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1 year 4 months ago #61496

wp_rathead wrote: Shane O'Leary starts at 10 for Ealing Trailfinders against a Leinster A team featuring Mick Kearney in B&I Cup final


So they located Mick Kearney again, thought he was still MIA after last game in Galway...B)


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1 year 4 months ago #61527

Congrats to ex player who won with Leinster today.
I know he left to win things, and I'm over the moon for him. He is a great man and player.
And I will always miss him. I hope he goes on to win more in the future.
Well done Sean Cronin you are a legend


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I Better say well done to endorsement as well


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1 year 4 months ago #61531

I read during the week where Endorsement said that winning the Heineken with Leinster would outstrip winning the Pro12 with Connacht. Typical.

Anyway I thought he'd just left us to go to Leinster coz his girlfriend worked in Dublin.

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1 year 4 months ago #61532

Bit disengenous there lads. So everyone should stay in their parish? He probably would not have won a Champions Cup with us. He should be celebrated for his achievements. Fine player well deserved, delighted for him.

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1 year 4 months ago #61533

Ah get over yourself. If a player wanted to change province from Munster or Ulster on a central contract they'd be told what to do with themselves.

It's a chicken and egg thing for us, we need players on central contracts to get the likes of Henshaw to stay, but we need a Henshaw to stay to get that first central contract.

He was completely right to look after number one, but in terms of the province's long-term development it put us back a couple of years.

So the flip side of him being free to do what he likes is Connacht fans being free to (cordially) dislike him for it.

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1 year 4 months ago #61534

columoc wrote: Bit disengenous there lads. So everyone should stay in their parish? He probably would not have won a Champions Cup with us. He should be celebrated for his achievements. Fine player well deserved, delighted for him.


Ummm.. I don't harbour any deep hatred for Henshaw or anything but I certainly don't have to respect or celebrate him for choosing to leave.

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1 year 4 months ago #61537

Congratulations to Buccaneers RFC along with all of the Connacht coach's both at various age levels right up to Eric Elwood and Pat Lam ect. for seeing the potential and developing a player capable of winning a Champions cup, not least for the bravery and confidence they showed letting him play Heineken Cup Rugby while he was still in school. Were it not for them, the majority of us would never have even heard his name let alone get to see him play. Real shame though, that he was out sick the day they were giving the loyalty classes.


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1 year 4 months ago #61538

While I think we are bring harsh on Robbie, only last Friday I was saying that I don't view him the same as when he was with us, even when playing with Ireland there's a subconscious ill feeling toward him. When he decided to leave it hurt more than McCarthy, Cronin, Keatley, Carr or anybody else that moved to other provinces or JOC or Duffy leaving to go abroad, he may be a Westmeath native but he was raised in rugby terms within Connacht, and his choice to leave was one of our own saying "Thanks, but no thanks", and that stung deep, you can't expect people to cheer him on with unwavering support now that he's playing in blue.

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1 year 4 months ago #61540

MulMan wrote: While I think we are bring harsh on Robbie, only last Friday I was saying that I don't view him the same as when he was with us, even when playing with Ireland there's a subconscious ill feeling toward him. When he decided to leave it hurt more than McCarthy, Cronin, Keatley, Carr or anybody else that moved to other provinces or JOC or Duffy leaving to go abroad, he may be a Westmeath native but he was raised in rugby terms within Connacht, and his choice to leave was one of our own saying "Thanks, but no thanks", and that stung deep, you can't expect people to cheer him on with unwavering support now that he's playing in blue.


It was more that it was a bit of a vote of no confidence in the province beyond having a decent season (he couldn't have known that we'd win out that season) despite all the support he had been given within the province all the way up.

I still maintain that he jumped too early, and as a consequence it hurt our progress badly, certainly affected us more than Leinster would have been affected if he had stayed another season or two. Certainly would not have affected his Ireland chances one jot by staying. Himself and Bundee were the outstanding centre's in the country at the time...


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1 year 4 months ago #61543

For me there was the whole bittersweet irony that if he had been in the Leinster setup from youth , he would have been nowhere near the international team at that point.

I felt he owed us two years and if we weren’t doing the biz then good look to him.

He could have been the catalyst to get us a centrally contracted player, a full international and a lions player to boot, all with Connacht after his name.

That imo wound have created a snowball effect for us.

For me it’s a bit like an ex, don’t wish them any harm but don’t particularly want to hear of them winning the lotto either.


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1 year 4 months ago #61546

Congrats to the lads. Was a slog of a game but
Leinster did the necessary. Honestly we wouldnt have won the league without Henshaw so I'll always be thankful to him for that. Ultimately its a short career and players have to be selfish. I probably don't feel as warmly about him as other former players but still credit where its due.

Congrats to Shane O'Leary on winning B&I Cup with Ealing. Seem to be a club on the rise.

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1 year 4 months ago #61568

www.usmlr.com/news/mlr-week-4-first-xv-player-of-the-week

Former Connacht Academy scrumhalf Marcus Walsh got Player of the Week in MLR

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1 year 4 months ago #61580

Borders no.2 wrote: Congrats to Shane O'Leary on winning B&I Cup with Ealing. Seem to be a club on the rise.


He's off to Nottingham next season according to the last line of this article in the42: www.the42.ie/oisin-heffernan-nottingham-rugby-4013787-May2018/

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1 year 3 months ago #61612

Not technically a player but reports in NZ say that Dave Ellis will be leaving the Blues. Bit of a shake up there aftee a rotten season with all of their coaches' contracts up for renewal. Umaga has been given another year with Leon McDonald joining on a 3-yr deal as assistant and possibly head coach if Umaga can't turn it around. www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cf...=4&objectid=12053302

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1 year 3 months ago #61618

cabaiste wrote: Not technically a player but reports in NZ say that Dave Ellis will be leaving the Blues. Bit of a shake up there aftee a rotten season with all of their coaches' contracts up for renewal. Umaga has been given another year with Leon McDonald joining on a 3-yr deal as assistant and possibly head coach if Umaga can't turn it around. www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cf...=4&objectid=12053302


I'd love to think there was a chance he could be coming back to Connacht, but I can't see happening.


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1 year 3 months ago #61622

[quote="salmson" post

So the flip side of him being free to do what he likes is Connacht fans being free to (cordially) dislike him for it.[/quote]

Miow miow . .
It's ok for anybody else to leave - or be kicked out by Connacht?
It broke my heart when he left but anyone that's being honest can understand his reasoning.
It's a professional sport and Henshaw, dispite the huge contribution he made to our Pro 12 win is being treated by you with disrespect. Says more about all of you that agrees with the post.
It's a very short career he has to look at what's best for him, and to be honest his game and career will improve at Leinster anyone can't admit that is in complete denial.
One thing Rugby prides itself on is its respect of other players and teams (including our own ex players).
You nailed it when you said ah get over yourself

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