Mellsblue wrote:11 Brown
Needs Nowell at 13. And we need to call up Goode to play 10.
p/d wrote:Mikey Brown wrote:Is that the dream or the nightmare? I genuinely can’t tell.
The dream Mikey, the dream!
Gloskarlos wrote:Seems that Braley has an Italian grandparent and has been called up to train with the Azzurri.
Puja wrote:Gloskarlos wrote:Seems that Braley has an Italian grandparent and has been called up to train with the Azzurri.
Huh. Good luck to him. Don't think he was ever going to trouble England, so hope he does well for them.
fivepointer wrote:Good luck to Braley. The Bristol Italian connection strikes again!
On Cips and Manu i guess they've considered their options and want a payday in France. Always disappointing to lose good players but Cips isnt required by England and Manu has done a fair bit of service for Tigers.
I'd welcome moves to make recruiting big name, big money imports more onerous. We should encourage developing players in the academies and utilising home grown talent wherever possible. How about eliminating the marquee player allowance and shifting it to players who have come through the clubs academy?
Timbo wrote:Seems to be growing speculation that Cippers is off to France for next season- apparently he’s told Glos that’s what he’s doing- and Manu to Racing.
If I was the RFU i’d be feeling a little peeved at losing two massive talents, ostensibly over money, when they’re bending over backwards by not playing players from abroad as part of the agreement with the clubs. You’ve got the likes of Wasps with two All Blacks on massive money at 10 and 13, the likes of Bath throwing their hat into the ring for Pollard/Cruden etc. Rightly ask the question as to why we can’t keep Manu and Cipriani in the country.