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SOB back for England perhaps? Bench spot anyway.

Not surprised to see Jordi in for Conan. I think there is a lot more substance to Jordi at this level. He keeps putting in the big performances.


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SOB back for England perhaps? Bench spot anyway.

Not surprised to see Jordi in for Conan. I think there is a lot more substance to Jordi at this level. He keeps putting in the big performances.

Maybe. I think it's more horses for courses. The Scottish back row is 3 flankers. If they're going well or there's an injury it's not an 8 you want on the bench (Nordi is an 8 in the same way Wilson is an 8).


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Looking ahead a week for a moment, EJ has started the same backrow as started against Scotland, with Haskell coming on to the bench.
Is this Jones doubling down on that starting backrow? I think that's a good thing for Ireland.


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Depends. Hask is better on the deck than their starters and Underhill could be back for next week. If France expose them at the breakdown again his hand may be forced.


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Depends. Hask is better on the deck than their starters and Underhill could be back for next week. If France expose them at the breakdown again his hand may be forced.

Underhill is out the rest of the season.


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Looking ahead a week for a moment, EJ has started the same backrow as started against Scotland, with Haskell coming on to the bench.
Is this Jones doubling down on that starting backrow? I think that's a good thing for Ireland.

I think he could be right here fwiw. Think bulk rather than speed is what you need to nullify the French at the breakdown. Though not all that familiar with that French back row. Think the replacements will do a job when they come on.

Think I'd prefer the starting back row Vs us.


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Looking ahead a week for a moment, EJ has started the same backrow as started against Scotland, with Haskell coming on to the bench.
Is this Jones doubling down on that starting backrow? I think that's a good thing for Ireland.


I think that backrow is suitable for France. Underhill will definitely be added if he's fit for Ireland.


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Underhill is overrated. He doesn't do anything except tackle.


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Boxcar Ira wrote:
SOB back for England perhaps? Bench spot anyway.

Not surprised to see Jordi in for Conan. I think there is a lot more substance to Jordi at this level. He keeps putting in the big performances.


Conan only has himself to blame. Murphy won't have the same impact that Conan is capable of but he'll be much more secure defensively off the bench and I would hope we'd be in a position to not be chasing the game by the time the subs come on.


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SOB back for England perhaps? Bench spot anyway.

Not surprised to see Jordi in for Conan. I think there is a lot more substance to Jordi at this level. He keeps putting in the big performances.


Conan only has himself to blame. Murphy won't have the same impact that Conan is capable of but he'll be much more secure defensively off the bench and I would hope we'd be in a position to not be chasing the game by the time the subs come on.

At this stage I don't know if you can say that is true regarding impact. Murphy has had a much bigger impact on international games to date than Conan has.

Joe trusts Murphy to do exactly what he wants in any of the three backrow positions, I don't think that can be said of any other player apart from SOB.


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earl the beaver wrote:
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Boxcar Ira wrote:
SOB back for England perhaps? Bench spot anyway.

Not surprised to see Jordi in for Conan. I think there is a lot more substance to Jordi at this level. He keeps putting in the big performances.


Conan only has himself to blame. Murphy won't have the same impact that Conan is capable of but he'll be much more secure defensively off the bench and I would hope we'd be in a position to not be chasing the game by the time the subs come on.

At this stage I don't know if you can say that is true regarding impact. Murphy has had a much bigger impact on international games to date than Conan has.

Joe trusts Murphy to do exactly what he wants in any of the three backrow positions, I don't think that can be said of any other player apart from SOB.


:lol: fuckin’ hell Earl, has he even arrived yet?
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earl the beaver wrote:
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Boxcar Ira wrote:
SOB back for England perhaps? Bench spot anyway.

Not surprised to see Jordi in for Conan. I think there is a lot more substance to Jordi at this level. He keeps putting in the big performances.


Conan only has himself to blame. Murphy won't have the same impact that Conan is capable of but he'll be much more secure defensively off the bench and I would hope we'd be in a position to not be chasing the game by the time the subs come on.

At this stage I don't know if you can say that is true regarding impact. Murphy has had a much bigger impact on international games to date than Conan has.

Joe trusts Murphy to do exactly what he wants in any of the three backrow positions, I don't think that can be said of any other player apart from SOB.


I specifically added 'capable of' to distinguish between his actual impact and his potential impact. Possibly should just have used potential there.

Conan is a more explosive player than Murphy, I'm not sure you'd find many arguing otherwise. And as such is more likely to have an impact from the bench if he can actually bring his Leinster form to Ireland. Murphy's 'impact' has been best seen at 7 and primarily revolves around accuracy. I've no problem with him benching in this game in particular or in general but he's not someone you bring on when you're chasing a game and you're under the cosh.


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Flametop wrote:
earl the beaver wrote:
CM11 wrote:
Boxcar Ira wrote:
SOB back for England perhaps? Bench spot anyway.

Not surprised to see Jordi in for Conan. I think there is a lot more substance to Jordi at this level. He keeps putting in the big performances.


Conan only has himself to blame. Murphy won't have the same impact that Conan is capable of but he'll be much more secure defensively off the bench and I would hope we'd be in a position to not be chasing the game by the time the subs come on.

At this stage I don't know if you can say that is true regarding impact. Murphy has had a much bigger impact on international games to date than Conan has.

Joe trusts Murphy to do exactly what he wants in any of the three backrow positions, I don't think that can be said of any other player apart from SOB.


:lol: fuckin’ hell Earl, has he even arrived yet?
;)

Murphy is not outstanding enough at any aspect to get past specialists at 6, 7 or 8 but he's an extremely rounded player who can play anywhere across the backrow. Joe loves him because he can do exactly what Joe wants.

With everyone fit he's probably what? 4th choice in every position? And he'll fall behind others when fit but without VdF, Ruddock and SOB and with Heaslip's retirement I think Joe will still call on him a lot once he moves north.


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earl the beaver wrote:
Flametop wrote:
earl the beaver wrote:
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Boxcar Ira wrote:
SOB back for England perhaps? Bench spot anyway.

Not surprised to see Jordi in for Conan. I think there is a lot more substance to Jordi at this level. He keeps putting in the big performances.


Conan only has himself to blame. Murphy won't have the same impact that Conan is capable of but he'll be much more secure defensively off the bench and I would hope we'd be in a position to not be chasing the game by the time the subs come on.

At this stage I don't know if you can say that is true regarding impact. Murphy has had a much bigger impact on international games to date than Conan has.

Joe trusts Murphy to do exactly what he wants in any of the three backrow positions, I don't think that can be said of any other player apart from SOB.


:lol: fuckin’ hell Earl, has he even arrived yet?
;)

Murphy is not outstanding enough at any aspect to get past specialists at 6, 7 or 8 but he's an extremely rounded player who can play anywhere across the backrow. Joe loves him because he can do exactly what Joe wants.

With everyone fit he's probably what? 4th choice in every position? And he'll fall behind others when fit but without VdF, Ruddock and SOB and with Heaslip's retirement I think Joe will still call on him a lot once he moves north.


Pretty fair analysis alright. Decent without being outstanding.


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Ireland Students v Scotland Students:

15. Richard Walsh (UCC)
14. Steven Kilgallen (UCD)
13. Cian Bohane (UCC, captain)
12. Paul Kiernan (UCC)
11. Michael Courtney (DUFC)
10. James Taylor (UCC)
9. Rowan Osborne (DUFC)

1. Ntinga Mpiko (IT Carlow/Lansdowne)
2. Ty Chan (UL/Shannon)
3. Michael Moynihan (UCD)
4. JJ O’Dea (DCU/Old Wesley)
5. Lee Nicholas (UL/Shannon)
6. Sam Pim (DUFC)
7. Patrick Thornton (DCU/Terenure)
8. Jack O’Sullivan (DBS/Lansdowne)

Replacements:

16. Tadhg McCarthy (UCC)
17. James Bollard (DIT/DUFC)
18. Anton Lupari (UU)
19. Ryan Murphy (UCC)
20. Alex Penny (UCD)
21. Gerard Treanor (QUB)
22. Fergal Cleary (DIT/Lansdowne)
23. Colm Mulcahy (UCD)


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Ireland Students v Scotland Students:

15. Richard Walsh (UCC)
14. Steven Kilgallen (UCD)
13. Cian Bohane (UCC, captain)
12. Paul Kiernan (UCC)
11. Michael Courtney (DU)
10. James Taylor (UCC)
9. Rowan Osborne (DU)

1. Ntinga Mpiko (IT Carlow)
2. Ty Chan (UL)
3. Michael Moynihan (UCD)
4. JJ O’Dea (DCU)
5. Lee Nicholas (UL)
6. Sam Pim (DU)
7. Patrick Thornton (DCU)
8. Jack O’Sullivan (DBS)

Replacements:

16. Tadhg McCarthy (UCC)
17. James Bollard (DIT)
18. Anton Lupari (UU)
19. Ryan Murphy (UCC)
20. Alex Penny (UCD)
21. Gerard Treanor (QUB)
22. Fergal Cleary (DIT)
23. Colm Mulcahy (UCD)

Former Ulster underage player Anton Lupari there, who is the relation I think of a somewhat famous trad musician.


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Touhy to Stade Francais as medical Joker.


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It is a really good job that Allen Clarke decided he wasn't needed x(


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http://www.the42.ie/james-ryan-ireland- ... /#comments

Good to read a player interview that total blandoori.


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Good read here on Vakh Abadladze

https://www.leinsterrugby.ie/early-starts-competitive-edge-helping-vakh-abdaladze-achieve-goals/


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It is a really good job that Allen Clarke decided he wasn't needed x(

Haven't you heard we have strength and depth in the second row and aren't having to play green as grass 19 year olds.


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Obviously Toner has come in for his linebreaking, offloading and carrying prowess :thumbup:


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earl the beaver wrote:
CM11 wrote:
Boxcar Ira wrote:
SOB back for England perhaps? Bench spot anyway.

Not surprised to see Jordi in for Conan. I think there is a lot more substance to Jordi at this level. He keeps putting in the big performances.


Conan only has himself to blame. Murphy won't have the same impact that Conan is capable of but he'll be much more secure defensively off the bench and I would hope we'd be in a position to not be chasing the game by the time the subs come on.

At this stage I don't know if you can say that is true regarding impact. Murphy has had a much bigger impact on international games to date than Conan has.

Joe trusts Murphy to do exactly what he wants in any of the three backrow positions, I don't think that can be said of any other player apart from SOB.



start early Earl!


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Obviously Toner has come in for his linebreaking, offloading and carrying prowess :thumbup:


You jest but Toner has been really excellent this season so far. Probably playing the rugby of his career.


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Great kid


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Touhy to Stade Francais as medical Joker.


He's popping up everywhere.

Stade are in big trouble. Reckon they could go down. Haven't got any fight in them

Such a lopsided squad. On one hand, Parisee, Alberts (phoning it in though) Macalou, Plisson, Danty

On the other hand, Shane Geraghty


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So let’s talk possible back line replacements/injury subs and permutations/combos:

Murray off- straight swop for Marmion.

Sexton off- straight swop for Joey.

Aki off- tricky, no direct sub or same type of player.
Possibilities- Sexton to 12, Joey on at 10. Second playmaker on pitch.
Stockdale to centre with Ringrose, Larmour on wing. (Who plays 12/13?)
Larmour to 13 (he says it’s his favourite position), Ringrose to 12. (A waste of Ringrose?)

Ringrose off- (I’m not entertaining Earls to 13)
Straight swop for Larmour. (See above)
Stockdale to 13, Larmour to wing.
Joey to 12, Aki to 13. (Second playmaker on field)

Earls off, Larmour to wing.
Joey to wing at a stretch.

Kearney off- all 30 players open up a beer.
But seriously:
Joey on. Second playmaker and broken field runner.
Larmour on. Red panty night.


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Obviously Toner has come in for his linebreaking, offloading and carrying prowess :thumbup:


You jest but Toner has been really excellent this season so far. Probably playing the rugby of his career.


I'm not sure I'd say he's been great all season but his performance against Wales was up there with his best ever alright. Competition eh?


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So where is Robin Copeland leaving to? Maybe it was covered already?


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Connacht apparently. That would be a fantastic signing and we might get to his him show his real ability. Showing decent form for Munster recently.


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10. James Taylor (UCC)




I really hope the backline moves are called ‘ winter, spring summer and fall’


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Kearney off- all 30 players open up a beer.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Poor Rob.


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He’s tall enough. 6’6” I think he is.


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http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-u ... 4z3i1.html

Canberra Times saying Kyle Godwin has signed a deal to play in Ireland. Doesn't specify a province


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Anyone at the Bryn Q&A, a half decent report would be appreciated :thumbup:


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C/D?


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C/D?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-64CaD8GXw


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Conan really should move to Ulster before the indignity of being overtaken by younger lads...


He has turned down a move to Ulster how many times? 2? 3?


if Heaslip hadn't had to retire, there might have been a small argument in favour of such a move. Conan is Leinsters first choice 8 and will remain so for another 2 years at least I'd say. At that stage SOB will have retired too. Conan ain't going anywhere.

I think Leinster missed a trick not bringing Beirne home, but in Fardy we found a gem instead.

I also happen to think that Josh Murphy is going to be the best 6 we've produced in many many years

:lol:

You're actually unbelievable.



Yeah, Josh will be a decent 6 but don't see him being top class.

Beirne a much better 6.


On Luke fitzgeralds podcast, Ruddock and I think Heaslip (?) have both separately said that Josh Murphy is the best young lad coming through at Leinster at the moment.

Must be something to him.

Incidentally, a couple of Leinster pros (cant remember which, probably the two above) were also saying how skillful cathal marsh was, saying he just needed a run of games.


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On Luke fitzgeralds podcast, Ruddock and I think Heaslip (?) have both separately said that Josh Murphy is the best young lad coming through at Leinster at the moment.

Must be something to him.

Incidentally, a couple of Leinster pros (cant remember which, probably the two above) were also saying how skillful cathal marsh was, saying he just needed a run of games.


I listened to both podcasts, neither said he was "the best young lad coming through leinster at the moment"

Ruddock mentioned him as someone at his own position who impressed him and heaslip didnt mention him.

Murphy is a impressive character studying medicine while in the academy. He's had a decent debut season to date.


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