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3 minutes ago, Southerner said:

Will appeal to the French speaking Canadians I guess. A bit underwhelming.

He coached Catalans in Super League for 4 years, who would you of liked to see appointed as coach to the new League One side? 

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5 minutes ago, Southerner said:

Will appeal to the French speaking Canadians I guess. A bit underwhelming.

I think it fits into their strategy of building sensibly from the bottom up, they are not going for high profile glamour names.

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Good appointment, will appeal to the French Canadians and whilst maligned by some on here, is well respected by many within the game. Pleased for Laurent, he’s a good guy

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28 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

He coached Catalans in Super League for 4 years, who would you of liked to see appointed as coach to the new League One side? 

Toronto got the calibre of Brian McDermott. 
 

I’m not saying it’s a bad acquisition just not as high profile As I was expecting.

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1 minute ago, Southerner said:

Toronto got the calibre of Brian McDermott. 

Not when they were in League 1

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Proven SL coach in League One , and one that will  connect to a big demographic over there . Don’t see a downside there

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Good appointment i think. Especially with the french speaking element. Great chance for Laurent Frayssinous to restart his career. Clearly the goal is SL for Ottawa.

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I think its an interesting appointment, and a good one

Perhaps an indication that Ottawa want to position themselves into the French-Canadian market. I wonder if we will see them recruiting quite a few French players?

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Experienced...tick. 
Coached in SL...tick. 
Speaks English and French...tick. 

Not sure who else they could have got that ticks multiple boxes. 

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With everything that is going on I find it astonishing that the Ottawa bid is still going forward. As things stand professional sport and international travel is still banned in Ontario. But it seems it is indeed going ahead, and this would be a great hire for all the reasons mentioned. 

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2 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

 

Oooo contradictory reports!   Any bookies taking odds on this?

 

My pound is on the Frenchman, allez lads!

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Sorry for the additional post but wanted to chime in - huge missed opportunity not announcing today since it is CANADA DAY!

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2 minutes ago, TboneFromTO said:

Sorry for the additional post but wanted to chime in - huge missed opportunity not announcing today since it is CANADA DAY!

Happy Canada Day!

Gledhill is usually wrong. It's his default setting. But I thought it was interesting that even at this late stage he's throwing another name out there.

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To be fair Rowley would be a good hire too. He's the only head coach other than BMac who knows what it takes to manage a transatlantic rugby team. Whatever his other limitations, you can't buy that sort of experience. 

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1 hour ago, Hela Wigmen said:

I wonder if a Rowley/Fraysinnous double act will be the case. One as head coach and one as director of rugby. 

Can we call it rowleynous, I like the sound of that. 

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Sure hope it's not Rowley. He has no interest in player development and seems to antagonize other clubs.

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2 minutes ago, ojx said:

seems to antagonize other clubs

Often there’s no seems about it

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I think if Rowley is appointed you can forget any idea of any Canadians being part of this, he seems to have a lot of past form, both in his seeming lack of interest in player development and in his obsession in putting out the strongest team each week, leading to uninteresting blow out games and player fatigue at the end of the season. Also as many have posted in the past, he has this ability to make his teams disliked by the rest of the RL world. Please let it be Laurent!

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The forty20 article does mention a current championship assistant coach as the new Ottowa assistant coach.

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4 hours ago, gingerjon said:

 

Gledhill is usually wrong. It's his default setting. But I thought it was interesting that even at this late stage he's throwing another name out there.

When it became known last season Leeds were signing a half back from Salford, Gledhill was telling everyone that it was Jackson Hastings moving, wrong again.

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