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4 years 7 months ago #33230

Dave Heff, Jason HW and Sean Henry out of contract.
I'd keep Heff and toss a coin for the 2 injury prone players.

Could Munster come in and take one of them of our hands?

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4 years 7 months ago #33953

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It has also been confirmed this week that Development prop Alan Cotter will leave the province at the end of the current season, to join French Federale 1 side Le Parc Pays D'Aix, who are currently in pursuit of Pro D2 qualification.


Shame we didn't get this lad I think he has a lot of potential. Good move for him learning his trade in France but would love to have him in Connacht Green.


He's 29 this year. I know props are late developers but I doubt he'd add much to us.

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4 years 6 months ago #34587

Thank god for that. aparently bylendaal is really impressive in training aswell so things are looking up. sign a decent TH preferably of the project variety and next season looks very exciting.
Munster are the top try scorers in this year's pro12 and have conceded the least amount of tries also. I can only assume that we are conceding more pens in the red zone and converting less into points given that we are behind ulster on score difference.
hopefully munster and connacht can do each other a favour this weekend by winning our matches.

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3 years 2 months ago #46744

So Munster have signed a 6'8'' saffer lock. This is classic Munster/Irish mismanagement of resources, they have locks coming out the wazoo and have bigger recruitment issues elsewhere. Ok this may be because Chisholm is moving on due to injury but I don't know if he was even needed when was signed.

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3 years 1 month ago #47061

Francis Saili out for a few months

www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0816/809678-munster-reveal/

In fairness Munster haven't caught a break for a while now.

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3 years 1 month ago #47274

Im going to post this here as im not sure were to put it.

Intresting plans afoot by munster supporters to rejuvinate the atmosphere in thomond. Fair dues, although the it will proably improve anyways once the team starts to play better again. There are proably some intresting ideas there for us too.

threeredkings.com/building-an-atmosphere/

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3 years 1 month ago #47280

EnricoPalazzo wrote: Im going to post this here as im not sure were to put it.

Intresting plans afoot by munster supporters to rejuvinate the atmosphere in thomond. Fair dues, although the it will proably improve anyways once the team starts to play better again. There are proably some intresting ideas there for us too.

threeredkings.com/building-an-atmosphere/


Well it's a blog rather than any official Minster supporters group.But good luck to them...


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3 years 1 month ago #47281

Three kings has a lot of followers and is close to the Munster Rugby supporters club. So I wouldn't be surprised to see some happen

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3 years 3 weeks ago #48274

Munster's new High Performance Centre looks very impressive


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3 years 3 weeks ago #48275

The full UL set up they have now is great.

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2 years 6 months ago #53997

Sindo: 'The worst thing was talking to mom on the phone, she broke down crying' - Ian Keatley on dealing with jeers

Yes, you had a bad day at the office, you're the first to admit it, but this is salt in the wounds. "It hurt," says Ian Keatley of that December night in 2015 when Leicester came to Limerick and inflicted a 31-9 defeat on Munster in the Champions Cup. The supporters were frustrated, fed up and impatient so in that moment a number of them decided to make their feelings known.

"Over anyone who was there that day I was most upset that we'd lost and I hadn't played well. I don't need people booing me or telling me that I had a bad game, a player knows how he has done. All players go back and scrutinise the game but I understand they are fans who have paid in and are entitled to their opinions. The worst thing was talking to mom on the phone a day or two later, she broke down crying. I said, 'Look mom, it's fine, these things happen, I'll bounce back'."

But it wasn't as easy as just bouncing back and Keatley struggled on and off the pitch. He tried to build himself back up, spoke to sports psychologists, his friends, team-mates and coaches, but it wasn't easy.

"It's so personal," he says. "People will tell you it's alright; deep down as a player you know yourself it's not. It's especially tough when you are trying your hardest. I got tweets saying, 'Is Keatley not practising his place-kicking', obviously I couldn't work harder in training but people don't see the hours, weeks, months and years that you put in. They just see you having bad moments in a game and judge you on that."

The abuse was relentless. In this modern digital world, keyboard warriors lurk, waiting for an opportunity to kick someone when they are down. They think they are typing words that mean something only to them and seem oblivious to the pain they can cause. Responsibility and consequences aren't for them.

When Keatley tweeted an entertainment show recommendation that his friend was involved in he got an instant reply telling him his time would be better spent watching DVDs on Jonny Wilkinson. There was no let-up. Looking back, it affected him more than he realised at the time.

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2 years 6 months ago #54013

Evil_g wrote: Sindo: 'The worst thing was talking to mom on the phone, she broke down crying' - Ian Keatley on dealing with jeers

Yes, you had a bad day at the office, you're the first to admit it, but this is salt in the wounds. "It hurt," says Ian Keatley of that December night in 2015 when Leicester came to Limerick and inflicted a 31-9 defeat on Munster in the Champions Cup. The supporters were frustrated, fed up and impatient so in that moment a number of them decided to make their feelings known.

"Over anyone who was there that day I was most upset that we'd lost and I hadn't played well. I don't need people booing me or telling me that I had a bad game, a player knows how he has done. All players go back and scrutinise the game but I understand they are fans who have paid in and are entitled to their opinions. The worst thing was talking to mom on the phone a day or two later, she broke down crying. I said, 'Look mom, it's fine, these things happen, I'll bounce back'."

But it wasn't as easy as just bouncing back and Keatley struggled on and off the pitch. He tried to build himself back up, spoke to sports psychologists, his friends, team-mates and coaches, but it wasn't easy.

"It's so personal," he says. "People will tell you it's alright; deep down as a player you know yourself it's not. It's especially tough when you are trying your hardest. I got tweets saying, 'Is Keatley not practising his place-kicking', obviously I couldn't work harder in training but people don't see the hours, weeks, months and years that you put in. They just see you having bad moments in a game and judge you on that."

The abuse was relentless. In this modern digital world, keyboard warriors lurk, waiting for an opportunity to kick someone when they are down. They think they are typing words that mean something only to them and seem oblivious to the pain they can cause. Responsibility and consequences aren't for them.

When Keatley tweeted an entertainment show recommendation that his friend was involved in he got an instant reply telling him his time would be better spent watching DVDs on Jonny Wilkinson. There was no let-up. Looking back, it affected him more than he realised at the time.

To a lesser extent but Jack Carty would have gone through the same thing. There were a couple of games this season where he has gotten booed by Connacht fans. It has to affect your confidence.

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2 years 6 months ago #54014

I was at a match and i was in front of his family. A few people were told and were really embarrassed, and felt bad at what they were saying. It's a shame it needed to be said.

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2 years 6 months ago #54016

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Evil_g wrote: Sindo: 'The worst thing was talking to mom on the phone, she broke down crying' - Ian Keatley on dealing with jeers

Yes, you had a bad day at the office, you're the first to admit it, but this is salt in the wounds. "It hurt," says Ian Keatley of that December night in 2015 when Leicester came to Limerick and inflicted a 31-9 defeat on Munster in the Champions Cup. The supporters were frustrated, fed up and impatient so in that moment a number of them decided to make their feelings known.

"Over anyone who was there that day I was most upset that we'd lost and I hadn't played well. I don't need people booing me or telling me that I had a bad game, a player knows how he has done. All players go back and scrutinise the game but I understand they are fans who have paid in and are entitled to their opinions. The worst thing was talking to mom on the phone a day or two later, she broke down crying. I said, 'Look mom, it's fine, these things happen, I'll bounce back'."

But it wasn't as easy as just bouncing back and Keatley struggled on and off the pitch. He tried to build himself back up, spoke to sports psychologists, his friends, team-mates and coaches, but it wasn't easy.

"It's so personal," he says. "People will tell you it's alright; deep down as a player you know yourself it's not. It's especially tough when you are trying your hardest. I got tweets saying, 'Is Keatley not practising his place-kicking', obviously I couldn't work harder in training but people don't see the hours, weeks, months and years that you put in. They just see you having bad moments in a game and judge you on that."

The abuse was relentless. In this modern digital world, keyboard warriors lurk, waiting for an opportunity to kick someone when they are down. They think they are typing words that mean something only to them and seem oblivious to the pain they can cause. Responsibility and consequences aren't for them.

When Keatley tweeted an entertainment show recommendation that his friend was involved in he got an instant reply telling him his time would be better spent watching DVDs on Jonny Wilkinson. There was no let-up. Looking back, it affected him more than he realised at the time.

To a lesser extent but Jack Carty would have gone through the same thing. There were a couple of games this season where he has gotten booed by Connacht fans. It has to affect your confidence.


That's pathetic. Really really disappointing

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2 years 6 months ago #54022

Why would the fans worry about being critical when the support from the club was so lukewarm? Expected to be at O'Garas standard of place kicking when even Sexton doesn't achieve this (look at the drop goal attempt from JS at the weekend). A year has made a big difference for Keatley though, even if he didn't make the bench for the Quarter Final. Hope he stays in a good place in the future.

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