Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Madness gives Force mongrel

  1. #1
    Immortal Contributor The InnFORCEr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    West Leederville
    Posts
    15,745
    vCash
    4490000
    Dry July! Tong Master 141 Club Award TWF Contributor! TWF Competition Winner!

    Madness gives Force mongrel

    Nick Taylor
    Brisbane,
    The West Australian
    March 15, 2013, 7:19 am


    Hugh McMeniman's stocks are soaring after just two games back in Super Rugby.

    He is Australia's top performing second-rower, with his numbers showing that, on average, he is carrying the ball more metres per game than his rivals.

    And he will be out to add a few more points to his worth when he fronts his old Queensland teammates in Brisbane for the first time in four years tomorrow.

    The forward played with scant regard for his own safety in recent matches in South Africa against the Southern Kings and the Bulls, proving he had lost none of the abrasive mongrel that earned him the nickname "Madness" while he was with the Reds.

    Three hits in the Bulls clash highlighted what the 114kg, 200cm enforcer was capable of when he stopped Springboks full-back Zane Kirchner in his tracks, gave flanker Jacques Potgieter a headache in a bruising run and then levelled opposition second-rower Flip van der Merwe as he tried to bust through close to the Force line.

    After three years of the less physical game in Japan, the former Wallaby relished the return to the crunching hits and tackles of South Africa.

    "It was a good place to start. They are big boys and pretty rough. I knew what to expect. The contact was heavy, but I enjoy heavy contact," McMeniman said.

    Many of the Reds will know what is coming their way when he unleashes his aggression at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow.

    Queensland forwards and close mates Greg Holmes and Jake Schatz have already put him on red alert.

    "They gave me a bit of niggle about not being here the last few years, so I think they will definitely welcome me back," McMeniman said.

    "It's special because I get to play in front of my family and old friends which I haven't been able to do for a long time, but more importantly is what it means to the team.

    "We achieved a lot from the Bulls game and we want to build on that. We are looking to replicate the attitude and feeling we had out there."

    The Force have started negotiations to extend McMeniman's one-year contract as other clubs show interest in him.

    "The Force have given me the opportunity to play Super Rugby again. I want to repay that and it would be ideal if I was in Perth this time next year," he said.

    The Force initially signed McMeniman for one season from Kubota because both he and the club wanted to ensure he was up to the physical battering of Super Rugby after serious shoulder and knee injuries at the Reds and then spending three years in Japan.

    The Force purse was also running low, but the Australian Rugby Union, sensing the value of McMeniman for the upcoming British Lions tour, came to the party and increased the offer.

    McMeniman, 29, earned 21 caps for the Wallabies and made 29 Super Rugby appearances for the Reds before injuries cut short his Australian career. He headed to Japan.

    He said his body had stood up well to the start of the Super season and he was on a training regime designed to keep it that way.


    http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/spo...force-mongrel/

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    80 Minutes, 15 Positions, No Protection, Wanna Ruck?

    Ruck Me, Maul Me, Make Me Scrum!

    Education is Important, but Rugby is Importanter!

  2. #2
    Champion MI5_Dog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Rockingham
    Posts
    1,724
    vCash
    5400000
    Force mongrel

    two words I hope to see more of together in the future.
    Win or lose I want these blokes to get out there and at least look like they want to play rugby.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  3. #3
    Champion
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Bullcreek
    Posts
    1,023
    vCash
    5646000
    Looking at G & G Rugby this morning they said the rumour is he is going back to Queensland next year... I am hoping that is just wishful thinking on the Reds behalf!!

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  4. #4
    Immortal jargan83's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Earth Capital
    Posts
    19,836
    vCash
    76000
    141 Club Award The Bronze Star of Faith

    McMeniman can blast his way into Queensland side

    And this on Perth Now - mind you it's from The Courier Mail - Go team News Ltd

    WESTERN Force weapon Hugh McMeniman is a prime target for a return to the Reds in 2014 now that creaks and strains are nobbling the ageing end of the Queensland squad.

    That the Reds will regenerate their forward stocks for next season was certain even before the 20 minutes at Ballymore yesterday which emphasised the need.

    Backrower Radike Samo, 36, pulled out of the reserves for tomorrow night's clash against Western Force at Suncorp with a knee niggle at the beginning of training.

    He has been replaced by lock Adam Wallace-Harrison, 33, whose own recurring knee issues had been outlined by coaching boss Ewen McKenzie as one reason for his sparing match workload

    With David McDuling, an unlucky double knee surgery victim, also off contract at the end of the season, the Reds will be sizing up all available 2m, 115kg experienced locks.

    Enter McMeniman.

    He contacted McKenzie last August when seeking a route back from Japan but the Reds' contract list was full.

    A performance tomorrow night of powerful charges, hammer hits and lineout excellence will give McKenzie extra reason to start chasing McMeniman.

    The 29-year-old is on a one-year deal at the Force but he's enjoying his rekindled partnership with coach Michael Foley.

    "Foles became a deciding factor in going to the Force,'' McMeniman said yesterday. "I thought, coming back from Japan and wanting to get back to the highest level, he was probably the best coach to get me to those places.''

    http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/rug...-1226597667345

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  5. #5
    Player chiraag's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Northbridge
    Posts
    225
    vCash
    7682000
    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    The Force purse was also running low
    Really?! Surely we should have plenty in the bank with Pocock and Sharpie going and a list that doesn't really contain any massive stars who would command the big dollars?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  6. #6
    Veteran Sheikh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    4,236
    vCash
    10207400
    Dry July! 141 Club Award
    Quote Originally Posted by chiraag View Post
    Really?! Surely we should have plenty in the bank with Pocock and Sharpie going and a list that doesn't really contain any massive stars who would command the big dollars?
    No ARU top-ups for players mean we have to pay their entire wage?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  7. #7
    Champion GAFFA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Gosnells
    Posts
    2,171
    vCash
    5000000
    no because a player doesnt know what the ARU will give them untill they have signed for what the club has offered. So even if the ARU has come to the party he would have known untill he had signed for the Force. Thats the way it is ment to work but as we know it seems for be one rule for some and another for others.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    “Everyone knows whether it’s rugby, politics or whatever, front-rowers should rule the world, so to have a hooker at the helm makes sense,” Nathan Charles Western Force & Wallabies Hooker.

  8. #8
    Veteran zimeric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Mandurah
    Posts
    3,128
    vCash
    5000000
    reading that article, it cites no sources whatsoever so is a speculation piece designed to troll Force fans and titilate Reds fans... wasnt it just last week that there was a similar article saying the brumbies were targetting him?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  9. #9
    Player Marty_Mcfly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    London UK
    Posts
    292
    vCash
    5000000
    Quote Originally Posted by chiraag View Post
    Really?! Surely we should have plenty in the bank with Pocock and Sharpie going and a list that doesn't really contain any massive stars who would command the big dollars?
    also, aren't the Force apparently always trying to steal other teams' players by offering "lucrative third party deals" and "backroom endorsements"?

    now they are strapped for cash, despite the low profile player roster?

    seems like Nick Taylor is having his cake and eating it with this one.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  10. #10
    Immortal Contributor jono's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    10,528
    vCash
    5000000
    Dry July! TWF Contributor! MO-vember Donator The Bronze Star of Faith
    And - we are playing the reds this weekend...
    Posted via Mobile Device

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  11. #11
    Senior Player
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Willetton
    Posts
    669
    vCash
    5000000
    I can't see why MMM wouldn't resign with the force as McKenzie will be in the Wallabies Job before Christmas and RG couldn't coach under 6 rugby

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  12. #12
    Legend Contributor Alison's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    6,822
    vCash
    5628000
    TWF Contributor!
    Wouldn't be surprised if someone at the QRU said last year "look guys, let the Force pay for him for 2013, we'll keep a close eye on him and if he's any good we'll make a bid in 2014. That way we can save a bit of cash and have lost nothing if he turns out not to be the goods"

    Sneaky fuggers that lot in my experience!

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Proudly Western Australian; Proudly supporting Western Australian rugby

  13. #13
    Immortal GIGS20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Rockingham
    Posts
    18,394
    vCash
    11382000
    The Bronze Star of Faith
    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    "The Force have given me the opportunity to play Super Rugby again. I want to repay that and it would be ideal if I was in Perth this time next year," he said.
    This is a quote

    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    A performance tomorrow night of powerful charges, hammer hits and lineout excellence will give McKenzie extra reason to start chasing McMeniman.
    This is speculation

    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    The 29-year-old is on a one-year deal at the Force but he's enjoying his rekindled partnership with coach Michael Foley.
    This is confusing

    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    "Foles became a deciding factor in going to the Force,'' McMeniman said yesterday. "I thought, coming back from Japan and wanting to get back to the highest level, he was probably the best coach to get me to those places.''
    This is a quote

    Sounds like Madness wants to stay in Perth to me!

    Also, Pek Cowan on Rugby HQ last night stopped short of saying he was going to be in Perth after his current season runs out, but then implied strongly that it was because he needed to see how the body holds up and whether he was offered a contract. I wouldn't expect him to look around after the length of time hes been here though!

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    C'mon the

  14. #14
    Champion Ralto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    1,282
    vCash
    5000000
    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    This is a quote
    Also, Pek Cowan on Rugby HQ last night stopped short of saying he was going to be in Perth after his current season runs out
    Agreed, he did sound a little doubtful with the "9 years is a long time" statement.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

Similar Threads

  1. Match Preview: Western Force vs ACT Brumbies
    By James in forum Front Page News
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 16-04-11, 11:44
  2. Force RAWR against the Lions
    By Darren in forum Front Page News
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 20-03-11, 08:51
  3. LESSONS FOR THE FORCE IN OPENING TRIAL
    By RugbyWA in forum Western Force
    Replies: 49
    Last Post: 26-01-10, 23:21
  4. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 23-02-09, 15:19
  5. Force Still Unbeaten against Cheetahs
    By Darren in forum Front Page News
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 21-02-09, 12:34

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •