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    2025 Squad - Speculation Thread

    Its almost that time of the season when the rumour mill starts and speculation starts regarding our squad for 2025.

    We have a large contingent coming off contract.

    With the uncertainty surounding the Melbourne Rebels for 2025, besides looking at overseas stints, domestic super rugby places could be tight and may help prevent any significant movement.

    Currently signed for 2025

    Props
    Tom Robertson 2025
    Charlie Hancock 2025
    Marley Pearce 2025
    Harry Hoopert 2025

    Hookers

    Tom Horton 2025
    Brandon Paega-Amosa 2025 (and beyond)
    Nick Dolly 2025 (and beyond)

    Locks
    Darcy Swain 2026

    Back Rowers
    Carlo Tizzano 2025
    Will Harris 2025

    Scrumhalf
    Isaak Fines-Leleiwasa 2025
    Nick White 2025

    Inside Backs
    Bailey Kuenzle 2025
    Reesjan Pasitoa 2025
    Harry Potter 2025
    Ben Donaldson 2025

    Outside Backs
    Max Burey 2025
    George Pooolman 2025

    TBC
    Guy Porter 2025?


    2024 Squad yet to be re-signed:

    Angus Wagner 2024
    Atu Moli 2024
    Siosifa Amone 2024
    Jeremy Williams 2024
    Lopeti Faifua 2024
    Tom Franklin 2024
    Ollie Callan 2024
    Papillon Sevelle 2024
    Henry Robertson 2024
    Cambell Parata 2024
    Hamish Stewart 2024
    Henry O'Donnell 2024
    Kurtley Beale 2024

    Confirmed Departing

    Tim Anstee 2024 Departing Unknown
    Ryan Coxon Departing Unknown
    Nikolai Foliaki 2024 Departing Unknown
    Ben Funnel 2024 Departing Unknown
    Felix Kalapu 2025 Departing Unknown
    Feleti Kaitu'u 2024 Departing Unknown
    Santiago Medrano 2024 Departing Unknown
    Taqele Naiyaravoru Departing to Nationale (D3) Narbonne
    Izack Rodda 2024 Departing to D2 Provence
    Ian Prior 2024 Departing Unknown
    Chase Tiatia 2024 Departing Unknown
    Michael Wells 2024 Departing Retired

    Confirmed gone during the year:
    Oliver Cummins to Agen
    Jackson Pugh to Japan
    Wilton Rebolo to MLR
    Sam Spink to Saracens

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    Rugby Pass seem to think Sam Spink is a done deal with Saracens.

    ".......
    Tigers boss Dan McKeller knows him well from his time on the Wallabies coaching staff. He has already missed out on one of his main targets at outside centre after the Premiership champions won the race to land former Wasps man Sam Spink....."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazzmania View Post
    Rugby Pass seem to think Sam Spink is a done deal with Saracens.

    ".......
    Tigers boss Dan McKeller knows him well from his time on the Wallabies coaching staff. He has already missed out on one of his main targets at outside centre after the Premiership champions won the race to land former Wasps man Sam Spink....."

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    These guys are usually pretty quick and accurate, I'm not seeing Spink on there as yet.
    Perese would be a major loss for the Tahs and Wallabies, to me more evidence of why RA need to grow some balls and totally delete variations of Giteau Law and be Domestic only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazzmania View Post
    Its almost that time of the season when the rumour mill starts and speculation starts regarding our squad for 2025.

    We have a large contingent coming off contract.

    With the uncertainty surounding the Melbourne Rebels for 2025, besides looking at overseas stints, domestic super rugby places could be tight and may help prevent any significant movement.
    I'd suggest this to be the strongest starting point we have had in many seasons!
    Two major "In's" for the Front Row and may as well call it three given Hoopert.
    Williams "should" be a shoe in given the whole "long term Captaincy" talk at appointment.
    If we can get Rodda (FIT!) and Anstee re-signed then you pretty much have the Starting XV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazzmania View Post
    Rugby Pass seem to think Sam Spink is a done deal with Saracens.

    ".......
    Tigers boss Dan McKeller knows him well from his time on the Wallabies coaching staff. He has already missed out on one of his main targets at outside centre after the Premiership champions won the race to land former Wasps man Sam Spink....."

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    UNtil the Brumbies match I would have called that a disaster (and there's aspects to the idea which I still think are pretty disastrous) but Bayley Kuenzle covered excellently for Sam in his absence and I think the biggest problem would be the next man down the totem pole.

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    I think it was always inevitable that Spink would be leaving.

    Haven't we signed Brandon Paenga-Amosa for next year or was that just speculation?

    If the Rebels fold that will make a huge difference as that will be our chance to build a squad to challenge for the title. We should be going after Kemeny, Salakaia-Loto, Leota, Tupou for a starting point. Not too fussed on their backs, given Kellaway is already going

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazzmania View Post
    Rugby Pass seem to think Sam Spink is a done deal with Saracens.

    ".......
    Tigers boss Dan McKeller knows him well from his time on the Wallabies coaching staff. He has already missed out on one of his main targets at outside centre after the Premiership champions won the race to land former Wasps man Sam Spink....."

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    UNtil the Brumbies match I would have called that a disaster (and there's aspects to the idea which I still think are pretty disastrous) but Bayley Kuenzle covered excellently for Sam in his absence and I think the biggest problem would be the next man down the totem pole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    UNtil the Brumbies match I would have called that a disaster (and there's aspects to the idea which I still think are pretty disastrous) but Bayley Kuenzle covered excellently for Sam in his absence and I think the biggest problem would be the next man down the totem pole.
    There seems to be a echo in here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Owen View Post
    I think it was always inevitable that Spink would be leaving.

    Haven't we signed Brandon Paenga-Amosa for next year or was that just speculation?

    If the Rebels fold that will make a huge difference as that will be our chance to build a squad to challenge for the title. We should be going after Kemeny, Salakaia-Loto, Leota, Tupou for a starting point. Not too fussed on their backs, given Kellaway is already going
    I wouldn't chase Tupou, he seems to be far too much money for far too little production. I'd be chasing Talakai instead. He's a great scrummager, won't cost the earth and is likely to stay on the field for more than 30 minutes a match.

    I'd also be avoiding Leota, again, just don't think the juice is worth the squeeze, and I'm now on the fence about LSL, before this season, I thought similar things to Tupou, but he's proven to be a good purchase for the scum.

    I'd also seriously consider Canham and Ekuasi, both would likely be budget purchases with lots of upside.

    Honestly, I wouldn't chase any of the Rebels' high dollar players, I'd be looking for the unsung heroes that are doing the grunt work that the flashy ones are living off. (Kellaway excepted, but he's already locked up)

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    OK, I was mid class and noticed the post still unsent, usually the site warns me when I try to send identical posts so I didn't bother checking

    You got me

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    I'd be looking for the unsung heroes that are doing the grunt work that the flashy ones are living off. (Kellaway excepted, but he's already locked up)
    Sounds like most of our squad.

    My kind of rugby team.........

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    What about Kobus Eloff - he’s in the Rebels Magoos and would easily get a spot in the squad

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    Yeah look. I'd take just about any of their props, LSL, Canham and Leota. Outside of that maybe a wing or two? We are light on. With a solid scrum, we are 2/3 this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxleymoron View Post
    What about Kobus Eloff - he’s in the Rebels Magoos and would easily get a spot in the squad
    Definitely one to get. Doesn't look too athletic but he's actually pretty mobile for a big unit - scrums well. Carries great too. I think he's resident qualified next year so that might encourage himto stay in Oz

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxleymoron View Post
    What about Kobus Eloff - he’s in the Rebels Magoos and would easily get a spot in the squad
    Yep and wouldn't break the salary cap

    We need some good props for the younens to scrum against in training so that theyre ready for the real thing when their time comes

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