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Topic: Ready for the new season?
Posted By: Camquin
Subject: Ready for the new season?
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 15:26
So looking on web sites we have the following - the numbers are a simple count of those listed. 
I have not double checked they are up to date with all signings departures.
It does not count academy players.

Club                           Senior Squad   Preseason matches
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Ampthill        48 players
Bedford         36 players Cambridge
Cornish Pirates 39 players Redruth/Cambourne
Coventry        40 players Leinster, Blackheath, Moseley , Cambridge
Doncaster       30 players Rams 
Ealing          26 players Stortford Rosslyn Park
Hartpury        43 players Worcester Cinderford  
Jersey          22 players Old Elthamians Scarlets 
London Scottish 29 players Edinburgh
Newcastle       47 players 
Nottingham      37 players 
Leeds            0 players



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Posted By: KnightsBoy
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 15:34
Doncaster have 32 in the squad, the two you couldn't count because they don't appear on the website yet are Will Holling and Sam Pocklington both players have signed pro terms from the academy


Posted By: JonDee
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 16:15
Nottingham have a squad of 32 + as last year a group of NTU students that hasn't been announced yet


Posted By: chas
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 17:30
I suspect that you have used the players page on the Bedford Blues website.  These are last season's players. So far I believe a figure of 25 would be nearer the mark for the coming season.


Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 18:16
The Jersey Reds' squad stands at 23 retained players + 11 confirmed new signings; see full list when the most recent signing was announced a few weeks ago - https://www.jerseyreds.je/news_article/new-signing-josh-joins-jersey/" rel="nofollow - LINK

There may be one or two more to add.

The player profiles haven't yet been added because the volunteer responsible has had some off-season down-time and hasn't got to them yet - they will be added before the end of July.


Posted By: High Heidjin
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 19:09
London Scottish squad size is currently 32, with pre-season friendlies against Cardiff Blues, Chinnor and Edinburgh in that order.

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Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 19:55
This says nothing about how ready the clubs are for next season. All it shows is different approaches to web sites.


Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 11:50
I know but one would hope that any club with half a claim ot being semi-professional would keep their web site vaguely up to date.


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Posted By: Woody
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 12:08
Nottingham website is seldom updated much before the season starts.
To be honest I would rather we allocated resources to getting the team ready to compete in our predominantly professional league over updating the website for folk like me who check it everyday just in case...

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Posted By: JonDee
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 12:29
Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

I know but one would hope that any club with half a claim ot being semi-professional would keep their web site vaguely up to date.
 

Depends on how you want to spend your money everyone has a choice. 


Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 12:53
Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

I know but one would hope that any club with half a claim ot being semi-professional would keep their web site vaguely up to date.
 

Depends on how you want to spend your money everyone has a choice. 


IMO a good up to date web site is essential.

Any prospective sponsor is likely to look at this as an extension of advertising of their business, if it isn't kept up to date then people stop looking at it.

Sadly many clubs fail to even get the basics, results updated on a weekly basis.

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Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 13:20
Blues have announced 26 but 1 player did not turn up and will not be doing so.  We have a few on trial at the moment which are likely to be given contracts.


Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 13:21
Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

I know but one would hope that any club with half a claim ot being semi-professional would keep their web site vaguely up to date.
 

Depends on how you want to spend your money everyone has a choice. 


IMO a good up to date web site is essential.

Any prospective sponsor is likely to look at this as an extension of advertising of their business, if it isn't kept up to date then people stop looking at it.

Sadly many clubs fail to even get the basics, results updated on a weekly basis.
 
If you are a small sponsor you don't really care, it is more like giving money to charity, as it is the done thing in the town (certainly Bedford anyway). 
 
If you are a major sponsor you will be in the know before the fans are.


Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 14:10
Originally posted by The Blues The Blues wrote:

Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

I know but one would hope that any club with half a claim ot being semi-professional would keep their web site vaguely up to date.
 

Depends on how you want to spend your money everyone has a choice. 


IMO a good up to date web site is essential.

Any prospective sponsor is likely to look at this as an extension of advertising of their business, if it isn't kept up to date then people stop looking at it.

Sadly many clubs fail to even get the basics, results updated on a weekly basis.
 
If you are a small sponsor you don't really care, it is more like giving money to charity, as it is the done thing in the town (certainly Bedford anyway). 
 
If you are a major sponsor you will be in the know before the fans are.
 
Unless of course you are Guiness sponsoring London Irish. Wink


Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 15:00
Originally posted by The Blues The Blues wrote:

Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

I know but one would hope that any club with half a claim ot being semi-professional would keep their web site vaguely up to date.
 

Depends on how you want to spend your money everyone has a choice. 


IMO a good up to date web site is essential.

Any prospective sponsor is likely to look at this as an extension of advertising of their business, if it isn't kept up to date then people stop looking at it.

Sadly many clubs fail to even get the basics, results updated on a weekly basis.

 
If you are a small sponsor you don't really care, it is more like giving money to charity, as it is the done thing in the town (certainly Bedford anyway). 
 
If you are a major sponsor you will be in the know before the fans are.


Still think any sponsor would like to see they are backing an well organised club - websites not up to date don't get looked at and are an indicator of how well they are organised

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Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2019 at 14:05
Coventry seem to have added a fixture against Leicester Lions - how many pre-season fixtures can you play.


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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2019 at 14:27
It'll be a fairly low-rent Cov side I expect.
As will those following (but with more firsts in the mix), with a higher percentage again vs Cambridge.

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Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2019 at 14:56
The match v Cambridge is the highlight of the season isn't it.
Rowland and the boys cannot lose against the old club.
And we are going to be up for it.



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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2019 at 09:41
The Cov site has now been updated to show the 19/20 squad.
http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/playing-squad/

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Posted By: Tricolour
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2019 at 12:41
Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

The Cov site has now been updated to show the 19/20 squad.
http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/playing-squad/

Doesn't include BR Luke Wallace.


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2019 at 21:37
Originally posted by Tricolour Tricolour wrote:

Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

The Cov site has now been updated to show the 19/20 squad.
http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/playing-squad/


Doesn't include BR Luke Wallace.

Does now.

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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 21:09
Slightly different "ready for the new season" angle, but I was at Trailfinders today, and I made it a point to check out what has been done during the offseason. Now, there's still some time to go before the first preseason game, but I was a bit disappointed to see no indication of any additional bar under the new stand, which is what had been rumoured last year. However, the grassy area that used to be used for overflow car parking is now completely paved, and marked off as a proper parking area. That probably triples the paved parking space that was previously available. I'm not sure that you can fit any more cars, but it will be easily accessible in all weather, and the new stand should protect them from Peter Lydon's boot.


Posted By: Stalwart
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 22:56
The Mennaye pitch has been dug up, new drainage put in and re-seeded. It's looking good, despite the lack of rain (until yesterday when it hammered down). Pirates start with three away games, so plenty of time for it to be ready for the first home game.


Posted By: The Perfect Ten
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2019 at 15:51
Are you sure that the new stand is high enough to guarantee that? Big smile


Posted By: No 7
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2019 at 17:57
Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Slightly different "ready for the new season" angle, but I was at Trailfinders today, and I made it a point to check out what has been done during the offseason. Now, there's still some time to go before the first preseason game, but I was a bit disappointed to see no indication of any additional bar under the new stand, which is what had been rumoured last year. However, the grassy area that used to be used for overflow car parking is now completely paved, and marked off as a proper parking area. That probably triples the paved parking space that was previously available. I'm not sure that you can fit any more cars, but it will be easily accessible in all weather, and the new stand should protect them from Peter Lydon's boot.

The underside of the new stand is being worked on . I am not sure what is being built but rumour was additional WC`s and a bar. There is a new Ealing Trailfinders Pro team gym behind the Damian Bugeja Stand, opposite end to the new stand. It is three times bigger than the pro side gym and allows a specialist `recovery gym`! to be used within the original gym area.


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Posted By: Guinness John
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2019 at 18:55
Blues are way ahead in the are you ready race. Planning the Christmas Parties ClapBeer

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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2019 at 16:44
Ealing have released their new kits. Our plan is for the away kits to blind the opposition! http://www.ealingtrailfinders.com/news/new-2019-20-kits-revealed" rel="nofollow - http://www.ealingtrailfinders.com/news/new-2019-20-kits-revealed


Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2019 at 16:57
Were you expecting sponsorship from Easyjet


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Posted By: Teddy1981
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2019 at 16:58
Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Ealing have released their new kits. Our plan is for the away kits to blind the opposition! http://www.ealingtrailfinders.com/news/new-2019-20-kits-revealed" rel="nofollow - http://www.ealingtrailfinders.com/news/new-2019-20-kits-revealed

I thought it matched Eel's trainers........



Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2019 at 18:13
Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

Were you expecting sponsorship from Easyjet
New Dutch sponsors maybe?


Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2019 at 19:07
Quality - can we play rugby please? 

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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2019 at 20:51
Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Quality - can we play rugby please? 
Agreed. This offseason is excruciatingly long, and Ealing even got an extra week of games...


Posted By: Eel
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 07:54
Originally posted by Teddy1981 Teddy1981 wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Ealing have released their new kits. Our plan is for the away kits to blind the opposition! http://www.ealingtrailfinders.com/news/new-2019-20-kits-revealed" rel="nofollow - http://www.ealingtrailfinders.com/news/new-2019-20-kits-revealed

I thought it matched Eel's trainers........


lol brilliant.....what a combo that would be

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Posted By: hrplaneman
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 14:08
What happened to the away kit rule stating that away strips had to be predominantly white? 


Posted By: castleparknight
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 14:47
Lord only knows when that ceased to be applied - remember the lovely beige number the Knights had?

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Posted By: oneagainstthehead
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 17:16
Originally posted by castleparknight castleparknight wrote:

Lord only knows when that ceased to be applied - remember the lovely beige number the Knights had?

And Rotherham’s beige and maroon

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Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 18:17
It certainly wasn’t allowed last season when Coventry with blue and white hoops for main kit were prevented from having red and white hood for change kit, because both kits included white.


Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 20:21
Originally posted by hrplaneman hrplaneman wrote:

What happened to the away kit rule stating that away strips had to be predominantly white? 


If that has ever been a rule, it is ridiculous.

1) if the team plays predominantly in white, their 2nd kit would be very similar.

2) I would have thought a teams 2nd kit should be a single colour which is nothing like their first kit

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Posted By: Eel
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 05:09
In our first season in the champs it was suggested our away kit should be mainly white....sadly we now seem to be going the way of wendyball

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Posted By: High Heidjin
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 06:47
I believe that the current guidelines on kit state that a club’s alternative kit should be predominantly different from their first-choice kit. Clubs no longer need to have a ‘home’ and ‘away’ kit, they can if they wish, the alternative being, first-choice and second-choice. The overriding consideration is that the kit on the team playing away should be a complete contrast to the home team. The RFU process is straightforward, imho. It’s up to the clubs how to choose their colours !

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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 08:30
Originally posted by hrplaneman hrplaneman wrote:

What happened to the away kit rule stating that away strips had to be predominantly white? 


not aware of this reg/guideline in the time since Jersey got to level 2 (2012)


Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 08:44
I believe the premiership had that rule.
But it was never in RFU regulations.
I see no reason for a side to wear anything other than their main kit, unless there is a clash.
And as long as the change strip does not clash with the clubs main strip - they should have a shirt they can wear.


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Posted By: No 7
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 15:03


Orange is the Trailfinders logo colour.


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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 15:29
Originally posted by No 7 No 7 wrote:




Orange is the Trailfinders logo colour.

Indeed. And it looked lovely on the home jersey piping last year. Now the lads look a bit Oompa Loompa.


Posted By: WEvans
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 15:40
Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

I believe the premiership had that rule.
But it was never in RFU regulations.
I see no reason for a side to wear anything other than their main kit, unless there is a clash.
And as long as the change strip does not clash with the clubs main strip - they should have a shirt they can wear.

Wasn't the predominantly white regulation something to do with TV?


Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 23 Aug 2019 at 10:21
oh my - just saw Pirates new strip. Away is purple and home is red. The away kit has a fade effect where it darkens to black towards the bottom. With the black shorts being worn with it in the picture, it looks like they have strangely high waistlines.
 
Ninja Edit


Posted By: Stalwart
Date Posted: 23 Aug 2019 at 11:41
Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

oh my - just saw Pirates new strip. Home is purple and away is red. The home kit has a fade effect where it darkens to black towards the bottom. With the black shorts being worn with it in the picture, it looks like they have strangely high waistlines.
Don't think it's purple - it's predominantly red.


Posted By: WEvans
Date Posted: 25 Aug 2019 at 12:48
Originally posted by Stalwart Stalwart wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

oh my - just saw Pirates new strip. Home is purple and away is red. The home kit has a fade effect where it darkens to black towards the bottom. With the black shorts being worn with it in the picture, it looks like they have strangely high waistlines.
Don't think it's purple - it's predominantly red.

So home is red and away is red?

Can't see any problems with that!


Posted By: Hobo
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 09:58
Championship rule; colours of change strip have to be different to the first choice kit.


Posted By: Brizzer
Date Posted: 18 Sep 2019 at 20:41
starting to get excited about the prospect of a rugby fest. RWC starts Friday, Championship Cup starts on Friday (although we don't play until Saturday) and got my flights & hotel booked for Bedford on the 1st February.

Only 2 more big sleeps until it all starts!!!!

BRING IT ON BABY !!


Posted By: Bill Sley
Date Posted: 19 Sep 2019 at 17:31
Going back a while (FDR days?) the change kit had to be 'light' if the home kit was 'dark' (and vice versa) and a different colour…..which seemed sensible as it covered most eventualities including visual impairment, colour blind, TV etc...…...not quite sure when/why that one went - or indeed if I'm just imagining it...


Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 19 Sep 2019 at 17:59
Crazy last season - Coventry in dark blue and white hoops playing Nottingham in dark green and white hoops in an evening match under lights.


Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 19 Sep 2019 at 20:51
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

Crazy last season - Coventry in dark blue and white hoops playing Nottingham in dark green and white hoops in an evening match under lights.


We have had similar in N2 with Worthing in Dark Blue and Yellow hoops and Henley in Dark Green and Yellow hoops, virtually indistinguishable. In fact in one game both teams changed at half time (presumably at referees request) so Henley should always have been in their change kit as the away side.

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Posted By: bluesladyfan
Date Posted: 20 Sep 2019 at 23:36
Brizzer - you and all the travelling fans will be made very welcome at GR as usual.
And yes, bring on the World Cup, the TV record function is set!  It's winnable this time methinks!


Posted By: Hobo
Date Posted: 21 Sep 2019 at 10:34
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

Crazy last season - Coventry in dark blue and white hoops playing Nottingham in dark green and white hoops in an evening match under lights.


It was crazy. There was quite a bit of mud to add to the mirkyness. But it was both first team kits. Not a change kit clashing with a first kit.




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