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9 months 3 weeks ago #63949

He definitely travelled as he was in some of the training pics this week.

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9 months 3 weeks ago #63952

Or is he playing next week mmmmm?

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9 months 3 weeks ago #63953

All 4 year 3 academy players featured for Leinster tonight. Due to the stacked nature of Leinster’s squad all 4 are potential signings for us. Of them, I thought Hugo Keenan was very sharp at fullback. With Reece and Scholes out of the picture there is probably room in the squad for a back three player.

From tonight’s team, the Byrne brothers, Mick Kearney, Noel Reid, and Adam Byrne are all likely out of contract at the end of the season.

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9 months 3 weeks ago #63954

Mark Mostyn wrote: All 4 year 3 academy players featured for Leinster tonight. Due to the stacked nature of Leinster’s squad all 4 are potential signings for us. Of them, I thought Hugo Keenan was very sharp at fullback. With Reece and Scholes out of the picture there is probably room in the squad for a back three player.

From tonight’s team, the Byrne brothers, Mick Kearney, Noel Reid, and Adam Byrne are all likely out of contract at the end of the season.


Keenan - would add to the squad
Byrne brothers are good and give us a bit of depth esp at lh
Kearney and Reid would add nothing to our squad
Adam Byrne hadn’t realized his potential and would add to the depth

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9 months 3 weeks ago #63955

Am I mistaken or has Ed Byrne been preferred to Dooley mostly over the past year or so?

I don't think there's really a need for another hooker.

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9 months 3 weeks ago #63956

IMO:

Hugo Keenan - very skilled footballer, quick, elusive runner, nice hands, good open field tackler. Looked good against the Ospreys but had an armchair ride. Could be a replacement for Rory Scholes, covering wing and fullback.

Conor O’Brien - looks to have potential, very powerful guy. Ability to cover 12 and 13, could be an upgrade on Robb or Griffin.

Jimmy O’Brien - another naturally talented footballer, very impressive at 20s and 7s levels but not much of a body of work in pro 15s. Could play a similar role to Ronaldson, a 12 who can cover 10 in a pinch.

Jack Kelly - hugely hyped coming out of school but hasn’t shown much since.

Ed Byrne - very good player, would easily be 2nd choice loosehead here. Both twins seem to love Leinster and love playing together, can’t see either leaving.

Bryan Byrne - also a very good player but I don’t see a huge need for a new hooker.

Mick Kearney - has regressed at Leinster but a good player when in form. Don’t see any real need for a signing at lock.

Noel Reid - better player than he’s given credit for, would prefer to have him over Ronaldson given their respective injury records. That said, wouldn’t be hugely keen for us to sign him at 29 years old.

Adam Byrne - offers something completely different to all our current wingers, would give Jack a kicking option he does not currently have. Defence is poor but I think he’d round out our back 3 stocks nicely and allow for more “horses for courses” selections.

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9 months 3 weeks ago #63958

whats the story with Frawley - any chance he is up for grabs?

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9 months 3 weeks ago #63959

Podge57 wrote: whats the story with Frawley - any chance he is up for grabs?


Technically yes, academy players are on one year contracts. That being said, he’s getting decent game time at Leinster and we have Conors Fitzgerald and Dean in and around the same age.

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9 months 3 weeks ago #63960

Podge57 wrote: whats the story with Frawley - any chance he is up for grabs?


Unless I'm mistaken he was already offered a place and turned it down to stay at Leinster?

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9 months 2 weeks ago #63981

Some good news on the injury front: Dave Heffernan and Eoghan Masterson both played for Buccs in the AIL last weekend. Peter Robb played for Mary's.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #63982

All three, Heff, Eoghan, and Peter Robb should be selected for the Perpignan game in Galway if fit.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #63983

SOB and Buckley were part in training but with another pinny color
No contact I guess. Should be 50/50 for Saturday.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #63992

connachta wrote: SOB and Buckley were part in training but with another pinny color
No contact I guess. Should be 50/50 for Saturday.


Couple of belts to the ribs according to Andy Friend, no chance of missing the game. If there was they'd have flown someone out by now.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #64017

I've completely missed Scholes signed for Brive as medical joker.
Hope Niyi injury isn't that bad (biceps?)

That leaves us with only 4 back-3 players : Leader Kelleher TOH and Healy. None of our centres played 15 or winger. Horwitz is a 10/12 not FB eiither...

Friend should trust young DeBuitlear a lot! He should contribute as soon as next week.
But still we're very light there now, Adeolokun has to come back ASAP...

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9 months 2 weeks ago #64018

Godwin has played on the wing a few times for us, Leader started on the wing against Dragons. I'm a bit concerned by our depth there there but there was no point holding on to Scholes when it's obvious that he's bottom of the pecking order. Hope it goes well for him in Brive but he's had opportunities with 3 teams at this level now and not made the breakthrough. Better for both parties to let him have his chance somewhere else.

I'd be fairly certain De Buitlear will get opportunities in Europe at least.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #64019

Yeah I quoted Leader and DeBuitlear but it's a huge bet, both have cumulted less than 10 caps over the last 2 years....

About Godwin on the wing, that's true. Not sure it's a good idea (he's a 12/10 working in little space), but... better than nothing.

Bundee is having his 4-week rest, so he'll only miss 2 or 3 Pro14 games from now, in February/March. I guess it leaves an open door to have Godwin as 11/23 more often..

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