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Who will win the Leinster Schools Senior Cup 2018
Poll ended at Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:07 pm
Blackrock 12%  12%  [ 3 ]
Belvedere 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
Clongowes 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
Terenure 12%  12%  [ 3 ]
St. Mary's 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
St. Michael's 31%  31%  [ 8 ]
Roscrea 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
Gonzaga 12%  12%  [ 3 ]
Castleknock 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
Gerards 15%  15%  [ 4 ]
Total votes : 26
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Our fancied Js getting smacked around by Belvo.


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PBC won 67-7.
Crescent won 27-20.
CBC won 58-17.


Ard Scoil have gone off a cliff. They are very much a yoyo school, some years decent but mostly pretty shit. Hurling must be king there now.


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Our fancied Js getting smacked around by Belvo.


Belvo J's are the only team with a snowballs chance in hell of stopping Rock this year


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Final JCT games:

CBC Monkstown V Kilkenny College in Donnybrook 2pm
Wesley College V @St Gerards in Greystones 3pm
CC Roscrea V Terenure College in Donnybrook 4pm


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Munster SCT semi finals

PBC v CBC

Crescent v Glenstal


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After the indignity of losing to a hockey school, some good news for the CBC rugby programme with the Juniors getting into the JCT quarter finals and Eoghan Clarke being called up to the Ireland 20s.


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Munster SCT quarter final highlights:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAycVCKbJr0


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Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.


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Yeah French looks ridiculous at that level. Would be starting for Ireland u20 if he was eligible. Interested to see where he ends up at pro level 13 or 15.


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Ulster Rugby preview of sct quarter finals:

Methodist College v Bangor Grammar School (kick-off 10.30am)

The Methodist College, Belfast team seems to be coming good at just the right time of the season. Having been beaten finalists in the 2017 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup the current squad of players would love to put that record straight with regard to the 2018 competition. They travelled to Coleraine Grammar School in the previous round and came through, with flying colours, what might have been a tricky encounter against a very confident Coleraine team. They now prepare to take on a Bangor Grammar School team that lacks nothing in terms of confidence and ability.

The Methodist College team is coached by the experienced duo of Nicky Wells and Stephen Lindsay. Team captain, Matthew Neill, has seen his team win the majority of their games this season. Matthew led his players with great distinction against Coleraine Grammar School in their 4th Round Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup encounter. The team has recorded some impressive victories including a win against the Portugal U19 team earlier in the season.

Conor Kelly is the top try scorer for the Methodist College team this season while Ethan McIlroy has recorded most points. Ben Crangle, Kevin McNaboe, Thomas Armstrong, Robbie Armstrong, Chris Larmour, and Ethan McIlroy were all involved with the successful Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 squad earlier in the season. Samuel Bernard is another of the Methody players the Bangor Grammar School defence will need to monitor closely in the course of this Danske Bank Ulster Schools' quarter-final game.

The team is composed of mostly Year 13 players but there is a feeling in the Methody camp that this squad would be seen as a much more traditional Methodist College cup team. The Bangor Grammar School team will enter this contest with a very positive frame of mind having played a couple of Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup games this season. The Methodist College team will need to get a good start to this Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup quarter-final game.

The Bangor Grammar School team contains a lot of talented players in their ranks. Coached by Jason Morgan, the Bangor Grammar School team is captained by Zach Kerr. Zach was involved with the Ulster U19 team during their Inter-Provincial series of games earlier in the season. Alongside Zach, in a very talented Bangor Grammar School back line, is Aaron Sexton. Aaron played with an Ireland U18 squad last season and is in line for Ireland Schools' U18 honours this season. He played a leading role in the success of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 team during their Inter-Provincial series earlier in the season. Whilst Aaron has gained most of his representative rugby honours as a winger he has also featured in the centre for the Bangor Grammar School team and has played at outhalf in the course of the current Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup campaign in the games against Omagh Academy. Aaron is also a Commonwealth Youth Games Gold Medal sprint champion and he will need to be monitored closely by the Methodist College defence. Both Zach and Aaron are the leading try scorers for the Bangor Grammar School team this season and both featured strongly in the recent Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup games against Omagh Academy.

Interestingly, both Zach's father, Chris, and Aaron's father Roger, played in the last Bangor Grammar School team to have won the Ulster Schools' Cup back in 1988. How the sons would love to emulate the success of the fathers thirty years on! Ben McCrossan was involved with the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 team earlier in the season while Gareth Bell and Riley Westwood have been involved with U17 Ulster Schools' Development squads. Daniel Young is a very effective full back who is also a very fine place kicker. This Bangor Grammar School team feels this could be their year and will be going all-out to continue with the good start they have made to their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup campaign.

Campbell College v Ballymena Academy (kick-off 10.30am)

Having home advantage, the Campbell College team will see themselves as favourites to win this intriguing encounter. The Campbell College team has enjoyed a fair amount of success this season and, as ever, they will be aiming to continue their recent strong performances in the course of their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup campaign. They were impressive with their display of attacking rugby in the course of their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup 4th Round game against a very talented Dalriada School team.

The Campbell College team is coached by Neil Doak who has done a great job in developing the skills of all the players with whom he comes in contact. Neil is fortunate to have the experience of Brian Robinson and the youthful exuberance of Jonny Cupitt to assist him as he prepares this talented Campbell College squad for the undoubted challenges that lie ahead.

The Campbell College team is captained by John McKee who captained the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 team to Inter-Provincial success back in September. John displayed great leadership skills during that campaign and he will be hoping to do so once again when he leads his team into this Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup quarter-final game. John has some very talented players in the Campbell College squad. Oisin Kiernan and Jamie Maccartney were ever present with the Ulster U19 team earlier in the season. Alongside John McKee, Ben Power featured with the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 team as did Jack Stinson.

As well as that the talents of players such as Oscar Yandell, Harry Owens, John Harrison and Rex Tinsley have been recognised by the Ulster Rugby Talent ID Department. However, the Campbell College top points scorer is their very talented outhalf, Conor Rankin. Conor has displayed great game management skills this season and is one of the best place kickers playing in Ulster Schools' rugby at the minute. Ballymena Academy will need to be disciplined as any indiscretions inside their half will be severely punished by Conor. Jamie Maccartney is the leading try scorer for the Campbell College team this season but Conor has not been far behind. In all likelihood this will be a very closely contested game as the Ballymena Academy team has had a very successful season to date in the course of the games they have played.

The Ballymena Academy team has experienced some difficulties in getting games played in recent weeks. The prevailing weather conditions and teams withdrawing from scheduled games might have hampered the preparation of this talented squad of Ballymena Academy players for their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup campaign. However, they overcame successfully the not insignificant challenge provided by Enniskillen Royal Grammar School in the previous round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup. They travelled to that game and are on the road once again for their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup quarter-final game at Campbell College.

The Ballymena Academy team is coached by the evergreen John Andrews who continues to receive advice, assistance and guidance from Gavin Murray. These members of the Ballymena Academy coaching staff can call upon the expertise of Ryan Keating and Nikki Andrews to look after the S&C aspects of work with the players. The team is captained by Joshua McAuley who was a member of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 Inter Provincial Championship winning team. Joshua has led his team with distinction this season and he would be delighted to lead the Ballymena Academy team out at the Kingspan Stadium at some stage of their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup campaign.

Joshua has a group of some very experienced players around him. Ben Savage, Oisin Jordan, Bruce Houston and Stewart Moore have been involved with the Ulster U19 squad while Bruce and Stewart were involved with the Ireland U19 Camp back in November. Stewart is the top try scorer for the Ballymena Academy team with Bruce weighing in as top points scorer. They form part of a very talented Ballymena Academy midfield trio which has benefitted greatly from the astute coaching of Gavin Murray. His recently introduced "haircut" plays with Bruce and Stewart proved so effective in the previous round. Many observers would see Bruce and Stewart as being players with a big future ahead of them and their performances in this Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup quarter-final game will be watched with interest.

Wallace High School v Royal School Armagh (kick-off 10.30am)

The Wallace High School team has had an encouraging build up to this, their second game, in their current Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup campaign. They were justified in seeing themselves as favourites to win their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup 4th Round encounter at Royal School, Dungannon. Despite an early setback the Wallace High School team went on to record a comfortable victory by the end of that game.

However, the Wallace High School coach, Derek Suffern, who is assisted by Ian Latham, will instil into his players there are no easy games at this stage of the competition and especially against a team like Royal School, Armagh. The Wallace High School captain, Sam Cardosi, leads his team by example. He has been among the leading try scorers for his team this season. Nathan Doak was a key member of the successful Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 squad and he was joined in that squad by Joel Dundas. Nathan has scored quite a few tries this season but it is his success with his kicks that has seen him rise to the top as the leading points scorer for the Wallace High School team this season. His kicking performance against Royal School, Dungannon in the previous round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup was faultless. Peter McRoberts, Jack Dillon, another regular try scorer for the Wallace High School team, Ben Carson and Reuben Crothers are other Wallace High School players who have been involved with Ulster Schools' Age Grade squads. Jamie Peters, Jack Bailie and Jack Brown are other Wallace High School players the Royal School, Armagh defence will have to monitor closely in the course of this Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup quarter-final game.

The Royal School, Armagh team has experienced a very successful season in terms of some very positive results gained in the lead up to the start of their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup campaign. They added to their reputation with a fine victory against Cambridge House Grammar School in the previous round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup.

The Royal School, Armagh team is coached by Willie Faloon and Chris Parker who are assisted by James McCall. If any sage wisdom or advice is required from a more experienced source then the grandfatherly figure of Kenny Hooks is never far away to assist in whatever way he can. Chris Parker will especially look forward to this game as it sees him return to his Alma Mater where he will be hoping to cause an upset. The team is captained by Jack Treanor who has led by example throughout the season. Jack, alongside the experienced Nicholas Jennings and Zac Thompson, is one of the leading try scorers on the RS Armagh team. Zac is also the top points scorer who has had an outstanding season with his trusty boot. Matthew Reaney, as well as being a vital cog in the RS Armagh team, is Head Boy in the school. This Armagh team is a very competent team who play the game in a very positive way. They have scored a lot of tries in their games this season and added to that number in the course of their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup 4th Round game against Cambridge House Grammar School. Ryan O'Neill and Nicholas Jennings were members of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 Inter-Provincial winning team earlier in the season. Jonny Agnew, Jude Roberts and Charlie Worth are involved with the U17 Schools' Development group while Josh King has been involved at U16 Ulster level. Charlie Worth and Benji Boyd have become established as a very positive half back pairing and the Wallace High School defence will need to monitor all these players closely. Their half back encounter against the Wallace High School half backs, where Nathan Doak featured at outhalf in the previous round, could be key to the eventual outcome of this game. There is the possibility of the Royal School, Armagh squad having three sets of brothers in their match day 23. Samuel and Josh King, Daniel and Jayson Denley and Callum and Chris Whiteside will all be hoping to be selected for this Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup quarter-final game.

Royal Belfast Academical Institution v Sullivan Upper (kick-off 10.45am)

The Royal Belfast Academical Institution team played one of the "Top Eight" seeded teams from Ballyclare High School in the 4th Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup and had to work very hard before eventually winning that game. The Royal Belfast Academical Institution team are the current holders of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup and have held the cup for the past three seasons.

Team coach, Dan Soper, who continues to receive assistance from Richard Hedley with coaching responsibilities, can call upon the expertise of Gavin Noble as Physiotherapist, Mike Bentley who looks after the S&C aspects of team preparation and Andrew Douglas in the vitally important role as Team Manager. The Royal Belfast Academical Institution team captain is David McCann who has the experienced Niall Armstrong to assist him as Vice- Captain. The team has been undefeated so far this season against teams from schools in Ulster. David McCann and Angus Adair were vital members of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 team and both have attended Ireland Schools' U18 Camps. Robin McIlveen was also involved with the U18 Schools' team and, but for injury, would have attended the Ireland Schools' Camps. The return to play of Robin has been a major boost to the Belfast Inst squad as his performance against Ballyclare High School in the previous Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup would suggest.

Niall Armstrong and David Lyttle, both of whom were involved with the Ulster U19 team, have two Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Winners medals already. They would both be very keen to ensure they secure their third medals come March. These two players will be among a number of players the Ulster Rugby Talent ID Department will be watching closely as the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup progresses. A successful tour to New Zealand last summer, as well as a post -Christmas training camp, would appear to have set the current squad Belfast Inst squad up for a more than realistic challenge for Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup honours this season. The Royal Belfast Academical Institution players and staff will leave nothing to chance as they prepare for this Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup quarter-final game.

Sullivan Upper School travelled to play Belfast Royal Academy in the 3rd Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup. They had to work hard before coming away with a close win in that game. They were delighted to be at home in the 4th Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup against Down High School but realised they would have to improve their game if they were to overcome the not insignificant challenge that Down High School provided in that game. They did put on an improved performance against Down High School and will now need to raise the bar much higher as they prepare to travel to play the very well-organised Royal Belfast Academical Institution team.

The Sullivan Upper School team, coached by Adam Craig, who is assisted by David Armstrong and Chris Henderson, enjoyed a successful pre-season tour to South Africa. They returned from that tour and had a great start to their season. Unfortunate injuries somewhat hampered their progress but the recent return to play of a number of major players was a major boost as their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup campaign got underway at Belfast Royal Academy. Adam McKenna captains the Sullivan Upper team from the openside flanker position. He, alongside Tim Nart and Shay Storey, leads the Sullivan Upper try scoring statistics this season. Conor McKee, a lively scrum half, is the leading points scorer and he enjoys a deserved reputation as an excellent place kicker. This fact has been proven in the course of their two Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup games this season. Steven Moore featured on the Ulster U19 team in the course of the U19 Inter-Provincial series. He was joined in the extended Ulster U19 squad by Andrew Weir and Andrew McConnell. Thomas Leitch and George Robb have been involved with Ulster Schools' U16 Regional Development squads while Conor McKee, Luke McCabe and Harry Baird have been involved with the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U17 squad. George Saunderson was a valued member of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' U18 squad and he is working hard to regain full fitness following a period of rehabilitation. The Sullivan Upper School squad members all attended a training camp over the Christmas holiday period. They returned from that camp highly motivated for a successful outcome to their Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup campaign which has started so well with victories against Belfast Royal Academy and Down High School. Everyone associated with the Sullivan Upper team will be hoping this high degree of motivation will get them through this most difficult Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup quarter-final encounter against the current holders of the cup.


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Blackrock barely got by Gerards yesterday 19-17.


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Last minute drop goal I hear?


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Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Quarter-Finals Results:

Campbell College 12-10 Ballymena Academy
Royal Belfast Academical Institution 29-3 Sullivan Upper
Wallace HS 14-22 Royal School Armagh
Methodist College Belfast 53-10 Bangor GS

Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Semi-Finals Draw:

Monday 5th March 2018, 2.30pm at Kingspan Stadium: Royal Belfast Academical Institution v Royal School Armagh

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 2.30pm at Kingspan Stadium: Campbell College v Methodist College Belfast


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rfurlong wrote:
Last minute drop goal I hear?


yeah


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Great win for RSA, especially as i think they lost their 10 to injury on Monday. Likely to be an RBAI v Methody final but perhaps the country boys can cause an upset.


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It wasn’t really the last minute the drop.

I’m not too confident of the coaching this year. They sorted it out at half time but we should have been mailing them off the park all game.


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irishrugbyua wrote:
rfurlong wrote:
Last minute drop goal I hear?


yeah


There was over 8 mins to go when they kicked the dg. Not really even close to last minute.

https://twitter.com/eirSport/status/965248552870887425


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It wasn’t really the last minute the drop.

I’m not too confident of the coaching this year. They sorted it out at half time but we should have been mailing them off the park all game.


not the most talented team either IMO

still should grind out a cup win.


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Belvedere 23 Newbridge 7
The kicker missed a few sitters. Unusual for him, he also plays with the Dublin Minors. Close match Belvo pulled away in the second half.

https://twitter.com/eirSport/status/965625519264821248


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Can St. Marys smaller pack upset Roscrea today?


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Highlights of St. Marys win over Roscrea: https://twitter.com/eirSport/status/965989213307944962

Highlights of Belvo's win over Newbridge: https://twitter.com/eirSport/status/965625519264821248

Highlights of Blackrock's in over St. Gerards: https://twitter.com/eirSport/status/965248552870887425

Clongowes vs Michaels today is being streamed online at 3pm.


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Michaels won fairly handy .... as in the result never really looked in doubt

Rock v. Mary’s / Michaels v. Belvo is the semi final draw

Michaels will have done it the hard way if they manage to go all the way this year, after playing Terenure, Clongowes, Belvo and most likely Rock

Michaels less heralded secondrow Healy was very good today .... as were Scott Penny and David Ryan

Clongowes had an enormous front row who were good carriers, but couldn’t scrum for Love nor money ..... if the no pushing rule didn’t exist, the Clongowes scrum would have ended up in the Wesley clubhouse during the second half.

Plenty to work on for Michaels though .... charged down multiple times and too many knock ons. Mean looking defence though


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Michaels won fairly handy .... as in the result never really looked in doubt

Rock v. Mary’s / Michaels v. Belvo is the semi final draw

Michaels will have done it the hard way if they manage to go all the way this year, after playing Terenure, Clongowes, Belvo and most likely Rock

Michaels less heralded secondrow Healy was very good today .... as were Scott Penny and David Ryan

Clongowes had an enormous front row who were good carriers, but couldn’t scrum for Love nor money ..... if the no pushing rule didn’t exist, the Clongowes scrum would have ended up in the Wesley clubhouse during the second half.

Plenty to work on for Michaels though .... charged down multiple times and too many knock ons. Mean looking defence though


Yeah Michaels weren't great but still won handily enough..

Going to have to get over their cup problems when it comes to Belvedere and likely Blackrock if they are going to win the cup.


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wesley defeated KH today to win the vinnie murray cup, 35-27.


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Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.

Hopefully but loads of these schools stars can't hack big boy rugby and pack it in early enough.


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Rumham wrote:
Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.

Hopefully but loads of these schools stars can't hack big boy rugby and pack it in early enough.


I haven't seen him in the flesh but he looks like D'arcy when he was in school. Just on a different level altogether. I'd be surprised if he's not at the very least a Munster senior player.


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Uncle Fester wrote:
Rumham wrote:
Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.

Hopefully but loads of these schools stars can't hack big boy rugby and pack it in early enough.


not so much these days.. French will be in the academy next season and will likely progress quickly bar injury.


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Rumham wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:
Rumham wrote:
Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.

Hopefully but loads of these schools stars can't hack big boy rugby and pack it in early enough.


I haven't seen him in the flesh but he looks like D'arcy when he was in school. Just on a different level altogether. I'd be surprised if he's not at the very least a Munster senior player.


Darcy wasnt that great in school. He was an unknown quantity and came up against Flaky teams that were ragged after seasons of high intensity competition.

I should know he was my year '98 but was in different school to him. He wasn't a great player all the way through school but was sturdy and good in contact - was a hooker at JCT level - not the makings of a silky skillful back by any means.

Gearoid Hayes was potential Irish international player at schools and played for that Clongowes team.

I stand by this statement FYI.


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Flaky15 wrote:
Rumham wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:
Rumham wrote:
Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.

Hopefully but loads of these schools stars can't hack big boy rugby and pack it in early enough.


I haven't seen him in the flesh but he looks like D'arcy when he was in school. Just on a different level altogether. I'd be surprised if he's not at the very least a Munster senior player.


Darcy wasnt that great in school. He was an unknown quantity and came up against Flaky teams that were ragged after seasons of high intensity competition.

I should know he was my year '98 but was in different school to him. He wasn't a great player all the way through school but was sturdy and good in contact - was a hooker at JCT level - not the makings of a silky skillful back by any means.



Gearoid Hayes was potential Irish international player at schools and played for that Clongowes team.


He made an Irish squad 3 months after the Cup ended tbf.


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Flaky15 wrote:
Rumham wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:
Rumham wrote:
Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.

Hopefully but loads of these schools stars can't hack big boy rugby and pack it in early enough.


I haven't seen him in the flesh but he looks like D'arcy when he was in school. Just on a different level altogether. I'd be surprised if he's not at the very least a Munster senior player.


Darcy wasnt that great in school. He was an unknown quantity and came up against Flaky teams that were ragged after seasons of high intensity competition.

I should know he was my year '98 but was in different school to him. He wasn't a great player all the way through school but was sturdy and good in contact - was a hooker at JCT level - not the makings of a silky skillful back by any means.

Gearoid Hayes was potential Irish international player at schools and played for that Clongowes team.

Darcy was an actual international player - just after leaving school.

And played Irish schools too didn't he? He's often mentioned as a pure elite schools player


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Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.

Hopefully but loads of these schools stars can't hack big boy rugby and pack it in early enough.


I haven't seen him in the flesh but he looks like D'arcy when he was in school. Just on a different level altogether. I'd be surprised if he's not at the very least a Munster senior player.


Darcy wasnt that great in school. He was an unknown quantity and came up against Flaky teams that were ragged after seasons of high intensity competition.

I should know he was my year '98 but was in different school to him. He wasn't a great player all the way through school but was sturdy and good in contact - was a hooker at JCT level - not the makings of a silky skillful back by any means.

Gearoid Hayes was potential Irish international player at schools and played for that Clongowes team.


Yeah he was shite in school. No recognition after he left and was almost lost to the game. Definitely a late bloomer :uhoh:


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Darcy wasn't great in school. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Banana Man wrote:
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Rumham wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:
Rumham wrote:
Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.

Hopefully but loads of these schools stars can't hack big boy rugby and pack it in early enough.


I haven't seen him in the flesh but he looks like D'arcy when he was in school. Just on a different level altogether. I'd be surprised if he's not at the very least a Munster senior player.


Darcy wasnt that great in school. He was an unknown quantity and came up against Flaky teams that were ragged after seasons of high intensity competition.

I should know he was my year '98 but was in different school to him. He wasn't a great player all the way through school but was sturdy and good in contact - was a hooker at JCT level - not the makings of a silky skillful back by any means.

Gearoid Hayes was potential Irish international player at schools and played for that Clongowes team.

Darcy was an actual international player - just after leaving school.

And played Irish schools too didn't he? He's often mentioned as a pure elite schools player


He was different class. I think he might have done a number on Flaky in school.


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i'd say flaky took clongowes loss to michaels well. :lol:


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Rumham wrote:
Flaky15 wrote:
Rumham wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:
Rumham wrote:
Sean French looks like he's playing a different game. The very best ones in school have that different level and he could be an elite guy, future top level pro.

Hopefully but loads of these schools stars can't hack big boy rugby and pack it in early enough.


I haven't seen him in the flesh but he looks like D'arcy when he was in school. Just on a different level altogether. I'd be surprised if he's not at the very least a Munster senior player.


Darcy wasnt that great in school. He was an unknown quantity and came up against Flaky teams that were ragged after seasons of high intensity competition.

I should know he was my year '98 but was in different school to him. He wasn't a great player all the way through school but was sturdy and good in contact - was a hooker at JCT level - not the makings of a silky skillful back by any means.

Gearoid Hayes was potential Irish international player at schools and played for that Clongowes team.


Yeah he was shite in school. No recognition after he left and was almost lost to the game. Definitely a late bloomer :uhoh:


He was a little bulldozer in school with the shaved head- good footage here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmDfJDqA1aE


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D'Arcy was an unreal schools player. Which is why he was offered a trip to SA with Ireland when he was still in school. Himself and Dillon played the guts of the rugby, rest of the team rucked (extremely well) to their hearts content.


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D'Arcy was an unreal schools player. Which is why he was offered a trip to SA with Ireland when he was still in school. Himself and Dillon played the guts of the rugby, rest of the team rucked (extremely well) to their hearts content.


John Lacey couple of years ahead of D'Arcy would be a good example of a schools player that disappeared, he has the most SCT final appearance or some record like that also played senior football for Meath


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D'Arcy was an unreal schools player. Which is why he was offered a trip to SA with Ireland when he was still in school. Himself and Dillon played the guts of the rugby, rest of the team rucked (extremely well) to their hearts content.


John Lacey couple of years ahead of D'Arcy would be a good example of a schools player that disappeared, he has the most SCT final appearance or some record like that also played senior football for Meath


Lacey was brilliant, would have been an international, IMO. Had the size to have a long career. Had to quit due to injury, I believe.


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CM11 wrote:
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D'Arcy was an unreal schools player. Which is why he was offered a trip to SA with Ireland when he was still in school. Himself and Dillon played the guts of the rugby, rest of the team rucked (extremely well) to their hearts content.


John Lacey couple of years ahead of D'Arcy would be a good example of a schools player that disappeared, he has the most SCT final appearance or some record like that also played senior football for Meath


Lacey was brilliant, would have been an international, IMO. Had the size to have a long career. Had to quit due to injury, I believe.

Lacey - the now ref?

He won a tonne of AIL medals for Shannon but didn't go to Clongowes - he went to school in Tipp (spit) somewhere

Are we talking about same player?


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