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NEWS: Saints Sign Charlie Davies
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 12:06

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New scrum half
Posted by: expeeler (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 10:52

Welcome to the club Charlie Davies. But did we need a scrum half? I thought we had three. Is someone moving?

Re: New scrum half
Posted by: TheGent (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 10:56

One injury and we'd be down to a single scrum half without this addition. Solid replacement for Groom who shouldn't block Alex's progression.

Welcome Charlie.

Re: New scrum half
Posted by: Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 10:59

Tom Kessels is still listed on the offy squad?



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Re: New scrum half
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 11:00

So first choice looks like Reinach. Kessell firmly in the Wandies with Mitchell and Davies fighting it out for 2nd spot.

Re: New scrum half
Posted by: expeeler (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 11:04

Quote:
TheGent
One injury and we'd be down to a single scrum half without this addition. Solid replacement for Groom who shouldn't block Alex's progression.
Welcome Charlie.

Purely a question from someone who has never heard of Davies....but is he a solid replacement? Anyone know of his current performance level?

I guess my question is what has attracted us to him?



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Re: New scrum half
Posted by: Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 11:10

He's a good player. I'm surprised we didn't sign him when he was at Nottingham because he was getting quite a reputation. He's a big unit as well for a scrum half. In the Mike Phillips mould.

Re: New scrum half
Posted by: Longers (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 11:21

I do find the language of this release interesting.

A player is described as "linking up" with the club.

Does that mean he's signed? Not signed but there is freedom to train/use facilities/"insert your own thoughts here" within the club?

Just saying....

Re: New scrum half
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 11:32

Perhaps Boyd's 8's look like 9's when they're written on a scrap piece of paper. Should have gone to Specsavers or written the number down correctly. For goodness sake Saints, get an 8 please.

Re: New scrum half
Posted by: Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 11:47

He says joined the club,
“The decision to join a Club like Northampton Saints was a no-brainer,” Davies said.

Which suggest a bit more than linking with?



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Re: New scrum half
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 12:00

Just seen that hes been released by Dragons rather than his contract was up and he chose to come to us.

I would hope that this more of a Wandies signing unless Boyd has seen something that Dragons havent.

Re: New scrum half
Posted by: St John (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 12:05

Quote:
Chris Hoddle
Tom Kessels is still listed on the offy squad?

I thought he was moving to Coventry

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign Charlie Davies
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 12:28

At one stage it was stated that Kessels was leaving but as mentioned above he still appears in the squad and was not announced as leaving at the end of the season. I doubt we need 4 scrum halves.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign Charlie Davies
Posted by: andysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 12:39

3 scrum halves would leave us a bit exposed with two required for the senior squad on match day then two for the wanderers, one would have to be playing twice potentially increasing the risk of injury. With spare funds, it makes sense to sign cover in a specialist position. Welcome to the club.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign Charlie Davies
Posted by: protestbeat (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 12:43

Looks like a good signing, brings quite a nice balance to our scrum half options:

Reinarch - 1st choice due to skill/pace/international experience
Davies - General experience(Prem/Top14/Pro14), Bulk
Mitchell - Amazing potential, game management, fantastic pass etc.

Agree about Kessell seeming surplus to requirements, I would guess he'd want out anyway after barely getting even a Wandies game recently.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign Charlie Davies
Posted by: protestbeat (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 12:47

Quote:
andysaint
3 scrum halves would leave us a bit exposed with two required for the senior squad on match day then two for the wanderers, one would have to be playing twice potentially increasing the risk of injury. With spare funds, it makes sense to sign cover in a specialist position. Welcome to the club.

I'd imagine 4th spot being covered by an academy player? The next Alex Mitchell...

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign Charlie Davies
Posted by: Thrupp artist (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 14:38

Seems a sensible signing. My theory on No 8 is that we will sign a very good one - in 12 months.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign Charlie Davies
Posted by: acl saint (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 14:53

Quote:
Thrupp artist
Seems a sensible signing. My theory on No 8 is that we will sign a very good one - in 12 months.

And Haskell will do for a season!!

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign Charlie Davies
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 14:55

Agree about the 8 - next season I reckon it will be Harrison/Eadie/Haskell

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign Charlie Davies
Posted by: bald.paul.101 (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2018 15:52

At Wasps he was very good, but couldn't get regular starts because Simpson was in great form.

He'll be a decent player for you, unless the welsh have ruined him completely!

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