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Post by Pot Hale on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 6:25 pm

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Jeez - O’Donoghue eeled his way through that maul and caught Herring.


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Post by geoff999rugby on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 12:14 pm

Ulster team to play Southern Kings, Guinness PRO14, Kingspan Stadium, Friday 9th February, 7.35pm:
(15-9): C Piutau; C Gilroy, L Marshall, S McCloskey, R Lyttle; J McPhillips, J Cooney;
(1-8): A Warwick, J Andrew, W Herbst, A O'Connor (captain), K Treadwell, M Rea, S Reidy, N Timoney;
Replacements (16-23): R Herring, K McCall, R Ah You, M Dalton, C Henry, J Stewart, D Cave, L Ludik.

AOC captain - congratulations

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Post by Pete330v2 on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 12:16 pm

Well Don's selection wasn't too far off.
You'd think that side can bag the 5 points but in this srason who knows.

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Post by Don Alfonso on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 12:24 pm

Shame no O'Hagan but delighted to see McPhillips and Lyttle starting, and the U20s boys on the bench.

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Post by Don Alfonso on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 12:26 pm

And Mattie Rea, actually.

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Post by The Great Aukster on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 1:33 pm

Surely it wouldn't have been too big a risk to have McBurney on the bench - maybe Herring is there to make sure he keeps his fitness for Ireland training camp?

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Post by marty2086 on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 2:20 pm

Statement from Callum Black



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Post by clivemcl on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 2:22 pm

One thing nobody has considered is that anyone attendingvould be there supporting Rory Harrison, and not necessarily the others...

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Post by rodders on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 2:29 pm

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Don Alfonso wrote:You know what? Just thinking about it, when Marshall goes, his highlights montage will be something else.

He will have to have two.
One for the sublime
And one for the ridiculous

Desperately underrated player. Definitely past his best now but when he got a run of games a few years back was a very good player.

People I think focus too much on his mistakes.
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Post by marty2086 on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 3:12 pm

rodders wrote:
carpet baboon wrote:
Don Alfonso wrote:You know what? Just thinking about it, when Marshall goes, his highlights montage will be something else.

He will have to have two.
One for the sublime
And one for the ridiculous

Desperately underrated player. Definitely past his best now but when he got a run of games a few years back was a very good player.

People I think focus too much on his mistakes.

Think that period 5/6 years ago when he scored that try against Leicester and then got capped, he was really on fire but when he fell down the pecking order for Ireland his form went with it and he's never sustained any good form

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Post by Pete330v2 on Thu 08 Feb 2018, 3:23 pm

marty2086 wrote:
rodders wrote:
carpet baboon wrote:
Don Alfonso wrote:You know what? Just thinking about it, when Marshall goes, his highlights montage will be something else.

He will have to have two.
One for the sublime
And one for the ridiculous

Desperately underrated player. Definitely past his best now but when he got a run of games a few years back was a very good player.

People I think focus too much on his mistakes.

Think that period 5/6 years ago when he scored that try against Leicester and then got capped, he was really on fire but when he fell down the pecking order for Ireland his form went with it and he's never sustained any good form

Wee P, whilst not being the epitome of consistency has always given 100% of what he had to give to the shirt and despite his stature has never shirked tackling someone twice his size. I believe he is indeed underrated.

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Post by geoff999rugby on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 9:40 am

Hearing that Cunningham and Gibbes are looking at the get out clauses for Deysel and deMerwe as they realise they are a couple of pups

Deysel I cant see, he will stay for 1 more year, but deMerwe I can see a possibility.
With Black away there is no way we can go into next season with only deMerwe, McCall, Warwick and O'Hagan
A LH and a 10 seen as the priority signings - along with Coetzee being fit or being replaced.
With him its easier we have a get out clause if he is medical deemed as not being fit for next year.
If he is not fit and we cant get rid of deMerwe ~I could see us not signing a backrower NIQ and signing a LH and a 10

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Post by marty2086 on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 9:58 am

Bryn talked up Coetzee in recent weeks and they seem optimistic of him returning but with injuries like his while his knee might hold up, the other knee becomes a problem, the leg muscles are prone to injury so it's a risk

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Post by geoff999rugby on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 11:02 am

Agreed my gut feeling is we will risk it

That means either IRFU are prepared to write deMerwe off as a waste of space and allows us a NIQ LH and a 10, as well, or
we ditch him in some way

If he stays and we sign 2 players we would have

Deysel, Coetzee, LH, 10 + deMerwe which is supposed to be one more than is allowed but I suspect we would get away with it
due to our dire situation at LH and 10
Cant help thinking Dooley for a year would be perfect for everybody - not least the player himself


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Post by Pete330v2 on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:34 pm

Dooley would be the perfect answer to the problem, VdM could languish wherever he saw fit as he's been an awful signing. As much as we'd all love a big marquee NIQ 10 to be signed perhaps McPhillips will flourish through the rest of this season and we'll not need one, well I'm allowed to dream aren't I? Munster are coming down with 10s and I get the feeling JJ will be sent north which may or may not be a bad thing.

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Post by Pete330v2 on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:36 pm

marty2086 wrote:Bryn talked up Coetzee in recent weeks and they seem optimistic of him returning but with injuries like his while his knee might hold up, the other knee becomes a problem, the leg muscles are prone to injury so it's a risk

I'd heard he was doing a good bit of training on the knee, I think it was Tommy Bowe that said he'd been running up the steps at Ravespan with a weighted jacket on. Maybe I dreamt that

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Post by geoff999rugby on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 1:54 pm

McPhillips may well come good but you cannot rely on a youngster playing every week without injury.

We need a more experienced hand for a couple of years

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Post by marty2086 on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 2:12 pm

Pete330v2 wrote:
marty2086 wrote:Bryn talked up Coetzee in recent weeks and they seem optimistic of him returning but with injuries like his while his knee might hold up, the other knee becomes a problem, the leg muscles are prone to injury so it's a risk

I'd heard he was doing a good bit of training on the knee, I think it was Tommy Bowe that said he'd been running up the steps at Ravespan with a weighted jacket on. Maybe I dreamt that

That's the first step, no pun intended, it's the game conditions that will be the real test though. The sharp movements during a game will be the biggest test of it all but with most coming back from these kinds of injuries end up with muscle injuries and the workload that players go through like hitting rucks, making tackles and running into a human wall

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Post by clivemcl on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 7:35 pm

Everyone all set for the new era of Ulster Rugby?

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Post by marty2086 on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 8:11 pm

clivemcl wrote:Everyone all set for the new era of Ulster Rugby?

Let us when it starts Whistle

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Post by Pete330v2 on Fri 09 Feb 2018, 8:18 pm

It looks very like the Les era. Remember the Les era?

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Post by marty2086 on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 12:11 am

Andy Farrell is coming on board post 6Ns

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Post by carpet baboon on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 6:40 am

marty2086 wrote:Andy Farrell is coming on board post 6Ns

Defense coach?
DOR?
Angry man to shout at all our players till they sort their s**t out?

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Post by The Great Aukster on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 10:00 am

Maybe a strong hand to do the firing?
Allegedly the IRFU have reduced funds until they see change, primarily in branch governance, and redirected those funds into Munster and Connacht - where they have hands-on control.
I've been critical of Cunningham for buying lemons, but it seems that's all his budget could stretch to. Now he has been given the go ahead to clear out the more expensive players at the end of their contracts, as that is the only way to balance the books?

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Post by carpet baboon on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 10:33 am

The Great Aukster wrote:Maybe a strong hand to do the firing?
Allegedly the IRFU have reduced funds until they see change, primarily in branch governance, and redirected those funds into Munster and Connacht - where they have hands-on control.
I've been critical of Cunningham for buying lemons, but it seems that's all his budget could stretch to. Now he has been given the go ahead to clear out the more expensive players at the end of their contracts, as that is the only way to balance the books?

So Farrell could be coming in to force change through? The IRFUs loan surgeon to cut away the dead flesh, as it were.
An epic brutal blood letting up there with hamlet?

Anyway about last night. McPhillips looks good. Not afraid to take the hits, finding his timing with his passes and best of all doesn't look out of his depth or scared to play. Can only get better.
Any news on lyttle ? Looked painful

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Post by neilthom7 on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 10:35 am

Just reflecting on last nights match it's very hard to tell if Ulster were better than before because Southern Kings have not been good this year but at least they did score a number of tries and kept the Southern Kings mostly out of our try area.
On of the very positives I though was McPhillips, I was impressed the way he took it to the line, mixed up running, passing and kicking well and was barking out orders to more experienced team mates. Again it was only the Southern Kings but it was very encouraging.
Injuries from last night will be a worry though, not like we have a huge squad to begin with.

If Farrell is coming you would imagine it will be as a defence coach which would be very useful, my hope would be that Cunningham starts to handle some of the tasks of a DOR such as the transfers, contracts, admin etc and Gibbes can focus on being a head coach and trying to get the team in shape.

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Post by marty2086 on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 10:46 am

carpet baboon wrote:
marty2086 wrote:Andy Farrell is coming on board post 6Ns

Defense coach?
DOR?
Angry man to shout at all our players till they sort their s**t out?

It's a ploy to get his son in to play 10 Whistle

I think one improvement we had last night, we kicked the bloody ball, instead of poor kicks to touch or being afraid to kick it we actually did it tactically and McPhillips kicked towards space and turned the Kings defence. Instead of having to play out of our 22 and facing a wall or facing waves of attack, the ball was further up the field and there was less pressure on defence.

Like everyone said, maybe the opposition played a part in the performance but against the same opposition we struggled with some of those facets of the game.

One area we need to work on is the breakdown, isolated and turned over too many times. Did Timoney actually clear anyone off a tackle at all over 80 mins? I thought Rea did that better than most

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Post by geoff999rugby on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 11:27 am

That was not even a training run
I said Dragons early in the season were as bad as any team at Ravenhill

I take that back - compared to Kings that Dragons team were world beaters
That Kings team are the worst team in the world playing top tier rugby - complete and utter Poopie
To call them professional is an insult to professionals everywhere
They did not have a clue how to handle Gilroy and the Cave try was so badly defended it was funny

Lyttel did his hamstring.
Great kid but made of glass
Did anyone else notice Gilroy (rightly) give me a fierce bawling out over a joke pass - Gilroy was seething
Guess the back three next week will be Ludik, Gilroy, Nelson - last 3 standing
McPhillips will never get a more comfortable armchair ride for the rest of his professional career

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Post by marty2086 on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 11:50 am

geoff999rugby wrote:
Did anyone else notice Gilroy (rightly) give me a fierce bawling out over a joke pass - Gilroy was seething

Guess you won't be doing that again geoff

From Joe comments, Farrell coming in and the BBC report, are things maybe looking more positive for Payne?

The area of defence coaching may need bolstered before next season and while Ulster are looking at Jared Payne in a potential future role, they are hopeful he will return as a player in the near future rather than a coach.

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Post by geoff999rugby on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 11:52 am

Doh him (Lyttle) not me Laugh

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Post by marty2086 on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 11:54 am

There was me thinking with all the injuries you'd been able to slip on and get a game, had me thinking I should bring my boots to the Edinburgh game just in case

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Post by geoff999rugby on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 11:55 am

So Schmidt keeping up the fantasy that Payne will come back.

Reality is the guy has pain every week including injections to relieve the pain.
Given that I be disgusted if he is risked by playing again
As it has been going on for something like 8 months now I would be worried he already has a long term health problem


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Post by geoff999rugby on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 11:56 am

marty2086 wrote:There was me thinking with all the injuries you'd been able to slip on and get a game, had me thinking I should bring my boots to the Edinburgh game just in case

Well we could do with a couple of players to cover 10 and the back three, on the bench, next week !

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Post by Redman on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 3:14 pm

General thoughts -

Stewart's passing seemed a bit faster last night. His 1 previous game was into a hurricane so maybe he was just being careful on his debut. Is he left handed? His passing to the right seemed stronger than his passing to the left. For passes left he did that stupid Marshall-esque hop, skip and pass thing.
Poor Lyttle, he's got the skills but you do have to worry about a player who nearly constantly injured at his young age
McPhillips is actually a 10. As has been said, he had a complete armchair ride but does seem to have some potential. Amazing to think that Ulster had basically written him off as a player and through a bizarre combination of events he's now our starting 10.
Gilroy should be with Ireland but sadly I fear even if he hadn't been injured Joe still wouldn't have picked him.
Herbst had a good game, especially in terms of carrying.
When you look at the team it's almost unrecognisable in certain respects. Treadwell, Timoney and Rea are now pretty much nailed on starting XV players. They couldn't get a look in last year (except for Treadwell-ish).
Defence looked better. Yes Kings are useless but our line speed was noticeably better.

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Post by Redman on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 3:18 pm

On the Farrell point, do we know what the overall objective is?

Is it to find Farrell a permanent job? Is it to keep him busy in the meantime. Is it to bring our defence coaching inline with what Ireland are doing?


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Post by marty2086 on Sun 11 Feb 2018, 5:21 pm

So Leinster and Scarlets both lost this weekend and play each other on Saturday, a BP win could see Ulster 3 points behind one of them and a game against Scarlets the following week.

Then again, two losses and Treviso winning both their games could se us fall to 4th in the conference and have them breathing down our necks

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Post by Kingshu on Sun 11 Feb 2018, 8:01 pm

It really is woth going all out for 2nd place. 2nd plave most likily means home to Cheetahs 3rd away to Munster.
Think you can guess which one is the more likily to leand to a semi final.

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Post by rodders on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 9:38 am

Great news on Farrell.

I wonder is it a sign that Gibbs isn't for sticking around?
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Post by clivemcl on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 9:55 am

Not saying I don't want Farrell, but why are we seemingly the place the IRFU offloads people too?

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Post by rodders on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 10:15 am

clivemcl wrote:Not saying I don't want Farrell, but why are we seemingly the place the IRFU offloads people too?

We aren't.

Farrell has already worked with Munster and Leinster, besides I'd imagine coaches aren't exactly queuing up to join us given how we're treated coaches in our recent history.
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Post by SecretFly on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 10:43 am

To sort out Ulster, I'd first go up and get absolutely everyone together in a big room.... everyone.  All admin people, all coaches, all players, all tea ladies and toilet cleaners.........

and I'd ask everyone who thinks they are a 'Boss' to put their hands up

I'd sack everyone that puts their hand up (and it seems it would be a sizeable number!) - and start again with what was left.

Don't worry about Gibbes getting the sack, it's guaranteed he wouldn't have raised his hand - too humble and just wants the footie to do the talking.

Too many endless chatter bosses up in Ulster.... telling all their pals all the little sordid details of what goes on behind the scenes too much.  Too much intrigue, too much navel gazing.... even here, I sometimes think some of you guys know too much detail for your own good, with all your deep-throat contacts giving you snippets they should be keeping in-house.

So anybody that thinks they are a boss up there should go straight away.  Sorry toilet beautifying technician!  But NO! - you is only a toilet beautifying technician engineer!  That is all you are.

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Post by rapidsnowman on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 10:51 am

SecretFly wrote:To sort out Ulster, I'd first go up and get absolutely everyone together in a big room.... everyone.  All admin people, all coaches, all players, all tea ladies and toilet cleaners.........

and I'd ask everyone who thinks they are a 'Boss' to put their hands up

I'd sack everyone that puts their hand up (and it seems it would be a sizeable number!) - and start again with what was left.

Why limit that to Ulster Rugby Fly?

Do it with the politicians too!

Actually, Andy Farrell's next gig could be Stormont.

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Post by Pete330v2 on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 11:03 am

rapidsnowman wrote:
SecretFly wrote:To sort out Ulster, I'd first go up and get absolutely everyone together in a big room.... everyone.  All admin people, all coaches, all players, all tea ladies and toilet cleaners.........

and I'd ask everyone who thinks they are a 'Boss' to put their hands up

I'd sack everyone that puts their hand up (and it seems it would be a sizeable number!) - and start again with what was left.

Why limit that to Ulster Rugby Fly?

Do it with the politicians too!

Actually, Andy Farrell's next gig could be Stormont.

Farrell's a smart guy, he simply wouldn't fit in with that lot on the hill who share a single brain cell, perhaps the one shared by those who voted them in yet again and again and again.
Oops back the the rugger.
There's no doubt that Ulster need an external influence to give it a good cleaning out but my optimism doesn't stretch far enough to believe it could happen like this. I mean could it?

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Post by rodders on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 11:19 am

I think its exactly what we need, a tough external voice coming in an knocking a few heads together.

However that never sits well with the parochial environment in Ulster, will we just have certain players running to Logan and Cunningham if they don't get picked or don't like what they are being asked to do.

This seems to be an ongoing issue that never seems to go away. Ulster have to appoint their top guy, not some fudged joint post and back them even if it ruffles a few feathers.

Even with Kiss, although I wasn't impressed with a lot of what I was seeing, he should have been able to see his contract through, or at least to end of season.
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Post by neilthom7 on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 11:49 am

rapidsnowman wrote:
SecretFly wrote:To sort out Ulster, I'd first go up and get absolutely everyone together in a big room.... everyone.  All admin people, all coaches, all players, all tea ladies and toilet cleaners.........

and I'd ask everyone who thinks they are a 'Boss' to put their hands up

I'd sack everyone that puts their hand up (and it seems it would be a sizeable number!) - and start again with what was left.

Why limit that to Ulster Rugby Fly?

Do it with the politicians too!

Actually, Andy Farrell's next gig could be Stormont.

I don't know, some of them guys have pretty good defence organisation

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Post by carpet baboon on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 11:57 am

Danny cipriani is leaving wasps. Think he fancies a couple of years in Belfast?

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Post by Pete330v2 on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 12:07 pm

carpet baboon wrote:Danny cipriani is leaving wasps. Think he fancies a couple of years in Belfast?

I'm not sure Ulster Rugby want to risk a NIQ place on a scandal magnet when we bred enough of our own. Cippers is a very talented player but he's more likely to head of somewhere sunny......Exeter perhaps Smile

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Post by clivemcl on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 12:58 pm

Do we need a back three signing?
Or does the brilliance of Stockdale and the adequacy of Lyttle cover us for the loss of Piutau and Bowe?

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Post by rodders on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 1:01 pm

clivemcl wrote:Do we need a back three signing?
Or does the brilliance of Stockdale and the adequacy of Lyttle cover us for the loss of Piutau and Bowe?

Don't forget Gilroy! We have Ludik as well.

I suppose it depends what is going on with Trimble and whether he can get back to something like his best. It looks like Stockdale will be an Ireland regular from here in so we need decent cover.
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Post by clivemcl on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 1:12 pm

I was sort of referring to the newbies taking the place of the leavers. Hadn't forgot Gilroy, Trimble and Ludik!
Next season will be barely begun when Trimble turns 34, and Ludik 32.

Any other academy boys likely to break through?

If for example, Gilroy and Stockdale were with Ireland, we have Trimble, Ludik and Lyttle. Injuries could see us in a pickle.


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Post by marty2086 on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 1:42 pm

Nelson can cover 15 but no back three players in the academy

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