Discussion in 'Rugby Union Discussion' started by HeathDavisSpeed, Nov 2, 2013.
He's not gonna be anywhere near quick enough to be a back imo
You forget, this is English rugby :ninja:
He would be a great 6 or 8. People saying he would be useless at the ruck are misguided as he is not playing the role of a 7 in terms of going for turnovers, his strengths will be defence around the ruck and hard ball running. Burgess' strength and size, as well as his mobility would help him learn how to be efficient at the breakdown.
You'd also have to think that they could use him to defend between 10 and 12 in general play, he would absolutely murder blokes like Jamie Roberts who bully that inside backs channel in Northern Hemisphere rugby.
Burgess will dominate in union.
There are plenty of top back rowers who concentrate solely on ball carrying and defense rather than ruck work. There's no point in having your best line breakers at the bottom of a ruck. O'Brien, Croft, Picamoles, etc etc
Think people are underestimating the big fella's hands and step.
Neither that shabby for a huge chap. He'll make holes and (hopefully) his offload will come into play. Obviously not in SBW's class, but can perform a similar role for us, IMHO.
Burgess actually has shocking hands. Can offload, can even throw proper passes, but his ball-handling borders on terrible at times. Makes heaps of errors for a forward.
Was meaning his distribution, really.
Don't see as much of the NRL since Sky lost the rights. Didn't drop too many in the WC at least.
Yeah, his distribution will still definitely need a lot of work to play as a union back but there's definitely something to work with there as long as he manages to catch the ball first.
Burgess will be a back rower, apparently.
Potentially more likely to make the squad then?
But won't make the starting team for the World Cup.
It's all pretty up in the air at this point.
Trouble is we're pretty well sorted for blindsides and #8s.
We lack a proper seven, but Burgess deffo ain't that anyway.
I reckon Bath are indulging in a spot of brinkmanship to screw some wedge from the RFU.
It really would suck if the RFU pay for any of this. How fair is it for the sport's national body to pay for one club's star signing for them?
They'd have to give equivalent sums to all the clubs.
Yeah it's ridiculous and does just smack as a bit of an FU from Bath.
Well we can't really rely on Croft being fit and so while we're definitely fine on 8s I think we could always do with an extra option on the flank, even if Wood and Robshaw both had an excellent 6 Nations.
I think with Tuilagi, 36 and Burrell we're fine on centres too with Farrell and May also offering options there from a squad perspective. Having an offloading flanker with a bit of pace might be a nice change... always frustrating when attacking moves end in nothing because a lumbering forward gets it out in wide positions. Only ever feel comfortable when it's Croft as the last man
Pretty sure the RFU coughed up portions of Henry Paul's and Vanikolo's (sp?) fees, so it's not without precedent.
Sinfield to move to union
The veteran Leeds Rhinos & ex-England skipper decides to top up his pension with a stint in the senior code for Yorkshire Carnegie. From the BBC:
Think it's a solid bet this is one ex-leagueist we won't see in an England shirt.
I gather that RFU contracts are lucrative but 2nd division club rugby?
Rhinos draw far more fans than the union team. Only union side I ever saw fill Headingley was the students.
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