Red Lance looks to shine at ‘Tahs

By Jim Morton,

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    The NSW Waratahs have prepared for the expected loss of Berrick Barnes by signing Queensland utility Jono Lance – the third back to leave the Reds after the Super Rugby season.

    Lance’s defection, coming just after Wallabies and Reds winger Digby Ioane signed a mega-rich two-year deal in France, is expected to be announced by the Waratahs early next week.

    The son of Canberra rugby league premiership back-rower Dean, Lance is understood to be looking for more opportunities to shine as a playmaker at five-eighth or inside centre.

    The 22-year-old – hemmed in behind Quade Cooper, Ben Tapuai and Mike Harris at the Reds – appears a good fit for NSW with Barnes set to leave for Japan and current No.12 Rob Horne more of a direct ball-runner.

    Lance has had little chance to show his ball-playing skills for Queensland, instead being used as a tackling fullback positioned in the front line to allow Cooper to counter-attack from the back in defence.

    Lance started at No.15 in the Reds’ 2011 final triumph over the Crusaders and has also cemented his place there this year after a strong start to 2012 in the centres was ruined by a serious knee injury.

    While Queensland have lost three outside backs in Lance, Ioane and winger-fullback Luke Morahan (Western Force), they remain well resourced with Wallabies winger Dom Shipperley, young gun Chris Feauai-Sautia, Rod Davies and Aidan Toua.

    Harris and fellow utility Ben Lucas can also play fullback.

    Queensland have continued to bolster their back-row stocks by signing Australian under-20 captain Curtis Browning to a two-year deal, a decision that signals the end of ageless Wallaby Radike Samo’s fairytale four-season stint at the Reds.

    A blindside flanker or No.8, Browning made his Super Rugby debut off the bench in round six against the Bulls after developing his game at Ballymore beside starting back-rowers Liam Gill, Ed Quirk and Jake Schatz.

    “Curtis has long been identified as a player of the future for the Reds and you can already see the improvements he has made this year,” said 2014 head coach Richard Graham.

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    • May 4th 2013 @ 5:52am
      handles said | May 4th 2013 @ 5:52am | ! Report

      Good luck Jono. A loss for Queensland, but understandable. Morahan, Ioane, and now Lance. We need some outside backs.

      • May 4th 2013 @ 7:33am
        kombiutedriver said | May 4th 2013 @ 7:33am | ! Report

        Wish Jono all the best. Gave great service for the Reds especially in a position which is not his preferred place on the field.

        • May 4th 2013 @ 7:56am
          rl said | May 4th 2013 @ 7:56am | ! Report

          ditto to all the above. Hopefully he gets some solid time at 12 with the Tahs.

    • Roar Rookie

      May 4th 2013 @ 6:40am
      Comrade Bear said | May 4th 2013 @ 6:40am | ! Report

      Dam. He is a great signing for the Tahs.

      • May 4th 2013 @ 7:35am
        kombiutedriver said | May 4th 2013 @ 7:35am | ! Report

        Here’s hoping that we’ll see Jonah Placid get some appearances for the Reds in 2014. Now there’s a talent at fullback.

    • May 4th 2013 @ 8:14am
      Red Kev said | May 4th 2013 @ 8:14am | ! Report

      Waratahs named Sam Lane and Jono Lance from the Reds – NSW is seemingly incapable of producing quality playmakers.

      • May 4th 2013 @ 9:56am
        mpm said | May 4th 2013 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        Their current 10 notwithstanding, of course.

        • May 4th 2013 @ 10:04am
          Red Kev said | May 4th 2013 @ 10:04am | ! Report

          No, I counted Foley, that’s why I said “quality”

          • May 4th 2013 @ 10:16am
            bigbaz said | May 4th 2013 @ 10:16am | ! Report

            HaHa Red Kev.It is unfortunate for Lance, he showed real promise, but now,going into the tahs system he’ll end up a very average footy player as is the tahs wont. ( probably get a Wallabies guernsey though,early next year as a reward )

          • May 4th 2013 @ 1:49pm
            mikeylives said | May 4th 2013 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

            Dreaming if you think Foley is not a quality playmaker.

      • May 4th 2013 @ 3:37pm
        Jimmy jam said | May 4th 2013 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

        Hilarious stuff again, considering the reds have two kiwi 10’s in their squad, plus a PNG halfback, a couple from Melbourne & Adelaide. Keep it up, it’s just getting funnier!!

        • May 4th 2013 @ 7:19pm
          Sneaky Samurai said | May 4th 2013 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

          Genia and Cooper both came through the Queensland schools system, so I think they have some claim to being locally-produced.

    • Roar Guru

      May 4th 2013 @ 10:45am
      Jiggles said | May 4th 2013 @ 10:45am | ! Report

      Jesus.this one really hurts. All the best to lance and all that, but that sucks. I guess he wants a wallaby jumper.

      • May 4th 2013 @ 11:27am
        nickoldschool said | May 4th 2013 @ 11:27am | ! Report

        🙂 that was a nice one jiggles!

        How do you guys explain this sudden backs exodus? I have the impression that Reds management know what they are doing and don’t think any of these guys are irreplaceable.

        • May 4th 2013 @ 11:34am
          Red Kev said | May 4th 2013 @ 11:34am | ! Report

          I think the Richard Graham factor might be part of it

        • Roar Guru

          May 4th 2013 @ 5:41pm
          Jiggles said | May 4th 2013 @ 5:41pm | ! Report

          Lets be honest. If he was showing the same form as heis now at the Tahs, he’d be looking at a wallaby squad spot. That’s how Australian Rugby works.

    • May 4th 2013 @ 11:10am
      formeropenside said | May 4th 2013 @ 11:10am | ! Report

      What is really disturbing is that Gill may be picked up by Stade Francois. Thats a huge loss, if it happens – and if it due to the ARU not giving him a top-up, I will be filthy. First he lost the chance to fill Pocock’s shoes to the less well performing Hooper last year due to U20’s, and now this?

      • May 4th 2013 @ 6:41pm
        Stanley Grella said | May 4th 2013 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

        Please please Qld fans stop complaining about Gill being involved in the under 20s it was an ARU directive for every under 20s player to be available for the comp for the last few years. It’s a good thing for young players to get tournament experience. Gill didn’t miss his chance, he represented the wallabies last year. The problem was that Hooper did outstanding. If you were arguing an unjust player was selected ahead of him you can’t, hooper was Australia’s best player last year. It’s time to move on.

        At the end of last year based on performance Gill was the 3rd best 7 in Australia. Do the top 3 players in every position deserve top ups?

    • May 4th 2013 @ 12:08pm
      Reginald Munday said | May 4th 2013 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

      They’re voting with their feet re: Richard Graham.

      • May 4th 2013 @ 3:12pm
        Deez said | May 4th 2013 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

        Am not sure we can quite go blaming Richard Graham just yet – even though I am no great fan of his work at the Force, I think the three major names that have announced moves thus far this season have all been opportunity related: Morahan to get a starting gig after failing to crack a starting berth at the Reds, Ioane moving to get more money and Lance to pursue a Wallaby jersey through a move into the centres. Admittedly, I am a big fan of Lance at fullback for the Reds and think he’s the best we’ve got right now, but I can’t see him getting a look in as the Wallabies 15 with Beale, O’Conner, Mogg and even Folau still in the mix. And I doubt he’ll be a chance of dislodging either Cooper or Taps at the Reds. So best of luck at the Tahs – we’ll miss you.

        At the Reds, while I like most of our current squad, we will inevitably lose players over the years for opportunities or salary cap reasons (or other reasons). But so long as we keep the “core” irreplaceable guys, we should be ok – in this category, I would include right now Horwill, Genia, Cooper and Gill (with Taps and Hansen probably the next two priorities for the next few years). Now if FOS is right above and we are about to lose Gill to France, then I’ll be pissed…

        Alright Graham (i know you’re reading) I’ve given you the benefit of the doubt so far, but hopefully with the money use saved you can now sign Gill to a long term contract. Your move!

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