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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:24 am 
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If you burst your arse to save yourself and then had your spot handed to Wegians you would not be a happy boy.


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Banana Man wrote:
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Seems like a good idea. The standard is getting pretty good there again. Would be nice to see it as a genuine stepping stone to the fully-pro tier.

Maybe if you are a Lansdowne - but lower down teams and higher level junior ones like an Enniscorthy etc will now have a harder time breaking into senior I think.


Tougher on them obviously. But it will provide a more competitive top tier I suppose.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:26 am 
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If you burst your arse to save yourself and then had your spot handed to Wegians you would not be a happy boy.

Wegians getting a massive influx of cash money having sold Crowley Park too - so might get a free ride to Premiership 2 and them spend.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:28 am 
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I suppose it's natural for Irish people to look at the negatives first but.....


The IRFU is talking about clubs buddying up with the Provinces on the provision of facilities, coaching and players.

To keep the quality high I would think they would want to concentrate the talent in a small number of clubs (Their ideal would probably be 2 but max 3).

The boost the chosen clubs would receive would make the league very one-sided.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:28 am 
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Mullet 2 wrote:
If you burst your arse to save yourself and then had your spot handed to Wegians you would not be a happy boy.

That'll be us I guess then.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:30 am 
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Diego wrote:
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If you burst your arse to save yourself and then had your spot handed to Wegians you would not be a happy boy.

That'll be us I guess then.



More then likely


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:31 am 
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Mullet 2 wrote:
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If you burst your arse to save yourself and then had your spot handed to Wegians you would not be a happy boy.

That'll be us I guess then.



More then likely

:thumbdown:

Now I know how white South Africans feel


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:34 am 
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Banana Man wrote:
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How are they choosing the Premiership teams? 1A&B from last season?



Does last years 1A and 1B have the provincial spread though?

201/2019

1A
Lansdowne, Cork Constitution, Terenure College, Garryowen, Clontarf, Young Munster, UCD, Dublin University, Shannon, UCC

Leinster - 5
Munster - 5

1B
St. Mary's College, Buccaneers, Banbridge, Ballynahinch, Old Belvedere, Naas, Ballymena, Old Wesley, Malone, City of Armagh

Leinster - 4
Ulster - 5
Connacht 1

2A
Dolphin, UL Bohemians, Nenagh Ormond, Highfield, Cashel, Queen's University, Blackrock College, Galwegians, Old Crescent, Navan

Munster - 6
Leinster - 2
Ulster - 1
Connacht - 1

2B
Corinthians, Greystones, Rainey Old Boys, MU Barnhall, Wanderers, Sunday's Well, Skerries, Dungannon, Sligo, Belfast Harlequins

Leinster - 4
Munster - 1
Ulster -3
Connacht - 2

2C
City of Derry, Omagh, Thomond, Malahide, Midleton, Seapoint, Bangor, Tullamore, Ballina, Bruff

Leinster - 3
Munster - 3
Ulster - 3
Connacht 1

Fully extrapolated out -

Its Leinster - 18
Munster - 15
Connacht- 5
Ulster - 12

With City of Derry begging to be made a junior side - I can see them willingly drop out


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Mullet 2 wrote:
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How are they choosing the Premiership teams? 1A&B from last season?



Does last years 1A and 1B have the provincial spread though?


Probably not, that's what I was wondering.
Maybe do it the old Pro12 way for the HEC. X team from each price automatically qualify, then the rest of the division is made up based on league standings.
Some teams are going to miss out based on being from a strong province (Leinster). Be a big financial punishment.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:11 pm 
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Banana Man wrote:
2B
Corinthians, Greystones, Rainey Old Boys, MU Barnhall, Wanderers, Sunday's Well, Skerries, Dungannon, Sligo, Belfast Harlequins

Leinster - 4
Munster - 1
Ulster -3
Connacht - 2


The Well were going to be the only Munster team in 2B? What a disaster of a season that would have been.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:15 pm 
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Rumham wrote:
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2B
Corinthians, Greystones, Rainey Old Boys, MU Barnhall, Wanderers, Sunday's Well, Skerries, Dungannon, Sligo, Belfast Harlequins

Leinster - 4
Munster - 1
Ulster -3
Connacht - 2


The Well were going to be the only Munster team in 2B? What a disaster of a season that would have been.

Well they still will be -there arent going to be changes until season after next


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:25 pm 
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Mullet 2 wrote:
I suppose it's natural for Irish people to look at the negatives first but.....


The IRFU is talking about clubs buddying up with the Provinces on the provision of facilities, coaching and players.

To keep the quality high I would think they would want to concentrate the talent in a small number of clubs (Their ideal would probably be 2 but max 3).

The boost the chosen clubs would receive would make the league very one-sided.


Heard a rumour that Leinster are building 4 centres of excellence throughout the province. Mini UCD facilities with 4G pitch/gym etc.


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Seems a good idea. Personally would have made more Regional Conference rugby to cut down on travelling outside of the Premiership stuff. Will be interesting to see what happens with the Ulster clubs and where the resources go.


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Liathroidigloine wrote:
Mullet 2 wrote:
I suppose it's natural for Irish people to look at the negatives first but.....


The IRFU is talking about clubs buddying up with the Provinces on the provision of facilities, coaching and players.

To keep the quality high I would think they would want to concentrate the talent in a small number of clubs (Their ideal would probably be 2 but max 3).

The boost the chosen clubs would receive would make the league very one-sided.


Heard a rumour that Leinster are building 4 centres of excellence throughout the province. Mini UCD facilities with 4G pitch/gym etc.



Northside location with adjacent land badly needed ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:51 pm 
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Banana Man wrote:
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Banana Man wrote:
2B
Corinthians, Greystones, Rainey Old Boys, MU Barnhall, Wanderers, Sunday's Well, Skerries, Dungannon, Sligo, Belfast Harlequins

Leinster - 4
Munster - 1
Ulster -3
Connacht - 2


The Well were going to be the only Munster team in 2B? What a disaster of a season that would have been.

Well they still will be -there arent going to be changes until season after next


Ah right. That's a nightmare division for travel.


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Assume most/all teams back in pre season.

Fixtures came out yesterday officially

http://www.irishrugby.ie/club/allirelan ... xtures.php


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Armagh start at home to Old Wesley.

Made a couple of signings but haven’t heard very much. Think we are the only Ulster 1B club without any Academy players. Could be a good or bad thing.


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Actually one for the Nordies, I know Rainey had a few academy lads on the books - do you know if they held onto them or not?


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Armagh start at home to Old Wesley.

Made a couple of signings but haven’t heard very much. Think we are the only Ulster 1B club without any Academy players. Could be a good or bad thing.

I have no idea how good we'll be this season. We're so flipping unpredictable :lol:


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As far as I know, all the Academy players are either at Ballymena, Banbridge, Malone or Hinch.

Below is stolen from UAFC

Ballynahinch (5): O'Toole, McCall, Regan, Hall, Hughes
Banbridge (4): O'Sullivan, Lowry, Hume, McCann
Malone (6): Dalton, Dunleavy, Agnew, G Curtis, A Curtis, Moore
Ballymena (4): Rea, Allison, Balacoune, Houston


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boringperson12 wrote:
As far as I know, all the Academy players are either at Ballymena, Banbridge, Malone or Hinch.

Below is stolen from UAFC

Ballynahinch (5): O'Toole, McCall, Regan, Hall, Hughes
Banbridge (4): O'Sullivan, Lowry, Hume, McCann
Malone (6): Dalton, Dunleavy, Agnew, G Curtis, A Curtis, Moore
Ballymena (4): Rea, Allison, Balacoune, Houston

O'Hagan not in the academy?


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Banana Man wrote:
boringperson12 wrote:
As far as I know, all the Academy players are either at Ballymena, Banbridge, Malone or Hinch.

Below is stolen from UAFC

Ballynahinch (5): O'Toole, McCall, Regan, Hall, Hughes
Banbridge (4): O'Sullivan, Lowry, Hume, McCann
Malone (6): Dalton, Dunleavy, Agnew, G Curtis, A Curtis, Moore
Ballymena (4): Rea, Allison, Balacoune, Houston

O'Hagan not in the academy?


Listed in the Senior Squad now. Whether he is still at Rainey, I don’t know.


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Not entirely a fan of this concentration of players but oh well, it's the way of things now.


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Armagh start at home to Old Wesley.

Made a couple of signings but haven’t heard very much. Think we are the only Ulster 1B club without any Academy players. Could be a good or bad thing.

4 nordie teams in a row for Marys at the start of the season.


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Armagh start at home to Old Wesley.

Made a couple of signings but haven’t heard very much. Think we are the only Ulster 1B club without any Academy players. Could be a good or bad thing.

4 nordie teams in a row for Marys at the start of the season.

careful they might pick the accent


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Achtung Mullet - you taking one of our lads? Word is he is off to you. A forward.

Mullet's great "April Fooled Ya" Crosbie is going to be player coach in Belvo.


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Achtung Mullet - you taking one of our lads? Word is he is off to you. A forward.

Mullet's great "April Fooled Ya" Crosbie is going to be player coach in Belvo.


Glad to see ye losing some!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:47 pm 
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I'm not as across the playing side at the moment.

Breaking my bollocks brining in cash!


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Mullet 2 wrote:
I'm not as across the playing side at the moment.

Breaking my bollocks brining in cash!

Stop buying players and you won't need to rob little old ladies in the village.


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Liathroidigloine wrote:
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Achtung Mullet - you taking one of our lads? Word is he is off to you. A forward.

Mullet's great "April Fooled Ya" Crosbie is going to be player coach in Belvo.


Glad to see ye losing some!

Ah he is a 2s player - but a decent one and a good lad... don't worry just hoovering up rural u20 talent!


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Clontarf spending ALL the money this year on 20s and 1s. Seem to have brought half of the AIL Trinity team from last year over.


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Clontarf spending ALL the money this year on 20s and 1s. Seem to have brought half of the AIL Trinity team from last year over.

Who's joined from DUFC?


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Hope There will be some game in 2 weeks as I pop back at the club (Leinster league is On ?)


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Nolanator wrote:
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Clontarf spending ALL the money this year on 20s and 1s. Seem to have brought half of the AIL Trinity team from last year over.

Who's joined from DUFC?

Angus Lloyd, Jack McDermott, Courtney, Martin Kelly, Paddy Finlay


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Banana Man wrote:
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Clontarf spending ALL the money this year on 20s and 1s. Seem to have brought half of the AIL Trinity team from last year over.

Who's joined from DUFC?

Angus Lloyd, Jack McDermott, Courtney, Martin Kelly, Paddy Finlay

Gus and Marty were finished with their degrees already. Jack, Courts and Paddy are all done by this stage, too. There's usually an exodus of senior players every 2-3 years given the college nature of the team.
Great that Marty's back playing after retiring just after Munster signed him.


That's a serious amount of talent and experience to replace in a team, though. Good business by Tarf, mind.


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Nolanator wrote:
Banana Man wrote:
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Clontarf spending ALL the money this year on 20s and 1s. Seem to have brought half of the AIL Trinity team from last year over.

Who's joined from DUFC?

Angus Lloyd, Jack McDermott, Courtney, Martin Kelly, Paddy Finlay

Gus and Marty were finished with their degrees already. Jack, Courts and Paddy are all done by this stage, too. There's usually an exodus of senior players every 2-3 years given the college nature of the team.
Great that Marty's back playing after retiring just after Munster signed him.


That's a serious amount of talent and experience to replace in a team, though. Good business by Tarf, mind.

Belvo spending a right whack of cash money too.

Trinity been very savy with their 20s signings I was told.


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Banana Man wrote:
Clontarf spending ALL the money this year on 20s and 1s. Seem to have brought half of the AIL Trinity team from last year over.



Shocking stuff


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Trinity been very savy with their 20s signings I was told.

They usually need to be!

It has probably helped them to no end that they've had a good run of consecutive seasons in 1A when it comes to attracting top level players out of school.


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Naas also making a big push - taking 2/3 lads from Lansdowne.

But Lansdowne did sign Harry Byrne.


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Naas also making a big push - taking 2/3 lads from Lansdowne.

But Lansdowne did sign Harry Byrne.

How much game time will they get from him?

With Leinster's 10 stocks looking rather sketchy, he'll probably be around the match day 23 a lot.

Who's Frawley signed up with?


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