Exodus 2017



  • Would like to keep both.

    If we could choose one only it would be Feki.

    Have some options in midfield with Cotty, ALB, Ioane, Moala and whoever turns up this year. However depth is always good.

    Fuck Toulon.



  • Not yet confirmed: Callum Gibbins to Glasgow Warriors

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/38892146



  • Steven Luatua strongly rumoured to be joining Pat Lam's Bristol for next season.



  • Luatua:
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2017/02/steven-luatua-to-link-up-with-former-blues-coach-pat-lam-at-bristol-report.html

    Also strong signals that Izzy Dagg will stay in NZ. Announcement in the next few days.



  • @Wurzel said in Exodus 2017:

    Steven Luatua strongly rumoured to be joining Pat Lam's Bristol for next season.

    One player who has never delivered on the promise his breakout season suggested. I would not be surprised to see him move overseas, especially if he remains no more than a fringe AB. He has the physical attributes to entice overseas clubs to part with their money.



  • @Stargazer said in Exodus 2017:

    Luatua:
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2017/02/steven-luatua-to-link-up-with-former-blues-coach-pat-lam-at-bristol-report.html

    Also strong signals that Izzy Dagg will stay in NZ. Announcement in the next few days.

    I'd be surprised if Dagg left now. The journalists with strong ties to the ABs (the likes of Gregor Paul etc) have all been basically saying that Dagg is staying.





  • I wonder if Luatua will have a clause in his Bristol contract to play elsewhere for a season if Bristol are relegated to the Championship for next season.

    Currently Bristol are bottom of the English Premiership and in a fascinating battle with Worcester to avoid the chop.



  • @Wurzel said in Exodus 2017:

    Steven Luatua strongly rumoured to be joining Pat Lam's Bristol for next season.

    Not happy with that



  • @booboo said in Exodus 2017:

    @Wurzel said in Exodus 2017:

    Steven Luatua strongly rumoured to be joining Pat Lam's Bristol for next season.

    Not happy with that

    Look I'm not happy with Pat Lam being employed as a coach after his abortion of a run at the Blues either, but you can't begrudge a guy forever.

    As for Luatua never really saw him as a big time test player, poor mans Vito. Useful member of the Blues when fit though.



  • I think Luatua ended up in a rough situation. He got his chance initially and did quite well (as well as any of the recent additions anyway). When he turned up the following year not fit enough and off the pace he was rightly dropped and learned a big lesson. Since then he has knuckled down and probably done everything wanted of him. If you ignored all previous he would have been a strong contender.
    However just as Hansen has shown he sticks with established players through and through, he has also shown that if someone isn't established and trips up he tends to look elsewhere and the second chances don't come.
    Name me the players that have been dropped then come back strong under Hansen. Apart from the odd one game rev up there aren't many.
    I think Luatua is a bloody good player and we would miss him depth wise.



  • Big loss especially for the Blues if true. The man was outstanding last season. Poor mans Vito lol has Canes4Life found his way back



  • @Crucial said in Exodus 2017:

    Name me the players that have been dropped then come back strong under Hansen. Apart from the odd one game rev up there aren't many.

    Dagg came back when few expected him to. Peranara got sent away and came back better for it. Dane Coles was dropped back to Wellington in 2013.



  • Luatua did fight his way back to make the End of Year tour. I guess things might pivot on if he makes the Lions squad.



  • With Kaino's career winding down, I was hoping Luatua would be around for a bit after he's gone.

    If Luata is off, I think we'll be able to cover him in the long run, but it'd still suck to lose him.

    I think some of the young guys out of school like Sione Havili and Hoskin Sotutu have been training with the Blues. I'm backing Sione Havili to be the future 6 for the Blues in 2 years.



  • And it's sayonara Luatua. Lam strikes the Blues again.



  • @Billy-Tell

    They must be paying him plenty, as he'll likely be playing against part timers in the second tier next season.



  • This is the media release from Bristol: http://www.bristolrugby.co.uk/news/bristol-confirm-signing-of-steven-luatua/

    Already giving up on the black jersey at 25 and with only 15 caps ... I rate guys, who stick around and do everything they can to get back or stay in black, much higher than players who go for the money at that age. Hope he doesn't have the illusion of coming back and have another shot at the jersey. He can forget it; he's not Kaino.

    Note the text between brackets in this tweet of a local paper:



  • I'm not that fussed. The Blues' fans on the forum wax lyrical about his qualities. Never showed himself remotely decent AB material when given the chance IMHO. I was at the game in Dublin in 2013 when we nearly lost, he was anonymous.

    Edit: And when Ratpoo writes an article about what a massive loss it is to the Blues, well...



  • I thought Luatua had a very good Super season last year and deserved his AB recall. He looked like a viable backup to Read.

    I'm still not convinced about Squire (as a starter especially) and Dixon went backwards last year, so having depth in the loose forwards was a positive.


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