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9 years 1 month ago #35363

Deleted a few comments there that I assume ye didn't mean to make outside the Dail chamber :)
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9 years 1 month ago #35365

Oops- see I was one of the ones that fell afoul of the injunctions :unsure:

So the more solicitor friendly version is- not sure Dineen or Murphy are what we need but this lad D'Arcy, who both us and Munster seem to be after, would seem to fit the bill better:
www.balls.ie/rugby/matt-d-arcy-rugby/295132
Could be the next Matt Healy with a bit of luck :woohoo:

Sorry for the offending post, thought it was all fairly public knowledge :sick:

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9 years 1 month ago #35366

The short of it for me is I'll continue to keep faith in Pat that he will more times than not bring in players that will help the Connacht cause. I get the sense he would rather go with a smaller squad backed by a good academy than fill in the numbers with players coming just to collect cheques.

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9 years 1 month ago #35371

Equally, after the last two big name signings I would be wary of him making another one, and would much prefer a few of the likes of Marshall (rated by his own club/fans but never made the full breakthrough) than one big name who could go wrong, or just get injured and end up sidelined. The teamsheet is crying out for depth!

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9 years 1 month ago #35406

Was watching super rugby this morning, they were saying that if cooper leave for Toulon then the Reds will more than likely look abroad for an out half. This means they will have to let Adam Thompson go. I'm probly dreaming but I'd love to c him at connacht, just what we need

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9 years 1 month ago #35407

Why would they have to let Thompson go?

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9 years 1 month ago #35408

McNamara wrote: Why would they have to let Thompson go?


By the sound of the Reds statement when he signed it was a one season deal...

www.redsrugby.com.au/News/NewsArticles/t...ll-Blacks-back-rower  Adam-Thomson.aspx

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9 years 1 month ago #35409

Ah cool, he would be a good signing & we could do with a back row but I'd be more bothered about what's happening at out-half

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9 years 1 month ago #35416

Second-worst kept secret (after Dan's Glasgow appointment) of the season finally confirmed:

www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-rugby-appo...-coach/#ConnachtNews

Jimmy Duffy is new forwards coach.

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9 years 1 month ago #35417

salmson wrote: Second-worst kept secret (after Dan's Glasgow appointment) of the season finally confirmed:

www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-rugby-appo...-coach/#ConnachtNews

Jimmy Duffy is new forwards coach.



What are peoples thoughts on this? Good move or is it penny pinching a little bit?

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9 years 1 month ago #35418

Westie85 wrote:

salmson wrote: Second-worst kept secret (after Dan's Glasgow appointment) of the season finally confirmed:

www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-rugby-appo...-coach/#ConnachtNews

Jimmy Duffy is new forwards coach.



What are peoples thoughts on this? Good move or is it penny pinching a little bit?


My own take on it is we could have got Jonno Gibbes for more than Pat's on and it would (at best) be a like-for-like replacement for Dan. There simply isn't a better forwards coach around. So we're probably as well to go for a cheaper alternative with potential.

Incidentally the Denis-O'Brien-Daily reported last week that John Fogarty turned down the position before it was offered to Jimmy.

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9 years 1 month ago #35419

Westie85 wrote:

salmson wrote: Second-worst kept secret (after Dan's Glasgow appointment) of the season finally confirmed:

www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-rugby-appo...-coach/#ConnachtNews

Jimmy Duffy is new forwards coach.


What are peoples thoughts on this? Good move or is it penny pinching a little bit?


Jimmy's been at coaching a lot longer than John Fogarty, and with measurable results,
For me it's the ideal solution for Connacht. with Dan leaving, we need someone who can hit the ground running not take a season to settle in and establish some repartee with the squad and management..

He has the experience, the local knowledge of the province and the Squad to fill the void left post Dan....
Really hope he can make the step up, because it's important that Connacht develop indigenous top class personnel at every level..

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9 years 1 month ago #35420

Delighted for him and think that it is a great appointment. The closer the coach is to the team the better and Jimmy has been working with them for a while now and also bringing the academy players through, he has also got good background in coaching Irish age grade teams. He will know Dan's systems very well and give the players continuity.

How are we ever going to develop good Irish coaches if they do not get jobs like this? We all shout for big coaches from big clubs to be brought in, but for me a home grown man who deserves his chance is the right choice. Best of luck Jimmy.

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9 years 1 month ago #35421

Good choice, glad to see our own given a chance to shine.


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9 years 1 month ago #35423

By all accounts a good coach and will be familiar with the setup. However, its a huge step up and he has massive boots to fill. Wish him well.

Having said that, i'm getting increasingly worried that at a time when we should be looking to push on from the hard earned progress we have made, we are going to be working off a much reduced budget with a weaker squad. The signings the last few years have said to everyone that Connacht mean business. So far we have tied up two players who were on loan to us last season, both good signings and an unknown back row whose credentials are open to question. We have lost our biggest earner, our forwards coach and key players in the 2nd row and back row as well as other squad players. A lot of the academy players have shown they can step up and they need to be given opportunities but over the course of the season our squad wasn't strong enough last season so trying to achieve more with less is going to be next to impossible.

Its a very difficult market but really think we need to land at the very least a good 10 and a quality 2nd row or back row. Ok Carty did well against Gloucester and Ronaldson has shown promise when fit but its a position we need consistency and leadership in.

Worryingly there aren't even any rumours at this stage.

The sides around and below us are all making good signings and we are hoping to finish above them by at best standing still.

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9 years 1 month ago #35424

Steady on, our budget is small enough without inventing rumours to the effect that it's being slashed.

The squad is certainly not weaker than last year, the age profile of the players and the numbers who made huge progressions last year would say otherwise. With the exception of Kearney, nobody who played much has left, and he's been replaced.

The big signings haven't worked out for us, so I don't see a lack of another as necessarily a problem.

Duffy will have his hands full replacing the irreplaceable alright. Considering Glasgow won the league with no scrum and no maul, God help the rest of us once Dan's gone to work on them.

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