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Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Figaro » Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 10:55

Bogdan_DC wrote:https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/former-ospreys-star-jeff-hassler-14967494

A player like Hassler in trial? He is a well known player, Harlequins should take him or not.He deserve more respect. I mean he is not a young unknown prospect anymore...


Partly his own fault as I understand - Ospreys wanted to keep him but he ummed and aah'd for too long so they signed replacements.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby sk 88 » Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 11:04

suofficer wrote:
4N wrote:Pedro Bettencourt (Portugal) to Newcastle Falcons apparently


whats holding them back from announcing this? Its been rumored for a week or two. On social media he's clearly in Newcastle , but they seem to be holding off?



Might only be on trial for pre-season?

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby suofficer » Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 11:28

I have heard its either his previous union or home union holding up proceedings. I will happily blame Portuguese bureaucracy for anything.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Sick » Wed, 01 Aug 2018, 17:11

Hagen Schulte and Jarrid Els have signed with CSM Bucharest

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Tobar » Wed, 01 Aug 2018, 18:15

Tobar wrote:Posted this in MLR, Paul Lasike posted that he’s starting a new journey in London next year.


Rugby Pass reported he will sign with Harlequins, however Rugby Inside Line is reporting that they have info that contradicts that.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Bogdan_DC » Thu, 02 Aug 2018, 08:07

Sick wrote:Hagen Schulte and Jarrid Els have signed with CSM Bucharest


CSM is going mental...What in Earth is the purpose of this transfers?
They should look also after Sebastien Rouet and Lucas Guillaume released by Narbonne...they can them to make a historical peace with Iordachescu.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby amz » Thu, 02 Aug 2018, 09:49

Bogdan_DC wrote:
Sick wrote:Hagen Schulte and Jarrid Els have signed with CSM Bucharest


CSM is going mental...What in Earth is the purpose of this transfers?
They should look also after Sebastien Rouet and Lucas Guillaume released by Narbonne...they can them to make a historical peace with Iordachescu.


I don't think they'll make peace, they'll just throw some excuses involving "muerte" and "sangre" and that's it.

CSM does not know what to do with that big pile of money... :roll:
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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Armchair Fan » Tue, 07 Aug 2018, 08:36

The border between Portugal and Spain looks totally open this Summer. After Gavin van der Berg (Agronomia > UBU-Colina Clinic), now José Conde (Cascais > Sanitas Alcobendas) and Hamish Graham (CDUL > VRAC). And there may be some others.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Raven » Tue, 07 Aug 2018, 09:50

Armchair Fan wrote:The border between Portugal and Spain looks totally open this Summer. After Gavin van der Berg (Agronomia > UBU-Colina Clinic), now José Conde (Cascais > Sanitas Alcobendas) and Hamish Graham (CDUL > VRAC). And there may be some others.


Is there a big difference of wages between Portuguese and Spanish Rugby?

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Armchair Fan » Tue, 07 Aug 2018, 09:58

Million dollar question as nobody is really about how much do pros earn. Appart from salary, clubs often offer free housing, help to keep studying or give part-time employment in close business.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Raven » Tue, 07 Aug 2018, 10:44

Federale 1
Demolder, Thomas (BEL) left Grasse to join his fellow countryman Maxime Jadot in Dijon.
Demoted Dax brought in Lucas Sotteau (BEL) and Pablo Huete (Chile) from Aubenas and Bayonne respectively.
Albi signed a Tunisian player Mohsen Essid.

English Premiership
Jonas Mikalcius, a Lithuanian we have talked about before, is leaving Hartpury College to join Harlequins, I imagine will have a dual registration with some Championship club or play for the A squad with the competition he might have on his winger position.

Mathew Worley (UK born, but represented Hong Kong in all under-age groups U16, U18 & U20) has joined the Northampton Senior Academy from Racing 92 Espoirs.
https://www.premiershiprugby.com/2017-2 ... tt-worley/
Perhaps this raises an interest for the upcoming repechage HK will play in November?...

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby louizar » Thu, 09 Aug 2018, 13:53

Pedo Bettencourt from Portugal officially signed at Newcastle. I hope that the guy will get some game time in this really attractive Newcastle side.

https://www.newcastlefalcons.co.uk/news ... lcons-move

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Buffalo » Fri, 10 Aug 2018, 19:25

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2018/0 ... am-titans/
https://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/s ... _27878.htm
Canadian International Lock Conor Keys has signed with the Rotherham Titans of NL1. He’s a solid young player, being only 22 years old, and one of our better 2nd Row prospects but has a ways to go in his development still. Hopefully he can see some regular playing time there and reach the next step or two of his development.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby TheStroBro » Fri, 10 Aug 2018, 19:47

Buffalo wrote:http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2018/08/10/conor-keys-signs-for-rotherham-titans/
https://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/s ... _27878.htm
Canadian International Lock Conor Keys has signed with the Rotherham Titans of NL1. He’s a solid young player, being only 22 years old, and one of our better 2nd Row prospects but has a ways to go in his development still. Hopefully he can see some regular playing time there and reach the next step or two of his development.


Also to Rotterham is Lock Justin Allen who had played for the Sabercats.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Tobar » Fri, 10 Aug 2018, 20:19

Just realized that was NL1 and not Championship. Surely MLR would be better for Allen unless he is hoping they get promoted. He personally compared MLR to the Championship.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby CM » Fri, 10 Aug 2018, 20:36

Also to Rotherham (according to the German rugby thread), Anthony Dickinson, prop RGH , Mark Fairhurst, hooker NSU, and Luis Ball back row HRK.
They were all employed by the Wild Rugby Academy.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby The Captain's Run » Sat, 11 Aug 2018, 05:13

Tobar wrote:Just realized that was NL1 and not Championship. Surely MLR would be better for Allen unless he is hoping they get promoted. He personally compared MLR to the Championship.

Allen had this to say about his move: “I was looking for an opportunity to come back to England and play at a good level and progress from there. Rotherham are a club that have a rich history so it just felt like a really good fit.” I guess going back to England was the biggest part of that decision. And based on the Rotherham's roster, it looks like he has a good shot at getting considerable playing time as well. Other than that, it seems like a step down. I would have liked to see Allen stick around and Keys join an MLR squad next season with lock being such a weak spot for the league right now.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby RugbySwizzie » Sat, 11 Aug 2018, 07:15

CM wrote:Also to Rotherham (according to the German rugby thread), Anthony Dickinson, prop RGH , Mark Fairhurst, hooker NSU, and Luis Ball back row HRK.
They were all employed by the Wild Rugby Academy.


Do you know if all the wild players have got new contracts overseas? And if so, does it really harm german international rugby then? I understand that it's a pity that they won't have the core of the national team playing together for the whole year, that's probably the major drawback of the recent developments. But if they all arrive at clubs like Rotherham and Bucarest, they will still be exposed to comparable if not even better opponents than in the Bundesliga and are still eligible. So is this a real problem or could they even benefit from their players bringing in different experiences from around europe?

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Raven » Sat, 11 Aug 2018, 10:06

CM wrote:Also to Rotherham (according to the German rugby thread), Anthony Dickinson, prop RGH , Mark Fairhurst, hooker NSU, and Luis Ball back row HRK.
They were all employed by the Wild Rugby Academy.


Both Dickinson and Ball have been technically announced in the website; https://www.titans-rugby.com/first-team-players/ with Ball even being announced for the upcoming friendly game https://www.titans-rugby.com/news/2018/ ... eld-tigers

RugbySwizzie wrote:Do you know if all the wild players have got new contracts overseas? And if so, does it really harm german international rugby then? I understand that it's a pity that they won't have the core of the national team playing together for the whole year, that's probably the major drawback of the recent developments. But if they all arrive at clubs like Rotherham and Bucarest, they will still be exposed to comparable if not even better opponents than in the Bundesliga and are still eligible. So is this a real problem or could they even benefit from their players bringing in different experiences from around europe?


Not all of the Wild Academy players have managed to secure pro contracts overseas. Of course the players that have left the German Bundesliga will be exposed to a much higher level week in week out and that should be seen as a positive for their development. But I think the main "issue" will come down to the player release and the amount of time coaches will be able to train with the full squad prior to a game, and how will costs of so many flights may affect the arrival or not of all these overseas based players. We will have to wait to see if this exodus is good or bad for the German National team.
In that sense I think is good that some of the best players have managed to get contracts with some German sides.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Canalina » Sat, 11 Aug 2018, 10:27

My city's team "Valorugby Emilia", based near Parma and playing in Top12 (former Eccellenza), just engaged Karim Jammal, flyhalf from Lebanon. Do you know something about him?

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby sk 88 » Sat, 11 Aug 2018, 12:20

A quick google shows he trialed with Coventry in 2015 and was described as a "Worcester based former England age grade international"

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/sport ... wi-9624236

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Canalina » Sat, 11 Aug 2018, 12:48

Thanks Sk88. According to the search engine of this same forum he is a sort of scorer recordman for Lebanon national team

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby Bulbash » Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 13:10

Captain of polish national team Piotr Zeszutek will join Harlequins.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby suofficer » Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 13:13

I remember him from when you played Portugal. Pretty much the most influential player on the pitch.

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Re: Tier 2/3 Transfers and Player Movements 2018-19

Postby 4N » Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 13:23

Yes he’s a very powerful player. Good luck to him.

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