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Topic: NL1 Signings, Retentions and Departures 2018-19
Posted By: Kimbo
Subject: NL1 Signings, Retentions and Departures 2018-19
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2018 at 10:11
As we're now into 2018, and as re-signings are being announced, I thought it perhaps time to start this one up.
OldNick added Cov's last re-signing onto the previous similar thread, but, like London buses, another one has now turned up, so...

Full back James Stokes extends his contract to 2020:

http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/01/10/its-all-looking-good-for-james/" rel="nofollow - http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/01/10/its-all-looking-good-for-james/


(Last week's announcement covered Nile Dacres' similar extension deal:
http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/01/05/nile-extends-his-stay-and-captains-cov-against-oa/" rel="nofollow - http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/01/05/nile-extends-his-stay-and-captains-cov-against-oa/ ).


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Posted By: TigerTitan
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2018 at 22:16
my links at rotherham tell me they have signed james dixon and jay tyak from moseley in preparation for national 1 next year hopefully we arent relegated but wont hold breath 


Posted By: WESTCOMBE RANGER
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2018 at 23:20
Originally posted by TigerTitan TigerTitan wrote:

my links at rotherham tell me they have signed james dixon and jay tyak from moseley in preparation for national 1 next year hopefully we arent relegated but wont hold breath 

If you are with us next year I look forward to renewing old acquaintances.   This is a fun league. 😋😋😋

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Posted By: kingsheathlad
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2018 at 13:21
Originally posted by TigerTitan TigerTitan wrote:

my links at rotherham tell me they have signed james dixon and jay tyak from moseley in preparation for national 1 next year hopefully we arent relegated but wont hold breath 


Any official confirmation from Titans yet on this. Nothing on B'ham Moseley message board.

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Posted By: Wobbler
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2018 at 16:05
Originally posted by kingsheathlad kingsheathlad wrote:

Originally posted by TigerTitan TigerTitan wrote:

my links at rotherham tell me they have signed james dixon and jay tyak from moseley in preparation for national 1 next year hopefully we arent relegated but wont hold breath 


Any official confirmation from Titans yet on this. Nothing on B'ham Moseley message board.

We never make an announcement when a player leaves Rich, it has always been the club they sign for so there won't be anything on the forum.


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Posted By: Alderman
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2018 at 14:17
I see Old Elthamians have a new player on the bench tomorrow called Elliot Roofe. Said to be from London Scottish. Anyone know anything about him?


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2018 at 14:50
Nope, but a quick Google brings up a lot of references to him.

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Posted By: WESTCOMBE RANGER
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2018 at 15:00
Played on the bench for London Irish 'A' team or Acedemy I believe back in September. Hopefully not a D/R or Loanee 😁😁😁

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Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2018 at 11:07
Coventry No 7 Jack Preece has signed a two year extension to his contract. http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/01/17/fans-favourite-jack-signs-on/" rel="nofollow - Details


Posted By: Intouch
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2018 at 14:07
Originally posted by WESTCOMBE RANGER WESTCOMBE RANGER wrote:

Played on the bench for London Irish 'A' team or Acedemy I believe back in September. Hopefully not a D/R or Loanee 😁😁😁

Elliot joined OEs in Oct: He was at Exeter Uni with several of the boys. He has played his way through the sides starting in the Bulls, via the Extras for 6 games to the 1st xv. He lives some 700 metres from the club, so no loan, no DR and a club member!


Posted By: WESTCOMBE RANGER
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2018 at 14:11
My comment was tongue in cheek, bearing in mind the other thread 😂

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Posted By: Alderman
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2018 at 14:31
Originally posted by Intouch Intouch wrote:

Originally posted by WESTCOMBE RANGER WESTCOMBE RANGER wrote:

Played on the bench for London Irish 'A' team or Acedemy I believe back in September. Hopefully not a D/R or Loanee 😁😁😁

Elliot joined OEs in Oct: He was at Exeter Uni with several of the boys. He has played his way through the sides starting in the Bulls, via the Extras for 6 games to the 1st xv. He lives some 700 metres from the club, so no loan, no DR and a club member!
 
Thanks for the clarification. The OEs Director of Rugby has been fairly strong in stating DRs are not envisaged for the club and that in fact offers of such players from both Saracens and Harlequins had been turned down.


Posted By: Dangerous Dave
Date Posted: 17 Jan 2018 at 17:04
I've followed the debate on the other thread with keen interest as its directly affecting our league (London Prem) and find it interesting how anti OEs are about other teams getting loaned players/DRs in, yet are more than willing to loan out, Intouch regularly speaks of an 'agreement' with Westcombe Park which has sent former Rotherham Fly Half Will Robinson there as they fight for survival, is this not the same/very similar to the Saracens/OAs hook up?(Max Malins aside which I agree feels a bit much, even if he is desperate for any sort of game time).



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Posted By: WESTCOMBE RANGER
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2018 at 08:12
Originally posted by Dangerous Dave Dangerous Dave wrote:

I've followed the debate on the other thread with keen interest as its directly affecting our league (London Prem) and find it interesting how anti OEs are about other teams getting loaned players/DRs in, yet are more than willing to loan out, Intouch regularly speaks of an 'agreement' with Westcombe Park which has sent former Rotherham Fly Half Will Robinson there as they fight for survival, is this not the same/very similar to the Saracens/OAs hook up?(Max Malins aside which I agree feels a bit much, even if he is desperate for any sort of game time).



Hi DD, I guess the particular other thread you refer to is the Fylde Loan thread. As you are aware this thread went to talk about loan/Drs at great length and the way that some other clubs in this league used them etc etc. What seemed to irk most posters was the fact that the number of changes that could be made from one week to another was creating an uneven playing field. A team could be playing against 6/7 one week yet next week different opponents may only be up against none, 1 or 2 depending on availability. The thread also touched on the wider issues of whether the 'Beneficiary' clubs on a long term basis could be ruined as a result, especially as next season the maximum of 4 is reintroduced. Posters actually showed concern for not only those clubs but also for the game as a whole.     
My personal view on the whole issue is that Loans/Drs can and do work under certain circumstances - Long term Yes but not on a week on/ one or two weeks off basis with up to 10 possible changes. Did you get the same vibes ?

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Posted By: Dangerous Dave
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2018 at 13:30
Hi Ranger,

I think its a really interesting discussion (apologies for bringing it onto the wrong thread!) and I'm not sure there is such a clean cut, right/wrong answer. 

Personally, I feel like loans and DRs are a good thing. For example, last year we had a 18 year old prop come to us for the year from Blackheath, the whole situation worked really well all round, we got a fantastic young talent, and good bloke, who helped us out massively in our promotion campaign. He got an introduction to mens rugby, both on and off the pitch... and Blackheath exposed a prop to 1XV rugby, which in my opinion is more beneficial than 2s, especially when it comes to scrummaging. This year a similar thing has happened with Sam Evans, a Sidcup boy through and through who is now plying his trade at Blackheath, we had him for the first few games of the season, however unfortunately due to injuries he's been recalled, and as much as we miss him, we're happy that one of our own is playing at a higher level and testing himself. 

I don't buy the level playing field argument one bit, largely due to teams differing budgets. Im not anti paying players, Sidcup have chosen to be fully amateur and long may that continue, however I also don't mind that teams pay, thats completely up to them and their long term ambitions. The same applies to DRs. If you want to use them, thats up to the individual club and their ethos, they come with the positives of being exceptional young players, but with the potential negatives of upsetting the delicate balance of team and club atmosphere as they come and go, especially if teams are fielding as many as 10 at a time. What makes a playing field more uneven? Getting a bunch of academy kids in for the odd game, or paying much more than everyone else for a team of premium, experienced players for a whole year? 

Apologies for the long response, and for this being irrelevant to this actual thread, just felt there was an element of hypocrisy in the response to Elliot Roofe. 

Best,
DD


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Posted By: Rabbie Burns
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2018 at 14:11
Well said Dave I was going to mention Sam but held off. Credit must be given to coaches at both clubs as Sidcup were very open that Sam needed to play at a higher level and because of the connection came our way and when we had everyone back fit ours suggested he plays at Sidcup . Pity the prop went off to Uni this year as he had developed very well and given our current situation prop wise would likely have featured at the moment in the first team.

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Posted By: Alderman
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2018 at 16:18
OEs have announced a new bench player for tomorrow's game. Flanker Elliott Quinton aged 19 has been signed from Chichester and has played a handful of A League games for London Irish this season.


Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2018 at 16:50
This should be in the 2016-17 thread


Posted By: kingsheathlad
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2018 at 17:29
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

This should be in the 2016-17 thread


2017/18

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Posted By: TigerTitan
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2018 at 23:23
seems like we are raiding moseley

lewis beany a big second row and james dixon to rotherham from moseley


Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2018 at 10:02
Originally posted by kingsheathlad kingsheathlad wrote:

Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

This should be in the 2016-17 thread


2017/18


Ok, I may have exaggerated slightly, but at least we agree.


Posted By: kingsheathlad
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2018 at 10:04
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

Originally posted by kingsheathlad kingsheathlad wrote:

Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

This should be in the 2016-17 thread


2017/18


Ok, I may have exaggerated slightly, but at least we agree.


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Posted By: Wobbler
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2018 at 18:58
Originally posted by TigerTitan TigerTitan wrote:

seems like we are raiding moseley

lewis beany a big second row and james dixon to rotherham from moseley


Where has that come from? Lewis (Bean) has just told us he has no intention of leaving.

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Posted By: kingsheathlad
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2018 at 19:40
Originally posted by Wobbler Wobbler wrote:

Originally posted by TigerTitan TigerTitan wrote:

seems like we are raiding moseley

lewis beany a big second row and james dixon to rotherham from moseley


Where has that come from? Lewis (Bean) has just told us he has no intention of leaving.

Agree you can't believe anything until either club confirms.

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2018 at 09:36
Ooh look. It's been made 'sticky'! Thanks chaps....

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2018 at 11:03
Cov sign centre Ravai Fatiaki from Leicester.

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Posted By: Paul Rossborough
Date Posted: 01 Feb 2018 at 14:12
Looks like it will be quiet on the Cov front, some will be pleased to know. Next season's arrivals aren't being announced until the end of the current campaign.
I guess we will still hear about retentions 😊

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Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2018 at 08:40
Coventry scrum-half Pete White has signed a two year contract extension - details http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/02/07/3923/" rel="nofollow - here


Posted By: FHLH
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2018 at 12:56

Cambridge director of rugby Ross Stewart to leave club at the end of the season.

The space Stewart leaves will be filled current performance director for the Hungarian national team Richie Williams.

“I talked to Rob Dean [club chairman] and a few people at the club – they had five or six in mind but I was offered it.

“I’m going to go down the club and meet everyone and get everything signed, but it was quite flattering to be asked and it all happened pretty quickly but I’m really excited.”

And Dean thanked Stewart for developing the current squad – a lot of who didn’t have experience at the level when promoted – to the point where they are beating the likes of Plymouth Albion.

 



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Posted By: bullwhip griffen
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2018 at 14:18
see 
http://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/sport/cambridge-rugby-club/richie-williams-winging-in-to-take-charge-at-cambridge-rugby-club-1-5384826 

 for the full article. More to come certainly.


Posted By: FHLH
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2018 at 17:12
Originally posted by bullwhip griffen bullwhip griffen wrote:

More to come certainly.
 
Mark Taylor's http://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/sport/cambridge-rugby-club" rel="nofollow - article in the Cambridge Independent is certainly more informative than the "wham-bam-thank you ma'am" from the Cambridge News.


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Posted By: bullwhip griffen
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2018 at 08:45
When it comes to training facilities, the new clubhouse extension should be available for Saturday's match. It says much more than a change in the coaching team. The players deserve no less. How much easier therefore for Richie Williams to make his mark.
Take a look FHLH, you can only be impressed. Ampthill hopefully have the first pleasure of this new experience.


Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2018 at 17:42
Only slightly late - but then it is a building project.

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Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2018 at 23:22
Does it mean that visiting teams will be able to change on the premises again, rather than over the road and across the fields?


Posted By: Rabbie Burns
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2018 at 07:17
The facilities over the road were far better than changing in the containers as they were cold damp and poorly lit. Quite a few of our players decided to get changed and shower at home such was the temperature when we visited last season. The distance across the field was no worse than Blaydon but far more luxurious

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Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2018 at 08:26
No more containers and no more need to rely on neighbours.
Brand new changing rooms for home and away teams - and of course for everyone on Sundays.
The containers served a purpose - but it was definitely time for them to go.



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Posted By: bullwhip griffen
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2018 at 08:46
Update - 95% ready, chairs going in today as a temporary measure - benches and hooks complete the luxury upgrade before our string of home matches 24th February > 4 out of 5 games. 


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2018 at 10:27
And this is a new signing or a retention?

Just a bit off-topic?

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Posted By: bullwhip griffen
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2018 at 12:51
Kimbo.
Track the thread - new coach signed put into context.


Posted By: kingsheathlad
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2018 at 17:25
Birmingham Moseley sign Alistair Haining centre/wing.

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Posted By: dummyH
Date 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.


Posted By: Runitback
Date 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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Posted By: billinghamoldgit
Date 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


Posted By: Fake_Shemp
Date 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqDc7pVCZQ0&t" rel="nofollow - 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.


Posted By: Tie Ted
Date 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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Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2018 at 09:17
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.


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Mar 2018 at 09:04
Cov Club Captain Phil Boulton signs a new full-time two-year contract to play and head the u18s Academy programme.

http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/03/20/a-special-one-for-skip-phil/" rel="nofollow - http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/03/20/a-special-one-for-skip-phil/

OK, it's for next season, but Cov are still a Nat 1 side....


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Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 20 Mar 2018 at 10:24
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 http://www.rugbynetwork.net/boards/read/s425.htm?798,16271780" rel="nofollow - 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




Posted By: Sid James
Date 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 http://www.rugbynetwork.net/boards/read/s425.htm?798,16271780" rel="nofollow - 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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Posted By: Halliford
Date Posted: 20 Mar 2018 at 19:13
I make it that leaves 19 players open to offers from Moseley and other Clubs!


Posted By: OldNick
Date 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.


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2018 at 09:08
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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Posted By: southerngit
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2018 at 17:32
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.

BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE A TITAN.


Posted By: Fake_Shemp
Date Posted: 27 Mar 2018 at 15:00
http://www.mowdenpark.com/news/6-players-re-sign-for-201819-2234492.html" rel="nofollow - 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.



Posted By: Rothman2
Date Posted: 27 Mar 2018 at 18:46
Part-timers Rotherham will go back to financial basics

DAVE CRAVEN - YORKSHIRE POST

Published: 17:06
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.”


Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 18:28
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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Posted By: stonehousealbion
Date Posted: 29 Mar 2018 at 07:57
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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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 29 Mar 2018 at 08:49
Two forwards re-sign. One steps up from Development squad:
http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/03/28/pack-trio-sign-on-for-more/" rel="nofollow - http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/03/28/pack-trio-sign-on-for-more/



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Posted By: Fake_Shemp
Date 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.

http://www.mowdenpark.com/news/7-more-added-to-strength-mowdens-squad-2238806.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.mowdenpark.com/news/7-more-added-to-strength-mowdens-squad-2238806.html


Posted By: stonehousealbion
Date Posted: 01 Apr 2018 at 09:45
Never to early to start thinking about next season:

http://www.rugbynetwork.net/boards/read/s503.htm?961,16283460" rel="nofollow - http://www.rugbynetwork.net/boards/read/s503.htm?961,16283460


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Posted By: WESTCOMBE RANGER
Date Posted: 01 Apr 2018 at 09:55

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Think he may need to put on a bit of weight to be an effective 2nd row. She could be a bit of a petal.

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Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2018 at 13:07
King (prop) of Blackheath has rejoined Bedford Blues


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2018 at 14:30
Max Trimble, Olly Povoas, and Dave Brazier all re-sign for Cov.

http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/04/04/max-dave-olly-sign-on-for-more/" rel="nofollow - http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/04/04/max-dave-olly-sign-on-for-more/

Now 21 of this season's first team squad confirmed as staying for one or two further years.


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Posted By: Rabbie Burns
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2018 at 20:35
Big long list of retention’s announced by the (Blackheath)chairman at lunch yesterday the essence that the majority of this seasons squad have signed new contracts for next year plus a few newbies that haven’t been named for obvious reasons think the numbers were 23 signed up with offers out to others so a good start nice and positive.

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Posted By: WESTCOMBE RANGER
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2018 at 23:16
Originally posted by Rabbie Burns Rabbie Burns wrote:

Big long list of retention’s announced by the (Blackheath)chairman at lunch yesterday the essence that the majority of this seasons squad have signed new contracts for next year plus a few newbies that haven’t been named for obvious reasons think the numbers were 23 signed up with offers out to others so a good start nice and positive.


Dear Rabbie,
I can understand that you cannot name the newbies who have signed, but could you divulge those of your current squad who have signed up, or at the very least how many of the 23 are current players ?
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Mischievously yours,
Ranger



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Posted By: Rabbie Burns
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2018 at 09:06
This is the list of twitter, I don’t do lunches on Saturdays so wasn’t there may be on website later as it’s been mentioned
Other players Russell’s announced as staying at Club for next season are:

Danny Herriott
Matt Miles
Harry Fry
CJ
Neale Patrick
Harry Bate
Anders Nilsson
Tom Baldwin
Joe Tarrant
Markus Burcham
Jake Lloyd
Leo Fielding
Elliott Simmons

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Posted By: WESTCOMBE RANGER
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2018 at 09:31
Thanks Rabbie, hopefully see you soon.

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Posted By: Fake_Shemp
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2018 at 17:20
http://www.mowdenpark.com/teams/11810/news/4-more-re-sign-for-201819-2254969.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.mowdenpark.com/teams/11810/news/4-more-re-sign-for-201819-2254969.html

Darlington Mowden Park are delighted to announce the re-signings of 4 more players as they continue to build for the future. Chris McTurk, Jake Brady, Chris Wood and Rory Duff have all signed on ahead of the 2018/19 season. The 4 re-signings for Mowden now takes the total to 17 players who have committed for next season.


Winger, Chris McTurk and second row, Jake Brady will be spending their second consecutive season with Mowden. McTurk has had a big involvement in Mowden Park's previous promotions from National 3 to National 1. This year, the winger has appeared 5 times for Mowden, scoring in Mowden’s recent 41-35 win over Bishops Stortford.


Jake Brady signed for Mowden from Harrogate for the 2017/18 season and has put pen to paper for another term. Brady joined Mowden to play National 1 rugby and he has done so on 19 occasions this year and crossed the line once.


Another regular in Mowden’s 1st XV this year, hooker Chris Wood is staying with Mowden next season. The 21-year-old has featured in 25 of Mowden’s 27 games this season and scored 3 times. Chris has had a lot of exposure to National 1 this season and will be looking to continue his good form next season.


Finally, Rory Duff is joining fellow forwards, Jake and Chris for Mowden’s 2018/19 campaign. Middlesbrough born, Duff has spent several seasons with Mowden, including seeing Park promoted from National 2 to National 1 at the end of the 2013/14 season. The back rower has featured in 14 of Mowden’s fixtures including victories over Rosslyn Park, Birmingham Moseley and Cambridge.

Mowden Park's Director of Rugby Danny Brown commented: "We're delighted to have re-signed 4 key players for next year. They are all vital members of the playing squad having played a big part in this season's campaign."



Posted By: Albionlass
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2018 at 13:17
Plymouth Albion's first new intake :



                                               http://www.plymouthalbion.com/10486-2/" rel="nofollow - www.plymouthalbion.com

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Posted By: Intouch
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 16:10
Oes have signed their D of R for another 2 seasons, word on the street was he was off to a champ side! Not a bad record that 5 divisions in 9 seasons since joining:

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/oldelthamians/news/lach-signs-new-two-year-deal-2263498.html





Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2018 at 11:52
Two departures from Coventry, both apparently retiring from this level of rugby.

Prop Andy Brown & centre, Alex Grove, are stepping down, both citing increasing work and family commitments.


Posted By: Albionlass
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 13:54
Plymouth Albion update :


                                                http://www.plymouthalbion.com/popular-daly-puts-pen-to-paper/" rel="nofollow - www.plymouthalbion.com

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Posted By: thomas snr
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 16:57
Rupert Freestone-a high flying city job plus championship rugby for a london side-could only be Richmond?


Posted By: dropout22
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 17:05
Originally posted by thomas snr thomas snr wrote:

Rupert Freestone-a high flying city job plus championship rugby for a london side-could only be Richmond?

Potentially LS. We have a programme to transition players to a second career as well i believe, although im not sure whether we are going to be any embracing any part-timers next year.


Posted By: Dave G/w
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 17:45
A very good player. I’m sure he will be missed at Albion


Posted By: Runitback
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 18:57
Richmond or LS

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Posted By: billesleyexile
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2018 at 19:55
Mose have just announced 18 re-signing/still under contract ( more to follow including at least another one that i’m aware of but not announced), plus Sam Hayward, (Canada U20) in from Parramatta




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Posted By: billesleyexile
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2018 at 20:01
Given we basically rebuilt a team from scratch this season, around a couple of older wiser heads who stayed on, this bodes very well for the future. IMO we’ve really come together since the new year.

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Posted By: OldNick
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2018 at 21:56
Although a ‘DoR goes or squad goes’ ultimatum does not sound like coming together.


Posted By: Albionlass
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2018 at 08:44
Originally posted by Runitback Runitback wrote:

Richmond or LS


I would go for Richmond as LS are going full time .


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Posted By: billesleyexile
Date Posted: 01 May 2018 at 11:58
James Williams back from Hartpury after a season away. Welcome back to him, and a massive signing/statement from us IMO. Was v sorry to see our first choice 10 leave in the first place so glad he’s come home!

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Posted By: kingsheathlad
Date Posted: 03 May 2018 at 16:34
Buster Lawrence and Lewis Bean sign for another season at Birmingham Moseley.

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Posted By: billesleyexile
Date Posted: 03 May 2018 at 17:15
Disappointing news for some Roth fans who have been convinced Bean was going to them.... great news for us mind!

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Posted By: billesleyexile
Date Posted: 10 May 2018 at 16:56
Two new wingers in for Mose:

Aedan Moloney from Tynedale/Northumbria University, (Via Middlesbrough, Novocastrians, Newcastle Falcons A, Northumberland and England Students 7s). 

Taraiasi Wara from NZ (via Brive Academy, Hartpury, England Colleges U19, US Marmande (France), etc)


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Posted By: Fat Albert
Date Posted: 11 May 2018 at 17:48
Ampthill announce their first signing for 2018/19, former Tonga International Soane Tonga'uiha, more http://www.ampthillrufc.com/web/?p=9195" rel="nofollow - here

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Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 11 May 2018 at 22:12
Originally posted by Fat Albert Fat Albert wrote:

Ampthill announce their first signing for 2018/19, former Tonga International Soane Tonga'uiha, more http://www.ampthillrufc.com/web/?p=9195" rel="nofollow - here

Excellent signing for Ampthill.  A great lump of Tongan, who'd have thought..!?


Posted By: Sid James
Date Posted: 12 May 2018 at 09:04
Originally posted by Rich Rich wrote:

Originally posted by Fat Albert Fat Albert wrote:

Ampthill announce their first signing for 2018/19, former Tonga International Soane Tonga'uiha, more http://www.ampthillrufc.com/web/?p=9195" rel="nofollow - here


Excellent signing for Ampthill.  A great lump of Tongan, who'd have thought..!?


Great signing. Will certainly add to the 'grass roots' aspect of the Club.

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Posted By: stonehousealbion
Date Posted: 12 May 2018 at 10:03
Dan Mugford moves over the Channel to Pro D2:

http://www.plymouthalbion.com/dan-mugford-bids-au-revoir-to-plymouth-albion/" rel="nofollow - http://www.plymouthalbion.com/dan-mugford-bids-au-revoir-to-plymouth-albion/

A huge asset to us in the first half of the season. Bon courage, Muggy!


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Posted By: stonehousealbion
Date Posted: 12 May 2018 at 10:09
On the plus side, one returnee and one newbie from N2S:

http://www.plymouthalbion.com/albion-announce-two-new-signings-ahead-of-season-finale/" rel="nofollow - http://www.plymouthalbion.com/albion-announce-two-new-signings-ahead-of-season-finale/

Looks like a good mix of youth and experience...


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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 12 May 2018 at 11:45
Originally posted by stonehousealbion stonehousealbion wrote:

Dan Mugford moves over the Channel to Pro D2:

http://www.plymouthalbion.com/dan-mugford-bids-au-revoir-to-plymouth-albion/" rel="nofollow - http://www.plymouthalbion.com/dan-mugford-bids-au-revoir-to-plymouth-albion/

A huge asset to us in the first half of the season. Bon courage, Muggy!

Wonder if it's US Carcassonne building an Anglo-rump (recently recruited Darrel Dyer from Hartpury).


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Posted By: FHLH
Date Posted: 12 May 2018 at 12:56
Originally posted by stonehousealbion stonehousealbion wrote:

Dan Mugford moves over the Channel to Pro D2


A good excuse for winter breaks in France. Depending on where he's going flights should be affordable with Ryanair or other low cost carriers. And, you can still follow your team playing away on Twitter!

Good luck Dan - he played alongside Ben Spencer whilst at Cambridge.

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Posted By: Baggins
Date Posted: 13 May 2018 at 00:35
Originally posted by Sid James Sid James wrote:

Originally posted by Rich Rich wrote:

Originally posted by Fat Albert Fat Albert wrote:

Ampthill announce their first signing for 2018/19, former Tonga International Soane Tonga'uiha, more http://www.ampthillrufc.com/web/?p=9195" rel="nofollow - here


Excellent signing for Ampthill.  A great lump of Tongan, who'd have thought..!?


Great signing. Will certainly add to the 'grass roots' aspect of the Club.
 
Jealous? I think our grass roots are healthy enough:
 
 
 Ampthill now runs 7 senior teams with a potential 8th senior team starting next year. A great achievement for a community Club like Ampthill. Our Mini & Youth, Girls and Ladies section takes us to nearly 1,000 playing members”.
 
 
Anyway a local lad, one of my favorite Saints ( and Blues ) of all time and one of the most destructive prop forwards in the loose and tight I have ever had the joy of watching.
 
That has made me start salivating at the prospect of next season already, which is exactly what a good signing should do.


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Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 13 May 2018 at 05:23
Originally posted by Baggins Baggins wrote:

Originally posted by Sid James Sid James wrote:

Originally posted by Rich Rich wrote:

Originally posted by Fat Albert Fat Albert wrote:

Ampthill announce their first signing for 2018/19, former Tonga International Soane Tonga'uiha, more http://www.ampthillrufc.com/web/?p=9195" rel="nofollow - here


Excellent signing for Ampthill.  A great lump of Tongan, who'd have thought..!?


Great signing. Will certainly add to the 'grass roots' aspect of the Club.

 
Jealous? I think our grass roots are healthy enough:
 
 
 Ampthill now runs 7 senior teams with a potential 8th senior team starting next year. A great achievement for a community Club like Ampthill. Our Mini & Youth, Girls and Ladies section takes us to nearly 1,000 playing members”.
 
 
Anyway a local lad, one of my favorite Saints ( and Blues ) of all time and one of the most destructive prop forwards in the loose and tight I have ever had the joy of watching.
 
That has made me start salivating at the prospect of next season already, which is exactly what a good signing should do.



I didn't realise Ampthill was near Tonga    - however I have to agree, a really good signing should he remain fit.

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Posted By: Baggins
Date Posted: 14 May 2018 at 02:48
Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by Baggins Baggins wrote:

Originally posted by Sid James Sid James wrote:

Originally posted by Rich Rich wrote:

Originally posted by Fat Albert Fat Albert wrote:

Ampthill announce their first signing for 2018/19, former Tonga International Soane Tonga'uiha, more http://www.ampthillrufc.com/web/?p=9195" rel="nofollow - here


Excellent signing for Ampthill.  A great lump of Tongan, who'd have thought..!?


Great signing. Will certainly add to the 'grass roots' aspect of the Club.

 
Jealous? I think our grass roots are healthy enough:
 
 
 Ampthill now runs 7 senior teams with a potential 8th senior team starting next year. A great achievement for a community Club like Ampthill. Our Mini & Youth, Girls and Ladies section takes us to nearly 1,000 playing members”.
 
 
Anyway a local lad, one of my favorite Saints ( and Blues ) of all time and one of the most destructive prop forwards in the loose and tight I have ever had the joy of watching.
 
That has made me start salivating at the prospect of next season already, which is exactly what a good signing should do.



I didn't realise Ampthill was near Tonga    - however I have to agree, a really good signing should he remain fit.
 
Most people don't know that Ampthill's full name is Ampthill and District.
We never specify the size that we consider the District to be.


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Posted By: castleparknight
Date Posted: 14 May 2018 at 07:42
Originally posted by Baggins Baggins wrote:

 
Most people don't know that Ampthill's full name is Ampthill and District.
We never specify the size that we consider the District to be.

LOL LOL LOL


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Posted By: Puli.
Date Posted: 14 May 2018 at 08:34
If an ex international player from any country who was eligible to play in a league was prepared to sign for a club, do we think that club would say no thank you , we develop our own players through our system ........... Would they hell !!

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Posted By: stonehousealbion
Date Posted: 14 May 2018 at 09:31
Originally posted by FHLH FHLH wrote:

Originally posted by stonehousealbion stonehousealbion wrote:

Dan Mugford moves over the Channel to Pro D2


A good excuse for winter breaks in France. Depending on where he's going flights should be affordable with Ryanair or other low cost carriers. And, you can still follow your team playing away on Twitter!

Good luck Dan - he played alongside Ben Spencer whilst at Cambridge.

Not officially confirmed by new club as far as I know, but one rugby account on Twitter says Aurillac. (Sometimes it feels like that might be closer than some of our away fixtures, anyway...)


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Come cheer up, my lads - 'tis to glory we steer!


Posted By: Remember Izal
Date Posted: 14 May 2018 at 12:03
If an ex international player from any country who was eligible to play in a league was prepared to sign for a club, do we think that club would say no thank you , we develop our own players through our system ........... Would they hell !!
 
 
Nothing to do with money then!!!


Posted By: billesleyexile
Date Posted: 16 May 2018 at 09:53
Mose sign British Army and Fiji international centre Ravai Fatiaki

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Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 16 May 2018 at 13:38
Originally posted by billesleyexile billesleyexile wrote:

Mose sign British Army and Fiji international centre Ravai Fatiaki

I wonder why he didn't stay at Cov?

http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/01/25/a-warm-welcome-to-ravai/" rel="nofollow - http://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2018/01/25/a-warm-welcome-to-ravai/



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