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5 months 3 weeks ago #65309

The recovery from the chip through was a thing of beauty.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #65315

connachta wrote: So as it stands IMO, and with my own picking order

44-man squad if we play Champions Cup

Props (7)
Buckley, McAllister, Burke

Marquee NIQ TH, Bealham, Robertson-McCoy,

O'Donnell (covering both sides)

Hookers (4)
Delahunt, Heffernan, Donnellan/McGuigan, McCartney

Locks (6)
Thornbury, Dillane, Roux, IQ (Dave Foley/Jerry Sexton/Joe Joyce/Mick Kearney/Frank Bradshaw-Ryan), Gallagher, Maksymiew

Back-row (7)
Fainga’a, Boyle, Butler, O'Brien, McKeon, Copeland, Masterson

SH (4)
Marmion, Blade, NIQ or Charlie Mulchrone, Kerrins

OH (4)
Carty, Sheedy/Connon, C.Fitzgerald, Horwitz

Centres (5+Horwitz)
Aki, Farrell, Daly, Godwin, Newey

Back-3 (7)
Marquee NIQ, S.Fitzgerald, Leader, TOH, Niyi, Healy, IQ (A.Byrne/O'Meara/Scanlon/Lydon/Aaron O'Sullivan)


Still happy with my squad.
Seeing what Carty does and Sheedy under contract, I think we should target a short-term marquee NIQ 10 from the Austral part (à la Lealifano), during RWC.
But with Godwin and Horwitz, hard to see IRFU allowing it, except if the latter is released

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5 months 3 weeks ago #65317

After last night I think we really need to improve our quality on the wing, Benneton were making serious ground whenever they got it wide. I think we have a solid core of back 3 players but we could do with a real standout, someone who could come in and make the sort of difference Bundee did to our midfield.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #65319

Accidentally Onside wrote: After last night I think we really need to improve our quality on the wing, Benneton were making serious ground whenever they got it wide. I think we have a solid core of back 3 players but we could do with a real standout, someone who could come in and make the sort of difference Bundee did to our midfield.


Exactly! that's why I listed a marquee NIQ signing. + our age profile goes this way on the wing.
Fitzgerald, Niyi, Healy Leader TOH are all good players, we need a talisman profile among them

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5 months 3 weeks ago #65330

connachta wrote:

Accidentally Onside wrote: After last night I think we really need to improve our quality on the wing, Benneton were making serious ground whenever they got it wide. I think we have a solid core of back 3 players but we could do with a real standout, someone who could come in and make the sort of difference Bundee did to our midfield.


Exactly! that's why I listed a marquee NIQ signing. + our age profile goes this way on the wing.
Fitzgerald, Niyi, Healy Leader TOH are all good players, we need a talisman profile among them


The ground Benetton made on the wing was entirely as a result of our defensive shape. They got numbers ready out there each time but we stuck to our planned shape rather than reacting to their attacking strategy. We kept people in the back field in case of kicks into that space
Perhaps the forwards could have slid out to defend the fringes more quickly but this was not due to player errors rather weakness in the defensive system

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5 months 2 weeks ago #65416

Harry Byrne
back up 10 . . anyone ?

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5 months 2 weeks ago #65417

Westie wrote: Harry Byrne
back up 10 . . anyone ?


He has a far higher ceiling than his brother he will not be let go by Leinster.

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5 months 2 weeks ago #65418

Tomorrow we'll know.
Training pics
Carty and McCoy there or not

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5 months 2 weeks ago #65421

Can anyone reach out to David Nucifora ??
Friend knows him well . . right ?

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5 months 2 weeks ago #65422

Westie wrote: Can anyone reach out to David Nucifora ??
Friend knows him well . . right ?


Deadline for signings was March 19. No injury jokers this late in the season.

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5 months 1 week ago #65432

Carty trained today

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5 months 1 week ago #65433

Bundee in portugal acc to insta presumably IRFU enforced rest week? Surely we should have him for last 3 games...he looked really rusty in our systems vs sale and if we're not prioritizing challenge cup why play him last week vs this week??...find it baffling given these last league games are now critical for us?

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5 months 1 week ago #65434

essielo wrote: Bundee in portugal acc to insta presumably IRFU enforced rest week? Surely we should have him for last 3 games...he looked really rusty in our systems vs sale and if we're not prioritizing challenge cup why play him last week vs this week??...find it baffling given these last league games are now critical for us?


As I understand it rest weeks are set in stone this late in the season for the RWC squad. Not surprised Bundee's out as in last week's buildup Friend mentioned Roux was on a rest week this week.

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5 months 1 week ago #65435

Carty, what a relief

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5 months 1 week ago #65436

The IRFU rest weeks are a little inflexible(read: stupidly enforced).

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5 months 1 week ago #65438

Players need rest. If you want better players at the club this is what happens. Players get called up for international duty and make it ,then they'll be getting rest weeks. Look at the bigger picture. The more internationals we have the better we are going.


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