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by Porterbelly1
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
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When was the last time Adam Byrne played for Leinster? Doesn’t look good for his Leinster career.
by Porterbelly1
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Leinster looking to NZ for TH Prop: https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/leinster-rugby/crusader-isileli-tuungafasi-tops-list-as-leinster-go-in-search-of-an-overseas-tighthead-prop-40121376.html Really, what do the IRFU/Nucifora expect. They raided our stocks of the THs behind Furlong and Porter ...
by Porterbelly1
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Leinster looking to NZ for TH Prop: https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/leinster-rugby/crusader-isileli-tuungafasi-tops-list-as-leinster-go-in-search-of-an-overseas-tighthead-prop-40121376.html Really, what do the IRFU/Nucifora expect. They raided our stocks of the THs behind Furlong and Porter ...
by Porterbelly1
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Leinster underage loosehead props playing pro rugby: Cian Healy(33/Belvedere-Clontarf) Jack McGrath(31/St. Marys-St. Marys) Ed Byrne(27/Clongowes-UCD) Peter Dooley(26/Birr-Lansdowne) Eric O'Sullivan(25/Templeogue-DUFC) Jeremy Loughman(25/Athy-Blackrock) Jordan Duggan(23/Newbridge-Naas) Michaels Mil...
by Porterbelly1
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Copeland is with Soyaux Angloumene in the French Pro D2. They are rock bottom, looking fairly likely they’ll be relegated. He’s on a 3 year contract too.
by Porterbelly1
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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He is a 21 year old who is still developing.. Sexton was hardly dominating week in and week out at the same age. He'd be further along if it wasn't for injury, people just need to be patient. Harry would also be further along if he wasn't competing with Sexton and Ross, (and other potential 10s lik...
by Porterbelly1
Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

He is a 21 year old who is still developing.. Sexton was hardly dominating week in and week out at the same age. He'd be further along if it wasn't for injury, people just need to be patient. Harry would also be further along if he wasn't competing with Sexton and Ross, (and other potential 10s lik...
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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:yawn: That ship sailed after the opening weekend. Strongest available side, play everyone back into form. Would like to think we'll give a new cap or two off the bench this time (provided there's a two score lead with 12mins to go). Playing everyone back into form is the biggest problem with this ...
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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:nod: Bundee and Dillane playing 80 doesn’t look good for their chances of being involved against Italy next week. Can't see Dillane being involved with the way Beirne and Hendo have played recently. It’s Italy. Franno could be play in 2nd row and we’d win. It’s the real opportunity in the tourname...
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Bundee and Dillane playing 80 doesn’t look good for their chances of being involved against Italy next week.
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Big Papa has high tackled his way into my heart Lethal, in both senses of the word. 5 metres out, might as well wave the white flag. Could see him being a massive asset if he stays or we can keep him long term. He looks in great nick too We've not had a lad that can carry like that in years. One sm...
by Porterbelly1
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Diabhal wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:38 pm Big Papa has high tackled his way into my heart
Lethal, in both senses of the word. 5 metres out, might as well wave the white flag. Could see him being a massive asset if he stays or we can keep him long term. He looks in great nick too
by Porterbelly1
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Drico calling for Carty on OTB. He’ll be warned about that sort of behaviour
by Porterbelly1
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Players who I’ll like to see get a shout at 10. Harry Byrne, Ciaran Frawley, Ben Healy, Jack Crowley. Basically the youth. The Munster lads still needing game time at club level. Joey C to make a comeback. Crowley will do well get a start for Munster this season. How many games is Frawley likely to...
by Porterbelly1
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Porterbelly1 wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:45 pm
YOYO wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:11 pm Players who I’ll like to see get a shout at 10. Harry Byrne, Ciaran Frawley, Ben Healy, Jack Crowley. Basically the youth. The Munster lads still needing game time at club level.

Joey C to make a comeback.
Double post
by Porterbelly1
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Players who I’ll like to see get a shout at 10. Harry Byrne, Ciaran Frawley, Ben Healy, Jack Crowley. Basically the youth. The Munster lads still needing game time at club level. Joey C to make a comeback. Crowley will do well get a start for Munster this season. How many games is Frawley likely to...
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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The Indo journos backing their man Ross Byrne
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Just not good enough. Realistically, how many of our 15 or 23 are in the Lions conversation? Furlong, James Ryan, maybe Ringrose at a push, Murray possibly by default as the standard of 9’s is very poor. A lot of average at this level in our squad now.
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Mr. Very Popular wrote: Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:05 am
Porterbelly1 wrote: Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:48 pm So if another 10 goes down, who’s next in line to come into the squad, would it be Hawkshaw?
JJ, should be starting tomorrow
Carty 10, JJ 22. Infinitely better
by Porterbelly1
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

So if another 10 goes down, who’s next in line to come into the squad, would it be Hawkshaw?
by Porterbelly1
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Not sure what all the trepidation is for, if Burns is having an off day, gainline supremo Ross Byrne can come on and save the day.
by Porterbelly1
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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irishrugbyua wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:38 pm Munster A 3 Connacht Eagles 0 after 34 mins.
Sean O Brien gone off injured. It may be time for him to call it a day I fear.
by Porterbelly1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Not sure how Baird would go from not being in the squad to making the bench ahead of Dillane. Whilst I agree in principal, whether it's Dillane or Baird pales into insignificance in the presence of Billy Burns. By Jaysus that's a poor choice. True. Although from a Connacht pov, will be very hard to...
by Porterbelly1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

Re: The Official Irish Rugby Thread

Not sure how Baird would go from not being in the squad to making the bench ahead of Dillane.
by Porterbelly1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Time Greatest Irish Hype 15
Replies: 122
Views: 3038

Re: All Time Greatest Irish Hype 15

James Ryan must surely be in the mix? I mean, he's already good and may well end up an excellent rugby player but he was hyped up as the spiritual successor to John Eales by half the country before he'd played 15 minutes of professional rugby. Connacht have had a few backs like O'Halloran and Carr ...
by Porterbelly1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Time Greatest Irish Hype 15
Replies: 122
Views: 3038

Re: All Time Greatest Irish Hype 15

danny_fitz wrote: Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:03 pm Would have thought Johnny O'Connor and Ian Nagle would be on the team sheet
O Connor was Irish player of the year in 05, won multiple Heineken Cups and Premierships with Wasps and would have had a heap of more caps if it wasn’t for injury. So good, the English tried to cap him.
by Porterbelly1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Brendan Fanning reporting that David Hawkshaw has turned down an approach from Connacht
by Porterbelly1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Jack Crowley, being talked up a lot by ROG and the media? Is he that good? 3 games for the u20s and only a few mins for Munster is all most people have seen of him. If ROG is convinced of his talent it's probably his coaches bigging him up more than anything else. With Carbery set to make a come ba...
by Porterbelly1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Jack Crowley, being talked up a lot by ROG and the media? Is he that good?
by Porterbelly1
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
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Simon Zebo torn between Racing and Munster as he vows to make decision on his future next week: https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/rugby-union/simon-zebo-torn-between-racing-23474626 ""I am very close to making a decision. There would be a lot going into that. I think I’ll settle all of that next wee...
by Porterbelly1
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
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poor stuff from ROG on POM What's he saying? POM's red is "fascinating," and it's the breakdown's fault he got a red card. https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/rugby/arid-40222616.html jumping through hoops to not criticize his fellow cork man. Also desperate to come across as a deep thinker and hig...
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Floppykid wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:49 pm
Porterbelly1 wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:44 pm
Floppykid wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:40 pm Moved the ball well in the same way Ross does.
That was very noticeable today. Stand deep, stationary and shovel. The Ross Byrne playbook
Henshaw was able to bust some tackles and defend well so, clearly Sexton was doing something right?
I stand corrected Gavin Cummiskey. 8/10
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Madigan not getting picked was just stupid. I wonder if Sexton or other older players had a part in that because eyes would have told a coach he was currently the best option with experience But Burns starts ahead of Madigan at Ulster Meh, Burns isn't great, Madigan has pulled Ulster out of several...
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Floppykid wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:40 pm Moved the ball well in the same way Ross does.
That was very noticeable today. Stand deep, stationary and shovel. The Ross Byrne playbook
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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EverReady wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:34 pm Madigan not getting picked was just stupid. I wonder if Sexton or other older players had a part in that because eyes would have told a coach he was currently the best option with experience
But Burns starts ahead of Madigan at Ulster
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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he is not lazy, not at all he just doesnt know how to defend Disappointing to see a very promising journo like Murray Kinsella fall into line, avoid criticism, proper analysis and write all his puff pieces in return for a heads up on team selection the night before it’s announced. The Thornley role
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
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Views: 16876482

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Diabhal wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:55 pm Carty has been wank since RDS win. I love him but you can't be looking for him to make the leap back to test standard when he's in his worst form in 3 years.
He kept us in the game against Munster when the pack were destroyed. Excellent on Friday night too.
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
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Views: 16876482

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How long will POM get?
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
Replies: 446561
Views: 16876482

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Porterbelly1 wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:53 pm Carty will stand on the gainline and play. Sexton can’t, and Ross Byrne won’t. His kicking from hand is outstanding. He can create stuff, yes he makes mistakes but he spends most of the time behind a pack going backwards. Unless they throw Harry Byrne in, he’s the best of the current options.
by Porterbelly1
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official Irish Rugby Thread
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Views: 16876482

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Carty will stand on the gainline and play. His kicking from hand is outstanding. Unless they throw Harry Byrne in, he’s the best of the current options.