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1 year 7 months ago #60928
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1 year 7 months ago #60934

Pat Lam to coach Baa-Baas next month. I'd put a coin Muldoon will have a retirement party made of International rugby and we'll see green Connacht socks ;)

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1 year 7 months ago #60978

Andrew Browne finishing up:
www.connachtrugby.ie/andrew-browne-annou...-the-current-season/
Awful pity he was blighted by injuries of late. He'll be missed.


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1 year 7 months ago #60979

Andrew Browne finishing with Connacht, dissapointing to say the least.

www.connachtrugby.ie/andrew-browne-annou...-the-current-season/

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1 year 7 months ago #60982

Pity it had to happen but he has been blighted with injuries the last couple of seasons.

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1 year 7 months ago #60983

FACECUTTR wrote: Pity it had to happen but he has been blighted with injuries the last couple of seasons.


Surely even factoring in his recent injury profile he would still be a good local lad to have around, unless he has signed for someone else. although after reading his full statement on instagram it does hint at retirement.

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1 year 7 months ago #60984

Makes Saturday Week even more Special if it wasn't already!

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1 year 7 months ago #60985

Disappointing but not entirely unexpected news. I wish him all the best for the future.

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1 year 7 months ago #60986

As Overstrander said not totally unexpected but sad none the less. Very handy player to have in the squad when healthy, great servant to Connacht rugby over the years. Haven't read his instagram post but the way this article is written certainly the possibility exists that he will continue to play on somewhere else. Either way best of luck to Andrew on his future endeavours.

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1 year 7 months ago #60987

It's definitely a big pity he's finishing up, with Mul moving on too that's two of our few remaining Connacht grown elder statesmen, could be another loss in terms of the core leadership group, as I'd say even during his injuries he was a great contributor (I could also be very wrong with that but that's just the impression I got). Also if he had been able to get back to full fitness he would have been a welcome bit of depth in what has been one of our poorer areas this year despite us having two internationals in the second row. We may now recruit another second/back row to fill the void, or maybe that's the space that needed to be created for Claffey.

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1 year 7 months ago #60988

There’s been a big clear out of the Munster academy, some of the players are heavily linked with us.

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1 year 7 months ago #60989

Very sad to see him go. Had a terrible time with injuries recently but a serious player when he managed to get on the pitch.

Hope himself and Mul get the send off they both deserve.

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1 year 7 months ago #60995

RogueXV wrote: As Overstrander said not totally unexpected but sad none the less. Very handy player to have in the squad when healthy, great servant to Connacht rugby over the years. Haven't read his instagram post but the way this article is written certainly the possibility exists that he will continue to play on somewhere else. Either way best of luck to Andrew on his future endeavours.


Yep, same thought's, could go either way, play on elsewhere or retire from Pro Rugby...
From a selfish point of view, he and Damien are Galwegian's lads form underage.
So if he's pursuing a full-time career away form Rugby in the Galway area, hopefully if injuries/time allow he'll be togging out for Wegians in the AIL...


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1 year 7 months ago #61008

Mark Mostyn wrote: There’s been a big clear out of the Munster academy, some of the players are heavily linked with us.


Can't say that fills me with hope for the future. There are some major gaping holes in our squad for next season, particularly at loosehead, a tough enforcer in the second row (As you yourself have pointed out), possibly hooker and another out-half at a minimum. I can't believe anybody in the branch believe's we can find the quality of players needed among the guys not considered good enough by Munster.


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1 year 7 months ago #61009

RoadRunnerR1 wrote:

Mark Mostyn wrote: There’s been a big clear out of the Munster academy, some of the players are heavily linked with us.


Can't say that fills me with hope for the future. There are some major gaping holes in our squad for next season, particularly at loosehead, a tough enforcer in the second row (As you yourself have pointed out), possibly hooker and another out-half at a minimum. I can't believe anybody in the branch believe's we can find the quality of players needed among the guys not considered good enough by Munster.


Half our team is usually made up of guys the other provinces didn't consider good enough (often incorrectly)...

Bealham, Carey, Thornbury, Masterson, Ronaldson, Farrell, Healy etc etc etc

Academy contracts are relatively cheap so it certainly may be worth taking a look.

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1 year 7 months ago #61011

RoadRunnerR1 wrote:

Mark Mostyn wrote: There’s been a big clear out of the Munster academy, some of the players are heavily linked with us.


Can't say that fills me with hope for the future. There are some major gaping holes in our squad for next season, particularly at loosehead, a tough enforcer in the second row (As you yourself have pointed out), possibly hooker and another out-half at a minimum. I can't believe anybody in the branch believe's we can find the quality of players needed among the guys not considered good enough by Munster.


Yeah there's some decent prospects there but nobody who's ready to fill the holes you've mentioned, they would more likely be candidates to spend a year in the academy or get a development deal. For example Conor Fitzgerald is just 20, Nigel Carolan picked him ahead of Luke Carty for the u20s last year, and he has by all accounts had a great season leading Shannon to promotion back to 1B. The rest of the players are:

Joey Conway (loosehead)
Rob O'Donovan (tighthead)
Vincent O'Brien (hooker)
John Foley (backrow)
Jack Power (back 3)
Daniel Hurley (back 3)

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