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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    With the first signings being announced today, time for new list

    For discussion on potential new signings or the name of the team please post in the thread below and leave this thread for signings only.

    http://twf.com.au/showthread.php?t=39676


    2018 Western Force NRC Squad Signings

    Props
    Keiran Longbottom
    Cameron Orr

    Hookers

    Locks

    Backrowers
    Harrison Orr
    Ryan Kankowski
    Chris Alcock

    Scrumhalves

    Flyhalves
    Peter Grant

    Centres
    Rodney Iona
    Jaque Fourie

    Outside Backs
    Marcel Brache

    Coaches
    Tim Sampson - Head Coach
    Hooker Alifeliti Katitu’u has signed with the Western Force in the new Indo-Pacific Rugby Championship.

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    Front page updated to 23 signings with a maximum squad of 35.

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    Is Ryan Louwrens not signed?

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    A quick breakdown of the team:

    Props:
    Longbottom - 57 SR games, 26 in England
    Orr - 22 games for Gloucester in 2 seasons
    Heiberg - 30 SR games, plus 13 NRC
    Dakuwaga - Fijian Sevens (only 105 kg, so may only be a prop in sevens - convert to flanker?)

    Hookers:
    Scoble - 8 SR games, plus 13 NRC.
    Plus a couple of youngsters. Scoble has a big upside, but this may be an area where more experience is required.

    Locks:
    Power - 20 SR games, plus ~50 matches in the French leagues
    Furno - 37 Italian caps, over 100 matches for various European sides. Not bad for a lad from Melbourne.
    Should be able to pick up more youngsters, but another big signing would be useful.

    Back-row:
    Alcock - 55 SR games
    Stander - 33 SR games
    Orr & Ferris have less experience, but plenty of upside.

    Scrum-half:
    Prior - 79 SR games
    Plus Louwrens (19 SR games)?

    Fly-half:
    Grant - 124 SR games, 56 Currie Cup, plus Japan and France, plus 5 Springbok caps
    Deegan - Randwick & NSW County Eagles (lets not hold that against him!), then Connaught.
    Aiatimu - Spirit player

    Centres:
    Fourie - 72 Springbok caps, 98 SR games
    Iona - 3 SR games, 22 in French D2
    Lacey - NRC

    Outside backs:
    Brache - 7 USA caps, 38 SR games
    Davies - 1 Wallaby cap, 58 games for Reds, 50 for Biaritz
    Uyen - NRC

    So that's not a bad looking squad. Maybe not Super Rugby standard (although with a few good Super Rugby players), but would probably thrash anything in the NRC. Considering there may be another dozen or signings, and assuming similar quality and in areas of need (hooker, lock, #9, backs), the "IPRC preparation side" should be able to give a good account of itself this year.

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    Someone's updated the Wikipedia page for the Force (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Force#Squad) and it lists 26 names:

    Sheminant is listed as a prop rather than a hooker
    Harrison Orr is listed as a lock rather than a back-rower
    Fergus Lee Warner is a new name; listed as another lock
    Louwrens is listed, as is Elliot Turner as a pair of scrum-halves
    Dakuwaqa is listed as a winger rather than a prop (Touch of the Onehunga's, perhaps!)

    I still think we might be light in some areas, and might need a bit more experience to take on Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, the Rebels & the Crusaders.

    Of course, if Pek, Havili & Koteka sign up, too, that'd improve the squad.

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    Sheminant can play all 3 front row positions.
    Harrison Orr is a lock who dabbles in the backrow
    Fergus Lee Warner played for the Greater Sydney Rams last year. Big and raw lock.
    Elliot Turner has been snapped up from the Rebels U/20s
    Dakuwaqa, apart from being blind in one eye, is an outside back.
    Louwrens is signed.

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    I thought I saw pek at the press conference?

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    Now in an ideal world, a few weeks from now there would be a press release with Jack Ma's fingerprints (and perhaps a few others) all over it, dropping the other team line-ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyS View Post
    Now in an ideal world, a few weeks from now there would be a press release with Jack Ma's fingerprints (and perhaps a few others) all over it, dropping the other team line-ups.
    And those teams will be full of all the big names that have been rumoured but not appeared in the list (You were talking about an ideal world weren't you?)

    Kankowski
    Cooper
    all the rejected rebels
    etc

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    So we are now at 26 official signings with 9 to go.

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    Harrison Lloyd, Heath Tessman George Pisi & Johan Bardoul added, up to 30 signings now, 5 to go!

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    Does anyone know which players have been "allocated' to which clubs?

    There was talk of each club receiving three, but I've heard nothing since, and there has been none at Palmyra that I've seen, even for a social visit.

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    All club presidents have received the allocation list, give your pres. a call.

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    Would it not be nice to have it publicly announced, for transparency, say here?

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    I think it is only fair that Club Presidents get notice ahead of others in the community and then give them sufficient time to digest, pass as they see fit to their membership.

    I daresay, once a week or so has passed and any queries from Clubs addressed, then it should be made public, either here of via the RugbyWA web page.

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