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    #46
    I'd give a start in the A team, he's far too good for the 3rds.
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      #47
      Great news, but looking at some of the clips on youtube, is he going to play 12 or 10?
      12 looks good, he has a good offload, a good kick, great positioning and awareness but it makes me wonder where does this leave Bleyendall? is he going to be an outhalf or is this an indicator that his injury is worse than we'd feared?

      Looks a great player though, reminiscent of Mafi.
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        #48
        Originally posted by Stringer9 View Post
        Good signing but I don't know, I wonder why a 24 year old would want to up and leave New Zealand at such an early part of his career. Each to their own and I guess if it benefits us it doesn't matter. It's just curious.
        Probably not quite good enough to be an All Black on a consistent basis. Still a very good player and a good signing. Does beg the question where Tyler will fit in because this lad wont be on the bench.
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          #49
          Originally posted by deadlyBuzz View Post
          Great news, but looking at some of the clips on youtube, is he going to play 12 or 10?
          12 looks good, he has a good offload, a good kick, great positioning and awareness but it makes me wonder where does this leave Bleyendall? is he going to be an outhalf or is this an indicator that his injury is worse than we'd feared?

          Looks a great player though, reminiscent of Mafi.
          with JJ gone we'll need Tyler at 10 much more.

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            #50
            Originally posted by The Outlaw View Post
            Probably not quite good enough to be an All Black on a consistent basis. Still a very good player and a good signing. Does beg the question where Tyler will fit in because this lad wont be on the bench.
            Great Signing. Will bring a lot of creativity to our midfield. Tyler is an out and out 10 I don't understand this talk of him playing 12. He is a ROG type 10 with strong tactical kicking game, reads game extremely well and seems to be a v good distributor. I have watched him a lot and he doesn't have physical presence and attacking threat to be a 12. I cant find any team sheets of him starting 12. I just think Keatley is too hit and miss in games for me. He does everything to an average standard and cant get the best out of the backs outside him. He has his days to be fair to him but I think if Tyler gets a few games under his belt he will be a much better option for us at 10 with Saili at 12 and Keith at 13.

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              #51
              Originally posted by Tipplad View Post
              Great Signing. Will bring a lot of creativity to our midfield. Tyler is an out and out 10 I don't understand this talk of him playing 12. He is a ROG type 10 with strong tactical kicking game, reads game extremely well and seems to be a v good distributor. I have watched him a lot and he doesn't have physical presence and attacking threat to be a 12. I cant find any team sheets of him starting 12. I just think Keatley is too hit and miss in games for me. He does everything to an average standard and cant get the best out of the backs outside him. He has his days to be fair to him but I think if Tyler gets a few games under his belt he will be a much better option for us at 10 with Saili at 12 and Keith at 13.
              I don't see that happening I have to say with Keatley for the simple reason that Nucifora is far more proactive in ensuring Irish qualified players are occupying the key positions on the provincial teams. Keatley will probably go to the WC so you'll need a 10 to cover for it's absence next season.
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                #52
                Welcome Francis!
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                  #53
                  I for one welcome our new Saili overlord:-D
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                    #54
                    Sailivating already

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                      #55
                      Our best signing in a very long time, very happy with that.

                      You'd hope the brains trust have a plan as what our set up is next year with everyone fit and available. Is Earls 13 or wing and is Tyler our 12 are the main things to nail down, everything else will come from that.

                      A high quality signing in the forwards and I think we're set up very well for next season.
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                        #56
                        Originally posted by Stringer9 View Post
                        Good signing but I don't know, I wonder why a 24 year old would want to up and leave New Zealand at such an early part of his career. Each to their own and I guess if it benefits us it doesn't matter. It's just curious.
                        You really do try incredibly hard to find the negative in everything don't you?

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                          #57
                          Was told he wasn't in contention for World Cup squad so decided to move on. Their loss is our gain

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                            #58


                            Looks the real deal with power, pace and a decent kicking game. Only concern is if we run into the Casey Laulala problem of having an intelligent, quick thinking centre and nobody else in the midfield on his wavelength, how we use him and who we play him with will be key.

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                              #59
                              Originally posted by The Outlaw View Post
                              Probably not quite good enough to be an All Black on a consistent basis. Still a very good player and a good signing. Does beg the question where Tyler will fit in because this lad wont be on the bench.
                              Ya I don't know. Unless Tyler starts at 10. I think we all know at this stage that Keatley isn't the way forward in Europe.
                              I can't imagine these lads were cheap. We're probably paying these guys a fair bit to come across the world, so might as well get use of it.
                              Last edited by Stringer9; 6th-April-2015, 12:53.
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