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5 months 1 week ago #65444

I said they were stupidly enforced, not a bad idea. For instance earlier in the season Bundee was rested more during European weekends but still had to be rested during a league round rather than a European weekend because it's all geared around the Heineken cup. All the studies say it's minutes on the clock over the course of the season that increase the risk of injury, we could (and I'm pretty sure did) rest key players during European rounds, something no other province did for obvious reasons, but are still forced to rest the players during league rounds that are much more important to the team this season. He could have had last week off but it wouldn't have made any difference because he was down for an enforced rest week this week anyway along with Roux.

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5 months 1 week ago #65449

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


I think they extended it by two weeks.
Oh no wait, that was a different deadline :whistle:


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5 months 1 week ago #65464

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?


Rest weeks are not set in stone, the IRFU work with the players regarding this. If he was carrying a knock it would have been different

But there was no way that Bundee (if not injured) was not going to want to play in the knockout game against Sale, especially with Zebre the following week (which he's probably confident we can get through without him). But given what transpired with regards to selection for Sale, he was probably better off hitting a beach last week and being ready for Zebre.


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5 months 1 week ago #65503

I was thinking, McCoy seems improved, Bealham isn't busy with Ireland and will be available. O'Donnell can cover both sides. So we shouldn't waste a NIQ spot over TH, Ben Betts is the perfect guy to compete for 3rd/2nd Choice, 23 in August, he has not re-signed for Ealing for now.

Leaves us NIQ spots for wing and 10!

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5 months 6 days ago #65584

Burke, Kenny, and Fitzgerald promoted from the academy.

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5 months 6 days ago #65586

Worrying for Conan O'Donnell

1) Buckey, McAlister, McCabe, Burke
3) Bealham, NIQ, McCoy, Kenny....
we won't have 9 props and we can't go in Champions Cup without a marquee NIQ

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5 months 6 days ago #65588

On that subject, I'm expecting the list of those released to come out this week. In previous years they've been given a send off the last home game. We were *supposed* to carry a squad of 43 this year. So far we have just 5 out or confirmed out (Reece, Scholes, Kellerher, Carey, Connolly) and minimum 9 in (Boyle, Burke, Kenny, les deux Fitzgeralds, Daly, McAllister, direct Carey & Kelleher replacements according to Friend). That's just the definites, strong rumours of others. So there'll be quite a few more leaving, sadly.

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5 months 6 days ago #65589

salmson wrote: On that subject, I'm expecting the list of those released to come out this week. In previous years they've been given a send off the last home game. We were *supposed* to carry a squad of 43 this year. So far we have just 5 out or confirmed out (Reece, Scholes, Kellerher, Carey, Connolly) and minimum 9 in (Boyle, Burke, Kenny, les deux Fitzgeralds, Daly, McAllister, direct Carey & Kelleher replacements according to Friend). That's just the definites, strong rumours of others. So there'll be quite a few more leaving, sadly.


Where does it confirm Connolly leaving ?

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5 months 6 days ago #65592

His Dad rather gave the game away on Twitter (last away day, farewell tour etc.)

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5 months 6 days ago #65594

Have Daly and Fitzgerald Snr been confirmed?

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5 months 6 days ago #65597

connachta wrote: Worrying for Conan O'Donnell

1) Buckey, McAlister, McCabe, Burke
3) Bealham, NIQ, McCoy, Kenny....
we won't have 9 props and we can't go in Champions Cup without a marquee NIQ


Why would we use a marquee NIQ spot on a replacement? Seems a bit of a waste to me


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5 months 6 days ago #65598

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Why would we use a marquee NIQ spot on a replacement? Seems a bit of a waste to me


I suppose the answer to that is also a question: do you know of an available IQ TH who's as good or better than Carey?

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5 months 6 days ago #65599

Maybe Ben Betts

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5 months 6 days ago #65600

If possible at all I’d have a go at getting oli jager from the crusaders

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5 months 6 days ago #65602

He's signed up with the crusaders until 2020.

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5 months 6 days ago #65603

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ConnachtCows wrote:
Why would we use a marquee NIQ spot on a replacement? Seems a bit of a waste to me


I suppose the answer to that is also a question: do you know of an available IQ TH who's as good or better than Carey?


That's not the point. Why sign a marquee player to be on the bench.
If we have to sign a NIQ player, that's fair enough, but dont waste budget on a marquee player who isn't first choice


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