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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    So 99% of the squad and 100% of the coaching team are off contract at the end of the 2022 season?
    Tim wanted a 3 year deal but was only given 2 years he told me at the Awards night

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    Anstee or Sampson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Anstee or Sampson?
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    hard gig for the coach-same for most professional sports!

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    This really should be discussed on the 2022 Discussion Thread

    TIF will lose his Shit.

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    full squad just announced-members should have the e-mail

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    Impressive! Most impressive!

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    So the squad is looking like:

    Props (6)
    Bo Abra
    Greg Holmes
    Harry Lloyd
    Santiago Medrano
    Tom Robertson
    Angus Wagner

    Hookers (3)
    Feleti Kaitu'u
    Andrew Ready
    Jack Winchester

    Locks (5)
    Ryan McCauley
    Jackson Pugh
    Izack Rodda
    Sitaleki Timani
    Jeremy Thrush

    Back-row (5)
    Tim Anstee
    Ollie Callan
    Kane Koteka
    Fergus Lee-Warner
    Brynard Stander

    Scrumhalf (3)
    Issak Fines-Leleiwasa
    Michael McDonald
    Ian Prior (c)

    Flyhalf (3)
    Bailey Kuenzle
    Jake McIntyre
    Reesjan Pasitoa

    Centre (4)
    Kyle Godwin
    Richard Kahui
    Grason Makara
    Reece Tapine

    Wingers (5)
    Daniel Ala
    Brad Lacey
    Manasa Mataele
    Toni Pulu
    Byron Ralston

    Full Backs (2)
    Jack McGregor
    Jake Strachan

    Bearing in mind that Holmes, Thrush and Kahui might play less with their coaching roles, there's possibly some gaps in the centres still (although a number of the backs can play multiple roles).

    I'm a little surprised that Timani is still here - I thought he was with us as a stepping stone to the Waratahs (who are terribly light on locks again). But Timani and Rodda should make an awesome lock combination with Thrush involved, too, and McCauley and Pugh should learn a lot (even if they might find it difficult to get a game!)

    The props have Holmes, Robertson, Medrano and Lloyd probably as the main guys, but Wagner would be pushing for a spot and Abra may get a few opportunities. I assume that we still have Victor Harris in the WTS and will bring in another young prop from the Force Future squad to fill the next spot on the conveyor belt.

    The hookers are unchanged from last year, but with Kaitu'u's Wallaby call-up, I presume he'll be the main man and Ready the bench player with Winchester as cover.

    The back row seems light with only 5 players, considering you need 3+1 for each game, but those guys seem to be made of teak (and Pugh can drop back to the back-row at a push).

    Scrum-half is a real battle, and Prior's club captaincy may not translate into match captaincy. Fly-half is McIntyre's but with a couple of promising young guys knocking on the door.

    The centres should be Godwin and Kahui as Makara and Tapine are a bit young, but like Kuenzle and Pasitoa have promise.

    The wingers have some serious pace with Pulu, Lacey, Mataele, Ralston and Ala (maybe Mataele could move into the centres, if his defense is good enough) and the full-backs have McGregor and Strachan back picking up their battle from last year.

    I think we're still a little inexperienced in the backs to unlock the better defenses, but a lot of that will come down to the coaching, but we have a forward pack who can go toe to toe with pretty much anybody in Super Rugby. I'm getting excited already!

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    I honestly believe that the Western Force is a better Team with Holmes, Thrush, and Kahui on the field.

    Having them as a part of the Coaching set up within the organisation is a great move for the future.

    I just hope that they are willing and able to competitively contribute on the field for a long time.

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    I remember Tony Lewis saying in one of his interviews that they were going to let Holmes, Thrush and Kahui not worry too much about the coaching stuff this season and just let them enjoy their last year on the feild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvo View Post
    I remember Tony Lewis saying in one of his interviews that they were going to let Holmes, Thrush and Kahui not worry too much about the coaching stuff this season and just let them enjoy their last year on the feild.
    Thrush and Kahui coached the WA U16 squad one night this year.

    Afterwards I said to my grandson "Its great for you to have coaching by 2 former All Blacks"

    My grandson replied, "Oh, were they All Blacks?"
    (This kid is smart and has attended many Force games with me).

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    Kahui has been doing a reasonable amount of coaching of the younger players at Baysie for the last year or so anyway. Seems he's getting the feel of it.

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    I'm seeing plenty who can play 6 and 8 but Kane is the only recognisable 7, do we think there's a plan to convert somebody like Tim or Ollie?

    Pretty sure stander could make the switch easily, but he's a less long term option than Kane imho

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    Timani is in the 36 listed in yesterday's announcement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    I'm seeing plenty who can play 6 and 8 but Kane is the only recognisable 7, do we think there's a plan to convert somebody like Tim or Ollie?

    Pretty sure stander could make the switch easily, but he's a less long term option than Kane imho
    I think Ollie Callan would be our backup 7. He looked very good over the ball in the few games he got at the back end of next year. All of our backrowers do seem quite versatile really.

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