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Gloucester Rugby: Nigel Davies preparing for life after Burns

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 29, 2013

Freddie Burns is on the verge of a move to Leicester Tigers

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Nigel Davies has begun planning for life after Freddie Burns but admits he would be disappointed if the fly-half has already been ‘tapped up’ by Leicester Tigers.

The England starlet is out of contract in the summer and has been at the subject of intense speculation linking him to the East Midlands club.

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has publically stated Burns would be atop of his shopping list should Toby Flood confirm his move to France.

And it is now understood a three-year deal has been struck – something that would frustrate Davies with clubs banned from making contact with a contracted player until January 1, under Premiership regulations.

Davies said: “I would be disappointed. There are laws and rules, and there is reality.

“We all understand what actually happens. It is not just Freddie, it is across the board and I think it needs to be looked at.

"If these things are going on they have to be stopped, if that is what the rules and regulations are.

“However we have not got anything to say about any players publicly right now and when we do we will make those comments.”

Out of favour Burns was once again left on the bench during yesterday’s (Sun) 22-19 victory over London Irish.

He has previously admitted the uncertainty over his future is affecting his on field performances and did not see a minute of action in the 12-6 triumph over Worcester Warriors.

He did come on to slot a crucial second-half penalty against Irish and Davies admits he would be a major loss to the Cherry and Whites.

But he insists no player is irreplaceable.

Davies said: "It is the nature of sport. I have lost lots of important players because they move on. You have to be able to react, deal with it and look to bring new players in.

"Any player that you want to hold on to is a loss but you have to react to it and deal with things.

"I have been delighted with the new signings and the re-signings that we have made. We are building and growing the squad.

“We have got a specific way of playing in mind and next year we will look to strengthen the squad to be able to do that.”

Davies has already compiled a list of potential suitors for when the worst kept transfer secret this season is confirmed, with Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland and New Zealander Stephen Brett on his radar.

Twelvetrees slotted into the number 10 jersey once again at the Madejski Stadium and orchestrated with aplomb and Davies paid tribute to the former Tiger’s selfless performance.

But he has ruled out a permanent switch to fly-half and reckons his long-term future remains as a centre of attention.

He added: "We have looked around all the players. This game these days is a little like Moneyball.

"It is as important what we do off the field in terms of recruitment in particular as what we do on the field. Recruitment is a huge part of any successful rugby team.

“When you look at the consistent top 10s and they are solid, very pivotal in the game, act as that pivot between backs and forwards, put the team in the right areas, are defensively sound and kick their goals.

“In the context of that Billy fits most of those characteristics but he still wants to play 12 with the option of 10 as well.”

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  • StanFromGIaws  |  December 30 2013, 11:47AM

    This is all well and good but what a club like Gloucester Rugby really needs to do is to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our first choice and most talented tight head prop, starts as many games for Gloucester as is possible. They also need to get some decent back up in for him.

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  • CrunchieMan  |  December 30 2013, 11:18AM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll shedheadNEVER aka gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 pretending that he knows anything about rugby or that he is remotely interested in Gloucester Rugby. He is getting so upset because his "partner" has sprung a leak and Halfords isn't open so that he can get a puncture repair kit. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  • David_Baldwin  |  December 30 2013, 11:16AM

    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 shedheadNOTAGLAWSSUPPORTER/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 etc.

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  • Curt_Downe  |  December 30 2013, 11:14AM

    shedheadNOTAGLOUCESTERSUPPORTER aka 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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  • TuffleyRader  |  December 30 2013, 11:10AM

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Laugh at the useless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating shedheadNOTAGLOUCESTERSUPPORTER 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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  • greg_walsh  |  December 30 2013, 11:04AM

    Laugh at the brain-dead troll shedheadNOT aka gloslover-NOT who can't make up his simple mind as to whether to pretend to be a Gloucester Rugby supporter or not. 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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