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Highly-rated Ryan is leaving Pats for a New Zealand stint

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

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OLD Patesians are hoping to send talented back-rower Aaron Ryan off on his travels with a home win over Marlow tomorrow.

Eighteen-year-old Ryan, son of former Gloucester director of rugby Dean who is now Scotland interim forwards coach, is heading to New Zealand to further his education.

Marlow currently occupy the last remaining place in the National Three South West relegation zone.

Pats director of rugby Dan Eddie said victory would be the prefect leaving present.

"We've helped his rugby education because he has played first-team rugby here since the age of 18 with us and the Gloucester Under-20s," said Eddie.

"He has played a really positive part during that time and I'm sure he'll go on and achieve great things in New Zealand and come back an even better player.

"He's technically very good, particularly his body position at the breakdown.

"He has had to adjust to adult rugby because he used to smash school players and colts out of the way with ease.

"His handling ability, tackling technique at the breakdown, general game awareness and lines of running are first rate.

"He has all those bits that you need as a rugby player to be efficient and effective and that makes him extremely valuable.

"At the age of 18, that kind of intelligence and acumen is not easy to find."

Ryan will head to Scotland next week to be with his father, whose new team take on England on Saturday, February 2 in their opening game of the Six Nations.

The visit of Marlow is still in the balance with snow currently on the Everest Road pitch and an early inspection tomorrow is set to decide whether it goes ahead or not.

If the fixture does survive then Eddie has earmarked the game as a potential five-point bonus-point win for his men, who have not tasted victory since December 1.

He added: "When we last played them earlier in the season we lost 30-26 and it was probably our worst performance of the campaign, but we have come on leaps and bounds since then.

"We should win and we should win well and that is the coaching staff's expectations.

"We've tightened up since then and we're one of the highest bonus-point earners in the league and we've had some good performances defensively which we need to replicate."

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  • telwez  |  January 25 2013, 11:23PM

    For all this guff we are getting from the gullible troll of many names and identities (currently pushing his everest ID) he can't get away from the fact that is wholly attributable to Rupert harden, which is that he is the number 1 tight head at Gloucester. The number of times he has been selected to start proves it.

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  • CrazyLegs  |  January 25 2013, 11:17PM

    For all his wailing and sobbing, the troll everest aka akadau aka Kap721 aka KAF1960 aka peh45 aka glawsteruk1 can not change the fact that Harden is the first choice to start for Gloucester games. And it is not just any games, it is all the ones that Nigel Davies sees as being important to win. The other games he has allowed the 2nd and 3rd rated players to have a go but he keeps returning to Harden when it matters.

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  • kenfarnwood  |  January 25 2013, 11:14PM

    RUPERT HARDEN = The top rated & best & first choice tight head at Gloucester.

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  • corsa_corsa  |  January 25 2013, 11:12PM

    Remember the last scrum of the Sarries game...? Remember those first 50 minutes at Welford Road...? Don't let a Gloucester scrum be embarrassed like that ever again. Get Harden on the pitch as often and for as long as possible.

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  • ostronskygreg  |  January 25 2013, 11:09PM

    Rupert harden; Gloucester's best tight head.

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  • Nick_Iewis  |  January 25 2013, 11:08PM

    Harden is the No.1 tight head at Gloucester!

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  • LarryOfLevens  |  January 25 2013, 11:06PM

    Rupert Harden, simply the best!

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  • chuycastillos  |  January 25 2013, 11:03PM

    we need Rupert Harden playing so that we avoid having to see the embarrassing situation of a Gloucester front front row made to look like mugs as in that last scrum in the Saracens game. A prime opportunity to beat Saracens on their home turf thrown away because of an underpowered scrum.

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  • fuddlebagley  |  January 25 2013, 11:02PM

    Yes number 1 tight head = 9 Premiership starts = Rupert Harden.

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  • jasonbennett3  |  January 25 2013, 11:00PM

    I just want to add my support to the brilliant Rupert Harden and also to say what magnificent season he was having until his injury.

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