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    <h2>Bristol order new set of props</h2>
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    <h3>Team Pages:</h3>
    <ul>[*]Bristol Rugby[*]London Wasps[*]Connacht[/list]
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    Bristol Rugby have continued their squad rebuilding process for next season by announcing the capture of two summer arrivals.
    Having released hookers Saul Nelson and Neil Clark from the
    front row on Tuesday, Bristol have drafted in props Peter Bracken and
    Ray Hogan for the 2007/08 campaign.
    Bracken joins from Premiership rivals Wasps after helping the
    London side win the Powergen Cup last season. His form was good enough
    to earn a call-up to Ireland's tour of Australasia, and he leaves Wasps
    having spent two good years at the club.
    Commenting on his new challenge, the 29-year-old said: "They
    are a very progressive club and it gives me an opportunity to further
    my career."
    Connacht's Hogan is a fellow Ireland A international, and
    Bristol boss Richard Hill hopes both players can boost the club's
    options next season.
    "It's all about strength in depth and succession planning.
    Darren Crompton and Dave Hilton have done a marvellous job for us over
    the past two seasons and we've been very fortunate with injuries,"
    explained Hill.
    "We've got some good up and coming young English props and I
    think the emergence of Alex Clarke shows how a young prop can make the
    grade if you manage his development carefully.
    "What Peter and Ray will bring to the table is experience and
    know how. Both have played European Rugby for several seasons now and
    both have played representative rugby. They're both approaching their
    peak and can play a big role for us.
    "And, just as importantly, they really want to play for
    Bristol Rugby. They've watched what we've done here over the past few
    seasons and both want to play their part in taking us to the next
    level."

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    Bristol will be able to put out an all Irish front row? Impressive.

    Hopefully with Bracken playing regularily in the future, he'll come more into the picture.

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      Leinster should have went for both of them with there current shortage two Irish A props would have been very good signings.


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        #4
        I dont like doing it but I agree with Sewa

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          #5
          Both are good players, and it's hard to imagine either is much worse than the current Leinster props. Anyone know how Brian O'Riordain is getting on at Bristol, I've been too busy to keep an eye on the Irish abroad at all?
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            #6
            they would have been excellent for leinster, but cheika and knox probably dont accept connaughts existance.
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              #7

              Originally posted by munster_mafia
              but cheika and knox probably dont accept connaughts existance.
              What?

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                maybe not the cleverest thing to say but i meant they ll look overseas before checkin out whats at home.
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                  #9

                  Originally posted by munster_mafia

                  maybe not the cleverest thing to say but i meant they ll look overseas before checkin out whats at home.
                  Well considering they signed Hogan and Keogh I would doubt that.

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                    #10





                    Bracken can't scrummage. A good ref while penalise him off the park. Why are Wasps letting him go?

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                      #11
                      i guess i should have taught more about it first, but i was generally referring to the signings of harryvermas, fosi palamo, stan wright and have they signed another argie prop?
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by 2nd58





                        Bracken can't scrummage. A good ref while penalise him off the park. Why are Wasps letting him go?





                        Seconded - he's not a good prop, imho. I'm glad Leinster didn't sign him.





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                          its true he cant scrummage, just had to see the A game the other nite. but still would have been useful addition the leinster squad
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                            #14
                            Better to have an Irishman who can't scrummage than a foreigner who can't, surely?
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                              #15
                              They are bothbetter than what they have in Stan, Fosi, Mc Cormack, Vermaasand broken down versions of Green and Cracker. On top of that they are whether we like it or not just a few injuries away from starting Ireland games.
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