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    I got the impression Lezana and Medrano were staying.

    Thrush, Kahui and Greg Holmes apparently taking on a bigger academy role but could come in as injury cover.

    Brache is apparently a great bloke, but we need to look to the future.

    Pulu is Oz eligible. Injury prone but a great player. Should be kept if possible.

    I suspect Taefu will go. You'd be keen to keep him if Kahui isn't going to be a regular but I am holding out hope for recruiting Kerevi.

    Cubelli and Miotti and Olowofela already going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transiting View Post
    So about foreign players in the team. This year I think it's the following:

    Medrano
    Thrush
    Lezana
    Cubelli
    Miotti
    Taefu
    Kahui
    Brache
    olowofela
    Kearney
    Pulu?

    Not sure about Pulu because i thought i read somewhere that 7s didn't count for foreign player limits.

    So at least 3 of the above are going. how many can the Force have next year?
    Cubelli and Miotti have been reported to have signed for Biarritz & Glasgow (although Cubelli originally signed for 2 years for us, so ?) and Olowofela is only a loan from Leicester. IIRC Kearney was only signed for a year, although I hope there is an option on a second.

    Medrano & Lezana have been reported as staying, and Tony Lewis said Thrush & Kahui were back next year.

    I think Pulu qualifies as Australian, despite playing for Niue in the 7s; he was reported as being Australian eligible when he was with the Brumbies.

    The 2021 Force Squad List says Taefu is on his final year, and Brache is signed for 2022, but both I hope will stay around.

    Taefu might be interested in the Manu Samoa side, though, as he might start getting frustrated for playing time behind Godwin, Kahui and Kuridrani.

    Brache remains an excellent utility option, but I think his days of starting SR without the Force suffering a major injury blight are gone. He's still great at the NRC/GRR level, but not a centre/wing at a side with ambitions of winning the SR.

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    ETA: Or, you know, what James & Shasta said!

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    I thought Kuridrani was only here for a year and likely to head overseas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    Seems funny to call Marcel Brache a foreign player considering he has been here since 2014.
    Seems funny to call Marcel Brache a professional Rugby level player yet here we are.

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    Also hoping for Kerevi. Don't see how McMahon would fit in the team as Stander is at 8 and I like the idea someone came up with of converting Anstee into an 8 (after he puts on about 10 kegs). Tizzano played well this year but with Koteka playing well and signed to 2022, and Callan also signed I wouldn't be going after him as a priority, especially given the reduced salary cap.

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    Can either of Holmes or Longbottom play LHP? Sorry to say but can't see the value in keeping both next year. They are both covering the same "spot". That is the experienced THP who isn't your first choice run on and not a development player.

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    Interesting info from the CEO last night. We will be seeing a few past players in blue next year. No names. Throwing a few names up.. . Coleman, Pbilip, Rona, Fines, Deegan?

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    There are some names I'd like to see back- Meakes, Naisarani, Richie Arnold, Sham Vui, Coleman, RHP.

    I wouldn't say no to Chance Peni or Curtis Rona either.

    Can't think of many others who would still be in their prime and would be returning faces.

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    James O'Connor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyS View Post
    James O'Connor...
    Some Force fans would explode if O'Connor came back to the Force

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    Liam Gill could be another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Some Force fans would explode if O'Connor came back to the Force
    A certain ex-captain who still works at Rugby WA didn't get on with O'Connor much, either

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    Would be awesome to get Fines back. Deegan too.

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    Shasta he said all that in confidence didnít you sign the NDA!!?

    I sort of think WA players would be emphasised first given A highly influential Western Australian who likes playing a straight bat when criticism is launched from the east coast about player drain.
    Bring back Carlo.
    Bring back RHP
    Hopefully bring back DHP fingers crossed he is ok.


    What would it take to get Tamaiti Williams?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandgroperrugby View Post
    Shasta he said all that in confidence didnít you sign the NDA!!?
    Its all good. Nobody around here will tell a soul.

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