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New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: pboro_saint (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 10:08

Anyone heard anything? It's very very quiet and I hope that something is or has indeed happened behind the scenes.
Season is edging closer and closer and currently we are weaker than last season in the pack, and that pack struggled last year.

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: DesboroughSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 10:37

Van Wyk, Ford-Robinson, Eadie

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: SaintMaul (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 11:04

Picamoles, Clark, Dickinson, Ethan Waller, Denman.

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: SaintED (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 11:55

Depending on the game we play I can imagine a backrow of Gibson/Wood, Harrison and Eadie as being very good. I see a bit more of an issue when we rest either 7 or 8 and end up with the sort of backrow that we have favoured playing for years that is somewhat under-powered going forward. I really hope there's still another 8 coming but I wouldn't we'd rather see no one than the wrong player or at the wrong price?

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: higgy365 (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 11:56

Wasn't it mooted that while Picamoles spot in the squad will be filled it won't necessarily be by another 8?

The lack of news is frustrating but the club can't be expected to update us at every stage of the process.

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: TringSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 12:28

Ooooooh, look at the tumbleweed!!!!

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: Rubadubdub; remember Seb Tubb? (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 15:13

Saw Kieran Brooke's in town yesterday.... looking lean...

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: Thrupp artist (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 15:18

Reckon our strongest xv could well have Courtney at 6 (for at least part of a game)

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: SaintED (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 15:37

I have thought that before too Thrupp artist. Frustratingly we are actually quite strong at 6 and that level of innovation/risk seems very un-Mallinder like. Would you pair Ribbans or Api with Day? or someone else?

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 20:06

Api looks underused in my book. Won't happen this year with the Fiji games but would love to see him with a full preseason. He will never be your banker 2 ball at the front of the lineout, but good looking hands and off loading game as well as the bulk to add a bit of grunt in the tight.

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: Thrupp artist (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 20:27

Ribbons looked one of the best young locks in the Premiership last season and hopefully will build on that this year - pair him with one of the other experienced locks with Courtney at 6 and the "spare" 2 back row men on the bench.

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: Scrummy (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 20:56

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herbie85
Api looks underused in my book. Won't happen this year with the Fiji games but would love to see him with a full preseason. He will never be your banker 2 ball at the front of the lineout, but good looking hands and off loading game as well as the bulk to add a bit of grunt in the tight.

So how about Api at number 8? Good ball carrier and offloading skills. We could really see the best of him.

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: Robby Richmond (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 21:01

Vickers saying Mourad saying computer says no on Samu coming back. Odd, there were reports he'd been released. But he's not on the bye-bye list. More poop than a slurry farm.
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Hold out for a year & try & woo Brad Shields/Elliot Dixon/Liam Squire from the land of the long white cloud.



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Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: Robby Richmond (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 21:03

Good Shout Scrummy, Woody could move too, but I'm confident people will be high on Big Mitch when they get a good look at him.



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Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 21:21

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Scrummy
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herbie85
Api looks underused in my book. Won't happen this year with the Fiji games but would love to see him with a full preseason. He will never be your banker 2 ball at the front of the lineout, but good looking hands and off loading game as well as the bulk to add a bit of grunt in the tight.

So how about Api at number 8? Good ball carrier and offloading skills. We could really see the best of him.

Yep could be worse experiments!

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: charlieemeriau (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 21:37

Totally agree with saint Maul, we will be weaker in the pack versus last year, we do need a strong number 8.

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: HungryLikeTheWolf (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 22:48

Eadie or Tei or Woody all fine for prem 8 for a year. Then I follow Robby's lead and just get a kiwi.

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: SaintED (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 23:19

Sorry Wood at 8? ... I guess that would be one way to go :/

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: SaintNice (IP Logged)
Date: 16 July, 2017 23:59

Wood has played 8 for England. Holds his own well there. But whilst he's a capable carrier, his off the ball work is missed from when used at flanker, and that stuff is how Woody truly earns his chips. Would love to see Api at 8 experiment, only takes a run of games - as with Tei's break through

Re: New number 8... anyone?
Posted by: ramseysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 17 July, 2017 07:46

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Scrummy
Quote:
herbie85
Api looks underused in my book. Won't happen this year with the Fiji games but would love to see him with a full preseason. He will never be your banker 2 ball at the front of the lineout, but good looking hands and off loading game as well as the bulk to add a bit of grunt in the tight.

So how about Api at number 8? Good ball carrier and offloading skills. We could really see the best of him.

You beat me to it scrummy, we don't use hime enough and it would give a boost to pack weight with him at the back.

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