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    Posted: 05 Jul 2019 at 09:44
Out of interest, how do people feel their team have recruited for the coming season?

From a Coventry point of view, I've got to say I'm happy so far. For what will be our 2nd season back, I think we have strengthened well, on and off the pitch in areas where we struggled last season.

Players aside, our new Strength & Conditioning team is the area I'm happiest about, I think it's fair to say we showed our lack of fitness at times compared to others.
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Agreed Rich.
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Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Agreed Rich.
Top eleven for us!
Sounds dangerously like a prediction!
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Should be some open rugby this year with no relegation threat
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Originally posted by RichC87 RichC87 wrote:

Out of interest, how do people feel their team have recruited for the coming season?

From a Coventry point of view, I've got to say I'm happy so far. For what will be our 2nd season back, I think we have strengthened well, on and off the pitch in areas where we struggled last season.

Players aside, our new Strength & Conditioning team is the area I'm happiest about, I think it's fair to say we showed our lack of fitness at times compared to others.

Very pleased with Pirates recruitment, still a couple of positions where we lack depth. A bigger squad (in numbers and physically) should mean we can keep it going over the season. Last season we started with a bang but fell away when injuries took their toll and we didn't have enough depth in the squad.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RichC87 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jul 2019 at 11:19
Originally posted by Stalwart Stalwart wrote:

Very pleased with Pirates recruitment, still a couple of positions where we lack depth. A bigger squad (in numbers and physically) should mean we can keep it going over the season. Last season we started with a bang but fell away when injuries took their toll and we didn't have enough depth in the squad.


I think Pirates will be right up there given the players they have added, I could certainly see you winning all of your home games
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Looking at Ealing, I'm relatively happy with the recruitment with a few caveats. To me, recruitment for Ealing this year should be about (in order of importance):

1. Bringing in difference makers - this was done with guys like Paul Grant, Steven Shingler, and Tommy Bell. They have the experience and skill to change a game on their own (not to denigrate some of the great players already in place). I'd still like to see one more marquee veteran signing. Grade 7/10.
 
2. Shore up weakspots: We struggled at prop at times last year, so I was glad to see Craig Tenier brought in after an excellent season in Richmond, and our Centres had a lot of injuries last year, so I was glad to see Jack Tovey in. We got in a to many Hookers. Grade 6/10
 
3. Development - This is the best part. Ealing signed some great players coming out of the BUCs Superleague, and I honestly think that this is going to become a more and more popular path for developing players. These players coming in game-tested, and can contribute immediately. I'm hoping for a guy like James Cannon to come in and have an Alex Dombrandt-esque rookie campaign. On top of this, the new academy structure and Ealing 1871 team are setting Ealing up for a bright future - a real shame if they get ringfenced out! Grade 10/10
 
Overall - 7/10 I feel like there should be more focus on winning now, so I have to discount the good work on player development.
 
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Will let you know when we have done it!
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Apart from Dave Ward, news about recruitment has been fairly quiet from Ampthill. Hopefully this will change soon! Fat Albert??Wink
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Originally posted by Mark W-J Mark W-J wrote:

Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Agreed Rich.
Top eleven for us!

Sounds dangerously like a prediction!


I think you know better than that, Mark...
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Amps will announce a lot of very good signings, lots of pro players looking for opportunities.
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Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Looking at Ealing, I'm relatively happy with the recruitment with a few caveats. To me, recruitment for Ealing this year should be about (in order of importance):

1. Bringing in difference makers - this was done with guys like Paul Grant, Steven Shingler, and Tommy Bell. They have the experience and skill to change a game on their own (not to denigrate some of the great players already in place). I'd still like to see one more marquee veteran signing. Grade 7/10.
 
2. Shore up weakspots: We struggled at prop at times last year, so I was glad to see Craig Tenier brought in after an excellent season in Richmond, and our Centres had a lot of injuries last year, so I was glad to see Jack Tovey in. We got in a to many Hookers. Grade 6/10
 
3. Development - This is the best part. Ealing signed some great players coming out of the BUCs Superleague, and I honestly think that this is going to become a more and more popular path for developing players. These players coming in game-tested, and can contribute immediately. I'm hoping for a guy like James Cannon to come in and have an Alex Dombrandt-esque rookie campaign. On top of this, the new academy structure and Ealing 1871 team are setting Ealing up for a bright future - a real shame if they get ringfenced out! Grade 10/10
 
Overall - 7/10 I feel like there should be more focus on winning now, so I have to discount the good work on player development.
 


James Cannon is a very experienced player with a wealth of premiership, championship and French rugby experience?
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Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Looking at Ealing, I'm relatively happy with the recruitment with a few caveats. To me, recruitment for Ealing this year should be about (in order of importance):

1. Bringing in difference makers - this was done with guys like Paul Grant, Steven Shingler, and Tommy Bell. They have the experience and skill to change a game on their own (not to denigrate some of the great players already in place). I'd still like to see one more marquee veteran signing. Grade 7/10.
 
2. Shore up weakspots: We struggled at prop at times last year, so I was glad to see Craig Tenier brought in after an excellent season in Richmond, and our Centres had a lot of injuries last year, so I was glad to see Jack Tovey in. We got in a to many Hookers. Grade 6/10
 
3. Development - This is the best part. Ealing signed some great players coming out of the BUCs Superleague, and I honestly think that this is going to become a more and more popular path for developing players. These players coming in game-tested, and can contribute immediately. I'm hoping for a guy like James Cannon to come in and have an Alex Dombrandt-esque rookie campaign. On top of this, the new academy structure and Ealing 1871 team are setting Ealing up for a bright future - a real shame if they get ringfenced out! Grade 10/10
 
Overall - 7/10 I feel like there should be more focus on winning now, so I have to discount the good work on player development.
 


James Cannon is a very experienced player with a wealth of premiership, championship and French rugby experience?
 

All you had to say was... James Cannon played at Blues Wink

For Blues, great to see we have a quality 7 (something we have lacked for a number of years) and with Temm as well we will have a more mobile backrow, as I think with Dickson leaving we will be moving back to a higher pace of attack.  From what we have announced we are a little light in a couple of positions.
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Oops,was thinking Josh Pieterse. I guess cannon just had the more explosive name.
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Originally posted by hophog hophog wrote:

Apart from Dave Ward, news about recruitment has been fairly quiet from Ampthill. Hopefully this will change soon! Fat Albert??Wink
I am not at liberty to divulge any news in advance of the formal announcements due regularly from now on Wink
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Originally posted by Fat Albert Fat Albert wrote:

formal announcements due regularly from now on 
 
Tongatapu Island now moored off Thames Estuary  Wink
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Originally posted by FHLH FHLH wrote:

Originally posted by Fat Albert Fat Albert wrote:

formal announcements due regularly from now on 
Tongatapu Island now moored off Thames Estuary  Wink
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Originally posted by Fat Albert Fat Albert wrote:

I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer I gave some moments ago 
 
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