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    Brumbies ponder Freier alternative

    Brumbies ponder Freier alternative

    By Bret Harris and Wayne Smith

    April 08, 2008

    NEW South Wales hooker Adam Freier could become a recruitment option for the Brumbies if they fail to secure their main target, Queensland hooker Stephen Moore.

    Moore, Australia's starting hooker at the World Cup, is expected to leave the Reds, but he is also being chased by Western Force.

    The Brumbies have made Moore a priority signing, but Freier is in their calculations as a fall-back, especially after their promising hooker Saia Faingaa signed with the Reds.

    Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan is expected this week to meet Moore, whose skill and strength as a ball-runner would suit their attacking style, to try to finalise negotiations.

    "We haven't spoken with Adam," Fagan said. "Obviously, with Saia heading to the Reds we are in the market for a number two. Our priority is to sign Stephen Moore and that's what we are attempting to do. In the event that wasn't to work out, it (Freier) is something we'd probably take a look at."

    Freier began his Super rugby career in Canberra, playing behind former Wallabies hooker Jeremy Paul. He moved to the Waratahs in 2003 where he battled with Brendan Cannon for the No2 jersey.

    With Cannon's departure to the Force in 2006, Freier secured the Waratahs' starting role until he was recently deposed by Tatafu Polota-Nau.

    "I have to wait to see who all the coaches are," Freier said. "We don't know who the coach here is. We don't know who the coach in Canberra is.

    "NSW and the ARU have been pretty good to see it out and see what happens. In less than a month a decision should be made because everything should be settled by then."

    Brumbies number eight Stephen Hoiles has been cleared to play against the Blues in Auckland on Saturday after suffering a knock to his cheekbone in their loss to the Chiefs last Friday.

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    OMG lets get freier before brumbies do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by force addict View Post
    OMG lets get freier before brumbies do!
    Why?

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    my baddd. i forgot, we already have a fantastic selection. ignore my previous post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Brumbies ponder Freier alternative

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    grilling??

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    yeah openley saying there only looking at him as a second choice.
    hopefully it ruins his self esteem before the match this weekend.

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    hahahahha. yes pleaseeee

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    Its a funny thing going on with the old hooker switcheroo. There are about 8 good to decent hookers going around that have played Super 14. Each team had two. Faingaa is now at the Reds. Moore is definitely leaving there. I can potentially see someone apart from us or the Reds (I don't think either of our hookers is off contract) getting pretty screwed here. The Brumbies might not get Moore or Freier and will struggle for options next year. The Waratahs might lose Freier and also struggle for options next year if injuries strike. Those bloody Reds had 4 this year in Hardman, Moore, Ole Avei and Geoff Abram. Plus they have the talented young James Hansen in their academy. Share the love boys.

    I figure the same thing will happen with Scrum-halves soon enough.

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    Hookers getting screwed, like it jimmy

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    I think you are wrong with the statement 8 good hookers going around.
    I would say there are at least 19. The 16 who we're involved in the ARC and the 3 Wallaby hookers.
    Albeit Brendan Cannon has retired and Jeremy Paul has done a bunk.
    There still all types of players out there not getting a shot.
    As far as hookers go try Josh Mann-Rae...

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    I'm not sure the Force need to be too concerned about contracting Moore. If they get him, OK. But Tai is not off contract and is still giving plenty. He had a great game against the Bulls, nearly always getting over the gain line and was only just outdone by Fava for yards gained among the pack. His late start in Rugby probably means he's got a good few years in him yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLR View Post
    Why?
    because stevie moore is an all round better hooker than mcissac, carries the ball well, better line out thrower, is eight years younger than mcissac, sharpie wants him here by all account and he also wants to come here.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by slomo View Post
    because stevie moore is an all round better hooker than mcissac, carries the ball well, better line out thrower, is eight years younger than mcissac, sharpie wants him here by all account and he also wants to come here.........
    This topic is about Freier...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLR View Post
    This topic is about Freier...
    sorry, replace moores name with freier then.....forget the bit about his age and sharpie wanting him here ect and insert wallabies starting hooker

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    Quote Originally Posted by slomo View Post
    sorry, replace moores name with freier then.....forget the bit about his age and sharpie wanting him here ect and insert wallabies starting hooker
    And what of his tiny size?

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