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    Force pick up classy scrum-half

    Force pick up classy scrum-half

    23rd July 2008, 8:00 WST

    NSW scrum-half Josh Valentine yesterday agreed to join Western Force for next year’s Super 14 campaign.

    The WA club were glad to reinforce what had been a problem position for them since the sacking last February of Matt Henjak.

    Valentine, 25, played four Tests for Australia in 2006 but Wallabies incumbent Luke Burgess supplanted him as Waratahs starter this year.

    He will compete with Chris O’Young for the No. 9 jersey, leaving James Stannard surplus to requirements at the Force, who have opted to develop Australian Schoolboys scrum-half...

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    CLASSY? i think that he should fight really hard to be the starting scrummy AFTER O'Young and Stannard. IMHO i think he should earn his place here, not automatically start at #9 UNLESS he really is 'classy' and good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by force addict View Post
    CLASSY? i think that he should fight really hard to be the starting scrummy AFTER O'Young and Stannard. IMHO i think he should earn his place here, not automatically start at #9 UNLESS he really is 'classy' and good.
    Jesus Christ, give the lad a bloody chance.

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    Told you bout Stannard being most likely dropped.
    There's already O Young, Valentine, Turner and dont forget Adam Clarke who still 1 year left i think. And on top of that, Jon McGrath is still in perth playing with neddies and in the academy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLR View Post
    Jesus Christ, give the lad a bloody chance.
    Why would we want to do that, he only has international and Super Rugby expierience
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    The lack of loyalty shown must be excruciatingly painful and foreign to Stannard.

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    yay my source was right

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    Dave Hughes saying so doesn't make it so...

    Where is the official statement to that effect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fulvio sammut View Post
    The lack of loyalty shown must be excruciatingly painful and foreign to Stannard.
    No kidding...you have to feel he has been well hard done by!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fulvio sammut View Post
    Dave Hughes saying so doesn't make it so...

    Where is the official statement to that effect?
    When he says Valentine 'agreed' theres your confirmation right there. Transfer talks go by 'look to sign', 'will agree' etc. to limit their liability if they are wrong. This is the real deal I'd suspect. A quote would have been the clincher.

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    No problem with Valentine at this stage. Wish we still had the ARC to see what we are getting close up.

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    He's not bad, has served us well as a backup to the benched Sheehan.

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    Now, now Moses...

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    From what I saw, this is pretty harsh on Stannard. I thought he looked all right?

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    I'm willing to give him a chance... but we just didn't need a new halfback! We need some forwards... but we have more than enough choice for a number 9. Chrisso, Chuckie and McGrath are all very willing and capable and we weren't in a huge crisis when Henjak was dropped.

    We just don't need someone new. And my heart is breaking for Chuckie. He was barely even given a chance.

    I'm not too happy about this. Not too happy at all.

    Business over loyalty and development of what we have.

    *sigh*

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    I made Happy sad...

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