RUGBY UNION: All change at Quins

Oxford Mail: Former Tongan international Josh Taumalolo is Oxford Harlequins’ new head coach Former Tongan international Josh Taumalolo is Oxford Harlequins’ new head coach

FORMER Tongan international Josh Taumalolo has become Oxford Harlequins’ new head coach as part of sweeping changes at the National 3 South West strugglers.

Taumalolo, who played for Bristol, Harlequins and Sale, teams up with fellow Tongan Tevita Vaikona, who stays as director of rugby.

Tony Edney has returned to coach the second team, Jamie Lakin will concentrate on the academy, while John Finch has taken over from Ron Macdonald as chairman.

The changes come as Quins, who face a crunch home clash with Amersham & Chiltern tomorrow, have won just one of their first 11 matches.

“It was just chaos before,” said returning team manager Steve Chadbone of Quins’ off-the-field set-up.

“We are trying to get some sort of continuity going.

“It had to change because it was not working, so we have had a bit of a shake-up.

“The main problem was the lack of links between the commerical guys and the rugby side.”

Locks Luke Brown and Will Clayton plus wing Isaai Fisilan return to Quins’ squad.

Chadbone, who revealed more players would be joining, said: “Our season starts now against Amersham & Chiltern. Our aim is to avoid relegation.

“Josh has come in with a fresh approach.

“We need a few more old heads, who know how to win.”

Chinnor could give a debut to new signing, back-three player Adrian Hales, when they host Southend in National 2 South.

“He has been playing for Aberdeen in the Scottish Championship, but has moved down here for work,” said head coach Jason Bowers.

Centres Sam Stoop and Matt Goode, plus prop Joe Winpenny return.

Richard Briggs replaces Martin Nutt (hamstring) on the wing as leaders Henley Hawks travel to Redruth.

Loose-head prop Dave Manning comes onto a bench.

Fly half James Elwood, scrum half Alex Carlsson, prop Alan Richens and lock Charlie Bennett come into the Witney side to host Bletchley in South West 1 East.

TOMORROW'S TEAMS

Chinnor (v Southend, home): from Colver, Gray, Hales, Fielding, Powell, Stoop, Goode, Mountford, Corpe, Cathcart, Hopwood, Jones, Winpenny (capt), Pickett, Holyland, Whelan, Berry, Stock, Mowbray, Smith, Swayer, Hastings, Harrison, Gilbert.


Henley Hawks (v Redruth, away): Allen (capt), Briggs, James, Wells, Andre, Comben, Shaylor, Maddocks, Dwyer, Hadfield, Winterbottom, Clements, Payne, Newman, Stapley. Reps: Milford-Scott, Penny, Woodward, Manning, Carter.
 

Oxford Harlequins (v Amersham & Chiltern, home): from Saunders, Edney, Kalemani, Brown, Clayton, Sammut, Rees, Baker, Maspero, Hilton, Halatokoua, Green, H Whittington, Todd, Brook, Fisilan, Crockford, Farahani, Tevita.
 

Witney (v Bletchley, home): Monks, Strutt, Murton, H Lamb, L Collins, J Elwood, Carlsson, Fuller, Harris, Richens, Rowles, Bennett, Muller, C Campbell, J Hicks (capt). Reps: D Godfrey, Haire, Stratford.

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1:09pm Fri 23 Nov 12

bobbylashley says...

Just like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. Your still going down.
Just like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. Your still going down. bobbylashley

2:07pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Chinnor_Fan says...

And the rumours regarding Southern Islanders earlier in the season seem to be coming true despite what previous Quins posters were saying!
Wonder how many more non-Oxfordshire players will be there by the end of the season.
Oh how things have changed - its only 2 or 3 years ago since certain posters; who by the way seem to have lost their voice this season, used to state that Chinnor was full of "foreigners".
Time tells a strange story sometimes!
And the rumours regarding Southern Islanders earlier in the season seem to be coming true despite what previous Quins posters were saying! Wonder how many more non-Oxfordshire players will be there by the end of the season. Oh how things have changed - its only 2 or 3 years ago since certain posters; who by the way seem to have lost their voice this season, used to state that Chinnor was full of "foreigners". Time tells a strange story sometimes! Chinnor_Fan

10:04am Sat 24 Nov 12

Walter McGuicken says...

I wish Quins the best of luck and hope you go from strength to strength we need you back were you belong. And I hope the club moves forward.
Good Luck
I wish Quins the best of luck and hope you go from strength to strength we need you back were you belong. And I hope the club moves forward. Good Luck Walter McGuicken

5:29pm Mon 26 Nov 12

eheheh! says...

bobbylashley wrote:
Just like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. Your still going down.
Henley look like the No1 team in Oxfordshire, unlike Chinnor and their cowboy setup. Quins are looking at composing them selves and moving on, you talk about Quins going down, I think Chinnor are the ones who are loosing players and are thinking of going elsewhere. They cannot handle the big step up to national 2.
[quote][p][bold]bobbylashley[/bold] wrote: Just like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. Your still going down.[/p][/quote]Henley look like the No1 team in Oxfordshire, unlike Chinnor and their cowboy setup. Quins are looking at composing them selves and moving on, you talk about Quins going down, I think Chinnor are the ones who are loosing players and are thinking of going elsewhere. They cannot handle the big step up to national 2. eheheh!

5:29pm Mon 26 Nov 12

eheheh! says...

bobbylashley wrote:
Just like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. Your still going down.
Henley look like the No1 team in Oxfordshire, unlike Chinnor and their cowboy setup. Quins are looking at composing them selves and moving on, you talk about Quins going down, I think Chinnor are the ones who are loosing players and are thinking of going elsewhere. They cannot handle the big step up to national 2.
[quote][p][bold]bobbylashley[/bold] wrote: Just like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. Your still going down.[/p][/quote]Henley look like the No1 team in Oxfordshire, unlike Chinnor and their cowboy setup. Quins are looking at composing them selves and moving on, you talk about Quins going down, I think Chinnor are the ones who are loosing players and are thinking of going elsewhere. They cannot handle the big step up to national 2. eheheh!

5:29pm Mon 26 Nov 12

eheheh! says...

bobbylashley wrote:
Just like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. Your still going down.
Henley look like the No1 team in Oxfordshire, unlike Chinnor and their cowboy setup. Quins are looking at composing them selves and moving on, you talk about Quins going down, I think Chinnor are the ones who are loosing players and are thinking of going elsewhere. They cannot handle the big step up to national 2.
[quote][p][bold]bobbylashley[/bold] wrote: Just like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. Your still going down.[/p][/quote]Henley look like the No1 team in Oxfordshire, unlike Chinnor and their cowboy setup. Quins are looking at composing them selves and moving on, you talk about Quins going down, I think Chinnor are the ones who are loosing players and are thinking of going elsewhere. They cannot handle the big step up to national 2. eheheh!

9:10pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Walter McGuicken says...

Who the hell is eheheh, you must take stupid tablets as no one can be born thay stupid. As for Chinnor losing players we only lost two from last season and gained at least 10 all would play in any first team and that includes Henley. Chinnor seconds have played 10 won 10 with 10 try bonus points , so you dont know what you are talking about. but your name says everything about you
Who the hell is eheheh, you must take stupid tablets as no one can be born thay stupid. As for Chinnor losing players we only lost two from last season and gained at least 10 all would play in any first team and that includes Henley. Chinnor seconds have played 10 won 10 with 10 try bonus points , so you dont know what you are talking about. but your name says everything about you Walter McGuicken

11:25pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Chinnor_Fan says...

@eheheh! - you clearly know NOTHING about rugby in Oxford, Oxfordshire or in general.

I just cant wait for the next pearls of wisdom from such an expert.
@eheheh! - you clearly know NOTHING about rugby in Oxford, Oxfordshire or in general. I just cant wait for the next pearls of wisdom from such an expert. Chinnor_Fan

7:53pm Wed 28 Nov 12

eheheh! says...

Walter McGuicken wrote:
Who the hell is eheheh, you must take stupid tablets as no one can be born thay stupid. As for Chinnor losing players we only lost two from last season and gained at least 10 all would play in any first team and that includes Henley. Chinnor seconds have played 10 won 10 with 10 try bonus points , so you dont know what you are talking about. but your name says everything about you
Walter what is wrong with a bit of banter, calm down son. Stats do not mean anything, even you know that. Good luck to Chinnor, but do not slag off what we have in Oxford. We mean well in all forms of the game, on and off the field.
[quote][p][bold]Walter McGuicken[/bold] wrote: Who the hell is eheheh, you must take stupid tablets as no one can be born thay stupid. As for Chinnor losing players we only lost two from last season and gained at least 10 all would play in any first team and that includes Henley. Chinnor seconds have played 10 won 10 with 10 try bonus points , so you dont know what you are talking about. but your name says everything about you[/p][/quote]Walter what is wrong with a bit of banter, calm down son. Stats do not mean anything, even you know that. Good luck to Chinnor, but do not slag off what we have in Oxford. We mean well in all forms of the game, on and off the field. eheheh!

2:51pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Walter McGuicken says...

I did not slag Oxford off I wished them good luck and banter is good but re read your comment and see if you can see any banter in it
I did not slag Oxford off I wished them good luck and banter is good but re read your comment and see if you can see any banter in it Walter McGuicken

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