a beast and Toulouse will really have to hit their straps to beat them. The La Rochelle pack weighed in at 944kgs & they made it count. Gatland will be wincing when he sees the mess made of Healy & Furlong. 
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote scarletnut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2021 at 11:27am
    Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

    Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

    La Rochelle and Toulouse deservedly in the final I thought.

    LR just ground down Leinster today. The pack is a massive unit, tbh I thought the hot weather and that size might see them blow up. Quite the opposite actually, they seem to get stronger as the game went on.

    Leinster had no answer. 3 French teams in the European finals.

    Fair play to La Rochelle. They deserved everything they got and their carriers - Atonio, the magnificent Skelton & Alldrit backed up by the class act which is Vito were just too powerful for Leinster. Skelton must be close to being the best carrying 2nd row in World rugby - he is awesome. The La Rochelle driving maul is a beast and Toulouse will really have to hit their straps to beat them. The La Rochelle pack weighed in at 944kgs & they made it count. Gatland will be wincing when he sees the mess made of Healy & Furlong. 
    I actually thought Furlong played well. I doubt Healey will go with the Lions his scrummaging is very suspect 
    I still wake up late at night and think of what might have been when tim stimpson hit that jammy penalty1
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RR1972 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2021 at 1:23pm
    Marler the best scrummaging loose head option?
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jones2004 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2021 at 1:42pm
    Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

    Marler the best scrummaging loose head option?
    Wyn Jones is equally as good as him I’d argue, and much better in the loose. Would be surprised if he didn’t start all three test matches tbh (injury permitted of course.)
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Legendinmybathroom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2021 at 2:02pm
    Whilst I tend to agree about Marlers scrummaging prowess, I watched the Harlequins verses London Irish game last weekend and he’s just too much of a liability.  
    He has very poor discipline, is nearly always the first person there when there’s some kind of a melee happening but seems to be almost invisible in the loose.
    If he was selected for the test team, he would need to be covered by his teammates in loose play, which then means that they have to expend energy which won’t invariably have a detrimental effect on their own performance or ability to perform for long periods during each of the 3 tests.
    I could possibly see him going as a backup or substitute tight head.
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    Sorry I meant loose head.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote surfing-mtber Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2021 at 12:40pm
    Looks like Cardiff are in the Heinekin Cup next season, as it appears the top 8 teams from the Pro 14 are going.  Pleased for them, shame for the Dragons who missed out by one point to Glasgow!
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RR1972 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2021 at 1:32pm
    The blues ten nil up, adams great line for his try the prop dillon lewis having a v good game, it’s a real low quality affair though

    Edited by RR1972 - 09 May 2021 at 1:34pm
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wil Chips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2021 at 3:02pm
    Dragons will be kicking themselves there. Blues down to 13 men at one stage.

    17-16.

    Josh Turnbull is getting better with age.

    If the Drags can get 2 or 3 decent front five forwards then they will be competitive all season rather than outside international windows.
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