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WellingQuin

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #90 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 13:18* »
RugyPass saying that Glen Young from Falcons has signed for us, announcement shortly.

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/newcastle-falcons-bracing-themselves-for-an-alarming-exodus-of-locks

"Young, 24, is a product of Newcastles academy and featured for the Scotland U20 side earlier in his career. It is understood he has agreed a deal with Harlequins and his signing will be confirmed shortly by the London club."

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #91 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 13:32* »
Not an exciting signing IMO. At 24, h is is not that young (no pun intended) and hes yet to make any kind of impact at Prem level. At least we know that the player(s) hes replacing like Glynn and Merrick can do a job at this level.

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #92 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 14:25* »
Not an exciting signing IMO. At 24, h is is not that young (no pun intended) and hes yet to make any kind of impact at Prem level. At least we know that the player(s) hes replacing like Glynn and Merrick can do a job at this level.

But if Glynn is leaving on top of Merrick then I'd hope and expect we're looking to bring in two locks. Can't really afford to bring in two international players to replace two non-internationals. So if we assume Young is the identified talent to replace Glynn (who has been stoic but is clearly never going to be a top Prem player) you'd have to trust that Gussy has done his homework and spotted something worth having. And at 6'7" and over 16.5st he's got the physical attributes we need - happy to see what this guy can do.
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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #93 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 14:48* »
I really don't think Gustard is going to sign a player he thinks is worse than a player we're getting rid of.

Or anyone frankly. I mean why would you?

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #94 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 14:56* »
No - I know that. He must believe that Young has the potential to be better than either and Im prepared to trust his judgement. It just feels like a bit of a ****.

Were banking on a nobody coming good vs. players we know are not going to set the world alight but are OK squad players.

With Witty and Green, Newcastle have had a pretty solid pairing for a while which has no doubt limited Youngs opportunities, but Andrew Davidson (who is 2yrs younger) is the guy they seem to be more invested in developing which leads me to wonder what has turned us on to him?

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #95 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 15:32* »
But if Glynn is leaving on top of Merrick then I'd hope and expect we're looking to bring in two locks. Can't really afford to bring in two international players to replace two non-internationals. So if we assume Young is the identified talent to replace Glynn (who has been stoic but is clearly never going to be a top Prem player) you'd have to trust that Gussy has done his homework and spotted something worth having. And at 6'7" and over 16.5st he's got the physical attributes we need - happy to see what this guy can do.

I'd hope at 6'7" he weighs at least a stone more than 16.5!  That would put him about 2.5/3 stone lighter than Dombrandt.

Anyone know what Stan South's contract status is?  I heard that Exeter were sniffing around and that his training stats suggested he deserved more of a look-in ahead of others.  Maybe with Merrick and maybe Glynn going, he'll get more chances.
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Quinston Churchill

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #96 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 15:40* »
For avoidance of doubt the word I used was g a m b l e!

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #97 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 15:48* »
Not an exciting signing IMO. At 24, h is is not that young (no pun intended) and hes yet to make any kind of impact at Prem level. At least we know that the player(s) hes replacing like Glynn and Merrick can do a job at this level.

I seem to recall some posters not being too thrilled when Dombrandt's signing was announced.

Is it confirmed that Glynn is leaving? I think he's been a very good signing. Not a spectacular player, but solid and reliable.


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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #99 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 17:16* »
I'd hope at 6'7" he weighs at least a stone more than 16.5!  That would put him about 2.5/3 stone lighter than Dombrandt.

To be fair, those are the stats on the Falcons website. Who knows when they were last updated. But for me, it would be nice to have an athletic lineout specialist option as well as an absolute hippo brought in. As someone on here mentioned, the last time our pack looked truly formidable was when we had Kohn/Robson locking it all down. Not saying this guy's the next Robson and now we need our Kohn but who knows...

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #100 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 17:55* »
We've had more success over the years recruiting supposed journeymen from other clubs or the scrapheap and turning them into club favourites than we have bringing in established internationals. For instance, Mike Ross, Olly Kohn, Big Mo, Will Skinner, Nick Easter versus the likes of De Wet Barry, Stuart Abbott, Hal Luscombe...


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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #101 on: Wednesday 16-Jan-2019, 20:03* »
Tim Molenaar did a good job too. I always thought letting him go was a mistake (yes I know he promptly got injured at London Welsh after he moved)

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #102 on: Friday 18-Jan-2019, 14:38* »
Kwagga Smith pictured back with the Lions getting ready for the start of Super Rugby so guess that rules him out.

Fearless Fred

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #103 on: Friday 18-Jan-2019, 14:53* »
Tim Molenaar did a good job too. I always thought letting him go was a mistake (yes I know he promptly got injured at London Welsh after he moved)
Indeed. IIRC Molly2 joined us on a Tuesday as an injury replacement, played on the Friday night, scoring a try & getting the MotM! While he wasn't in the same class as Lowe was or Marchant is, he certainly helped us during the 2/3rd of a season he was with us. Looks like he's still playing for Moseley in the Championship...

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Re: Transfer tittle tattle
« Reply #104 on: Friday 18-Jan-2019, 15:02* »
Kwagga Smith pictured back with the Lions getting ready for the start of Super Rugby so guess that rules him out.

Kwagga or Quagga is the name for an animal part Zebra and part donkey...

 

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