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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dummyH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Feb 2018 at 10:52
Promising young Flanker Alex Dunne has left DMP for pastures new in New Zealand. Dunney was best known for picking up yellow cards with mowden 2nds but now he is another mowden youth player to leave after struggling to play 1st team rugby.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Runitback Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Feb 2018 at 12:24
I would struggle to believe that 1st team rugby would be the deciding factor to travel to NZ or not!!! DMP have very strong back row options and if he was good enough surely he would play, and from what I hear DMP's success this season has been based on local talent.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billinghamoldgit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Feb 2018 at 16:02
I would say DMP have maybe 2 players have came from there youth set. A few lads have went to them from local teams. Woods went from Horden and Radwan was from Billingham a few of the lads have been at the club a couple of years
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fake_Shemp Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Feb 2018 at 17:35
Before Mowden played Blackheath a couple of weeks ago, I looked on YouTube for the highlights of previous games and was surprised by how many players from the 2016 game are still with the club, either playing or currently injured, or have (like Matt Walsh and Santi Socino) left because they were signed by clubs in the Championship or Premiership; Gareth Nesbitt has retired.

The centres were Chris Auld and Ben Frankland (both still at the club), Jamie Barnard was on one wing and has a  full-time job with the Paralympic swimming team, Captain Ollie Hodgson started, as did Joe Craggs, Simon Uzokwe, Iggy Darkintis, Ralph Appleby, Rory Duff and Callum MacKenzie are still with the club, many of them regularly in the 20 man squad.

If you're interested, the team is at the beginning of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqDc7pVCZQ0&t

The same is true of the game against Rosslyn Park that season, with Appleby, Vaioleti, Craggs, Heaton, Duff, Auld, Frankland, Wood and MacKenzie in the squad. Looking at the home game against Esher two seasons ago, this was the team:
15. Barnard
14. Homan
13. Auld
12. Frankland
11. Henry
10. Seals
9. Walsh
8. Bone
7. Duff
6. Uzokwe
5. Vaioleti
4. Conquest
3. Darkintis
2. Socino
1. Nesbitt

16. Fearn
17. Demergasso
18. Craggs
19. MacKenzie
20. Bravo

Of those who are still playing at a high level, most are still with the team; others are semi retired, have finished their studies for a job away from rugby or have (like Walsh, Henry and Socino) signed for another club in the Championship or Premiership – who can blame them? It might not be the case that most of the team were at Mowden as Minis or Colts, but many players have been brought in and have stayed. Some, like Uzokwe, Radwan, and Payne are now training full-time with the Falcons (Payne is still a Mowden player), so there is something about what Mowden are doing that is developing some players for the Championship or Premiership! It seems Mowden spot promising players and bring them in where they (largely) stay for several years. For example, Matt Heaton signed in 2016 from Otley and has gone on to represent Canada, where he is a mainstay of their back row and will hopefully be with Mowden for at least another season – he is a valued and respected member of the club.

For 'homegrown talent' you don't need to look much further than the coaches as Danny Brown and John Newton were both Mowden players.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tie Ted Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2018 at 18:57
Originally posted by billinghamoldgit billinghamoldgit wrote:

I would say DMP have maybe 2 players have came from there youth set. A few lads have went to them from local teams. Woods went from Horden and Radwan was from Billingham a few of the lads have been at the club a couple of years


There must be two Radwans, then, as Adam is a Middlesbrough product who spent a very short time at Billingham.
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Two re-signings announced by Coventry this morning.
Fly Half Will Maisey and hooker Scott Tolmie have both signed two year contract extensions..

By my reckoning Will Maisey is on 207 points for the season so far, which in a year when being asked to kick penalties has been rare shows quite how many conversions he has made. (10P 76C 5T)
Scott Tolmie has been involved in 22/23 matches so far, starting in rotation with Phil Nilsen, and has twelve tries so far this season.
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Cov Club Captain Phil Boulton signs a new full-time two-year contract to play and head the u18s Academy programme.


OK, it's for next season, but Cov are still a Nat 1 side....
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For those that are interested in the state of the Coventry squad for next season, a snapshot of the current state is on the Coventry unofficial board here.

I understand that new signings are unlikely to be announced before the NL1 season ends, but a number more re-signings are to be announced before then.

At present, the figures are...
Coventry have used 39 players so far this season, over 25 matches to date (so 500 selections @ 15+5).
Of those, 5 have been loan or DR players from outside the club, making a total of 25 appearances 
8 of the Coventry players were on year 1 of a 2 year contract in 2017-18
7 of the Coventry players have been announced as signing 2 season extensions to their contracts


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sid James Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Mar 2018 at 12:22
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

For those that are interested in the state of the Coventry squad for next season, a snapshot of the current state is on the Coventry unofficial board here.
I understand that new signings are unlikely to be announced before the NL1 season ends, but a number more re-signings are to be announced before then.
At present, the figures are...
Coventry have used 39 players so far this season, over 25 matches to date (so 500 selections @ 15+5).
Of those, 5 have been loan or DR players from outside the club, making a total of 25 appearances 
8 of the Coventry players were on year 1 of a 2 year contract in 2017-18
7 of the Coventry players have been announced as signing 2 season extensions to their contracts

 
Fascinating stuff!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Halliford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Mar 2018 at 19:13
I make it that leaves 19 players open to offers from Moseley and other Clubs!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldNick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Mar 2018 at 19:16
Originally posted by Halliford Halliford wrote:

I make it that leaves 19 players open to offers from Moseley and other Clubs!


I make it a lot more have re-signed already, but not yet been announced. My wording was careful.

Edited by OldNick - 20 Mar 2018 at 19:20
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Brett Daynes has announced that he will leave Cov at the end of this season to concentrate on his new business and start his coaching career at Broadstreet (while also playing).
He'll be missed, and he'll be playing way below his level. C'est la vie.
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Big beast from the Midlands departing the division - onwards and upwards with our very best wishes. 

Division pushed the boat out to obtain a half decent replacement and recruited legendary, slightly tatty, hard as nails custodian of proper rugby values and purveyor of wondrous pies and beer. On hard times but a Titan by any measurement. Fanatical 'Shed on Tour' to all away matches will boost takings and will have licked their wounds by next season - Bring it on.

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http://www.mowdenpark.com/news/6-players-re-sign-for-201819-2234492.html

Mowden are building towards next year by keeping 6 key players on for the future.

We are pleased to announce that Warren Seals, Matt Dudman, Shaun McCartney, Ben Frankland, Callum Mackenzie and Talite Vaioleti have all extended their contracts for next season.

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Part-timers Rotherham will go back to financial basics

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Monday 26 March 2018
AS A result of their long expected relegation, Rotherham Titans chairman Nick Cragg says the club will now become a part-time operation, but maintains suffering the drop could eventually bring “benefits”.


Demotion from the Championship was finally confirmed on Saturday when Nic Rouse’s side lost 38-16 in Jersey.

They have been in the second tier for 14 years, but managed just one win from 19 outings this term so their fate has been inevitable for some time.

Clearly there now have to be questions answered regarding the future of the South Yorkshire club, who rode as high as the Premiership in 2000-01 and 2003-04.

With central funding and crowds dropping in the semi-professional National One, getting back will not be easy.


Admittedly neighbours Doncaster Knights retained a full-time squad when they suffered relegation in 2013 and immediately returned to go on and establish themselves as a top-four Championship club.

But Cragg told The Yorkshire Post: “Even with Doncaster, who kept their budget exactly the same, it still came down to the final game of the season against Rosslyn Park for them to get that promotion.

“We will go part-time; it is necessary given the financial situation we are in.

We’ll be putting a team together that is competitive in that league and our aspiration obviously is to come back.

“It’s not going to be easy – we know that – but least we know where we are now and it is sport at the end of the day.

“We’ve always punched above our weight at Rotherham and you have to remain optimistic.”

There are, of course, fears that the club, which has traditionally struggled financially, may not recover and this could be the end of a full-time professional side in the town.

Cragg admitted: “You might be right. We don’t know what will happen. But it won’t be for the want of trying.

“I do think it could bring some benefits actually. We can go back to basics and go back to a different sort of model.

“Before we’ve gone the way of everyone else really – you must have this and must do that – following them rather than ploughing our own furrow.

“But look at Bedford Blues. They’re part-time, always have been, yet they’re third in the Championship.

“Richmond are part-time, too, and making a job of it. We’ve learned from them and we’ll tailor-make our model around that.

We’ll work at it and bring a better foundation to it; in the time we spend in National One, we’ll look at not just the football side, but the financial one as well.

“We have a board meeting on Tuesday to discuss those matters and have to be positive. We didn’t want this to happen, but it has and now we have to build again.”

Rouse’s position will be discussed at that meeting today, but he is expected to move on to a role at Championship rivals Nottingham.

On squad prospects, Cragg added: “We’ve got some players not contracted as such, but assigned, and they’re definitely with us next season.

“But the contracts will be issued during the course of April.”
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Cambridge have started announcing their returning players.
Co-captains, Mike Ayrton and Ean Griffiths plus George Bretag Norris and Mat Hema all staying on.

Albert Portsmouth is playing for Manly. He has a one year visa - but as his girl friend is from Sydney, he might find a way to extend that. 

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Albion/Chiefs DR forward Samuel ("Ed") Holmes off to Bristol on loan. Also long term injured winger Robin Wedlake off to Pirates. Good luck to them both on big step-ups.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Mar 2018 at 08:49
Two forwards re-sign. One steps up from Development squad:



Edited by Kimbo - 29 Mar 2018 at 08:56
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fake_Shemp Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Mar 2018 at 15:08
Mowden Park have re-signed 7 more players from the current 1st XV squad.

Matt Heaton, Ollie Hodgson, Dave Fisher, Alfie Barron, Maia Gibbs, Ralph Appleby and Ignas Darkintis all join the ranks next season. Mowden have now managed to re-sign 13 1st XV players for next season.

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Never to early to start thinking about next season:

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