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    2019 Player Contracts - Discussion Thread

    First signing for next was announced yesterday, can't seem to find the story.


    And the first new signing for 2019 is Nick Jooste

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    How many times has Nick Jooste now been signed by a RWA side?

    He joined the Spirit/Force EPS in 2015, then went to Canberra, re-signed for the Spirit for the 2017 NRC, was in Queensland trying to get into the Reds side this year, and has now re-signed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    How many times has Nick Jooste now been signed by a RWA side?

    He joined the Spirit/Force EPS in 2015, then went to Canberra, re-signed for the Spirit for the 2017 NRC, was in Queensland trying to get into the Reds side this year, and has now re-signed.
    Trick question or is the answer 3?

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    Global Rapid Rugby: Western Force coach Tim Sampson among trio to re-sign for 2019
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    November 22, 2018 5:13PM
    Western Force coach Tim Sampson has begun re-shaping his squad for Global Rapid Rugby’s 2019 debut season after re-signing for another year in charge.

    Forwards coach Van Humphries and captain Ian Prior will also return with Sampson looking for a new defence assistant after Jaque Fourie joined the USA Eagles ahead of next year’s World Cup.

    Sampson needs to replace second-rower Josh Furno, centre George Pisi, former Future Force academy and Super Rugby hooker Harry Scoble and ex-Melbourne Rebels scrum-half Elliot Turner who have not been re-signed after World Series Rugby.

    He hinted that the club was on the verge of bringing back local products and former Force Super Rugby players.

    A number of players who have missed out on 2019 Super Rugby contracts, including from the Rebels, are also keen to move west.


    “There has been a little bit of dialogue with some players,” Sampson said.

    “They are quality players, guys that have played at a high level, guys that we might get back to Perth.

    “We want more of the type of guys we have here….a bloody good rugby player but a bloody good person.

    “I’m looking forward to the continued growth of the club and I’m comfortable with rolling out very much the same squad.”

    Sampson is also working on a restructured system with up to five players in an extended group sitting below the GRR squad and likely to include current academy players.

    “Our under-19s were very good at the national championships. The Future Force guys have been training with us for the past month to give us a good look at them in a professional environment,” Sampson said.

    “There are some quality guys that we are impressed with.

    “Having seven guys in the initial Aussie under-20 squad is a good sign of where things are at for succession planning for the next, two, three, four years. We are in a really healthy spot.

    “Obviously we’ll need a replacement for Jaque. That was not an easy decision for him.

    “If it wasn’t about the World Cup he would have stayed but the position is not one he could refuse.”

    Prior returned to Perth after a brief spell with English heavyweight Harlequins when the Force was axed from Super Rugby.

    “Staying was a pretty easy decision to make and I’m very excited to be on board,” Prior said.

    I’ve really enjoyed the captaincy I think it has helped my game and given me a new lease on life on rugby.

    “A lot of guys took a leap of faith coming over here and it’s an exciting time to be a player, to be a pioneer and be in the forefront of a new competition.

    “This year there was a huge emotional attachment with the Force being back and giving West Australian rugby hope.

    “There’s always nervousness from people who are outside the bubble but being part of it seeing the plans, seeing what has happened is very exciting.

    “Any time there’s change there’s hesitation and people want to jump on it. We proved people wrong this year who said it wouldn’t work.”
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    Ok we already know Nick Jooste is coming home who else do we think is coming home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    Ok we already know Nick Jooste is coming home who else do we think is coming home?
    James Verity-Am needs a contract as he wasn’t retained by the Brumbies.

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    Hooker:
    If Andrew Ready is coming, I'd still be looking at one more - maybe Rangi or Nathan Charles

    Props:
    Not sure we need more, the boys seemed to do well, and with KL there is an international quality Prop

    Locks:
    Richie Arnold - contact not renewed by Brumbies

    Loose:
    McMahon - even if only for one year - pay the man!
    RHP - word is he is looking to escape - also a Lock option.

    9:
    Nik White would be great but don't think he's available, but another quality 9 is very important.

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    If the focus is on Deegan and McGregor, with Grant as the 'teacher' - and with Jooste, nothing more needed there.

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    Iona seemed to develop a good partnership with Deegan, if he stays and Jooste is developed as a 12 (as well), nothing more needed there.

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    Here I think a really stand out new player is needed - no disrespect to Marcel (who I certainly hope stays). Needed - a great defender and backline defence organiser, who can also get the most out of the back 3!

    Back 3:
    one FB/Wing capable player of very good Super-level or better ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bakkies View Post
    James Verity-Am needs a contract as he wasn’t retained by the Brumbies.
    He'd be well worth the $. Really liked what I saw from him when he was playing for the Spirit.

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    I’ve thought Isaak has been doing pretty well at 9, he’s had limited minutes but usually makes an impact. Thought I heard Ross was playing in Japan and wasn’t going back to Rebels. From what I’ve seen, there would be a few of the boys that got dudded on “promises” made that haven’t worked out very well for them. And would love to see Verity-Am back.

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    Why wasn't Scoble re-signed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    I’ve thought Isaak has been doing pretty well at 9, he’s had limited minutes but usually makes an impact. Thought I heard Ross was playing in Japan and wasn’t going back to Rebels. From what I’ve seen, there would be a few of the boys that got dudded on “promises” made that haven’t worked out very well for them. And would love to see Verity-Am back.
    Don't doubt Isaak has done well, but the Force need another quality 9 together with Prior for GRR. The Force need to do really ell next year. This is absolutely vital!

    Yes heard that about RHP, as said above think he'd be a real addition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transiting View Post
    Hooker:
    If Andrew Ready is coming, I'd still be looking at one more - maybe Rangi or Nathan Charles

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    I saw Nathan Charles in Perth a couple of weeks ago...

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    Richie Arnold - contact not renewed by Brumbies
    He had another season or two on his deal. Just too many locks in the squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bakkies View Post
    He had another season or two on his deal. Just too many locks in the squad.
    I wasn't suggesting he was bad at the Brumbies, only that he is (i think) off contract and available - and that the Force should look at him.

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