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    London Irish's new owners insists they are not 'the new Toulon'
    Exiles plan to become one of the biggest sides in the world but they will not overspend on players

    By Gavin Mairs9:49PM GMT 12 Dec 2013 Comment

    The new owners of London Irish have vowed they will not spend recklessly to keep high-profile players such as Marland Yarde at the club, insisting they do not intend to become “the next Toulon”.
    A consortium of Irish businessmen led by Mick Crossan took control of the club with a 52 per cent buy-out and immediately pledged to fund a recruitment drive to transform the side into “one of the best clubs in the world”.
    Director of rugby Brian Smith is set to be given an extra £1.5million per season to allow him to spend the full salary cap of £4.2million for the first time in several years, an increase in funding that is likely to ensure that Australia fly-half James O’Connor stays beyond his short-term contract that expires at the end of the season.
    However, interim executive chairman David Fitzgerald insisted that the takeover would not signal an irresponsible spending spree by the club, and that included their approach to negotiations with England wing Yarde, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
    “I don’t want people to run away with the idea that we have brought in a whole load of money and we are basically going to be the next Toulon,” said Fitzgerald.

    “Marland is a home-grown player. He is someone we brought through the ranks. We are very keen to keep Marland. There is a market out there and there is a point at which you say you are better off investing elsewhere. But that is to be resolved over the next few months.”

    Central to the consortiums’s plans are to reinvigorate the club’s Irish links, including a desire to sign a top-flight Ireland international to underpin that commitment while also rekindling relations with the Irish Rugby Football Union.
    “We would love to get our hands on a frontline Irish international but clearly we want to work with the unions,” said Smith, who confirmed the signing of former Springbok prop CJ can der Linde, who is expected to join up with the squad next week.
    “Every year we play over in Munster and when we have problems with injuries, I am on the phone to the guys at Leinster, Ulster and Munster asking can we loan or trade players.
    “We have got a good relationship there and it is important that we go about things the right way.
    “We are not trying to drag the Irish captain out of a central contract. If it it fits for a player who has missed the boat or someone who wants a life-change, someone like Tomas O’Leary or Ian Humphreys, who is a very talented player but clearly the IRFU had chosen to overlook him, we are going to attract those kinds of guys. It just needs to be the right fit.
    “Sometimes we could end up with three and other times we might not sign a current Irish international but there is an appetite to say we are what we say we are and we need to be representative of the Irish community.”
    High-profile Ireland players such as Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip and Paul O’Connell are out of contract next season and have been linked with moves to France. Asked whether their intention was make London Irish the first option for such Ireland players looking for a move, Fitzgerald insisted the club however were not prepared to compete with the big-spending French clubs.
    “The reality is that the French market is in a different league to everybody else, even the big spenders like Bath and Saracens,” Fitzgerald added.
    “If the rumours are true about their new commercial contract then it is going to be even worse. They have a salary cap but it is significantly higher than ours.
    “I don’t think it makes economic sense to start competing with those guys. This is a sustainable business model. The idea is not to treat rugby as a toy that you can invest in for fun. This is a properly constructed business model that has risks and we are not going to take risks with these gentlemen’s money by signing marquee players for the sake of it and trying to compete with the French because it is a fool’s errand if you do.”
    The buy-out, as a result of which chief executive Andy Martin left the club by mutual consent, will also result in the club exploring options to relocate to London from the Madejski Stadium in Reading, where they have played since 2000.
    “We will do what’s right for the business,” Fitzgerald added. “We have been in Reading since 2000 and we have a contract that is cast in stone until 2025-26.
    “Reading are in a state of flux themselves so we will have to make sure that doesn’t put us at risk. All that has to be reviewed. We are committed for the foreseeable future to playing our rugby at Reading but we will never rule out [a change], if other opportunities arise that make sense from a business point of view and don’t alienate our supporter base.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rug...ew-Toulon.html
    Cé go bhfuil an namhaid trampled underfoot mo thír, fhios ag an teanga d'aois na Breataine Bige aon Retreat. Evan James 1856

    #2
    I'm afraid our own man with LI looks like he's in a whole heap of bother. Red-carded in the game against Wasps for nasty-looking use of the boot on James Haskell's head.
    The early bird catches the worm but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.

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      #3
      Is Eoin Grifen off to LI or is that a rumour? Would have thought maybe Munster or Leinster would have gone after him if he was leaving Connacht.

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        #4
        Crossan and Casey put the Irish back in London Irish

        http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/crossan-and-casey-put-the-irish-back-in-london-irish-1.2198649

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          #5
          London Irish are going to play an AP game in the US around Paddy's day next year, according to the Telegraph. I do think the provinces are missing a trick by not playing games in the States.

          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rug...-New-York.html

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            #6
            Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post
            London Irish are going to play an AP game in the US around Paddy's day next year, according to the Telegraph. I do think the provinces are missing a trick by not playing games in the States.

            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rug...-New-York.html

            You could say that ok. British club with Irish name (and an Irish wolfhound ) will presumably pose as Irish on Paddy's day in New York. Fair play to them if they can get away with it.

            With a relatively poor crowd last Saturday and a poor crowd coming up on Thursday Munster should be all over any such opportunities - and if they are not there - then start inventing them.

            Ps Is that Dougie's job?
            ​​​​​​#GiveLeinsterTheHCupNow

            Originally Posted by mr chips
            AG gets the responses he does because he is a journalist..

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              #7
              Munster have played many times in the USA.
              Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
              Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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                #8
                Originally posted by AdolphusGrigson View Post
                ....With a relatively poor crowd last Saturday and a poor crowd coming up on Thursday Munster should be all over any such opportunities - and if they are not there - then start inventing them....
                Relative to what Adolf?

                p.s. Munster aren't playing on Thursday. It's a Leinster cored "Oireland" selection. I'll be watching it on tv.
                Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
                Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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                  #9
                  A Pro 12 Munster v Leinster in New York would surely have Mr Arthur Guinness's vote as well as mine.
                  ​​​​​​#GiveLeinsterTheHCupNow

                  Originally Posted by mr chips
                  AG gets the responses he does because he is a journalist..

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                    #10
                    relative to what the boy Foley was hoping for
                    ​​​​​​#GiveLeinsterTheHCupNow

                    Originally Posted by mr chips
                    AG gets the responses he does because he is a journalist..

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by AdolphusGrigson View Post
                      relative to what the boy Foley was hoping for
                      The crowd was a fine one. Comparable to any other Pro12 semi and not helped by relatively few Welsh travelling.
                      Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
                      Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by AdolphusGrigson View Post
                        A Pro 12 Munster v Leinster in New York would surely have Mr Arthur Guinness's vote as well as mine.
                        They'll never move one of the biggest games of the season abroad. Don't be silly.
                        Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
                        Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Miguel Sanchez View Post
                          They'll never move one of the biggest games of the season abroad. Don't be silly.
                          What about a pre season tournament involving all four provinces?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post
                            What about a pre season tournament involving all four provinces?
                            I'd imagine the calender is full already. Munster played against the USA several times in the Setanta Challenge a few years ago. I still have one of the USA shirts somewhere.
                            Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
                            Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post
                              What about a pre season tournament involving all four provinces?
                              I think it would have to be a competitive game (in spite of silly remarks above) sponsors and organisers are flexible and fairly desperate to promote their product - the PRO 12 has re-invented itself a few times in the last few years.
                              ​​​​​​#GiveLeinsterTheHCupNow

                              Originally Posted by mr chips
                              AG gets the responses he does because he is a journalist..

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