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  • @Rebound

    Reggie Goodes? He retired last year after concussion issues.



  • @Rebound said in NH club rugby:

    @Derm-McCrum Whos is the 2 SA born players in the Hurricanes? I know Wes Goosen is one. Who's the other?

    Ricky Riccitelli



  • Italian, surely?



  • @sparky said in NH club rugby:

    @Rebound

    Reggie Goodes? He retired last year after concussion issues.

    @Higgins is right; it's Riccitelli. Goodes hasn't only retired, he also has a NZ passport. He's coaching in Japan atm.



  • Former World Cup-winning All Black Zac Guildford has left another club mid-season.

    The troubled All Black – who has had well-publicised issues with alcohol in his past – took to social media to announce his decision to leave French ProD2 side Nevers, who he signed with last year.

    He scored three tries in 10 appearances for the club.

    “My time @usonneversrugby has come to an end,” Guildford said on Instagram.

    However, on this occasion, there was no apparent off-field incident preceding the decision to leave.
    “It’s not the way I wanted things to be but I’d like to thank everyone in Nevers for the support and opportunity especially the president. So grateful for the understanding of the club that I need to be with my family at this time,”

    Guildford added: “Before any second hand rumours come out there were no incidents I just have to do this for myself and my family to better my future. Much love to all.”



  • As he's playing his club rugby in the NH, I'm posting this here (couldn't find a better thread):

    From Nemani Nadolo's instagram:

    I thought I'd be the first to let you all know that i'v called it a day playing for my beloved country Fiji. First and foremost I want to thank the almighty for without him i believe I would never have gotten this far. The moment I debuted as a "caretaker" of the jersey back in 2010 I would have never thought I'd have played for this long and represented the tiny island of Fiji. I want to thank all the coaches, trainers, physios and people I have come in contact with during my time as a "caretaker" of the jersey. To all the past and present players whom i'v had the honour of playing along side with I want to say big VINAKA.. Most of all to the PEOPLE of Fiji both in Fiji and abroad. I just want to let you all know that it's been a pleasure to have represented you all over the years.. I believe this team belongs to the people of fiji and its because of you we find the motivation to play everytime we get the opportunity and for that I hope I haven't let you guys down. With the depth and current crop of outside backs coming through I have no doubt that the next "caretakers" of the jersey will do a great job.. Iv faced a few challenges over the last 18 month's both on and off the field. After speaking to my partner @kimstyleme for a long period of time about this I felt it was the right decision for me and my family moving forward. I still have a lot to prove and I look forward to doing that with my club @mhr_officiel.. I wish the coaches and the current squad all the best for the future and have no doubt they will do well!.. #vinaka #veilomani ❤
    

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    He has struggled with a lot of injuries the past two years, so it's an understandable decision, but a great loss to Fiji. I'll certainly miss him playing in the white jersey!



  • This was pretty neat... If Facebook links work...



  • Boudjellal reveals leaving date as Toulon soap saga takes fresh twist

    Let’s start with the big one: Owner Mourad Boudjellal has revealed he will leave the club … in just over four years.
    
    And they begin – in honest-to-goodness daytime soap-style – with a mass character cull. The 2018/19 has been, in Boudjellal’s own words, ‘a saison de merde’ – and he warned fans to expect to wade through more merde to come as the club realigns itself.
    
    He has promised major changes in personnel coming soon to a screen near you, with between 12 and 15 arrivals and numerous departures in the pipeline ahead of next season – with some major announcements in the weeks to come.
    
    “It’s time to bid farewell to guys who may not have been European champions. That way, we can stop talking about the past, stop comparing. I’m going on a new project. In the coming weeks, there will be many announcements in both directions.”
    
    Eight of those 12 to 15 arrivals have already been confirmed, headlined by Eben Etzebeth, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Baptiste Serin. Importantly, for French player-quota regulations as much as Boudjellal’s ‘new project’, five are French. Six are under 25 and none are over 30.
    
    Meanwhile, so far, seven players’ contracts have been renewed. None of this batch of players, which includes Anthony Belleau and Louis Carbonel, are over 25. Five are French.
    
    Montpellier-bound 32-year-old Guilhem Guirado is the big departure after five years at the club, while Malakai Fekitoa is on his way to Wasps. To date, five players are known to be leaving at the end of the season. Apart from Georgian academy hooker Badri Alkhazashvili, all are over 25.
    
    And, looking to Boudjellal’s ‘new project’: Juandre Kruger, Mamuka Gorgodze, Francois Trinh-Duc, and JP Pietersen are among seven players at the end of their contracts. Some may get new deals but the trend appears to be for younger players.
    
    Boudjellal’s comments also suggest the club is willing to do a Stade Francais, and agree terms to cut loose other players who are not yet in the final year of their current deals.
    
    The youth factor was lost in the headlines when Etzebeth and Milner-Skudder were revealed as future Toulon players in December. A new centre will be developed to replace the prefabs sprouting all over the training ground at Berg. It will be operational by 2020.
    
    The idea is to build what the club and Boudjellal have billed as a “factory of champions”.
    
    “Not a single talent from the region should escape us,” the president said at a special meeting to unveil the plans in December.
    
    “We want a reference system and standards for all youth teams with the RCT label. With the desire to put players at the centre of the system but also to promote in-house training for educators,” added Laurent Emmanuelli, head of sports policy at the club. (...)
    
    “The RCT must regain a strong identity that encompasses everyone from mini rugby to pros, but also alumni. The sports project will be based on a team built with players from the training centre and the region, but also with the possibility of seeking skills with a margin of progress in the Top 14 or Pro D2.
    
    “And finally, foreigners who bring real added value”.
    
    Boudjellal has spoken of his ‘Made in France’ vision of Toulon’s future previously. But this was the first concrete development towards that future. In it, big-name overseas stars have been reduced to third in the list of priorities, behind local, then French players.
    



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  • You don't frighten us, English pig-dog! Go and boil your bottoms, son of a silly person. ** I blow my nose on you, ** so-called Arthur-king, you and your silly English K...kaniggets

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/47309546



  • Classy from the Toulon coach. I guess someone from the club had to be



  • @canefan said in NH club rugby:

    Classy from the Toulon coach. I guess someone from the club had to be

    The thing is, it's not like they have any better options. He is still performing better then the guys behind him who are journeymen at best.



  • @mooshld said in NH club rugby:

    @canefan said in NH club rugby:

    Classy from the Toulon coach. I guess someone from the club had to be

    The thing is, it's not like they have any better options. He is still performing better then the guys behind him who are journeymen at best.

    Which makes the owner's criticisms seem even more unfair



  • @canefan said in NH club rugby:

    @mooshld said in NH club rugby:

    @canefan said in NH club rugby:

    Classy from the Toulon coach. I guess someone from the club had to be

    The thing is, it's not like they have any better options. He is still performing better then the guys behind him who are journeymen at best.

    Which makes the owner's criticisms seem even more unfair

    I wouldn't say they are unfair. A turd sandwhich is still a turd sandwhich. And this one is probably on 3 or 4 times the salary of the others.

    I liken it to my role as a consultant. I am probably on a similar multiplier for my job compared to internal employees. So the expectation for me to be better then them is higher.



  • Dan Carter's big money deal back to Racing Paris has fallen through. He has failed the medical.

    What went wrong? Did he fail a DNA test?



  • Just watching this beefcake running around for stade v toulouse. Makes Waldrom look lithe. Gillian Galan.

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  • @sparky said in NH club rugby:

    Dan Carter's big money deal back to Racing Paris has fallen through. He has failed the medical.

    What went wrong? Did he fail a DNA test?

    I love the translated French bitch fight in the stiry.



  • According to Le Parisien, Carter "suffers from a cervical spine problem" that prohibits him from re-joining as per the regulations in French rugby.
    
    Sport24 reported Carter's neck issue is similar to that of Saracens' French prop Christopher Tolofua, who last year had his contract with Toulon canceled last minute when his cervical spine was classified G3 following medical examinations.
    
    The legislation is different in other countries, allowing Carter and Tolofua to continue playing in Japan and England, respectively.
    

    https://www.radiosport.co.nz/sport-news/rugby/dan-carters-french-deal-collapsed-over-issues-with-cervical-spine/


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