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Focussing away from Smith’s narrative, which I agree is somewhat sensationalist, the quotes from Dallaglio (who is a club non-exec director) do add credence to the view of a fair few supporters on the club’s squad quality & depth. No one said spend serious money on star names but mixing a few more experienced (and heavy) heads with the upcoming new talent is critical. It’s a fine balance I don’t believe we’ve quite got right yet.

There is clearly confidence in the club going forward (hence the recent off-field investments & developments) but surely investing a bit more in the squad (be it retention, additional depth or strengthening current positions) is just as, if not more, prudent. Completely appreciate the strain on cash flow at the moment, but financial success comes off the back of on-field success. It’s that old adage - you need to spend money, to make money.
This doesnt apply to rugby. The best outcome is spend more to lose less. I'm not sure spending another million on players, ending up in the top 5, is going to see an additional 2 million in kits, sponsors etc..
A well coached and drilled team will close the gap on a million quid spend easily...
The money topic is a red herring. I notice a distasteful tone on the Semi thread with a discord towards money bags Bristol, unsubstantiated claims of financial wrong doing, which isn't a good look, reeks of jealousy from posters that were quite happy for us to bag the WLR and Beale's of the world, but now our neighbours car is better than ours they are suddenly haters..

I believe you may have missed my comments on this (highlighted above) and those made by Dallaglio in the article. No one is referring to embarking on a spending spree or to bring in ‘galácticos’ or creating a disproportionate % of foreign players in the squad, however we must have a squad that has sufficient quality/experience and depth to seriously compete at home or in Europe.

The Academy component is absolutely crucial for sustainability but so is investing in a squad that provides the right balance between experience & youth and one that has the required depth to ensure the game plan remains largely intact irrespective of which XV are on the field (Exeter do that very well for example).

A lot of people having a go at the article, but not at Lol's comments, which are pretty unambiguous.

The article is inaccurate, but Lol's comments are clear. 

Agree WWW - that was the exact point I made in my earlier post.
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A lot of people having a go at the article, but not at Lol's comments, which are pretty unambiguous.

The article is inaccurate, but Lol's comments are clear. 

There are not that many Guy Thompsons and Josh Bassetts about, we can't pretend that our lower key signings will unearth even one such player in a given season for certain, which is why the academy has to come up with the goods. The route to a top level squad has to be the academy.

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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Millar-Mills
« Last post by Steve from Cov on June 20, 2021, 10:43:27 PM »
Ealing’s scum fell apart when he was replaced.

Dyslexic fingers!

Oops🙃
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Updated England Squad - 3 Wasps Remain.
« Last post by mike909 on June 20, 2021, 09:40:25 PM »
So - the point of playing against teams we know we can beat - was to apparently look to players who might push for the RWC.

So WTF is Manu doing in the squad? What will playing him vs the USA or Canada tell us anything we don't know already?

And if Tom W isn't good enough, how good do you need to be? I suppose that as Nick I isn't part of this, it's not about talent..
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Updated England Squad - 3 Wasps Remain.
« Last post by MarleyWasp on June 20, 2021, 09:07:10 PM »
It may not be full honours but will capture uncapped players to England who are eligible for other nations, so I'd expect Umaga a d Randall to be at 9 and 10.
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Updated England Squad - 3 Wasps Remain.
« Last post by hopwood on June 20, 2021, 08:58:02 PM »
I've just realised that next week's game is an England A game...so not full honours.

Let's wait and see how Eddie plays this out.
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Updated England Squad - 3 Wasps Remain.
« Last post by Chunky24 on June 20, 2021, 07:38:57 PM »
I imagine now that Quins have reached the Prem Final - that we should see Dan and Jacob start for England at 9 and 10 next week.

With Ford out and Smith in the Final...and Jacob having been around the squad on previous occasions, I don't see what other option Eddie would go for.

But then again, Eddie can be Eddie!

Malins at 10 looks the only other option.
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Updated England Squad - 3 Wasps Remain.
« Last post by hopwood on June 20, 2021, 07:25:02 PM »
I imagine now that Quins have reached the Prem Final - that we should see Dan and Jacob start for England at 9 and 10 next week.

With Ford out and Smith in the Final...and Jacob having been around the squad on previous occasions, I don't see what other option Eddie would go for.

But then again, Eddie can be Eddie!

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Tonga ended up losing to Ireland and Zimbabwe but scrapped a win against Mexico.

Ireland shocked France in the final, coming back from 12-7 down at half time to win 28-19
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Ealing go with 3 with Wasps Connection
« Last post by MarleyWasp on June 20, 2021, 06:23:15 PM »
I know it's his last match for them but seeing their players and supporters given Michael Rhodes a standing ovation after he was sent off doesn't look good.
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