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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    To me Kalapu is the surprise as he has only served 2 of a 3 year contract.

    Wish all three of them all the best and thank you.
    I was a bit shocked at this until Tazz reminded me of the International player restriction.

    I assume that they have a solution in the wings to cover all these locks leaving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    I was a bit shocked at this until Tazz reminded me of the International player restriction.

    I assume that they have a solution in the wings to cover all these locks leaving.
    Surely that doesn't void a pre-exiting contract though?
    There's (I think, quick look) only Moli and Franklin left unsigned or defined from the overseas players, so maybe if RA swung their dicks and mandated only two positions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    I was a bit shocked at this until Tazz reminded me of the International player restriction.

    I assume that they have a solution in the wings to cover all these locks leaving.
    Apparently there are 11 Rebels refusing to sign with the Thas looking for a good home

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    Maybe they're waiting for an offer from the Tahs.

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    Also very disappointed to see Felix leaving, showed some great potential and was a champion guy, one of my kids favourites for sure for after game chats.

    If the reds are getting LSL and Canham then we need to pick up a good one from them

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    A lot of these losses are shitting me. I get the usual turnover and saw some coming. Personally Medrano and Anstee were favourites. If this has come from RA then there had better be compensation as we are losing multi year players. As history has shown and the incompetent NSWelshman still can't see the sugar hit doesnt last. Where are the 2017 Force players? How much did RA benefit? Coleman, Arnold, Ainsley, Ruru, Peni, Rona, Rangi, so much more who retired or went off shore. If RA are putting in caveats then they need to fill the holes they create.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo86 View Post
    A lot of these losses are shitting me. I get the usual turnover and saw some coming. Personally Medrano and Anstee were favourites. If this has come from RA then there had better be compensation as we are losing multi year players. As history has shown and the incompetent NSWelshman still can't see the sugar hit doesnt last. Where are the 2017 Force players? How much did RA benefit? Coleman, Arnold, Ainsley, Ruru, Peni, Rona, Rangi, so much more who retired or went off shore. If RA are putting in caveats then they need to fill the holes they create.
    I can accept anstee moving on, he was rarely used and is probably as keen to leave as force management are to move him on. Opinions of amateurs such as myself don't count for much in a situation like that. Medrano, OTOH has been our key Tighthead for years and there's a gulf behind him. Thp is also a difficult position to find any replacement, let alone quality ones. That one has disaster potential in huge amounts.

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    i am not entirely surprised by Medrano, he tried to leave once before, and i think it failed because the club went into receivership. so i it is not unexpected that he would try to go again. we may get lucky and the club folds... but i doubt it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by palitu View Post
    i am not entirely surprised by Medrano, he tried to leave once before, and i think it failed because the club went into receivership. so i it is not unexpected that he would try to go again. we may get lucky and the club folds... but i doubt it!
    I think both times it has been pressure from the national union for him to compete in Europe.

    I believe Santi is quite happy at the Force and would stay if all things were equal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    I think both times it has been pressure from the national union for him to compete in Europe.

    I believe Santi is quite happy at the Force and would stay if all things were equal.
    Thats always the impression I got

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    Didn't Cheika say he had to play in NH to even be considered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo86 View Post
    Didn't Cheika say he had to play in NH to even be considered?
    Yes, but Cheika no longer coaches Los Pumas, and I don't know if Argentina have continued that stipulation. It didn't stop Matera getting picked in 2022 when he played for the Crusaders, though.

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    Speculation on G&GR Waratahs 2025 thread that HJH (Harry Johnson-Holmes) may be heading to the Force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd4 View Post
    Speculation on G&GR Waratahs 2025 thread that HJH (Harry Johnson-Holmes) may be heading to the Force.
    Could be worse, giving up HJH to fit Tupou in the Tahs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo86 View Post
    Could be worse, giving up HJH to fit Tupou in the Tahs
    Sounds like a (potentially) good outcome for the Force to me.

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