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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2008 at 21:42
Originally posted by allblacks allblacks wrote:

Matt Luxton is a Launceston boy. How did he end up playing for you guys? I thought he was away at University in Wales??
 
Bedford is supposed to be the business. Highly promising
 
The All Blacks asked us to take Luxton onto our books because he was struggling getting down to Launceston for training and we were obviously closer to the uni. One of our 1st team is also at that uni so they were able to share transport duties as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2008 at 23:50
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I had heard about Ben Patston coming in at no10 who esle is joining?
And who is out?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 09:01
Not saying on here yet Camquin except you know about Dave Archer from Henley.
Out.....Glen Remnant,Phil Reed, Gareth Cull, James Ball,Henry Whitford(retired).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 09:20
News from Moseley:

Arrivals:
Andy Reay - centre - from Newbury (welcome back Andy)
George Davis - prop - from Plymouth
Richard Vasey - fly-half - from Leeds

Retentions:
Neil Mason - blindside flanker and captain
Nathan Williams - prop
Paul Arnold - lock
Oliver Atkinson - lock/flanker
James Rodwell - No 8
James Ireland - scrum-half
Gareth Taylor - scrum-half
Nathan Bressington - wing

More announcements to come, many players have agreed terms to return but will sign up formally on return from holidays.  No departures announced.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 10:15
At present he (Chris Dossett - Newbury Head Coach) is not going anywhere after his resignation from Newbury!  He is probably totally disenchanted by the financial predicament at Newbury - how could he possibly build a squad almost from scratch with no money for Professional players.
 
He must be gutted!  Even though Newbury did not do as well as hoped this season, he is a great coach and Newbury had a few excellent results, viz:  Northampton and Exeter.  They probably would have finished a lot higher if the squad had not been given notice that their contracts were not being renewed a month or so before the end of the season - morale must have been at rock bottom.  The team that he was building on has now disintegrated totally.
 
Question is where are Newbury going to find a coach as good as him and where are they going to get players from?  A very sad state of affairs.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 11:22

 CORNISH ALL BLACKS WELCOME SEMMENS AND WILSON

 

The Cornish All Blacks have tonight announced the signing of hooker Darren Semmens from Mounts Bay and scrum half Ian Wilson from Exeter.

 

Darren Semmens (20) is currently part of the Cornish squad which will be playing at Twickenham in the County Shield Final on June 1st.

 

Commenting on the signing of Darren Semmens, All Blacks Joint Head Coach Chris Brown said:

 

“I am delighted with the signing of Darren Semmens. We set out at the start of the close season to make the hooker spot competitive. The front row is an area where we know we need to have a lot of quality and good depth. Darren, along with Glen Cooper and Tom Hurdwell will be scrapping it out for two places. That competition will bring out the best in the person who holds that jersey. All will start with a blank sheet and we’ll see who is left standing.”

 

“The hooker berth is particularly confrontational and it takes a special kind of mentality to play there. You have to combine physicality of scrimmage with precision of line out.”

 

“The fact that Darren is Cornish also is pleasing as it is our ambition to develop the best young talent in the county. Having watched Darren in recent years, I believe that he has developed significantly through playing at Mounts Bay and I think that with our Front Row experience we can develop him in this area.” Darren is being sponsored by Sarah Goodwin for the 2008/09 season.

 

Darren Semmens said:

 

“I’ve got to know a lot of the Launceston players through the Cornwall squad. I’m looking forward to playing with them week in, week out and being successful with them but I know that I have a lot to learn yet. I played against Glen Cooper when he was playing for Somerset. He’s not a bad hooker and I want to battle it out with him and hopefully make it to the First Team.”

 

“It was a hard decision to leave Mounts Bay. I have loved it there for three years but now is the time to move and develop further. Mounts Bay will be one of the top five teams in the league this season but I think that Launceston can be number one.”

 

Commenting on the signing on scrum half Ian Wilson (26), All Blacks Joint Head Coach Jon Hill said:

 

“We have tracked Ian for the last few years. He’s a quality ball player and has a lot of experience for someone who is still in his mid 20s. Our aim is to bring players with national league one experience and Ian has played around 40 times in that division.”

 

“Ian’s work rate is phenomenal. His understanding with Adam Staniforth through Exeter is something that will be of benefit to us should they find themselves playing 9 and 10. Ian’s organisational skills and leadership on the pitch is something that we are very attracted by and we see him as a direct replacement for Sam Alford. Ultimately he is someone who needs regular rugby and I am very confident that we can bring his best rugby out of him with a good pre season. In addition to being a player at the club, Ian will also work with a number of players in a strength and conditioning capacity where he will look to get the likes of Steve Perry and Marc Dibble into the best physical shape possible. The gains that we can make in this area will give us an extra edge on the pitch in terms of speed, agility and physicality. Many thanks must go to Tim Fox of Duchy Windows and Seleda for agreeing to sponsor Ian Wilson for this coming season”

 

Ian Wilson said:

 

“Moving to the Cornish All Blacks is a new challenge I have built up a good rapport with Jon Hill and I want the chance to play more rugby as Exeter have two scrum halves who are well established.”

 

“It’s always a difficult decision to leave a club and I’m sorry to be leaving Exeter but I know that the All Blacks are a side that are respected throughout English rugby and they were very unlucky not to have stayed in League One. This year will be long and difficult but I am confident that we should be at the top of the table at season’s end.”

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 14:08
From the Doncaster website - another Tongan joins
 
With the success of Tongan International players over recent seasons at Doncaster Knights, Lynn Howells has committed to another Tongan Star joining the club. 

Hudson Tonga’uiha, whose brother Soane played against the Knights for Northampton Saints last season, will be joining the Knight’s back line on his return to England this Summer.


 The Tongan back, who has been plying his trade in France since the World Cup 2007, is currently on his way to the Pacific Rim Tournament. Coincidentally he will feature in the same side as Knights' prop Toma Toke, giving the new team mates a chance to play together once again before they return to South Yorkshire for pre season.


Tonga’uiha plays primarily at Centre, although he has played for Tonga on  the wing, stands 6 ‘ 3” tall and weighs in around 14 stone. Having been selected for Tonga on 16 occasions, during which he has scored 5 tries, the newly Knighted player is a success at International level. Hudson’s last appearance for Tonga was as a replacement against England during the 2007 World Cup, and his inclusion in the latest Tongan squad is great news for him and his new team.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 16:55

Camquin.........weve signed James Hinkins from Bedford Blues......full back/wing.

There are 6 others but we are leaking them weekly to the press to gain Aaardvarkimum impact.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 16:56
What on earth happenned there......i type in Aaardvarkimum and the screen shows
AARDVARKINUM?.....what is that about?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 17:56
The following was posted on the rotherham site on the 1st May. How has Vasey now signed for Moseley if he'd previously said this about signing for Roth!? Strange!!
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Richard Vasey has agreed a permanent deal with Rotherham after catching the eye on a short loan-spell at Clifton Lane this season.

Vasey hopes to hold down the number ten shirt next season and his abilities as a specialist fly-half will provide an a big boost for the Titans who had to rely on players playing out of position in the backs division when injuries hit this term.

“I enjoyed the loan spell and although I didn’t play much because of injury and the England Students games I was impressed with the set-up and the players that Craig has recruited are proven at a high level,” said Vasey, who is already running after under-going groin surgery four weeks ago.

“Last season was frustrating because of the injuries and I didn’t play as much rugby as I would have liked but I’m determined to work hard and find the form that I had when Leeds won National One.

“It was difficult leaving Leeds because I had come through the academy and into the first team with Stuart Lancaster but there were a few boys in the same situation and I was happy to make the move to Rotherham.

“Leeds will be strong next season but National One has moved on and a few clubs will be challenging.

“I have kept an eye on the Rotherham results over the past few weeks and with the game plan that Craig wants to play with and the right signings we can do well.”

Scrum-half Chris Hallam as agreed to join Doncaster Knight next season. Hallam joined the Titans from Bristol following a recommendation from Richard Hill and he has spent the season locked in battle with Neil Chivers who will compete with American international Chad Erskine for the Rotherham number nine shirt next season.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 18:29
Originally posted by Blood and Sand Blood and Sand wrote:

What on earth happenned there......i type in Aaardvarkimum and the screen shows
AARDVARKINUM?.....what is that about?
 
LOL Sorry about that, It is the swear filter or more accurately the spam filter. In the last week or so, we were plagued with a site spamming the board and advertising his wares.
 
So to discourage him, I added all the words in his ad to the swear filter, so his ad become meaningless and hopefully it would discourage his behaviour.  However has you have found it causes the odd 'problem' but you have to admit that it is funny!
 
When Wonderbison does the upgrade over the weekend, I will remove the swear filter from this word and you will be able to say it with out seeing ant eating creatures in your reply!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 18:57
After attending last nights supporters evening at Polson Bridge, it appears that the 'Cornish All Blacks' have re signed:
 
Forwards:
Keith Brooking (captain)
Jason Bolt
Gareth Tedstone
Dan Manns
Tim Hurdwell
Steven Pape
Mike Myerscough
Bryn Jenkns
Josh Lord
Tony Roques
Sam Hocking
Ben Collings
Mike Rawlings
Tom Rawlings
 
Backs:
Lewis Webb
Mark Scrivener
Mike Provis
Mark Dibble
Steven Perry
Ryan Westren
Dan Prout
Jake Murphy
Jack Smales
John Fabian
 
 
Add the above to the new signings of:
Wilson, Bedford, Staniforth, Cooper, Semmens, Luxton, Morris
 
There are ongoing negotiations with one or two of the squad from last year and there are 5 or 6 new signings yet to be announced. A big prop has also signed and is being revealed next week
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 19:05
Well allblacks that's a squad of about 40 so that should see you back next year in whatever the league will be called. Good luck.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 19:58
Anyone have any info about George Davis or Richard Vasey?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 20:42
Round up so far from Doncaster
 
Michael Cusack - prop- Leeds
Simon Jenkins - hooker - Exeter
Dan Smith - lock - Rotherham
Neil Cochrane - flanker - Rotherham
Adam Kettle - back row - Plymouth
Chris Hallam - scrum half - Rotherham
Ali Warnock - fly half - Edinburgh
Bevan Armitage - centre - Esher
George Hughes - centre - Bath
Hudson Tonga'uiha - centre - playing in France
Stephen McColl - centre - Edinburgh
Jamie Lennard - fullback - Rotherham

Aled Walters - Fitness/Conditioning Coach - Llanelli
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2008 at 22:09
Vasey is a product of the Leeds Academy he played most of the season when Leeds were last in Nat1 and played several GP games he is good young promising flyhalf who just did not make the cut at leeds.

Might not be good enough for the GP but good enough for Nat1 
If Winning isn't important, why do they keep the score.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2008 at 09:28
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2008 at 11:02
Originally posted by allblacks allblacks wrote:

After attending last nights supporters evening at Polson Bridge, it appears that the 'Cornish All Blacks' have re signed:
 
Forwards:
Keith Brooking (captain)
Jason Bolt
Gareth Tedstone
Dan Manns
Tim Hurdwell
Steven Pape
Mike Myerscough
Bryn Jenkns
Josh Lord
Tony Roques
Sam Hocking
Ben Collings
Mike Rawlings
Tom Rawlings
 
Backs:
Lewis Webb
Mark Scrivener
Mike Provis
Mark Dibble
Steven Perry
Ryan Westren
Dan Prout
Jake Murphy
Jack Smales
John Fabian
 
 
Add the above to the new signings of:
Wilson, Bedford, Staniforth, Cooper, Semmens, Luxton, Morris
 
There are ongoing negotiations with one or two of the squad from last year and there are 5 or 6 new signings yet to be announced. A big prop has also signed and is being revealed next week
 
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What's happened to Birk's ? rumour has him going to mount's bay would be a pity a great player and a good club man.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2008 at 13:17
Small bit of news from Bridgwater:
 
Players out
 
Christian Wulf (fly half) - gone to Canada
Simon Hafoka (hooker) - gone to Spain
Tom Bedford (centre) - returned to Exeter from loan spell
 
Current players not signed
 
Matt Hastie (hooker)
Ollie Mansbridge (centre)
Marshal Cormack (lock) - In talks with Exeter over a full time contract
 
No new player news has been announced yet.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2008 at 21:21
All good stuff on here would love to know who Mounts Bay have signed
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