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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:15 pm 
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Would better without the poles


Rubbish, the building cost be much cheaper with them, I blame Brexit!

I'll set them up...


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Oi Northerners, rumour has it you've bought Danny Wilson out of his wasps contract to become your forwards coach, hell of a move if true, can anyone confirm?


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Oi Northerners, rumour has it you've bought Danny Wilson out of his wasps contract to become your forwards coach, hell of a move if true, can anyone confirm?


We certainly need one as McFarland is off to Ulster.


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The best forwards coach I have seen in a long time from the NH. Would be an unbelievable, but well deserved coup :thumbup:


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Ali Price out injured. Charlie Shiel called up. George Horne in the box seat to start v USA.


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dargotronV.1 wrote:
Images of new Edinburgh stadium released..
https://twitter.com/edinburghssc/status ... 40321?s=21

OK, it looks extremely budget, almost temporary, but...it is a home, and is better than MF for Embra

£5m really doesn't get you much these days...a quick Google reveals for example that York City are spending over £40m on a new 8k (much more permanent looking) stadium. Building costs are astronomical.


Excellent work on the “photos”, while they have got carried away with numbers, they are as animated as the Edinburgh crowd.


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frillage wrote:
dargotronV.1 wrote:
Images of new Edinburgh stadium released..
https://twitter.com/edinburghssc/status ... 40321?s=21

OK, it looks extremely budget, almost temporary, but...it is a home, and is better than MF for Embra

£5m really doesn't get you much these days...a quick Google reveals for example that York City are spending over £40m on a new 8k (much more permanent looking) stadium. Building costs are astronomical.


Excellent work on the “photos”, while they have got carried away with numbers, they are as animated as the Edinburgh crowd.


Nah, we're usually huddling together for warmth and there are people in short sleeves in those pics ffs.


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frillage wrote:
dargotronV.1 wrote:
Images of new Edinburgh stadium released..
https://twitter.com/edinburghssc/status ... 40321?s=21

OK, it looks extremely budget, almost temporary, but...it is a home, and is better than MF for Embra

£5m really doesn't get you much these days...a quick Google reveals for example that York City are spending over £40m on a new 8k (much more permanent looking) stadium. Building costs are astronomical.


Excellent work on the “photos”, while they have got carried away with numbers, they are as animated as the Edinburgh crowd.


Nah, we're usually huddling together for warmth and there are people in short sleeves in those pics ffs.


Tartan blankets keep you warm don’t they?
Intersting the wags don’t seem to get on well at all and cant sit together, but seem to have been provided team mini skirts.


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U20s winning 24-17 at HT v Ireland (having been 14-3 down)


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Ali Price out injured. Charlie Shiel called up. George Horne in the box seat to start v USA.

Has he got a game for Embra yet? He never got much time in Paris from what I saw.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:06 pm 
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Another try for the u20s 31-17 now


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:14 pm 
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38-17 now
Impressive as Ireland were 7 point favourites at start


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No 14 was pretty rapid going through the Irish defensive line before the last try.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:31 pm 
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45-24
Be good to get 50


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They were sloppy and disjointed for those first 20 minutes, but suddenly they clicked as a team and since then have played the Irish off the park. Nice box kicking from the 9, almost all of them contestable. Some strong carrying forwards as well.


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Good stuff.

I am glad in a tough year we'll make it through to next year's competition with some excellent talent coming in from the 18s.


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I like haggis wrote:
Good stuff.

I am glad in a tough year we'll make it through to next year's competition with some excellent talent coming in from the 18s.

Think you're hosting it next year so would qualify regardless.
Nevertheless, that's a paddling :(


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I like haggis wrote:
Good stuff.

I am glad in a tough year we'll make it through to next year's competition with some excellent talent coming in from the 18s.


I think quite a few of the lads are still eligible next year too, so hopefully it will be a strong squad.


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Stroll on the U20s, outstanding result!


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OptimisticJock wrote:
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Ali Price out injured. Charlie Shiel called up. George Horne in the box seat to start v USA.

Has he got a game for Embra yet? He never got much time in Paris from what I saw.

Not yet. Test debut before pro level debut a real possibility.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:57 pm 
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Alba wrote:
I like haggis wrote:
Good stuff.

I am glad in a tough year we'll make it through to next year's competition with some excellent talent coming in from the 18s.


I think quite a few of the lads are still eligible next year too, so hopefully it will be a strong squad.


Not too many - Grahamslaw, Scott, Walker, Scott, Sykes, Johnson, Jupp, Darge, McClelland and Thompson are the only ones listed as born in 99 (Darge 2000).

But the under 18s this year were terrific so there's good players coming up and then guys like McLaren hopefully fit.


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Stroll on the U20s, outstanding result!


Given the doing they got from Ireland before the tournament (albeit our B team) that’s great news. Much stronger squad next season for sure and Basil will have had time to settle in properly (and maybe persuade junior to join the ranks ...wonder if the treatment John Fletcher received from Dean Ryan might influence him at all?).


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zt1903 wrote:
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Oi Northerners, rumour has it you've bought Danny Wilson out of his wasps contract to become your forwards coach, hell of a move if true, can anyone confirm?


We certainly need one as McFarland is off to Ulster.


Wish we could get rid of McBryde and have him instead. Maybe after RWC?? Hell of a forwards coach. Wherever he goes he makes a difference to teh pack.
https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/44458557


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LandOTurk wrote:
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Oi Northerners, rumour has it you've bought Danny Wilson out of his wasps contract to become your forwards coach, hell of a move if true, can anyone confirm?


We certainly need one as McFarland is off to Ulster.


Wish we could get rid of McBryde and have him instead. Maybe after RWC?? Hell of a forwards coach. Wherever he goes he makes a difference to teh pack.
https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/44458557


You’re welcome to Jonathan Humphreys.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:20 pm 
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I like haggis wrote:
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I like haggis wrote:
Good stuff.

I am glad in a tough year we'll make it through to next year's competition with some excellent talent coming in from the 18s.


I think quite a few of the lads are still eligible next year too, so hopefully it will be a strong squad.


Not too many - Grahamslaw, Scott, Walker, Scott, Sykes, Johnson, Jupp, Darge, McClelland and Thompson are the only ones listed as born in 99 (Darge 2000).

But the under 18s this year were terrific so there's good players coming up and then guys like McLaren hopefully fit.

If they get all 10 back next year that's actually a lot at this level. Only time we've had more returning players than that was 13 in the 2016 group - which has produced 19 pros and 5 full Test caps so far.


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I saw a post on twitter this morning that our U20 group next year will be:

New Zealand
South Africa
Georgia
Scotland

It may well be a very tough ask, even for a talented year, to avoid the relegation playoffs again. Anything in the 5th-8th section would be a great achievement based on that group.


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Alba wrote:
I saw a post on twitter this morning that our U20 group next year will be:

New Zealand
South Africa
Georgia
Scotland

It may well be a very tough ask, even for a talented year, to avoid the relegation playoffs again. Anything in the 5th-8th section would be a great achievement based on that group.


How is the seeding working for that? I'd have thought both SA and NZ would be top seeds. .

Rough old group if so.


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Caley_Red wrote:
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I saw a post on twitter this morning that our U20 group next year will be:

New Zealand
South Africa
Georgia
Scotland

It may well be a very tough ask, even for a talented year, to avoid the relegation playoffs again. Anything in the 5th-8th section would be a great achievement based on that group.


How is the seeding working for that? I'd have thought both SA and NZ would be top seeds. .

Rough old group if so.


As it is 3 groups of 4 I assume 3rd and 4th get seeded together in one group. Not sure then if it snakes down 5th and 8th will be in 2nds group with 6th and 7th in 1sts group. Leaving 9 and 10 in 3 and 4 group


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I just don't think Fagerson is an 8. Against the big teams he washes out, could be age but he's a bit small.

Weird backrow with Swinson at 6.

Interesting team, should be the USA but awfully experimentally.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:34 pm 
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Really interesting team, must say I quite like it. For a game like this I mean.


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Really interesting team, must say I quite like it. For a game like this I mean.


Horne/Hastings/Horne is a tasty playmaker package. An experienced hand at 12 to aid the new boy at 10. Brothers at 9 and 12. And combined there's pace and creativity aplenty. Not advisable against proper forward/boshball centres attacking teams but should be good enough against the USA.


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Really interesting team, must say I quite like it. For a game like this I mean.


Horne/Hastings/Horne is a tasty playmaker package. An experienced hand at 12 to aid the new boy at 10. Brothers at 9 and 12. And combined there's pace and creativity aplenty. Not advisable against proper forward/boshball centres attacking teams but should be good enough against the USA.


If the USA team from last week is selected, the centers will be plenty boshy. Of course the opponent is only Russia, but you can get a feel for the bosh ability of Lasike, and to a lesser extent Campbell, here: https://www.facebook.com/usarugby/video ... 095493140/

Looking forward to our matchup. I expect Scotland to win, but the USA team has improved quite a bit since our last meeting so it will be a good test of where we are. Biggest concern for me is that we are going to be utterly monstered in the scrum, especially when the subs come on.


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Height wise this must be close to one of the smallest teams we've ever fielded?


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That backrow x( Horrible horrible horrible. That’s just swinson at 6

Interested to see how they go, hope they aren’t taking the yanks lightly.

Other interesting point is Hogg as Capitano :shock: With a Hastings in the team could be the start of the Good times being back...


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Height wise this must be close to one of the smallest teams we've ever fielded?

Wee George and Grigg are 5'9" and Hoggy is 5'11" but everyone else is 6 foot or over. Kinghorn is 6'5" so he's going to throw the averages out whatever lineup you compare this group against!


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Swinson is a poor man's Carmichael but appears to be a personal favourite of Townsend.

There is no reason that some of last week's back row couldn't play 3 weeks in a row to give Fagerson something resembling a decent back row to debut with.


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That backrow x( Horrible horrible horrible. That’s just swinson at 6

Interested to see how they go, hope they aren’t taking the yanks lightly.

Other interesting point is Hogg as Capitano :shock: With a Hastings in the team could be the start of the Good times being back...


This.


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Old Zander looks like someone's patched a bit of facial hair on a baby in that pic.

That aside, some things to be excited about, as someone else posted 9-12 looks nice, back three will do some damage but the back row could be a worry.

I am perplexed about Swinson at 6, he's not international class in his actual position so can't see what advantage he gives- perhaps just a bit of grunt in an otherwise light back 3? Hamilton played well in the last Autumn series and I'll be interested to see how he gets on.

Front row looks nice and is a demonstration of our increasing strength in depth up there.

Should be enough firepower to beat the Eagles (especially with the subs) but will be a much sterner test than Canada.


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On Toonie we trust!

I feel a whole lot of movement between 4/6, 7/8, 10/12, 14/15 (well 15 and 10-14)! If coach gets it right USA will be chasing shadows.

Just for shits and giggles, will call Barclay doesn’t get the captaincy back from Hogg.


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