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Gloucester Rugby: Freddie Burns facing crunch decision

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns

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FREDDIE Burns admits time is running out to make the toughest decision of his career.

The England fly-half is out of contract at Kingsholm in the summer and has been heavily linked with a switch to Leicester Tigers – if Toby Flood moves to Toulon.

Speculation has intensified in the last 24 hours and Burns, who has spent his entire career with Gloucester, remains torn over his future.

He has bent the ear of just about everybody in his phonebook over the last month and has even mulled over his options with Jonny Wilkinson.

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Burns said: “When I’m on the pitch it’s not in my mind but it’s definitely weighing heavy and the last couple of months have been the toughest both rugby wise and off the field.

“It’s a big decision to make and I don’t think people understand the pressure that comes with it – there’s no doubt it’s affected my performances which is why I want an answer.

“At the moment it’s one I am struggling to make. I’ve reached a stage where I am going for long walks. I’ve spent an hour and a half on the phone to Jonny Wilkinson. He called me and was at a similar position at Newcastle so it was good to speak to him.

“But the minute I feel clear on something I wake up the next day unclear. There are good clubs coming in for me but Gloucester are also a great club to play for and I’m determined to do my best for them whether I’m here or not next year.

“It’s a club I love so much.”

If a deal cannot be reached with the Cherry and Whites Burns will be eligible to hold talks with other suitors from January 1.

But as D-day looms Nigel Davies insists Gloucester have done everything possible to hang onto the 23-year-old.

And he reckons the recent signings of John Afoa and Sila Puafisi, plus future plans that have been outlined to Burns have provided a significant boost to their chances.

Davies said: “We’re speaking to Freddie on a daily basis and know he has a difficult decision to make.

“For any player out of contract it’s not purely financial. We have to look at the environment, the team we’re constructing and the style of rugby we want to play and that plays a big factor in their decision process.

“Agents will be agents and tout around all players coming out of contract even if it’s just to get the best price.

“It (Afoa and Puafisi) has been significant and there are a number of other announcements that we will make shortly.

“It’s a statement of intent, any team in Europe would have wanted to sign John Afoa and the fact we have is massive – not only for what he will bring but the rebound it has on potential other signings.

“I’m confident we have put everything in place but it’s a competitive market and he has a big decision to make.”

Burns immediate focus will be on Sunday’s return Heineken Cup clash with Edinburgh and Davies admits it is vital Gloucester complete the double.

He added: “There’s no doubt they’ll use the disappointment of last week to come down and put in a big performance to get a result back.

“We’re very wary of that, it’s small steps and we have to make sure we don’t take one back.

“We can take nothing for granted and know we will have to be at our best. At the half-way stage we’re in a strong position and we want to solidify that on Sunday.”

Puafisi has been registered for European competition and will make his Heineken Cup debut for the clash but second row Lua Lokotui has been ruled out.

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  • Gambone  |  December 19 2013, 9:19PM

    Harden proved time and time again, why he is the number one tight head at Gloucester and why the multi-troll Triumph is clueless about any aspect of rugby union.

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  • jimjamjim  |  December 19 2013, 9:16PM

    Let's face it, Gloucester's scrum is never the same without Rupҽrt Hardҽn anchoring it and we have no effective maul or defence against it when he is not on the field. Nigel Davies knows that which is why he (and not the clueless multi-identitied troll Triumphtr/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20) selects Harden to start in the tough, critical games.

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  • DaveBaIdwin  |  December 19 2013, 9:14PM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll Triumphtr/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 pretending that he knows anything about rugby or that he is remotely interested in Gloucester Rugby.

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  • Sid_Glawsder  |  December 19 2013, 9:11PM

    Nigel Davies knows that Harden is his top tight head; everyone else knows that Rupҽrt Hardҽn is the best tight head at Glaws. The only one who thinks otherwise and thinks he is better than Nigel Davies is the troll Triumphtr/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 etc.

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  • RubinHall  |  December 19 2013, 9:09PM

    Triumphtr/dopey-lerone/dumbanddumber20 is upset because he has been found out using another of his Gloucester Rugby hating troll identities. Now he is on his big-baby anti-Rupҽrt Hardҽn mega-rant just because Harden has proved him so wrong time after time with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • Straw70  |  December 19 2013, 9:07PM

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Laugh at the useless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll Triumphtr aka spinelessjim aka shedheadNEVER aka gloslover-not or DumbAndDumber20 or dopey_lerone if he prefers. He is soooo upset that he has been found out with his latest identity. He knows absolutely nothing about rugby union, sat in his sad home for sad lonely old men.

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  • Gambone  |  December 19 2013, 9:05PM

    It's hilarious the way the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll switches from his "gloskent" identity to his "shedheadnot" and "spinnerjim" identities expecting everyone to take him seriously. Rupҽrt Hardҽn... Most starts at tight head.... Most starts of any front row player this season. That proves he is the top rated tight head at Gloucester.

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  • DaveBaIdwin  |  December 19 2013, 9:02PM

    Let's face it, the so-called "Triumphtr" is just the same clueless old Gloucester hating multi-identity troll who has never been to any Gloucester game at Kingsholm, let alone any away and has no idea about front row play. He knows nothing about Puafisi or any other Gloucester Rugby. He doesn't even know what the Shed is. # Rupҽrt Hardҽn is Gloucester Rugby's stand-out tight head. ND knows it which is why he selects him to start all the critical games.

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  • jimjamjim  |  December 19 2013, 9:00PM

    Laugh at the brain-dead troll Triumphtr aka shedheadNOT aka gloslover-NOT pretending to be a Gloucester Rugby supporter. The fact is, he is a clueless idiot who knows absolutely nothing about Gloucester Rugby or rugby union. In fact, he knows so little about anything that it comes as no surprise that his daily routine includes a visit to the job centre.

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  • Sid_Glawsder  |  December 19 2013, 8:27PM

    ...And up pops the very Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll, "Triumphtr" aka "shedheadNEVER" aka "EmmaGlaws_79" aka "The_Selector", with his usual drivel demonstrating again that he hasn't got the first clue about rugby union. Remember, he has never been to any Gloucester Rugby games and he has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the players are. He most certainly has never, ever played the game and, once again, he has just proven how clueless and dull he is.

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