Major League signings for MLR?

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Re: Major League signings for MLR?

Postby Puja » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:49 pm

Mellsblue wrote:
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Mellsblue wrote:I think it would certainly be a better idea than the ‘A’ league. They could keep the players in camp for the start of the season and then send them abroad for 5/6 months to play in a fully pro environment in front of decent sized crowds. It would also get the players out of their academy comfort zone.


Only problem is that it's a lot harder to recall players from Texas than it is from Coventry if you have an injury crisis.

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True but LNR seem to think it’s ok and their u23 league is far more onerous than our a league. It’s a risk but it definitely has up sides.


LNR also have budgets so high that they can afford to be buying in young talent for their academies, and have long-term projects bought in from T2 nations. I think they've got rather broader squads than the GP if they're talking about 2 season loans.

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Re: Major League signings for MLR?

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Re: Major League signings for MLR?

Postby Mellsblue » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:22 am

Not sure if this has been mentioned but Kane Thompson is playing for NOLA this season.

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Re: Major League signings for MLR?

Postby Puja » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:10 pm

There are some useful new signings to the league this season. Ex Aussie prop Paddy Ryan has joined San Diego (not to be confused with the US prop Paddy Ryan, who has joined RUNY), Fiji lock Api Naikatani has gone to Seattle, as has Stephen Coetzee. Austin and Houston have gone big on some Tier 3 players, with Uruguay scrum-half Santiago Arata being the best.

I think the league reaching the second season has granted it a lot more trust from overseas players. Can't say as I blame them given PRO's collapse and subsequent non-payment of players. I expect a much better quality of games this year with the improved quality of imports.

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Re: Major League signings for MLR?

Postby Puja » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:02 pm

Also - a potential new signing for an MLR team, do you think Mells? https://thescrum.aedelhard.com/2018/12/ ... ic-season/

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Re: Major League signings for MLR?

Postby Mellsblue » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:12 pm

It’s a worry. From what I know, he thinks he’s good enough to play in the Prem. If he doesn’t crack that by 2020 I’d guess he might look at the MLR. We’ve just had a flanker, Justin Blanchet, called up the Canada squad, another Exeter old boy now I think about it, and he’s almost certainly not Prem quality so he might fancy it.


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