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4 months 1 week ago #66120

Kellaway would have played Super rugby and U20s with Horowitz so some connection there, but no 7s experience and in my head I have Friendy going to the 7s circuit for a back three player....probably just my own lunacy though.

Best of luck to Kearney in Italy if he goes, deserves game time which he probably wouldn't get with us.

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4 months 1 week ago #66121

The Aussie flyer is Falou rumour has it he was spouting some crap on twatter to engineer a move to Connacht.

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4 months 1 week ago #66122

Accidentally Onside wrote: Kellaway would have played Super rugby and U20s with Horowitz so some connection there, but no 7s experience and in my head I have Friendy going to the 7s circuit for a back three player....probably just my own lunacy though.

Best of luck to Kearney in Italy if he goes, deserves game time which he probably wouldn't get with us.


Yeah first thing that I thought of was that Friend would be on to someone from his recent 7s experience for the back 3.

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4 months 1 week ago #66124

How long is Marion's contract?
After today even the most one eyed Leinster fan can claim that McGrath is even close to the required level.
JGP is Irish qualified soon but he's not really top level either.

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4 months 1 week ago #66127

That’s another final that Leinster have lost on a 20-10 scoreline ;-)

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4 months 1 week ago #66129

Accidentally Onside wrote: How long is Marion's contract?
After today even the most one eyed Leinster fan can claim that McGrath is even close to the required level.
JGP is Irish qualified soon but he's not really top level either.


I agree with you re: mcgrath but leinster think differently, they've sent nick mccarthy to munster so they obviously don't see a problem in that position.

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4 months 1 week ago #66130

So very annoying to see how good Sevu Reece is progressing, with talk of an All Black call-up coming imminently:


You have to think that if it is morally OK for the All Blacks, it should have been for us also....


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4 months 1 week ago #66132

I completely understand your frustration but I’m glad Connacht didn’t sign Reece. I support an American football team who has a player that has been convicted of domestic violence and has faced another serious allegation this offseason. If he’s playing with my team next year then I don’t think I’ll celebrate any of his touchdowns or if I do, it’ll be tempered. It’s a massive cloud over the team. I’d hate to have those feelings towards Connacht when it represents my homeplace and sense of place

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4 months 1 week ago #66134

Bazzo wrote:

DeadStraightStare wrote: I see Doris the most likely of those three. Conan would obviously be first choice.

Nucifora has found some great wingers down south over the last few years with Lowe and Reece. Lets hope he has another gem ready to come up north.

Does anyone know if Super Rugby players will join earlier this year due to the World Cup? Waiting til November is never ideal, also would be nice to get a good March going while all the internationals are away.

Julian Savea could be looking for a club? Recon we could get him into shape?


Just curious is there any reason why you think it was Nucifora who scouted Lowe and Reece?


I thought the thing Nucifora was actually praised for was assisting with overseas signings. Could be way off on that one, was just something that was in the back of my head

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4 months 1 week ago #66137

fatgav wrote: I completely understand your frustration but I’m glad Connacht didn’t sign Reece. I support an American football team who has a player that has been convicted of domestic violence and has faced another serious allegation this offseason. If he’s playing with my team next year then I don’t think I’ll celebrate any of his touchdowns or if I do, it’ll be tempered. It’s a massive cloud over the team. I’d hate to have those feelings towards Connacht when it represents my homeplace and sense of place


Just exactly what is a tempered celebration ?

Is it a little whoo hoo as opposed to a great big WHOOO HOOO.

Maybe you could make and upload a video just so I can understand the level of protest you're planning against this despicable act. Then your "American football team" might pick up on it and reverse their decision to sign this player.


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4 months 1 week ago #66138

That's a pretty unnecessary level of snark in response to a pretty balanced response on the Sevu Reece issue.

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4 months 1 week ago #66139

TH Rory Burke from Nottingham and Kerins promoted from the academy.

www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-sign-prop-...st-academy-graduate/

That's two IQ signings so just the mooted "Aussie Flyer" to come and we're done.

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4 months 1 week ago #66140

salmson wrote: TH Rory Burke from Nottingham and Kerins promoted from the academy.

www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-sign-prop-...st-academy-graduate/

That's two IQ signings so just the mooted "Aussie Flyer" to come and we're done.


Would I be correct in assuming that moving from academy to pro contract is not seen as one of the IQ signings? As in already a squad member played senior so it’s just a change in type of contract.

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4 months 1 week ago #66141

It's possible but I doubt it.

We started the season with 42 senior pros. Boyle replaced Scholes when he left, then the three loan/short term players brought us briefly to 45 (presumably paid for with the money saved on Reece). When Lloyd's deal ended we ran for the rest of the season with 44.

We already have 40 senior players signed, with just one fewer forward and one fewer back than this season, and Friend has talked about having a smaller squad. So I can't see more than one extra player coming in.

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4 months 1 week ago #66142

Burke seems like a decent player, won't know till we see him get a proper chance at this level -with Carey going we needed a replacement, hopefully Burke is that. Any word on a replacement for Peter McCabe, or is one coming? When you look at the signings Ulster have made, I'm worried we're in danger of being left behind. Think we're still in need of another prop, that elusive no.8 wrecking ball and a genuine starter in the back line.

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4 months 1 week ago #66143

Paddy McAllister was signed a while back he’s a loosehead coming from Gloucester. Ulster born.

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