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I think Blade is nailed on for the World Cup even considering his lack of game time. A player that can play lock, flanker and 8 is invaluable in a WC squad.
I still wake up late at night and think of what might have been when tim stimpson hit that jammy penalty1
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Surprised weir isn't in as one of the top points scorers in the premiership this season
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Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Congratulations to Blade, who has today been named in Scotland.s RWC training squad which (perhaps surprisingly) doesn't include Duncan Weir or Richie Grey. Former Scarlet John Barclay is named in the squad & looks set to go to his third World Cup.

Well, if he's fit for Scotland then that is encouraging - I have a feeling (could be wrong though) that the others mentioned are currently injured, but could yet come into the squad in time for the RWC.
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Originally posted by aber-fan aber-fan wrote:

Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Congratulations to Blade, who has today been named in Scotland.s RWC training squad which (perhaps surprisingly) doesn't include Duncan Weir or Richie Grey. Former Scarlet John Barclay is named in the squad & looks set to go to his third World Cup.

Well, if he's fit for Scotland then that is encouraging - I have a feeling (could be wrong though) that the others mentioned are currently injured, but could yet come into the squad in time for the RWC.


Grey certainly isn't injured though I feel that the coach will know what he can bring to the set up & he will be parachuted in later.
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Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Originally posted by aber-fan aber-fan wrote:

Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Congratulations to Blade, who has today been named in Scotland.s RWC training squad which (perhaps surprisingly) doesn't include Duncan Weir or Richie Grey. Former Scarlet John Barclay is named in the squad & looks set to go to his third World Cup.

Well, if he's fit for Scotland then that is encouraging - I have a feeling (could be wrong though) that the others mentioned are currently injured, but could yet come into the squad in time for the RWC.


Grey certainly isn't injured though I feel that the coach will know what he can bring to the set up & he will be parachuted in later.

I'm not sure what this means, then - maybe that Gray has had a lot of injuries but perhaps is not currently injured? - this is from the BBC:

Richie Gray can still force his way into Scotland's World Cup plans despite missing out on the training squad, says head coach Gregor Townsend.

Townsend named a group of 42 for the summer with two spots yet to be filled.

Another notable absentee along with Gray, who has only made one Test appearance in two years due to injury, is Worcester fly-half Duncan Weir.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/48185544



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blade is an essential part of the scarlets jigsaw....obviously his health comes first. But if healthy and fit he looks a major prospect for our missing link at 8. I wouldnt write off cassiem either he improved as the season wore on...IF we could somehow get these 2 fit and ed kennedy back to his original self...Allied to shingler and cubby and macelod. You have the semblance of a quality back row. Crazy to think most of these have been out for large parts of this injury ravaged season.
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I wish Blade the very best and congratulate him - however , after the long term absence with his head injury , i'm very concerned that he's going into the World Cup with this still hanging over him . I wonder if the Scarlets may pull him out ? 
I also hope that John Barclay has a great tournament after his shocking year of injury worry , though he seems a shadow of his former self .
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Yes, for parts this season I'd been thinking we needed someone like Faletau to get us back to where we were. 

But list our back row options it look great, but for most of the season five of the below were out.

8 Blade
7 Cubby
6 Shingler
X J Macleod
6 Kennedy
7 Dan Davis
8 Cassiem

However, as you say Cassiem is improving (and played while injured!), Blade looks quite crucial if we're trying to compete at our previous level. Still can't replace the turnovers of Beirne and Barclay.

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Originally posted by stradeyscarlet72 stradeyscarlet72 wrote:

I wish Blade the very best and congratulate him - however , after the long term absence with his head injury , i'm very concerned that he's going into the World Cup with this still hanging over him . I wonder if the Scarlets may pull him out ? 
I also hope that John Barclay has a great tournament after his shocking year of injury worry , though he seems a shadow of his former self .
The Scarlets can’t pull him out.
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Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

blade is an essential part of the scarlets jigsaw....obviously his health comes first. But if healthy and fit he looks a major prospect for our missing link at 8. I wouldnt write off cassiem either he improved as the season wore on...IF we could somehow get these 2 fit and ed kennedy back to his original self...Allied to shingler and cubby and macelod. You have the semblance of a quality back row. Crazy to think most of these have been out for large parts of this injury ravaged season.

Completely agree with your comments here - our back row has been decimated by injuries this season. Cassiem got a lot better as the season wore on, so I'm hoping he'll kick on now. Macleod is an outstanding young player. Shingler is top class, and how we missed him in the lineouts. Most of all, having been turnover kings with Cubby, Beirne and Barclay, we were without all of them for nearly all the season, and the replacements had different skill sets.
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Originally posted by aber-fan aber-fan wrote:

Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

blade is an essential part of the scarlets jigsaw....obviously his health comes first. But if healthy and fit he looks a major prospect for our missing link at 8. I wouldnt write off cassiem either he improved as the season wore on...IF we could somehow get these 2 fit and ed kennedy back to his original self...Allied to shingler and cubby and macelod. You have the semblance of a quality back row. Crazy to think most of these have been out for large parts of this injury ravaged season.

Completely agree with your comments here - our back row has been decimated by injuries this season. Cassiem got a lot better as the season wore on, so I'm hoping he'll kick on now. Macleod is an outstanding young player. Shingler is top class, and how we missed him in the lineouts. Most of all, having been turnover kings with Cubby, Beirne and Barclay, we were without all of them for nearly all the season, and the replacements had different skill sets.
Would you start Ball?
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Surprised Scotland have picked him given his lack of game time. If he does get into the wc squad and the 6 nations squad, we will have had next to no game time from him for 2 seasons
 
Good player but value for money has to be questioned
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Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Surprised Scotland have picked him given his lack of game time. If he does get into the wc squad and the 6 nations squad, we will have had next to no game time from him for 2 seasons
 
Good player but value for money has to be questioned
He was always going to get picked. A player who can play lock, 6 and 8 at his level is invaluable in a World Cup squad. Means they don't have to take risks at in the front-row and half-back.
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Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Surprised Scotland have picked him given his lack of game time. If he does get into the wc squad and the 6 nations squad, we will have had next to no game time from him for 2 seasons
 
Good player but value for money has to be questioned
He was always going to get picked. A player who can play lock, 6 and 8 at his level is invaluable in a World Cup squad. Means they don't have to take risks at in the front-row and half-back.
 
he was always going to get picked if fit, has he played in 2019?
 
his track record with injury is a bit suspect isn;t it?
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Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Surprised Scotland have picked him given his lack of game time. If he does get into the wc squad and the 6 nations squad, we will have had next to no game time from him for 2 seasons
 
Good player but value for money has to be questioned
He was always going to get picked. A player who can play lock, 6 and 8 at his level is invaluable in a World Cup squad. Means they don't have to take risks at in the front-row and half-back.

You say he can play lock but I have to question that. He is no bigger than Aaron & I would never dream of selecting Aaron at lock for the Scarlets let alone Wales. He can play across the back row admittedly but so can Barclay.
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Surprised Scotland have picked him given his lack of game time. If he does get into the wc squad and the 6 nations squad, we will have had next to no game time from him for 2 seasons
 
Good player but value for money has to be questioned
He was always going to get picked. A player who can play lock, 6 and 8 at his level is invaluable in a World Cup squad. Means they don't have to take risks at in the front-row and half-back.

You say he can play lock but I have to question that. He is no bigger than Aaron & I would never dream of selecting Aaron at lock for the Scarlets let alone Wales. He can play across the back row admittedly but so can Barclay.
He's played lock at Super Rugby level.
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