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The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Gallagher Premiership -

Key man Ian Madi­gan Best sign­ing Ge­orge Smith Ris­ing star Mat Protheroe

Best-case sce­nario Pat Lam is un­apolo­get­i­cally aim­ing for Cham­pi­ons Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion. If his re­vamped pack can achieve set-piece par­ity most weeks and Ian Madi­gan stays in form, that won­der­ful achieve­ment could ma­te­ri­alise.

Worst-case sce­nario An­other yo-yo sea­son seems un­likely given the ex­pe­ri­ence and star­dust in the squad. But trips to Sara­cens and Glouces­ter in rounds two and three rep­re­sent a tough start. Lose at Worces­ter on Oct 7 and doubts might creep in. CM

Ins John Afoa (Glouces­ter), Jake Arm­strong (Jer­sey), Luke Daniels (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), Ol­lie Dawe (Academy), Tiff Eden (Not­ting­ham), Jake Heenan (Con­nacht), Ed Holmes (Ex­eter), James Lay (Bay of Plenty), Jor­dan Lay (Ed­in­burgh), Tom Lind­say (Bed­ford), Shaun Mal­ton (Ex­eter), Aly Mul­downey (Greno­ble), Piers O’Conor (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), Tom Pin­cus (Jer­sey), Charles Pi­u­tau (Ul­ster), Harry Ran­dall, (Glouces­ter), Ge­orge Smith (Queens­land), Nic Stirza­ker (Mel­bourne), Harry Thacker (Le­ices­ter), Lewis Thiede (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), Yann Thomas (Rouen), Jake Wool­more (Jer­sey)

Outs Ryan Bev­ing­ton (Drag­ons), Gas­ton Cortes (Le­ices­ter), Max Crump­ton (Har­lequins), Tyler Gen­dall (Cor­nish Pi­rates), Alex Gil­trow, Ryan Glynn, Ben Gom­pels, Jason Har­ris-Wright, David Lemi, Jor­dan Liney, Ross McMil­lan (all re­leased), Giorgi Nem­sadze (Ospreys), James Newey (re­leased), Jack O’Con­nell (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), Thret­ton Palamo (re­leased), Olly Robin­son (Cardiff Blues), Billy Searle (Wasps), Soane Tonga’uiha (Ampthill), Dan Tuohy (Vannes), Jack Wal­lace (Rich­mond), Jor­dan Wil­liams (Drag­ons), Rho­dri Wil­liams (Drag­ons)

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