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Monte

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Re: COS and Italy
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 15:10* »
It fails to mention the difference in the Benneton side in the Challenge Cup is very marked - hard to believe it is his third season

poorfour

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Re: COS and Italy
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 16:56* »
Conor's great strength is player development, and even if he doesn't deliver the results on the pitch Italy will be grateful for the structures he's put in place. He's done a great job of talent spotting, too, as the article points out.

I'll be interested to see if he stays with Italy for a second cycle post RWC, or looks for another move. I would see him as one of the better qualified candidates to succeed Eddie. Unlike McCall or Baxter, he has International experience and will have taken a team through the RWC - which I think is should be an essential requirement for any England Head Coach.

(I'm not opposed to McCall or Baxter in principle, but I'd want them to get experience in the RWC before taking the top job. The only coach I might make an exception for on that count is Deano. But I don't think the RFU would have him. Though I would pay good money for a fly-on-the-wall documentary of Eddie trying to mentor him, per the plan).

Camquin

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Re: COS and Italy
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 17-Jan-2019, 08:25* »
Poledri was the star of the Hartpury side that dominated Nat 1 in 16/17 - and already committed to Italy then, so I do not understand the 'breaking hearts' comment.
Jonas Mikalcius was their top try scorer but failed to kick on when he joined Quins. Hastings looked  pretty average - but has developed.

Bolly-Quin

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Re: COS and Italy
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 17-Jan-2019, 11:45* »
Jonas Mikalcius was their top try scorer but failed to kick on when he joined Quins. Hastings looked  pretty average - but has developed.

Mikalcius picked up a dreadful injury did he not? Playing days over due to that rather than failing to kick on, perhaps?

Banstead Quin

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Re: COS and Italy
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 17-Jan-2019, 12:04* »
Yep you're right Bolly. I saw him in a few games for Hartpury (My friends daughter was there at the same time) and he was exceptional. Real shame.

 

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