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2 months 6 hours ago #63892 by Mark Mostyn
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Marmion out for three months.
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2 months 5 hours ago #63893 by Betty Swallocks
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We will now obviously be allowed to sign a medical joker for three months like Munster did with Mathewson. Who might be available?

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2 months 5 hours ago #63894 by cabaiste
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Do I detect a hint of sarcasm? :P

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2 months 4 hours ago #63895 by RonanL
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Didn't see that coming, considering he was obviously in good enough shape to be able to start a massive game against the all blacks. Makes his performance all the more impressive. Considering he is due back around 6 nations time, we will basically be without him for a big chunk of the rest of the season. Blades form has been excellent though, so he'll see this as a big opportunity.
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2 months 4 hours ago #63896 by sligsup
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RonanL wrote: Didn't see that coming, considering he was obviously in good enough shape to be able to start a massive game against the all blacks. Makes his performance all the more impressive. Considering he is due back around 6 nations time, we will basically be without him for a big chunk of the rest of the season. Blades form has been excellent though, so he'll see this as a big opportunity.


Looks like the IRFU are calling the shots on this one as I am sure he could have gone for surgery after the Ulster/ Argies game. Seem to be saying get it done and get him back for the 6 nations.... no doubt we will be reading articles every weekend for Cummiskey and his click about how well LM is playing and will be the undoubted back up for the 6N.
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2 months 3 hours ago #63897 by Betty Swallocks
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We can't run with Blade alone, even with him being the 4th best scrum half in the country after Murray, Marmion, and Cooney. With Mitchell not at the required level to start the run of difficult games ahead, then we're going to have to get in a medical joker. Munster got Mathewson for Murray despite having THREE other fit scrum halves on the books!

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2 months 2 hours ago #63900 by Mark Mostyn
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We have 5 scrumhalf options, we’ll be fine.
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2 months 2 hours ago #63901 by salmson
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Mark Mostyn wrote: We have 5 scrumhalf options, we’ll be fine.

With Marmion and McKeon out for the foreseeable, and two 9s in the academy, I make that 4 options. Unless we've signed someone already?

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2 months 1 hour ago - 2 months 1 hour ago #63908 by RonanL
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salmson wrote:

Mark Mostyn wrote: We have 5 scrumhalf options, we’ll be fine.

With Marmion and McKeon out for the foreseeable, and two 9s in the academy, I make that 4 options. Unless we've signed someone already?


Didn't Matt Healy keep Murray out of the Ireland U20's team back in the day?!
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2 months 1 hour ago #63912 by Betty Swallocks
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He may well have done RonanL, and maybe Chris Keane or even Robbie McGrath migt still be able to do a job too!

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2 months 1 hour ago #63913 by Accidentally Onside
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Awful pity for Marmion but always felt Mitchell never got a fair shake- perfect chance for him to really step up and make a name for himself.
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1 month 4 weeks ago #63917 by Mark Mostyn
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salmson wrote:

Mark Mostyn wrote: We have 5 scrumhalf options, we’ll be fine.

With Marmion and McKeon out for the foreseeable, and two 9s in the academy, I make that 4 options. Unless we've signed someone already?


The McKeon injury slipped by me. Looking a bit thin alright. A lot depends on whether the coaches feel Kerins is a potential first team player, not a lot to suggest that they do.
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1 month 4 weeks ago #63918 by sligsup
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Bundee Aki will go to New Zealand to get married after beating All Blacks being reported in the 42 . Not back till middle of December. Would probably have being managed anyways from a game end of it ! It’s the not training with the squad which will be slightly concerning!
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1 month 4 weeks ago #63921 by CountFurlo
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Apologies if this has already been posted


Paul Boyle graduates from Connacht Academy to sign first professional contract


Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that back row Paul Boyle has signed his first professional contract with the province. The contract will keep the 21 year old at the Sportsground up to the end of the 2020-21 season.

Boyle made his Connacht debut away to Munster last season and has gone on to make seven further appearance in the Connacht jersey so far this season.

Originally from Gorey in Co Wexford, he previously captained the Ireland Under 20’s side at the World Rugby Championship. He has been part of the Connacht Academy since 2017.

Announcing the contract signing, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: “Paul Boyle has impressed me hugely this season. He is a big powerful player who shows real maturity both in how he plays the game and how he conducts himself off the field. He will be an important player for us in the coming seasons.”

Following his contract signing, Paul Boyle added: “I am hugely proud to graduate form the Connacht Academy and sign my first professional contract with the province. I have enjoyed the season so far and have been privileged to get the opportunity to contribute when called on. It is an exciting time to be part of the Connacht squad and we extremely ambitious about what we can achieve in the seasons ahead.”
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1 month 4 weeks ago #63922 by Mark Mostyn
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Great stuff, looks a smashing player. We’re absolutely stacked at back row.
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1 month 4 weeks ago #63948 by Tall Paul
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No Copeland in the 23 this weekend.
Is he injured or cannot make it?

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