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1 year 1 month ago #63617

Sooo no Healy yet...But international players back

1) Buck
2) McCartney
3) Bealham
4) Dillane
5) Roux
6) SOB
7) Butler
8 ) Boyle
9) Marms
10) Carty
11) Godwin
12) Farrell
13) Aki
14) Niyi
15) TOH

16) no news about Heff but I guess still Delahunt
17) McCabe
18) Carey
19) Cannon
20) Copeland
21) Blade
22) Horwitz (yeah could close a game out with more experience than Fitzgerald)
23) Kelleher

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1 year 1 month ago #63618

Reckon thta's very close to the XV but Aki will play 12 and Farrell will play 13.

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1 year 1 month ago #63619

Is this on TV lads?

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1 year 1 month ago #63620

McCabe & Blade shud start as they are having a good season so far

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1 year 1 month ago #63621

Live on TG4 from 8pm

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1 year 1 month ago #63622

Roux will feature in Chicago so I would say wouldn't travel, but other than that that's a good shout.

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1 year 1 month ago #63623

salmson wrote: Reckon thta's very close to the XV but Aki will play 12 and Farrell will play 13.


Was about to write in this order (Schmidt directive for Bundee), but Farrell is used as 12 only when Bundee is available (presumed defensive weaknesses). So I don't think it would change in such a key game

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1 year 1 month ago #63624

connachta wrote:

salmson wrote: Reckon thta's very close to the XV but Aki will play 12 and Farrell will play 13.


Was about to write in this order (Schmidt directive for Bundee), but Farrell is used as 12 only when Bundee is available (presumed defensive weaknesses). So I don't think it would change in such a key game


All three games they've started together this year Bundee's been at 12 and Farrell at 13. Don't think they've played the other way round since the Gloucester q/f where Aki had an absolute mare defensively at 13.

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1 year 1 month ago #63625

salmson wrote:

connachta wrote:

salmson wrote: Reckon thta's very close to the XV but Aki will play 12 and Farrell will play 13.


Was about to write in this order (Schmidt directive for Bundee), but Farrell is used as 12 only when Bundee is available (presumed defensive weaknesses). So I don't think it would change in such a key game


All three games they've started together this year Bundee's been at 12 and Farrell at 13. Don't think they've played the other way round since the Gloucester q/f where Aki had an absolute mare defensively at 13.


I've not paid attention to that, was fixed on last season.
My bad then.

But don't think Tom and Bundee are the reasons, Joe may have decided that.
Aki to compete with Henshaw for 12, as many said Ringrose is nailed as 13, C.Farrell/Arnold are only back-ups

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1 year 1 month ago #63626

(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Tom Farrell, Bundee Aki, Cian Kelleher, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Sean O’Brien, Jarrad Butler (Capt), Paul Boyle.

Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Conan O’Donnell, Conor Carey, James Cannon, Colby Fainga’a, Caolin Blade, Conor Fitzgerald, Kyle Godwin.

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1 year 1 month ago #63627

Ospreys are starting 18 year old Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler at 12, need I say more.

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1 year 1 month ago #63628

Mark Mostyn wrote: Ospreys are starting 18 year old Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler at 12, need I say more.


And the scrum half, Harri Morgan is 18, born 16 March 2000

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1 year 1 month ago #63630

Mark Mostyn wrote: Ospreys are starting 18 year old Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler at 12, need I say more.


They have the same number of internationals (7) as us, and nearly twice as many caps (if you take Lydiate out it's pretty even), and they're still favourites.

That said our odds have plunged towards even overnight and the spread has gone from 7 points to 1.

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1 year 1 month ago #63634

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Mark Mostyn wrote: Ospreys are starting 18 year old Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler at 12, need I say more.


They have the same number of internationals (7) as us, and nearly twice as many caps (if you take Lydiate out it's pretty even), and they're still favourites.

That said our odds have plunged towards even overnight and the spread has gone from 7 points to 1.


I was thinking more narrowly than that, about the prospect of Bundee running straight at him off first phase ball all night. I was surprised Leinster weren’t more ruthless in targeting N’Tamack last week, eventually Cian Healy ran straight over him and he went off injured. That being said it looks like the Ospreys kid is a big lad, 6 foot 2 and 98kg apparently.

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1 year 1 month ago #63638

It clearly won't be easy. Having us underdog +1 to + 7 seems fair
A 4-1 split would be ok in my POV. A win would be a huge boost

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1 year 1 month ago #63642

Mr Power has us as one point favourites now. I believe I have already made my feelings clear about being slight favourites ...


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