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3 months 1 week ago #67885

I wonder is this the first ever time we have had seven players named in an Irish squad, only one less than Munster, and three more than Ulster.
And quite a few of them could feature in the 23 against Italy too. Bundee is an automatic starter at 12. KM will either start 9, or understudy Murray at 21. Jack Carty is likely to be given the No22 jersey. If Henderson is banned for his recent red card, then it's possible Quinn Roux might start, and certain that either he or Ultan D will bench at No19. Dave Heff stands a really good chance of starting this game or shadowing Kelleher from the bench at No16, while Finlay Bealham is playing better than John Ryan at the moment and could also be in the 23.
So possibly up to 6 of the 23 vs Italy to be Connachtmen.

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3 months 1 day ago #67896

Good show for our lads Connacht lads today - shame neither Jack nor Kieran got to show their stuff, but our forwards got to finish the game out quite nicely. Heff looked solid with the throws, Finlay threw the weight around a good bit, Ultan solid. Bundee was usual ball of energy.

That was some offload from POM, eh?

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2 months 2 weeks ago #67923

Team for Nations Cup up now. Finlay, Ultan, Dave Heff, Quinn, Bundee, Marms part of the extended squad. Fair play to them all!!


Feel bad for Jack, but reckon it'll be a chance for him to show his class for us.

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10 hours 20 minutes ago #68030

Loose Head Healy Kilcoyne
Hooker Heffernan Herring Kelleher
Tight Head Furlong O'Toole Porter
Second Row Beirne Dillane Henderson Roux Ryan
Back Row Connors Doris O'Mahony Ruddock Stander van der Flier
Scrum Half Casey Gibson Park Murray
Fly Half Burns Byrne Sexton
Centre Aki Farrell Henshaw McClosky Ringrose
Back Three Conway Daly Earls Keenan Larmour Lowe

Congrats to Heff, Ultan, Quinn and Bundee.

Heart goes out to the lads that should've gotten the shout - Jack and KM especially.

Last edit: 10 hours 18 minutes ago by Sol_ie.
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9 hours 18 minutes ago #68031

I'd be raging if I was Carty. Every criticism levelled at him he comes back and proves them wrong and he still gets snubbed. Without doubt the best performing 10 in Ireland right now, not even called into the squad.

I just hope we can hold on to him when he knows he's not going to get the recognition he deserves from Ireland.

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8 hours 50 minutes ago #68032

At this stage there's a good few of our lads that must feel that they're never going to get a look in no matter how hard and well they play. I couldn't begrudge a single one of them for taking a cheque from French or English sides. Loyalty goes both ways, and when the national side ignores you in favour of much more pedestrian (or past it) players you'd have to think that makes a decision to stay a little bit harder.

(Same goes for John Cooney, btw. I'd be 100% fuming if I were an Ulster supporter. Sure, his run of form hasn't been stellar as of late but he has been cruelly overlooked again and again)

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3 hours 29 minutes ago #68033

I think Marmion and Carty can both feel hard done by. I also think that Heff is quite lucky...

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