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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby robdinsdale on Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:43 am

BigD163 wrote:Barclay has signed.


I'm not amazingly keen on veteran SQ players coming back if someone else could be paying their wages, but I think we need someone like him to help mentor the young back row players we have in the squad. Good signing.
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby gowrie on Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:19 pm

The Feral Goat wrote:Are there any other academy players likely to make the move to pro this season?


Beyond the obvious answer of Crosbie, there could be a couple.
Charlie Shiel's been with the squad so much he's almost pro already, so I'd say good chance there.
Fraser Renwick at hooker, since we'll likely lose Turner, and Cochrane's getting on. But Ross Graham's back in Scotland and put in some good performances in the Prem.

Others less likely. Maybe Dan Winning or Currie's new Saffer Duncan Ferguson at TH if we don't renew Bryce. Ross McCann if we lose a couple of back 3 players, George Taylor the same if Rasolea/Burleigh go.
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby Frenchy on Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:35 pm

van der Walt confirmed by club on Twitter.
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby The Feral Goat on Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:47 pm

2.5 years available immediately could be a good bit of business.
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby gowrie on Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:55 pm

Hope he turns out well, potentially he'll be on the bench for the next couple of games so it won't be long before we see what he's up to
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby disco on Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:25 pm

Tichtheid wrote:
disco wrote:I think Barclay will be a good signing for you (would have been perfect if it had been the start of this season!) but maybe just worth tempering it by noting that his first 2 seasons will be either side of a World Cup. The third year of his deal he'll turn 34 at the start of that campaign and it will also be the 16th season of his pro career. I'd say if he plays more than 50% of Edinburgh's games during that time you'll be doing really well.



I wonder when was the last time Heaslip or O'Brien played over 50% of Leinster matches? These guys play the Champs Cup games and a smattering of league games. If Edinburgh are to pull themselves, ourselves, out of the hole we need that sort of depth. Allied to that is the hope that Barclay will be the ideal mentor for Ritchie, Crosbie, Bradbury, Miller etc, his worth could be far greater off the park. No disrespect to the others, but having a new guy come in, someone of that caliber, it can be really inspiring.

I think a similar depth argument stands for Marfo and the looseheads (sounds like a band), we need at least three guys who can slot into any position, hopefully without dropping the standard. Dickinson isn't going to be around as a player for too much longer even if he does get back to full fitness, that leaves Sutherland, Dell and Marfo to cover a whole season of over thirty club games plus eight internationals, even if they all stay fit it's a heavy schedule.

2014/15 for Heaslip; 2010/11 for O'Brien :eek:
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby Crichton Gunner on Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:21 pm

On paper Van Der Walt looks a good signing. Quite what he makes of sleety Friday nights in Edinburgh remains to be seen, but his CV looks quite impressive, and he should be looking at becoming our starting 10. Tovey has been playing really well recently, so hopefully this means we'll have some decent quality competition in this position. What it means for Weir also remains to be seen, given his very ordinary (putting it kindly) performances for Edinburgh in the last year.

It's good to see us getting players signed up earlier in the season, rather than it all happening at the end of the season or in the summer.
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby Friday Knight Lights on Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:05 am

Barclay is an excellent signing to be a leader of this club. He knows what it takes to win the Pro14. And will help Crosbie, Ritchie and Bradbury no end.

Van Der Walt is an interesting one. We'll see how he goes but I reckon spells the end of Weir at Edinburgh.

Of the out of contract list I think Toolis will have suitors and Hoyland might go to find regular rugby. Unfortunately could see him as a bit of a Lee Jones at Glasgow.

Also, it was interesting to hear Toonie say CdP hadn't really recovered and was in constant pain last year training and playing so he wasn't as fit or confident as he is now.
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby gowrie on Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:27 pm

Edinburgh officially confirm Barclay signing on a 2 year deal.
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby Crichton Gunner on Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:23 pm

gowrie wrote:Edinburgh officially confirm Barclay signing on a 2 year deal.

Delighted with this signing. 2 year deal makes sense, though Barclay saying he would like to keep playing beyond this; time enough to sort that out down the line.

Needs a new thread though, as isn't really right in an Edinburgh Squad 2017-18 one :)
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby zt1903 on Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:59 pm

gowrie wrote:Edinburgh officially confirm Barclay signing on a 2 year deal.


Good to see it confirmed. Fabulous signing for us, I think he and Cockers will get on well.
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby joe soap on Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:34 am

zt1903 wrote:
gowrie wrote:Edinburgh officially confirm Barclay signing on a 2 year deal.


Good to see it confirmed. Fabulous signing for us, I think he and Cockers will get on well.


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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby robdinsdale on Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:21 pm

Twitter rumours (so could be nonsense) that Kiwi 10 Simon Hickey is on his way to us from Bordeaux.
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby biffer on Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:23 pm

robdinsdale wrote:Twitter rumours (so could be nonsense) that Kiwi 10 Simon Hickey is on his way to us from Bordeaux.


Another signing announcement on the way today
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Re: Edinburgh Rugby Squad 2017/18

Postby Frenchy on Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:45 pm

Tighthead prop Elliot Millar-Mills signs from Yorkshire Carnegie for the rest of the season. Scottish qualified - has one sister who plays for Scotland and another who plays for England.

Already with the team in South Africa.
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