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Dai Young

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Glynn Shaw's another. He definitely played as a prop in union. Contested scrums and the five metre rule probably helped the transition and maybe the Welsh expected a bit more footballing abilities from their forwards than the English - Fran Cotton or Gareth Chilcott wouldn't have made it in a million years.

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Young was a top player at Salford and the fact he want back to RU and made the international team again shows how capable a player he was.

 

I have the DVD of Salford beating a star studden Wigan team in 1996 where Young scores the first try by following a grubber into the in-goal.  Don't see many props do that!  

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From these posts and many of the interviews I have seen with him is Gary Schofield really as conceited and objectionable as he comes across as?

In terms of Gallagher catching high ball as should have been one of his strengths. With the Union laws of the time you would have been able to play full back without being solid under high kicks. His cover tackling should also have been very good. Front on defence, positioning and general tactical awareness would have been his problems.

It is interesting to note that the player he kept out of the All Blacks side, Mathew Ridge, took to Aussie rugby league like a duck to water.

Yes,he is.My abiding memory of schofield was the time he took a coaching session of the Leeds and district u15 side that I was a memebr of,stating"I don't know why I'm here,you lot won't make the grade anyway".

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Didn't know that Gray came from union. He was a hooker rather than a prop wasn't he?

How about Hugh Waddell? He made a success as a prop - did he also play as a prop in union? The same could be said about Mike Nicholas and Bobby Wanbon.

Hugh was originally a soccer player who then went on to play prop for Burton RU.

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My memory of Dai Young was that he was a good player at Salford. Not a great player, but worked hard and had the added virtue of being a good leader and gee-ing up the team.

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Thanks for the responses. I always struggled to think how a Union prop could be of any use in League but lots of the posts have filled in the gaps. It sounds like after an unpromising start Young made a real go of it through hard work and determination.

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1. Mike Coulman was a top-notch RU convert, playing prop in both codes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Coulman

 

 

2. The most similar modern player to Dai Young is, I would say, Andy Lynch.

 

1. Mike Coulman was a top-notch RU convert, playing prop in both codes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Coulman

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2. The most similar modern player to Dai Young is, I would say, Andy Lynch.

 

Mike Coulman, the biggest thigh's I have ever seen, Converted to League very well got capped I believed.

 

Dai Young was a lot bigger than Andy Lynch, one of the problems Young looked to have had was he was straight as a "ramrod" with very little flexability. 

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Yes,he is.My abiding memory of schofield was the time he took a coaching session of the Leeds and district u15 side that I was a memebr of,stating"I don't know why I'm here,you lot won't make the grade anyway".

 

Yes,he is.My abiding memory of schofield was the time he took a coaching session of the Leeds and district u15 side that I was a memebr of,stating"I don't know why I'm here,you lot won't make the grade anyway".

I think sometimes no one has ever or ever will make the grade apart from Garry.Sounds like he was attempting a Brian Clough speech to you lads.

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I think sometimes no one has ever or ever will make the grade apart from Garry.Sounds like he was attempting a Brian Clough speech to you lads.

It was a very poor attempt and he was proven wrong.

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