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9 years 11 months ago #27732

He will until October sadly

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9 years 11 months ago #27733

Carr with the 13 jersey??? I hope it's just a pointless training idea. Otherwise it would be the greatest mistake in Connacht new era since Erza !

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9 years 11 months ago #27742

Interesting that our longest serving (unbroken service) are Swifty, John Mul, Loughs, Brownie, TOH (23) and Miah (open to correction) Just shows how much our squad has changed over the years!

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9 years 11 months ago #27745

connachta wrote: Carr with the 13 jersey??? I hope it's just a pointless training idea. Otherwise it would be the greatest mistake in Connacht new era since Erza !


I'd take nothing out of the numbers of training tops. Players usually grab the number that they play in, but sometimes people just grab the first one available to them


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9 years 11 months ago #27749

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connachta wrote: Carr with the 13 jersey??? I hope it's just a pointless training idea. Otherwise it would be the greatest mistake in Connacht new era since Erza !


I'd take nothing out of the numbers of training tops. Players usually grab the number that they play in, but sometimes people just grab the first one available to them


Nothing in it at all other players filling in other positions in training, means absolutely nothing. It was a training game, yellows versus orange. They play them to break up the monotony of fitness training.

If it was the week of a pre-season game then there might be something worth noting..

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9 years 11 months ago #27765

Players In and out


Tom McCartney for Brett Wilkinson unchanged level
Quinn Roux for Craig Clarke loss, but I think less than expected
Sean O'Brien 2.0 for Dave Nolan gain (U 20 captain for player injured systematically)
John Cooney for Paul O'Donohoe gain
Ian Porter for Frank Murphy huge gain
Jack Carty for Dan Parks on a one year perspective, might be a loss
Bundee Aki for Eoin Griffin unchanged level, better future
Shane O'Leary for Brian Murphy gain expected
Conor Finn for Kyle Tonetti Gain (player injured systematically)
Mils Muliaina for Gavin Duffy Gain (same age, 10 Irish caps against 100 all-black caps)




So the clear-out/recruitment process was well-led by Pat Lam




If we examine the stock now


most player will play the same level (Ah You for exemple, made huge progress but can he really go further?)


Kearney, Muldowney, Heffernan, Leader are on good dynamics


White, Naoupu, McKeon, Carr were not what they used to be






That analysis makes me think we've not at all a bad squad exepct four potential liabilities, by order




n°8 If McKeon and George play like they did last season, Masterson or SOB 2.0 will have to step up quickly


n°10 Carty and Ronaldson under pressure, but is that so difficult to do better than a declining Parks?


n° 3 White is getting old, bring us Loughney to his best or Big JP Cooney to help Ah You


n° 4 Roux has to prove he deserves his project player status, give him confidence for tackling, and he could be fine





Ccl : squad improved, if 2 or 3 liabilities are overcame, top 6 possible
if not, reasonably target play-off (7th or 8th)

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9 years 10 months ago #27884

Actually very good news, espacially we can expect Henshaw Heenan and Henry will front up for the start of the season
www.connachtrugby.ie/players-on-target-f...return/#ConnachtNews

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connachta wrote: Actually very good news, espacially we can expect Henshaw Heenan and Henry will front up for the start of the season
www.connachtrugby.ie/players-on-target-f...return/#ConnachtNews

Players on target for timely return
31st July 2014

Squad Update

A number of Connacht Rugby’s senior players are on track to return to action in the coming weeks following different surgical procedures over the summer months.

Gavin Malouf, Head Physiotherapist, provided an update on a number of players which came as good news for Pat Lam and his coaching team five weeks out from the start of the new season.

As part of pre-season preparations, a squad of approximately 40 players will travel to France next Monday August 4th where, in the town of Issoire, they will take part in a rigorous week-long training session. The away trip will conclude with a game against Top 14 heavyweights Clermont Auvergne on Friday, August 8th as part of the 2014 Challenge Auvergne de Rugby.

There are a small group of players who will not travel next week due to their ongoing rehab schedules.

Ireland international Robbie Henshaw, who was forced to withdraw from the Summer Tour to Argentina in June due to an exacerbated hand ligament injury, is progressing well following surgical repair. The 21-year-old back is due to resume full team training towards the end of August.

Having dislocated his shoulder during Connacht’s final home game against Cardiff Blues last season, Jason Harris-Wright had the required reconstruction surgery in May. The 25-year-old hooker, who started 17 games last season, is currently excluded from contact training and will not travel to France. His expected ‘return to play’ date is late September.

Ronan Loughney had groin surgery three weeks ago and has resumed running this week. The Galway-born prop is likely to be back in the frame for selection ahead of the pre-season friendly away to Wasps on August 23rd.

Back row forward Mata Fifita will also remain in Galway next week having undergone shoulder arthroscopy in May. Rehab is going well for the 25-year-old Tongan who, while currently restricted in terms of contact training, is expected to be available for selection mid-September.

While the following players continue to work on their rehab they are all on schedule to resume team training and will travel to France next week.

Tighthead prop Nathan White is recovering from minor back surgery he had in early June. The 33-year-old will travel to France for training and is expected to be match-fit ahead of the pre-season game away to Wasps on August 23rd.

Hooker Sean Henry, who underwent neck surgery in March, has been integrated into team training in recent weeks. The 26-year-old from Sligo will travel to France to push for some game time ahead of his second season with his home province.

It has been a long road to recovery for New Zealand born flanker Jake Heenan who had shoulder reconstruction surgery back in February. The 22-year-old is now in the final stages of rehab before he resumes full training. He is expected to be available for selection ahead of the Wasps game.

Two months after his ankle reconstruction procedure, Academy graduate Jack Carty has made good progress to resume team training. The young outhalf will travel to France in a bid to play a part in the game with Clermont on Friday August 8th.

Connacht Rugby kick off the official season with a home game against Newport Gwent Dragons on the weekend of September 5/6/7. Fixture dates and kick off times for the PRO12 are to be confirmed in the coming days.

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Connacht Pre-Season Fixtures:

Friday August 8th - Clermont Auverne v Connacht Rugby - Issoire, 8pm local time

Saturday August 23rd - Wasps v Connacht Rugby - High Wycombe, 2:30pm

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9 years 10 months ago #27886

Connachta, having watched Aki a few times in the Super 15, I'd say he is a gain over Griffin. The notion of him at 12 and Henshaw at 13, Carr and Healy on the wing with the odd glitz cameo from mentor Mils has mouth-watering written all over it. It's to our detriment that we haven't identified a proven 10 or 8, but I'm more than happy to be corrected by Ronaldson, Carty et al.

I would normally have been all over the match v Wasps in High Wycombe, but am going to be up at a wedding in the Lake District. Ah well. I'll have a sneaky pint on Connacht's behalf up there instead.

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9 years 10 months ago #27915

When it's there in black and white it seems like a lot of players coming into the new season recovering from surgery. Hope they all recover well and stay healthy. Too many recurrences and the squad gets thin very quickly especially at certain positions.

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9 years 10 months ago #27917

Aki had not proved much when I wrote, but seems indeed a gain over Griffin after his Super xv quarter final. If Henshaw/Leader isn't fit, I wish to see him 13 associated to McSharry

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9 years 10 months ago #27922

Poolman is 6/1 to be Connacht top try scorer.. that is cracking value imo - he is looking like an absolute TANK since pre season

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9 years 10 months ago #27987

Big oval balls!

Muldowney and Browne both out for up to 5 weeks. 2nd row not a posistion we can afford to be picking up injuries in, hopefully they won't miss more than the first two games as they'll be badly needed against Leinster.

www.connachtrugby.ie/squad-update-follow...e-trip/#ConnachtNews

Squad Update following France trip

11th August 2014


The Connacht squad were back in Galway this morning following a rigorous week-long training camp in France which culminated in the first of the province’s pre-season’s games against Clermont Auvergne on Friday night.

There were some injury concerns arising from the week, the details of which were confirmed today by Head Physio Gavin Malouf.

Forwards Andrew Browne and Aly Muldowney both picked up injuries on the training field. Browne, who sustained a meniscal tear to his knee is due to see a surgeon today but is looking at 4 – 5 weeks on the sidelines.

Second row Aly Muldowney will also be out of action for up to five weeks with an ankle sprain.

From match action, winger Matt Healy suffered a small hand fracture and is now looking at a four-week rehab programme before he is available again. Centre Dave McSharry will be forced to sit out training this week due to a mild ankle sprain incurred during the game.

In better news, Jake Heenan, Ronan Loughney and Jack Carty have all resumed full training and are in line to feature in Connacht’s next and final preseason game against Wasps on August 23rd.

This week, Robbie Henshaw, Kieran Marmion and Rodney Ah You are all involved in Ireland’s three-day training camp in Carton House and will return to Galway on Wednesday.

Despite Friday night’s result, Head Coach Pat Lam found the fixture a ‘beneficial and worthwhile exercise’ commenting:

“When you consider the front line players we were without, it was always going to be a tough challenge against a full strength Clermont side, stacked full of internationals. On the flip side, it was a great opportunity to give our new and less experience players a chance to test themselves against such quality opposition.

“The purpose of the game was to test our structures under pressure and that’s what excited us about playing a team like Clermont who were so geared up for the start of their new season.

“We gave ourselves good scoring chances but we let ourselves down in terms of roles and execution. It’s not until you get a game like that under your belt with a new squad that you can then step up training to the next level based on the learnings.

“In that regard, we were very pleased with the game and the hard work that went into the week-long camp.”

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9 years 10 months ago #27990

Roux/Kearney with Qualter/Swift on the bench for the two first matches then ?

Pb is Muldowney/Browne were our lineout catchers, aside from Mick... The 1st half lineout in Clermont wasn't really ok for that reason...

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9 years 10 months ago #28002

Muldoon formally announced as captain. I think he deserves it, had a good season last year, hopefully he continues in that vein.

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wp_rathead wrote: Poolman is 6/1 to be Connacht top try scorer.. that is cracking value imo - he is looking like an absolute TANK since pre season


Which bookie is offering those odds?

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