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by Grenners1 (U12009219) 04 September 2008
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Gents I've just been reading the GP preview in the Independent, got me thinking who the players are to watch this season along with the "best buys" from the different clubs.

I think Sarries have really got some gems in Wikus van Heerdan and Bradley Barritt great players in the S14 i think they'll do really well

For Worcester it'll be interesting to see how Latham fairs, he's been out for a while now and i think he'll be injury prone though, he cant have much left in his knees

For Harlequins it has to be Evans the guy is class and I reckon he's a great addition to the squad.

For Leicester they have, Flood and Hougaard, I've never really been a fan of Hougard he is not a running 10, I'm undecided as to whether he'll free up the Leicester backline.

For Wasps it has to be Cipriani, will he have another amazing season or will it be 2nd season blues for him, how much will the injury effect him?

For Saints I'm going to be watching Foden and Ashton, electric players can't wait to see how Ashton does against tougher competition

and the last guy I'll be tracking will be Tait at Sale, will he finally settle in one position and will it be fullback. McCallister can unlock alot of defences, I can see Tait benefitting from playing with him

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posted Sep 5, 2008

from a quins perspective, i can't wait for this season and also for the next couple after this. nicky evans is sheer quality, and provided he's got the right motivation will probably be the most devastating 10 in the prem this season. there are a few young quins currently on loan at esher who will play a big role for the club: george lowe is quick, strong, beats defenders for fun can play anywhere outside 10, and seb stegman is a lethal winger (kind of hard to break into the quins back 3 at the moment though!).

also watch out for jon fisher at irish this year - played a couple of games last season, but at 19/20 will hopefully make the step up this term. any thoughts on that?

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posted Sep 6, 2008

Watch out for Ashton! I think he will love the premiership and his try rate is fantastic.

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comment by Dr Webb (U1763043)

posted Sep 6, 2008

Do you think Ashton's try scoring rate will stay anywhere near last seasons rate?

I thought about having Ashton in my fantasy team. At the moment I've gone for Lamont hoping that Ashton will create space on the other wing.

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posted Sep 6, 2008

far to many overseas players, which is bad for the development of young Brits and far too many games which is bad for a player welfare and quality of games for the genuine fans.
The most interesting thing will be our England do in the autumn with new management and bags of time with the players. No excuses now. I expect they will find it hard to adjudt to the awful ELVs.

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posted Sep 7, 2008

Miles Benjamin, Dominic Waldouc, Tom Croft, Sam tuitoupoe and dylan Hartley

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comment by Dr Webb (U1763043)

posted Sep 7, 2008

I've got a horrible feeling I left Hartley out of my fantasy team after hearing he wouldn't start. Pants.

Anyone know who the tub of lard starting at hooker was? Giving away penalties and a very dodgy Saints lineout. if he's better than Hartley then Dylan will be nowhere near playing for England.

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comment by Juggler (U2995016)

posted Sep 7, 2008


I think Shields was starting because sometimes Hartley needs reminding that he needs to play for his place.

When he came back after his ban last season, he strolled into the team and was rubbish. When he got dropped and had to play himself back into the side, he was outstanding.


Saints drop him, bring him off the bench, and he scores a try.

Sounds about right for Hartley...

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posted Sep 7, 2008

Although some of the rest of Hartley's play was average and he missed a straight forward tackle to concede a try, which is not normally his weakness. Line-outs still pretty shocking. He can raise his game and needs to to break into England.

Shields was better than I expected, he did give away a lot of penalties, but he got around the park and made some big hits.

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comment by Juggler (U2995016)

posted Sep 8, 2008


Shields also threw appallingly - there was a sequence at the end of the first half where he gave away 2 penalties and lost 3 lineouts in about 10 minutes.

He started well, but that didn't last.

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posted Sep 9, 2008

Will a league player actually make an impact in rugby union? Lets think of the last 4 examples. Vaikona(bradford), farrell(wigan), walker (leeds) and vainikolo(bradford) all in their own rights extremely good rugby league players that were meant to cause a storm in rugby union. However they came out of prime and didn't do a lot to supply decent rugby for the money they were paid.

But less about them... We need to look at Shontayne Hape, an excellent centre for bradford and as a rugby league player a funadamental is to run the ball and tackle constantly so i'm looking forward to seeing where they will put him... Outside centre of flanker maybe?

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