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4 years 11 months ago #30162

Aki making the ITM team of the year hoping he delivers the goods for us B)
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4 years 11 months ago #30209

Nathan White out for 16 Weeks!!!

Feck
Feck
FECK

Poor guy

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4 years 11 months ago #30226

Absolutely sickened for White. I know we'll be losing him for four months, but I really thought he deserved his chance in the Irish set-up.

Sickened for him.

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4 years 11 months ago #30231

overstrander wrote: Absolutely sickened for White. I know we'll be losing him for four months, but I really thought he deserved his chance in the Irish set-up.

Sickened for him.


Yep really bad timing, you need luck and timing on your site to get capped. All the prop injuries had played into his hands a little bit with the AI's due. May be an opportunity that will pass him by now with the rehab time frame and others getting fit...


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4 years 11 months ago #30233

Very very disappointed for Nathan. Great pro and best tight head scrummager in the country just now. Disappointed for Ireland, but also for ourselves over next 4 months.

We need to get a medical sub in. Rodney isn't going to be able to play non-stop between now and March. Let's look at some of the Georgian lads if we can't get in someone like Jamie Hagan or Jack O'Connell.

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4 years 11 months ago #30234

It's clearly a nightmare for him. On a Connacht point of vue I'm a little more optimistic this morning. McCartney played ok at LH, the stats don't come from a prehistoric age. For the 2013 Super XV, when he was on the teamsheet, the Blues lost 6 on thier own feed, and won 53... pretty decent for a converted prop

so until February we have

1) Buckley 17) McCar
2) Heff 16) JHW
3) AhYou 18) Loughney

One more injury and we've to think to the medic joker, but for now, we're ok...

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4 years 11 months ago #30236

Loughney is out with a ankle injury 2-3 weeks - on the Connacht website

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4 years 11 months ago #30240

Yeah I know that, It's for Zebre and the 12-13 weeks after..

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4 years 11 months ago #30274

For White, was looking to similar examples of recovery (biceps tendon surgery)

McAlister 28 october-1st March
Attoub (another prop) 18 august- due mid-November according to himself

So at 1st sight, he and Heenan can target at least Treviso home. Which means 8 matches without 2 of our best players. It draws the picture more concretely (and slightly less worryingly)

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4 years 11 months ago #30275

Main thing is he isn't rushed back like Harris-Wright seemed to be when he had a bicep issue and missed more games as a result. Any news on bealham (probably have to wait until monday or tuesday).

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4 years 11 months ago #30300

thescore.thejournal.ie/connacht-mils-mul...ber-1761557-Nov2014/

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4 years 11 months ago #30337

Was watching the 15 final minutes against 'spreys. Heff is a very important addition at the breakdown. Buckley played a lot this year until far. If McCartney prooves he's a good enough loosehead, I think Lam must try a McCartney/Heff/Loughney front row, with lineout throws taken by the N-Z newcomer..

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4 years 11 months ago #30338

connachta wrote: Was watching the 15 final minutes against 'spreys. Heff is a very important addition at the breakdown. Buckley played a lot this year until far. If McCartney prooves he's a good enough loosehead, I think Lam must try a McCartney/Heff/Loughney front row, with lineout throws taken by the N-Z newcomer..


I'd agree that with White out McCartney could be used to back up/alternate with Buckley, with Loughs shifting across (again!), especially as we have 3 other fit hookers (JHW, Heff, Delahunt). But if Heff is playing as hooker then he has to throw. Given he couldn't scrummage worth a damn last year and has been brilliant this year, I'm sure he'll iron out any throwing issues in no time at all.

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4 years 11 months ago #30339

But, to stand against myself, McCartney hadn't played LH for 1 and a half year, and when you watch those matches like I did a few days ago, it's difficult to have an idea.. the refereeing is SO, SO different. Nearly all the scrums would have been reset in the Northern hemisphere...And McCart hasn't peculiarly shown neither solidity, nor weakness, (except pushing not straight)

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4 years 11 months ago #30353

The Idea I pointed out is Connacht was smashed in the rucks in last 2 games. Except the final 15 minutes of each.. Which had 1 similarty : JHarrisWright off, Heffernan on.

Ok, the opponent teams had nothing to play for, but still. When you look to the Connacht matches until now, including Ospreys, Heff is THE most efficient to clean the rucks. Coincidence : McCartney arrives, Buckley needs a good rest

So, for the Zebre/Scarlets, basically we have to evaluate

What we lost with newcomer McCartney instead of tired Buckley
What we win with Heff ahead of JHW (darts aside, because of McCartney)

The soustraction says if we have to try this or not... For me it's a 50/50, depending on McCartney fitness...

PS : Of course not in long term, with White back, Loughney will be back to LH with Buckley, and we won't have this problem.. Except with lineouts, but we can hope Heff will improve himself.

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4 years 11 months ago #30356

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connachta wrote: Was watching the 15 final minutes against 'spreys. Heff is a very important addition at the breakdown. Buckley played a lot this year until far. If McCartney prooves he's a good enough loosehead, I think Lam must try a McCartney/Heff/Loughney front row, with lineout throws taken by the N-Z newcomer..


I'd agree that with White out McCartney could be used to back up/alternate with Buckley, with Loughs shifting across (again!), especially as we have 3 other fit hookers (JHW, Heff, Delahunt). But if Heff is playing as hooker then he has to throw. Given he couldn't scrummage worth a damn last year and has been brilliant this year, I'm sure he'll iron out any throwing issues in no time at all.


McCartney is coming as a hooker, to bolster our inexperienced resources. He'd have to go on a bulking up program to play prop.....


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