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4 months 3 weeks ago #62197 by MulMan
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Tbh as a Sligo based supporter Fridays never suited me, but if we at least had some Saturday evening fixtures it would be the best of both worlds, unfortunately most are late afternoon at best

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4 months 3 weeks ago #62203 by mahick
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November/December schedule will really test the squad, and all will be needed in top form:
South Africa x 2 games, followed by
Challenge Cup x 2, followed by
Interpros x 3, then
Challenge Cup x 2 more..
Testing times but looking at the squad and their pre-season attitude I think we're up for it!

..... but when you’ve 9,000 crazy western people shouting at you,
it’ll give you that couple of percent that you need....John Muldoon

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4 months 2 weeks ago #62208 by RonanL
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mahick wrote: ...but looking at the squad and their pre-season attitude I think we're up for it!


One person who I have been following on social media over the summer, and have been very impressed with is Robin Copeland. He seems to have a great attitude and an impressive work ethic - he also seems to have gotten straight into the craic with the squad. I can see him nailing down a starting spot at 8 and becoming a real leader.

PS: I wonder who they're going to announce as captain? I think I saw they'll be doing it at an event in elverys. Anyone know when that is?
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4 months 2 weeks ago #62210 by pinky
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The launch is Wed 15th. There was an email sent to STHs last week sometime.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #62212 by cabaiste
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Wednesday 15th August 6-8pm.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #62214 by salmson
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RonanL wrote:
PS: I wonder who they're going to announce as captain? I think I saw they'll be doing it at an event in Elverys. Anyone know when that is?


I reckon it's a very short list of possibilities given the requirements: a guaranteed starter (so not McKeon, McCartney, or Masterson) who isn't in the door this summer (so not Copeland) and isn't going to miss half the season with international commitments (so not Aki or Marmion). If we also rule out props* (so not Buckley or Bealham) and wingers (so not Healy or Adeolokun) then we're pretty much down to Butler, O'Halloran, O'Brien, or (and this is quite a stretch to find a fourth candidate) Roux.

*I'd like to point out that I'm not propist, but realistically many coaches seem to be.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #62216 by Accidentally Onside
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Props never play the full game, and if your scrum isn't going well refs can lose their patience with props, so having one as your captain can be a problem as you want him onside with the ref.

Nailed on Butler tbf
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4 months 2 weeks ago #62217 by salmson
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Accidentally Onside wrote: Props never play the full game


Except for Denis Buckley, obviously. ;-)
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4 months 2 weeks ago #62221 by Bazzo
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salmson wrote:

Accidentally Onside wrote: Props never play the full game


Except for Denis Buckley, obviously. ;-)


The greatest laugh I ever got in reasons why Denis Buckley hasn't been capped is: "He's not fit enough"
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4 months 2 weeks ago #62223 by sligsup
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Bazzo wrote:

salmson wrote:

Accidentally Onside wrote: Props never play the full game


Except for Denis Buckley, obviously. ;-)


The greatest laugh I ever got in reasons why Denis Buckley hasn't been capped is: "He's not fit enough"


Name a fitter prop in the provinces / league?

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4 months 2 weeks ago #62229 by Betty Swallocks
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I think Coipeland will get the captaincy.
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4 months 2 weeks ago #62230 by RogueXV
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Funny thought came into my head reading through Salmson's criteria for the captaincy, Jack Carty checks a number of them boxes.:P
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4 months 2 weeks ago #62231 by salmson
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RogueXV wrote: Funny thought came into my head reading through Salmson's criteria for the captaincy, Jack Carty checks a number of them boxes.:P


We double dare you, Andy Friend.
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4 months 2 weeks ago #62232 by connachta
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Not a back-player except in the end of a game, too far from action
Buckley, sub or not is one of our player with most minutes in a season
He should get the nod, TOH to take the role for the final 15.
And Butler for the 4/5 games Buckley would not start

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4 months 2 weeks ago #62237 by Accidentally Onside
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I'd be veeeerrrrryy surprised if it was Buckley. I'm not sure he's captain material
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4 months 2 weeks ago #62239 by Stakeknife84
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Everything I've seen of Copeland so far has impressed me. He has a point to prove just like Connacht after two disastrous seasons so why not give him the captaincy? He looks and sounds like a leader and IMO is a guaranteed starter.
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