Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season


By Saint Ted
July 1 2020

Please see below for the ful squad for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season and the entire 2020/2021 season

The full story can be found over on T'Offy

PROPS
Nick Auterac
Owen Franks
Karl Garside
Paul Hill
Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi
Emmanuel Iyogun*
Ehren Painter
Ed Prowse*
Alex Waller
Francois van Wyk

HOOKERS
Callum Burns*
James Fish
Mikey Haywood
Jack Hughes*
Samson Ma’asi
Reece Marshall
Sam Matavesi

LOCKS & LOOSE FORWARDS
Shaun Adendorff
Lewis Bean
Alex Coles
Teimana Harrison
Nick Isiekwe (season-long loan, starting 1 August)
Courtney Lawes
Lewis Ludlam
Alex Moon
Ollie Newman*
Api Ratuniyarawa
David Ribbans
Kayde Sylvester*
JJ Tonks*
Tui Uru*
Tom Wood

SCRUM-HALVES
Tom James
Alex Mitchell
Henry Taylor
Connor Tupai

FLY HALVES
Dan Biggar
James Grayson
Tommy Mathews*

CENTRES
Reuben Bird-Tulloch*
Fraser Dingwall
Piers Francis
Ethan Grayson*
Rory Hutchinson
Tom Litchfield*
Matt Proctor

WINGERS
Tom Collins
Josh Gillespie*
Dani Long-Martinez*
Taqele Naiyaravoro
Ryan Olowofela
Ollie Sleightholme

FULL-BACKS
Tommy Freeman*
George Furbank
Harry Mallinder
Ahsee Tuala

* Senior Academy 2020/21

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Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2020 11:36

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Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Londonsaint (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2020 11:45

There are obviously positions where we could add top-level talent, but overall this looks pretty balanced to me. And in particular in the covid context.

The one position where we appear to be stock-piling is hooker. Having 7 hookers (including senior academy) seems out of proportion compared to tighthead & loosehead prop, where we have 5 for each (again including senior academy). Would assume that number will come down by at least one at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2020 11:52

I know what you mean about Hookers but the Academy boys will not be expected to play in the 1st team and we know very well how easy it is to be down to 5th Choice hooker. Hopefully we will see some of these guys helping out down at Bedford but if the worst happens we seem to have enough cover :-)

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: shendy (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2020 12:52

A bit o/t, but it's interesting that viewing this site through the corporate network, I never see the body of any articles - all I see in MarchinIn's initial post is "What do you think? You can have your say by posting below."
The forums appear properly.
I wonder if the body of an article is be wrapped in something that makes it look like an advert, and therefore gets blocked?

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Dragonboy (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2020 12:56

We havenít heard if Samson is still in a recovery phase or ready to play yet and of course Sam has been seen in the 7 shirt for the Wanderers following on the tradition ala Matti Williams and Dave Ward.

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: mkersyshull (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2020 16:43

4 specialist back rows (excluding senior academy) seems low. I guess Matavesi, Lawes and Isiekwe (and possibly Moon and Coles) will cover sometimes

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Dragonboy (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2020 18:54

Iím actually counting a lot more than 4 specialist back rows. Tom Tei Lewis Shaun Ollie JJ Tui - not sure about Kayde.

Alex Coles and Courts as back up. I donít think weíll see Aleks Moon in the back row

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: mkersyshull (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2020 19:26

Thereís only 4 that arenít senior academy:
Wood, Ludlum, Harrison, Adendorff
You then have 3 senior academy players in
Tonks, Newmanís and Uru
But still quite light in numbers

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2020 23:27

Tonks has played a number of games now. Whilst he is young, he has some experience.

Hopefully, the leadership of players like Tei, Woody and Ludlam can guide them as can Dowsons knowledge.

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: AlexC (IP Logged)
Date: 02/07/2020 08:57

For me it is the centres that feels light and we have had a mix of injuries there before leaving things risky in the past. My guess is Mallinder will play a vital utility back role this year playing a mix of fullback, centre and 10 roles depending on injuries. This will be another year of bringing even more youth into the team.

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Awaywin (IP Logged)
Date: 02/07/2020 10:26

Any body think the centres is a little light. During internationals we could lose Hutchinson, Dingwall and possibly Francis. For an area of strength I am now a little concerned.

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: AlexC (IP Logged)
Date: 02/07/2020 12:13

Another guess is with all the reductions in cap and salaries we must be close to the cap with the current squad ... so unless there is injury cover required or somebody leaves that might pretty much be it for this/next season.

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 02/07/2020 19:14

If Dingers, Hutch and Francis are away with international duty, we still have Harry and Proctor who are more than capable. Big things are expected from Bird Tollouch and I would imagine that if push came to shove, Biggar could play 12.

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Awaywin (IP Logged)
Date: 03/07/2020 07:05

Quote:
Saint Stokey
If Dingers, Hutch and Francis are away with international duty, we still have Harry and Proctor who are more than capable. Big things are expected from Bird Tollouch and I would imagine that if push came to shove, Biggar could play 12.

If Dingers, Hutch and Francis are away with international duty you would assume Harry and Biggar would be and potentially Mitchell.

Theoretically you could have Ace at 15 if he isnít require to cover a wing position and Harry at 12. Biggar could move to 12 but often we donít select a 10 on the bench when he starts.

Also is it something youíve seen from Bird-Tulloch or something that someone has said that makes you expect big things? To be honest I donít expect more from him than any of the others we signed at a similar time like Garside, Bean or Olowofela.

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: BrianB (IP Logged)
Date: 03/07/2020 09:40

Wouldn't Biggar be away on international duty as well? I cant see Piers being called up again - intelligent player though he is.

Re: Full Squad from 01/06/2020 until the end of 2020/2021 season
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 03/07/2020 12:21

Sorry, totally forgot about Biggar being with the Welsh squad.

To be honest, I haven't seen much from him. I believe he got injured relatively early on but I did read that he won the Blaikstone Challenge, taking the title off Biggar.

As for expecting big things, I remember the Sarries board being rather upset that he was leaving and if he's been offered a place over Strachan, then the coaches must see something in him.


I'm not sure what Mallinders international chances will be. He's not going to get in a 10 with Ford and Farrell around. Smith at Quins, Umaga at Wasps and hopefully Grayson appear to be the future . Fullback seems to be nailed on for Daly, Watson or Furbank. He's not an international wing; there are too many specialist options currently. The only way I can see Harry getting in is at Centre but over who?

I guess, if we're really unlucky, we could see an English back line of:

15. Furbank
14.
13. Dingwall
12. Mallinder
11.
10. Grayson
9. Mitchell
8. Harrison
7. Ludlam
6. Isiekwe
5. Moon
4. Lawes
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