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by Banana Man
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
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Views: 16194136

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Players from Limerick in Munster squad/academy: David Kilcoyne, Craig Casey, Conor Murray, Dan Goggin, Calvin Nash, Paddy Kelly, Neil Cronin. How many more from South Clare/West Tipp? I forgot Keith Earls from the list of limerick players. players from Tipp: Tommy O'Donnell(Cahir), Ben Healy(Nenagh...
by Banana Man
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Offical GAA Thread
Replies: 9579
Views: 503445

Re: The Offical GAA Thread

Diabhal wrote:Donal Og is still doing punditry. Wouldn't say he's keeping himself out of the limelight or the rumour mill.
Don't think it's a one size fits all.

Anyway, could be moot. Could just be sick of mad hours at work and serious commitment with Dubs
by Banana Man
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Offical GAA Thread
Replies: 9579
Views: 503445

Re: The Offical GAA Thread

Typed this on the fly on the phone, should have clarified McCaffrey is on the record in saying how he didn’t like the public side of being a GAA star in Dublin - think the quote was “people think they own you” and heard murmurings a few years ago about his personal life. Perhaps it is desire to step...
by Banana Man
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Offical GAA Thread
Replies: 9579
Views: 503445

Re: The Offical GAA Thread

Heard last year there is a touch of the Donal Ogs about McCaffrey too.
by Banana Man
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Have to add, what’s with the end over end spinning backwards like a drop kick pass? x( I’ve seen Farrell and a few other English players use it. Would be quite commonly coached, I use it. It's an easier pass in terms of catch pass as you bunch from your elbow rather than reload and spin. It's also ...
by Banana Man
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 100811
Views: 3216962

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

Ah lads you gave Timmy Dooley a gig... FFS.. thought we were done with him.
by Banana Man
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

The two 8s on show today - Sotutu and Tu’u are really good players

And Papilli the blues lad has seriously bulked up.
by Banana Man
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby
Replies: 100811
Views: 3216962

Re: Rugby NAMA thread Revisited Rugby

Congrats Mullet. I know you've soldiered with Daire O Brien for years.

The neglect of a Minister on Western seaboard is a little bit of a weird look.
by Banana Man
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

irishrugbyua wrote:Odd that John Hodnett is not training with the senior squad.
Getting an extra week off due to home issues.

Back next week I was told, if not later this week.
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

irishrugbyua wrote:
Lazy Couch potato wrote:Always thought Gallagher would make it. He looked so good at u20s
Yeah he looked very good, maybe he is too comfortable in Galway.. I dunno, he is still quite young at 23, but still.
He is kitten soft. Played against us in the AIL twice last season.

Doesn't like getting down and dirty.
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

The annoying/weird thing about Connacht is they haven't been able to produce some raw gigantic humans. Those are the types of guys who usually come from outside the traditional pathways, like Tony Buckley/John Hayes/Donnacha Ryan/Tadgh Furlong. There must be, by the laws of averages, some absolutel...
by Banana Man
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Joe Dolan
Replies: 15
Views: 669

Re: Joe Dolan

Is a relation of mine...no show like a Joe show.
by Banana Man
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

some rumours online that Leinster have only added 3 players to their academy: Alex Soroka, Andrew Smith and Sean O'Brien. Presumably several of this years u20's have to try earn contract over summer. Wait and see, if rumours are true. Could see it happening that a couple of them end up with us. It ...
by Banana Man
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

some rumours online that Leinster have only added 3 players to their academy: Alex Soroka, Andrew Smith and Sean O'Brien. Presumably several of this years u20's have to try earn contract over summer. Wait and see, if rumours are true. Didn't they have a small group the last couple of years as well ...
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: AIL the forgotten thread
Replies: 2472
Views: 184178

Re: AIL the forgotten thread

Mullet 2 wrote:Some vaulted Company for us but very tough
That’s just our guess - but pretty sure something like is the plan in Munster
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: AIL the forgotten thread
Replies: 2472
Views: 184178

Re: AIL the forgotten thread

It was still all new for us so we're probably not as keen on it as other clubs. That and the fact that we're in Belfast in 90 minutes versus say going to Enniscorthy To be fair, Dublin teams get the luck of the draw in terms of Geography when it comes to away games, never have to do an overnight. S...
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Ulsters Red Hand wrote:
Banana Man wrote:Club competition back in September ...... we are back baby.
Will AIL be as normal?
No, like a regional league, split up by divisions based on strength pre Xmas and some form of AIL post Xmas is the word
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Club competition back in September ...... we are back baby. So really only an extra couple of months off. God loves rugby. Can see hassle with underage between GAA and rugby. will be some mess. more so than usual. Won't just be underage, but that's where the conflict will fall heaviest. More of an ...
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: AIL the forgotten thread
Replies: 2472
Views: 184178

Re: AIL the forgotten thread

Bit of talk about the regional AIL idea after the funeral. What do you make of the idea? Seems to be a done deal. Regional before Xmas and some sort of All Ireland round robin in like 3 separate splits after Xmas Not sure - still think they shat the bed too soon on calling the season null and void....
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: AIL the forgotten thread
Replies: 2472
Views: 184178

Re: AIL the forgotten thread

Mullet 2 wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:Mullet
Condolences on WD. Trust you'll have a triple-dry hopped IPA to mark his passing.
I actually choked one down in his honour on Thursday.
Condolences again Mulet, think one of the older lads with us knew him quite well and was putting up a condolence from the club on RIP.
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: AIL the forgotten thread
Replies: 2472
Views: 184178

Re: AIL the forgotten thread

Seemingly no AIL as we know it for next season Regional leagues split into 2/3 groups until before Xmas and some form of joined up division or round robin after that. You heard anything on the school's game BMan? AFAIK schools up here are organising fixtures for Sept onwards. Assuming anything arra...
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Club competition back in September ...... we are back baby.
by Banana Man
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

There is no way AIL clubs get 400 tickets per match - that’s 20,000 tickets for the 50 senior clubs I know what our allocation is and it sure as hell isnt 400 per game. We're agreed on the bit about giving money to clubs. However, there are a number of clubs that get 400 tickets per match. It's all...
by Banana Man
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

You certainly do not need to explain the financing of clubs to me, but you are overstating the importance of that. The international game too is different to funding Leinster for example. Nor would tickets be the primary source of money. The primary concern for clubs is lack of gate/bar receipts. T...
by Banana Man
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Wouldn’t agree with that at all, the club game, has no real link or dependency on the pro game. What the pro sides do has little impact on the day to day running of a junior club like Ennis, Creggs etc The club game managed just fine before professionalism. Sure the success of pro teams drives youn...
by Banana Man
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

€120 is nothing if it ensures that the province remains competitive and can keep functioning. I can only hope that people will also support their local rugby clubs too because a lot of them are really going to struggle over the next while. People should give the 120 to their local club instead. Bet...
by Banana Man
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Mullet 2 wrote:I'm sure I'll get one somewhere
I'll let you know obviously if he gets back with one

Sorry for your loss, lads like him are the bedrock of clubs. Generally always complete heroes
by Banana Man
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Mullet 2 wrote:You're a gent
He's back in Wales, been there to look after his folks.

Said would ask a few of his mates but doesn't know .

He got his from some flag shop in Carlow but there is also a lad in Dublin, Dublin flags or something and maybe give them a bell and he will ask around.
by Banana Man
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Mullet 2 wrote:The missus is in Celbridge so that would be handy

I do know that lad, good egg.
I'll send him a message there now and let you know.
by Banana Man
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Lads long shot here. We lost a club legend this week. The type of lad every club has and doesn't appreciate half enough. He cut the grass, watered the pitch, rewired faulty electrics, opened up in the mornings, painted the dressing rooms. I could go on but I'm looking to do something small for the ...
by Banana Man
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Liathroidigloine wrote:Bryan Byrne released by Bristol. He’d be a great pick up for Connacht with McCartney gone.
I actually don’t even think he is good enough, saw him up close in a few AIL games. His line out throwing is just so inconsistent but from like acceptable to outright awful.
by Banana Man
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Yeah Okeke is so raw he may struggle to make irish 20's bench next season. Certain type of game plan - or if you just needed someone to come on and make two lads tackle him on every carry, then he would be worth a look. Has a big few months of development needed. Some of his more raw stuff, like st...
by Banana Man
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

IRUA - Alex Soroka moving from Trinity to Clontarf
by Banana Man
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: AIL the forgotten thread
Replies: 2472
Views: 184178

Re: AIL the forgotten thread

Cathal Marsh back from America and joining Terenure.
by Banana Man
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

To be on Okeke, the lads I know in Shannon say its not work rate or anything like that with Okeke, which is Illos issue, its that he is only really playing rugby 3 years and is very raw. Like its all well and good when you can consistently steam roll lads when he was doing some underage in Thomond ...
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: AIL the forgotten thread
Replies: 2472
Views: 184178

Re: AIL the forgotten thread

Seemingly no AIL as we know it for next season

Regional leagues split into 2/3 groups until before Xmas and some form of joined up division or round robin after that.
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

anonymous_joe wrote:Why no scrum-half in the Munster academy?
Just the way it rolls with this current batch. To be fair Casey is so young, it's not a massive concern
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Possible Munster Academy? Prop James French(Bandon/UCC) - Y3 Josh Wycherley(Roscrea/Young Munster) - Y3 Mark Donnelly(CBC/Garryowen) Hooker Diarmuid Barron(Rockwell/Garryowen) - Y3 Eoghan Clarke(CBC Monkstown/Shannon) - Y3 Scott Buckley(CBC/UCC) Lock Thomas Ahern(Waterpark RFC/Shannon) - Y3 Paddy K...
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

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Possible Munster Academy? Prop James French(Bandon/UCC) - Y3 Josh Wycherley(Roscrea/Young Munster) - Y3 Mark Donnelly(CBC/Garryowen) Hooker Diarmuid Barron(Rockwell/Garryowen) - Y3 Eoghan Clarke(CBC Monkstown/Shannon) - Y3 Scott Buckley(CBC/UCC) Lock Thomas Ahern(Waterpark RFC/Shannon) - Y3 Paddy K...
by Banana Man
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 436044
Views: 16194136

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Connacht Academy next season? Charlie Ward(LH Prop/Tullow) - u21 Declan Adamson(Hooker/Clontarf) - u22 Dylan Tierney Martin(Hooker/Corinthians) - u22 Darragh Murray(Lock/Buccaneers) - u20 Cian Prendergast(Lock-Backrow/Newbridge) - u21 Josh Dunne(Backrow/Exile) - u21 Diarmuid McCormack(Backrow/Corin...