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1 month 3 days ago #65744 by Wegians89
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Would much prefer Oliver than o donnell, if Connacht were to sign a 7 from Munster. While the back row is pretty well stocked I think an out and out 7 is needed.

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1 month 3 days ago #65746 by connachta
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Players could be released early on mutual agreement...

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1 month 3 days ago #65747 by Mark Mostyn
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connachta wrote: Players could be released early on mutual agreement...


Carbery and Jack McGrath moving mid contract could set a precedent.
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1 month 3 days ago #65748 by Betty Swallocks
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We don't need any back row hand-me-downs from Munster. Only possible back row signings that would strengthen us and are any better than James Connolly who is being let go would be Doris, Deegan, or Connors from Leinster. Back row isn't a problem position for us - prop, back up 10, and wing are.
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1 month 3 days ago #65749 by Wegians89
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Betty Swallocks wrote: We don't need any back row hand-me-downs from Munster. Only possible back row signings that would strengthen us and are any better than James Connolly who is being let go would be Doris, Deegan, or Connors from Leinster. Back row isn't a problem position for us - prop, back up 10, and wing are.


Think you’re being harsh there, multiply capped o donnell would be an upgrade on Connolly and I think Oliver has a higher potential ceiling than Connolly. No back row will leave Leinster this summer with leavy out and sob gone.

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1 month 3 days ago #65754 by sea_point
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connachta wrote: Rumours about TODonnell
I'd be glad of course but we don't really need any backrow all in all...


Nope don't see it. His injury profile is horrendous and if Munster don't want to keep him then we should not take a risk on him.
Absolutely nothing against him as a person or a player.....

There are tons of quality young back-rows at the various provinces that's I'd prefer to see get an opportunity with us...

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1 month 3 days ago #65756 by Accidentally Onside
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He's also not what we need. When fit he's a worse version of faiinga. If we're in the market for another back row a big ball carrier is our need.

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1 month 3 days ago #65757 by sea_point
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connachta wrote:

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Why would we use a marquee NIQ spot on a replacement? Seems a bit of a waste to me


I suppose the answer to that is also a question: do you know of an available IQ TH who's as good or better than Carey?


Well I know a man we could invite to come back from Chanpionship at the same age as Carey did 3 years ago. And he's a Connemara man. Oisin Heffernan!


Didn't he turn us (his native province) down previously...:dry:
Still only 24, and with only one full season in the Championship. I'd say leave him be, but keep an eye on him....

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4 weeks 8 hours ago #65883 by connachta
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www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/47961284


Both can play on the wing..

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3 weeks 4 days ago #65926 by cabaiste
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Friend was quoted in The42 today as saying another signing at tighthead is due to be announced.

www.the42.ie/quinn-roux-connacht-injury-update-4603392-Apr2019/

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3 weeks 4 days ago #65927 by superconnacht7
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General Question, with regard to our promotion to the Champions Cup what is our increase in budget for next year. We obviously get an award for succeeding in the qualification. Would we be at a disadvantage over the other irish provinces in attracting outside talent due to our much lower spending power. Or does Friend have a big influence in who can be attracted from southern teams. Correct me if incorrect on any counts.

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3 weeks 3 days ago #65929 by Accidentally Onside
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I just did a quick google and disappointingly it doesn't seem there is any direct financial increase from playing in the Champions cup:
www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/rugb...ing-european-1123657
Gloucester reckon it's worth 250k a year to them, but that increase is from extra tickets sales over the Challenge cup and since we do a pretty decent job in getting bums in seats for European games the increase in attendance for Champions cup games would be in the region of hundreds rather than thousands. That wouldn't be enough to fund even one more player :( Getting a couple of big teams in the draw that would require extra capacity being added to the SG would improve the figures but it's not the gold mine we might have hoped for.
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3 weeks 3 days ago #65930 by connachta
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One more Sponsor could well bring an extra 100K to recruit our good NIQ...
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3 weeks 3 days ago #65934 by Newname
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Accidentally Onside wrote: I just did a quick google and disappointingly it doesn't seem there is any direct financial increase from playing in the Champions cup:
www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/rugb...ing-european-1123657
Gloucester reckon it's worth 250k a year to them, but that increase is from extra tickets sales over the Challenge cup and since we do a pretty decent job in getting bums in seats for European games the increase in attendance for Champions cup games would be in the region of hundreds rather than thousands. That wouldn't be enough to fund even one more player :( Getting a couple of big teams in the draw that would require extra capacity being added to the SG would improve the figures but it's not the gold mine we might have hoped for.


Do we get a pay out for TV rights?
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3 weeks 2 days ago #65947 by Accidentally Onside
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Newname wrote:

Accidentally Onside wrote: I just did a quick google and disappointingly it doesn't seem there is any direct financial increase from playing in the Champions cup:
www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/rugb...ing-european-1123657
Gloucester reckon it's worth 250k a year to them, but that increase is from extra tickets sales over the Challenge cup and since we do a pretty decent job in getting bums in seats for European games the increase in attendance for Champions cup games would be in the region of hundreds rather than thousands. That wouldn't be enough to fund even one more player :( Getting a couple of big teams in the draw that would require extra capacity being added to the SG would improve the figures but it's not the gold mine we might have hoped for.


Do we get a pay out for TV rights?


I'm not sure is the straight answer. Had a look to see if I could find anything and only came up with this:
www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-...up-explained-6950423
Which seems to suggest that the revenues given to the various unions is dependent on the income of the competition, not how many teams they have entered, which seems a bit odd as that would mean the Welsh could get the same income from the CC next year as the Irish despite having, at most, one team in it. The article is a bit out-dated, so may not be reliable, but if it's correct there would be no increase in revenue for the IRFU from having 4 teams rather than 3 in the Champions Cup, though we might get an increase from the IRFU for competing in the CC but that would probably come at the expense of the other three province (i.e. the pot size doesn't change but we might be entitled to a full share for being in the CC which we did not get in the Challenge Cup, but that is purely speculation).
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3 weeks 2 days ago #65948 by Newname
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I suppose the other advantage of European Cup, is greater exposure for potential sponsors so we might get a few more on board

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