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1 year 8 months ago #60716

JP Cooney just announced on Insta that he’s finished with Connacht this year.

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1 year 8 months ago #60717

Shame things didn’t kick on after starting in the win in Cardiff last season. Was there when needed to win the Pro12 so thanks for all the memories JP. All the best for the future.

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1 year 8 months ago #60718

I'd prefer if this was announced officially. However, if it is true, I wish him all the very best for the future.

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1 year 8 months ago #60719

hontherobe wrote: I'd prefer if this was announced officially. However, if it is true, I wish him all the very best for the future.


Tis true it seems, from the horses mouth...


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1 year 8 months ago #60746

Craggy Island las saying another 4 - 5 signings on the way. I wonder the likelhood of not getting into Champions going to be a stumbling block in getting remaining signings across the line.
Where would fans like see strensthened. Personally I see:

1) A loosehead
2) A hooker with O'Toole leaving
3) A back row
4) Possible young ten with bags of potential

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1 year 8 months ago #60747

Assuming Horwitz is signed as a starting 10, and assuming we have an as yet unrevealed plan for who will kick if he is
1)High quality Lock
2)Hooker
3) Back up 9 (not happening with everyone signed up I know)
4)Loosehead
5)Back 3 cover

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1 year 8 months ago #60749

We have 6 senior locks (7 if Browne stays) and 2 back rows who can play lock, with just 1 (Roux/Dillane) or none (if Beirne hits the ground running) likely to be in the international squads next year. Not sure why we'd need any more.

We need one loosehead, one hooker (Delahunt or replacement) and one other front row at an absolute minimum to be able to name 11 senior front row players in the EPCR squad. Also we have just 5 back rows signed up (6 if McKeon stays) and we have 8 this season, so there'll definitely be one signing there, maybe two. So it's conceivable all the remaining signings will be forwards.

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1 year 8 months ago #60752

sligsup wrote: Craggy Island las saying another 4 - 5 signings on the way. I wonder the likelhood of not getting into Champions going to be a stumbling block in getting remaining signings across the line.
Where would fans like see strensthened. Personally I see:

1) A loosehead
2) A hooker with O'Toole leaving
3) A back row
4) Possible young ten with bags of potential


1) Peter Dooley
2) If Delahunt stays think an academy player would do as 4th choice IMO, maybe we'll have a look at Eoghan Clarke
3) Probably an NIQ, and one more IQ
4) We have Luke Carty, could see us bringing Conor Dean into the academy perhaps

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1 year 8 months ago #60758

A few rumors online that we are signing Stephen Myler from Northampton. Great kicker but at 33 is a little on the old side.

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1 year 8 months ago #60759

sligsup wrote: A few rumors online that we are signing Stephen Myler from Northampton. Great kicker but at 33 is a little on the old side.


A little bit alright but he is a very effective nuts and bolts out half who could be a great role model for Carty, Horwitz and Carty Jr and any other possible younger 10s coming through (How did Prendergast get on today?)

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1 year 8 months ago #60762

He'd be 34 by the summer and if we had Horvitz, Carty and him I don't see that we'd have kept Ronaldson.

Maybe he's coming on board as a coach or maybe Carty's going to tour Oz, but most likely this just isn't happening.

BTW when Northampton announced he was leaving they mentioned he was 23 from 23 kicks at goal in the four finals he played for them.

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1 year 8 months ago #60763

Any ideas on where the captaincy will go next year? Tom Mc seemed the obvious choice to me a while back but with his form this year we might need to llook elsewhere. Are SOB/Masterson sure enough of starting and is McKeon even going to renew? Maybe a way of guilting Bundee into renewing when his contract is up in 2020? Although probably better to have some one who's always available. Finlay/Denis/Ultan/Roux outside bets. At this point id be leaning towards thinking Masterson is being groomed as The new Mul

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1 year 8 months ago #60775

sligsup wrote: A few rumors online that we are signing Stephen Myler from Northampton. Great kicker but at 33 is a little on the old side.


Same age as Parks when he arrived, and with Myler's League background you know he won't be a turnstile in defence...;)


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1 year 7 months ago #60905

Peter Robb has signed an extension

www.connachtrugby.ie/peter-robb-extends-...f-the-201819-season/

Connacht Rugby are delighted to confirm that centre Peter Robb has extended his contract with the province. The 23-year-old made his debut for Connacht against Russian side Enisei STM during the 2015-16 Championship winning season and has gone on to make 26 appearances for the senior side.

Commenting on the contract extension, Connacht Head Coach Kieran Keane said: “We are delighted that Peter has extended his contract into next season. He is a big powerful player and gives us increased options in our midfield. He has been unlucky with injury this season, but he has worked really hard to get back to his best over the past few weeks.”

Speaking after signing his contract extension, Peter Robb said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract with Connacht. It is great to be back on the pitch again over the past few weeks and I am determined to perform to the best of my ability in the Connacht jersey. I have been honoured to represent Connacht over the past four years and to have experienced success with the club. As a player group we are determined to bring further success to the province.”


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1 year 7 months ago #60916

Good news. Gives us a power option in midfield that no one else outside of Bundee does.

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