Exodus 2018



  • Gibbes to Waikato, Gibbes to La Rochelle and not to Waikato, Gibbes to Waikato and not to La Rochelle, my goodness, they've finally made up their mind!

    Jono Gibbes has been appointed the "Directeur Sportif" of La Rochelle for the next four seasons from November 2018. So it looks like he will coach Waikato first this season and then head off to France.

    From what I understand from the media release, Gibbes insisted on honouring his commitment to Waikato (and resolving some family issues while in NZ).

    https://www.staderochelais.com/actualites/news/communique-3



  • If Gibbes signed a 2-yr contract with Ulster until the 2019/20 season and then released him on compassionate grounds to return to NZ they would be perfectly within their rights to insist he can't then sign a contract with another European club.



  • @bovidae said in Exodus 2018:

    If Gibbes signed a 2-yr contract with Ulster until the 2019/20 season and then released him on compassionate grounds to return to NZ they would be perfectly within their rights to insist he can't then sign a contract with another European club.

    Yep. Not a good look from Gibbes. Refused to talk to media when the La Rochelle news leaked whilst he was at Ulster saying he was returning to NZ for family reasons.

    In short, a load of bollocks.



  • Julian Savea joins french club Toulon on a 2-year deal.

    https://rmcsport.bfmtv.com/rugby/toulon-julian-savea-signe-deux-ans-1470738.html



  • Sad end to a once great ab, but should free up some an cash too



  • @machpants Might give the Hurricanes enough to sign the Ioanes.



  • @jauzy019 said in Exodus 2018:

    Julian Savea joins french club Toulon on a 2-year deal.

    https://rmcsport.bfmtv.com/rugby/toulon-julian-savea-signe-deux-ans-1470738.html

    😞



  • Reading that article, Julian Savea hasn't signed yet, but they expect him to sign him "in the hours to come". The deadline for signings is apparently on Friday.

    I'm not sure why it would be a "sad end to a once great ab". He's had a great AB career and is now going to cash in. His career isn't over yet; it's just not continuing here in NZ. It's sad for his fans in NZ, but not for him. Every AB career ends at some point, but he's had a pretty decent number of caps and a World Cup medal.



  • @stargazer said in Exodus 2018:

    Reading that article, Julian Savea hasn't signed yet, but they expect him to sign him "in the hours to come". The deadline for signings is apparently on Friday.

    I'm not sure why it would be a "sad end to a once great ab". He's had a great AB career and is now going to cash in. His career isn't over yet; it's just not continuing here in NZ. It's sad for his fans in NZ, but not for him. Every AB career ends at some point, but he's had a pretty decent number of caps and a World Cup medal.

    If he delays any longer it will hurt his value. A couple of years in Toulon, another NH contract and maybe a couple in Japan to finish will set him up for life



  • @stargazer said in Exodus 2018:

    ld be a "sad end to a once great ab". He's had a great AB career and is now going to cash in. His career isn't over yet; it's just not continuing here in NZ. It's sad for his fans in NZ, but not for him. Every AB career ends at some point, but he's had a

    Good for him, he has been great for the AB's and Canes.
    But he is struggling to make the Canes starting 15, let alone the AB's. Why would you not cash in?



  • yeah bit sad about Jules , but bloody good international career , nothing to be ashamed of there ,

    meanwhile our production like of great 11s rolls on with Reiko.



  • @machpants said in Exodus 2018:

    Sad end to a once great ab, but should free up some an cash too

    You should write for the Herald



  • Yeah sad for me, I guess if he'd finished at rwc15 after smashing the French it'd be fitting. But just being on the fringe but not really in the squad, and mucking up the third lions test is what makes it a sad end.



  • I fucken loved Jules during his time in black. That warm glow that one of our wingers could and would get us 5 points from seemingly nothing, ( the Caleb Ralph day's still scar).

    So it's hard not to feel anything but well done, thanks and good luck le bus.



  • @siam said in Exodus 2018:

    I fucken loved Jules during his time in black. That warm glow that one of our wingers could and would get us 5 points from seemingly nothing, ( the Caleb Ralph day's still scar).

    So it's hard not to feel anything but well done, thanks and good luck le bus.

    In his prime he was the closest thing to Jonah that I've seen



  • This is one of the few occasions when I'm happy to read something on the Exodus thread.

    Not meaning any disrespect, Julian goes down as an All Black great.

    But this is a good move for all parties.



  • The curse of the All Black 40+ try scoring greats continues. ( not to mention the tradition of outside backs who’s career is over at 26/27)



  • @canefan said in Exodus 2018:

    @siam said in Exodus 2018:

    I fucken loved Jules during his time in black. That warm glow that one of our wingers could and would get us 5 points from seemingly nothing, ( the Caleb Ralph day's still scar).

    So it's hard not to feel anything but well done, thanks and good luck le bus.

    In his prime he was the closest thing to Jonah that I've see

    Second place behind nadolo in my opinion



  • @virgil said in Exodus 2018:

    The curse of the All Black 40+ try scoring greats continues. ( not to mention the tradition of outside backs who’s career is over at 26/27)

    I was thinking the same. Howlett's AB try-scoring record looks to be safe for a while yet.



  • @sammyc said in Exodus 2018:

    @canefan said in Exodus 2018:

    @siam said in Exodus 2018:

    I fucken loved Jules during his time in black. That warm glow that one of our wingers could and would get us 5 points from seemingly nothing, ( the Caleb Ralph day's still scar).

    So it's hard not to feel anything but well done, thanks and good luck le bus.

    In his prime he was the closest thing to Jonah that I've see

    Second place behind nadolo in my opinion

    I respectfully disagree. Peak Julian was a joy to behold, a wrecking ball

    2013

    2014

    Naholo has never done stuff like this for the ABs