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Post by clivemcl on Sat 02 Jun 2018, 2:14 am

First topic message reminder :

Carberry is 22, McPhillips is 21. Is this talk about sticking with McPhillips and hoping he turns out to be a gem maybe a tad naive? Carberry at a year older is being talked about as though he was the second coming and all this despite Sexton and Byrne and a whole backline of stellar players potentially blocking him. By contrast, it's almost as if we only know the name of McPhillips because we had no choice. A year ago the thinking was Jackson and Nelson. We then were saying Cooney can play 10 a bit. Then we signed Lealifano. Surely if McPhillips was the hot prospect, the coaches would have featured him more before Lealifano left.
In fact during Leanlifano's time here wasn't Nelson the preferred bench 10, and indeed started 3 games at 10 before Christmas, but then got injured?

Not meaning to be super negative, I hope I'm wrong. Cooney is a perfect example of a player suddenly shining from nowhere. I guess Ulster coaches know better than me if he's a real prospect worth thrusting into the limelight or not.


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Post by The Great Aukster on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 7:57 am

Don Alfonso wrote:Is "Snap!" big on the international scene?

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Post by Don Alfonso on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 11:42 am

I'm in.

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Post by Don Alfonso on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 11:43 am

Maybe BBC NI will show it in lieu of the rugby.

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Post by The Great Aukster on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 12:22 pm

Don Alfonso wrote:Maybe BBC NI will show it in lieu of the rugby.

They could maybe get some interest by showcasing a snapping turtle...


...oh wait they already have that - it's called the Nolan Show.

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Post by marty2086 on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 12:44 pm

Apparently Henry Speight went off injured yesterday, seems some things never change at Ulster

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Post by Don Alfonso on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 4:27 pm

I think there's a direct link to "being signed by Ulster" and that evil, black, granite, sarcophagus they've just uncovered in Egypt.

Hopefully Bryn grabs his hat and bullwhip, and goes in to defeat the curse once and for all

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Post by Don Alfonso on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 4:39 pm

Ulster "senior" players with less than 25 caps?
Fifteen.
Over a third of the squad.

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Post by geoff999rugby on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 6:57 pm

15 of the 44 are on Development contracts - I think you have identified who they are

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Post by marty2086 on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 7:38 pm

Article from RugbyPass on Billy Burns

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/stats-say-billy-burns-player-ulster-hands

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Post by Don Alfonso on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 8:19 pm

marty2086 wrote:Article from RugbyPass on Billy Burns

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/stats-say-billy-burns-player-ulster-hands

Encouraging. Exciting, even?

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Post by Kingshu on Sun 15 Jul 2018, 9:23 pm

With stats like that, try assist defenders beaten etc it is a lot like Cooneys. They have the potentional to be a very exciting half back pairing. Both happy to run, pass or kick it could create confusion in opposition defences.

McGrath/Sexton
Murray/Carbery
Cooney/Burns
Marimon/Howitz
Which will be best by seasons end?

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Post by geoff999rugby on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 9:02 am

Munster 47 Full and Development contracts, N/a Academy contracts
Leinster 47 Full and Development contracts, 20 Academy contracts
Ulster 29 Full, 15 Development contracts, 11 Academy (no names) contracts

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Post by marty2086 on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 9:33 am

So we aren't far behind in terms of numbers in the squad though the balance and experience is the problem

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Post by Sin é on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 9:38 am

20 in the Munster Academy.

2018/19 Greencore Munster Rugby Academy

Year 3: Gavin Coombes (Backrow/Young Munster), Shane Daly (Centre/Cork Con), Sean O’Connor (Lock/Garryowen).

Year 2: Craig Casey (Scrumhalf/Shannon), Liam Coombes (Back three/Garryowen), Keynon Knox (Prop/UL Bohs), James McCarthy (Fullback/UL Bohs), Alex McHenry (Centre/Cork Con), Matt More (Centre/Garryowen), Jack O’Sullivan (Back Row/UCC), Jack Stafford (Scrumhalf/Shannon), Alan Tynan (Full-back/Young Munster).

Year 1: Thomas Ahern (Lock/Waterpark), Diarmuid Barron (Hooker/Garryowen), Jack Daly (Back-row/Garryowen), Ben Healy (Out-half/Glenstal), James French (Prop/UCC), Sean French (Centre/PBC), Eoghan Clarke (Hooker/Wanderers), Jonathan Wren (Back three/PBC).
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Post by geoff999rugby on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 10:22 am

Thanks for that

Given the rumours are Ulster have two more players to come in - a Utility Back and a Forward (probably a Lock) near as damn it our squad will be the same size

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Post by geoff999rugby on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 4:02 pm

I'm beginning to think Alex Thompson and Henry Speight are the two players being referred to as our final signings.
That would make 46 on Full or Development contracts.


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Post by St John The Enforcer on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 4:32 pm

Confirmed Academy for 2018/2019 season - ages as of start of the season - Sept 1st approx.

Prop
Jack Aungier(Year 2/19 years old/Tighthead/St.Marys/Suttonians RFC) - 9 under-20 caps
Michael Milne(Year 1/18-19 years old/Tighthead/CC Roscrea) 

Hooker
Ronan Kelleher(Year 2/20 years old/Landowne/St. Michaels) - 11 under-20 caps

Lock
Oisin Dowling(Year 2/21 years old/Lansdowne/St. Michaels) - 9 under-20 caps
Jack Dunne(Year 1/19 years old/DUFC/St. Michaels) - 10 under-20 caps
Ryan Baird(Year 1/18-19 years old/St. Michaels)

Backrow
Scott Penny(Year 1/18-19 years old/St. Michaels)

Scrumhalf
Hugh O'Sullivan(Year 2/20 years old/Clontarf/Belvedere) - 10 under-20 caps
Patrick Patterson(Year 1/19-20 years old/UCD/Blackrock) - 1 under-20 cap

Outhalf
Ciaran Frawley(Year 2/20 years old/UCD/Skerries RFC) - 10 under-20 caps
Harry Byrne(Year 1/19 years old/UCD/St. Michaels) - 10 under-20 caps, still eligible

Centre
Conor O'Brien(Year 3/22 years old/Clontarf/Mullingar RFC) - 9 under-20 caps
Jimmy O'Brien(Year 3/21 years old/UCD/Newbridge) - 8 under-20 caps
Gavin Mullin(Year 2/20 years old/UCD/Blackrock) - 7 under-20 caps
Tommy O'Brien(Year 2/20 years old/UCD/Blackrock) - 15 under-20 caps

Back Three
Hugo Keenan(Year 3/22 years old/UCD/Blackrock) - 10 under-20 caps, irish 7's player
Jack Kelly(Year 3/20 years old/DUFC/St. Michaels) - 5 under-20 caps
Michaels Silvester(Year 1/20 years old/DUFC/Clongowes) - 14 under-20 caps
Aaron O'Sullivan(Year 1/18 years old/Exile)

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Post by marty2086 on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 4:40 pm

geoff999rugby wrote:I'm beginning to think Alex Thompson and Henry Speight are the two players being referred to as our final signings.
That would make 46 on Full or Development contracts.


Did you say before Thompson was on an Academy contract too?

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Post by St John The Enforcer on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 4:43 pm

He did 3 years in the Ulster academy then a year in Dublin working in sherry fitz and playing for terenure

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Post by geoff999rugby on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 5:51 pm

Thompson was on an Academy contract but he will be coming back on a Development contract.


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Post by geoff999rugby on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 5:53 pm

You're right Leinster Academy is 19 not 20 - I cant count

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Post by St John The Enforcer on Mon 16 Jul 2018, 5:56 pm

geoff999rugby wrote:You're right Leinster Academy is 19  not 20 - I cant count
I didn't even notice that

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Post by geoff999rugby on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 8:32 am

KOTH reckons McFarland will be here next week - I've heard by the start of the season

Fingers Crossed

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Post by marty2086 on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 8:45 am

geoff999rugby wrote:KOTH reckons McFarland will be here next week - I've heard by the start of the season

Fingers Crossed

Has Easterby been in yet?

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Post by geoff999rugby on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 11:29 am

If he hasn't already he will definitely be there this week

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Post by Kingshu on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 11:43 am

Sure Easterby has nothing else to do this time of year. He shoild have been there as soon as the players were.

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Post by The Great Aukster on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 1:40 pm

Is there any point in Easterby arriving before McFarland if he's only coming up to pick Dan's brain about Scottish forwards?

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Post by Sin é on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 4:50 pm

geoff999rugby wrote:If he hasn't already he will definitely be there this week

Think Easterby went straight from the Australian tour to Belfast.
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Post by Sin é on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 4:52 pm

Kingshu wrote:Sure Easterby has nothing else to do this time of year. He shoild have been there as soon as the players were.

Holidays? He still lives in Wales as well, so it is a bit of an incovenience for him and his family.
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Post by Kingshu on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 5:20 pm

He has plenty of time between 6nations and summer internations for hoildays and seeing family. Last game was 23rd June so even then to this week is a 3 week break. How much hoilday does he need

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Post by marty2086 on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 5:27 pm

Kingshu wrote:He has plenty of time between 6nations and summer internations for hoildays and seeing family. Last game was 23rd June so even then to this week is a 3 week break. How much hoilday does he need

In fairness, he spent a month away from his family on the other side of the world. He's also only helping Ulster out and would require more time away from home. That's a lot to ask

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Post by carpet baboon on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 6:36 pm

I have a strange feeling about this season.
I in no way whatsoever believe we will win any silverware, but I can see us having a season to be extremely proud of, with a few young lads showing serious intent.

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Post by geoff999rugby on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 8:54 pm

We have a better CEO, a better coaching set up, a better squad (albeit with gaps) and a better atmosphere in the club

Sounds like a good basis for a better set of results



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Post by Don Alfonso on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 10:18 pm

Who is our CEO?

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Post by neilthom7 on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 10:36 pm

At the minute we don't have one Don which is better than Logan tbh but I think Geoff is saying that the new CEO will be better. Rumors are heavy that it is Constable

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Post by Don Alfonso on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 10:53 pm

Yeah, Constable was the name I heard, then it all went quiet. And then I thought I heard something about someone from down South?

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Post by geoff999rugby on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 11:13 pm

My take on the CEO is simple

Anyone is better than Logan
No one is better than Logan
That's not joke I actually believe it to be true
All I've been told by the grapevine is it is an ex top level player

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Post by The Great Aukster on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 8:41 am

How's Allan Clarke going to manage being DoR at Ospreys and CEO at Ulster simultaneously?

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Post by Kingshu on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 9:24 am

marty2086 wrote:
Kingshu wrote:He has plenty of time between 6nations and summer internations for hoildays and seeing family. Last game was 23rd June so even then to this week is a 3 week break. How much hoilday does he need

In fairness, he spent a month away from his family on the other side of the world. He's also only helping Ulster out and would require more time away from home. That's a lot to ask

I know it sounds like I am being cold hearted, the easterly delay may be a good sing McFarland is coming soon, and they don't want a head coach for a week then new ideas.

But if there is a chance McFarland will be later Easterby should be starting pre season with the rest of the squad and getting things in order from the get go, we need things to go as smoothly as possible and having Peel and co run things, then Easterby then McFarland, is too cooks to many changes.
We should either have Dwayne Peel then Macfarland or Easterby then Macfarland. Don't put in a third step.

I also do not see any reason he couldn't be there for the start, say after Irelands last test there was a week to review etc that still leaves a 2 week break, between the 6 nations and summer tests there is plenty of time for holidays, when McFarland comes in there will be holiday time before the autumn internationals, and after them more holiday time until the 6 nations.
How much holiday time is needed. He is employed by the IRFU and the role needs him to help to Ulster the best way to to his is be there from the start of Preseason, or not be there at all.

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Post by Kingshu on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 9:26 am

geoff999rugby wrote:My take on the CEO is simple

Anyone is better than Logan
No one is better than Logan
That's not joke I actually believe it to be true
All I've been told by the grapevine is it is an ex top level player

BOD is coming in to sort out the basketcase, that explains the 12th an all, getting familiar with norn iron, lay of the land and all that.

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Post by geoff999rugby on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 9:39 am

To be clear, as Sin e implies, he may well have gone direct to Belfast from Australia.
Because of being away myself I am only certain he is here this week, he could have been here earlier.

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Post by marty2086 on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 9:45 am

Seems he was in the first week of preseason

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/golf/helping-ulster-out-simon-easterby-comes-in-to-help-with-coaching-1-8554466

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Post by Kingshu on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 10:24 am

marty2086 wrote:Seems he was in the first week of preseason

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/golf/helping-ulster-out-simon-easterby-comes-in-to-help-with-coaching-1-8554466

Thats the ticket, just though if he wasn't Peel would be in charge, then Easterby and then McFarland, 3 different heads means it would take longer to develop a style.
also with Peel and Co being uncharge fo ra while would it have made it harder for Dan to exert this authoritah?

What it to be as smooth as possible for Dan and Ulster, I want this season to be a great building block season and everything that can be done to smooth it out to be done.

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Post by marty2086 on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 11:47 am

Easterby was never being brought in to be in charge though, he was coming in to be forwards coach. Why Dundon couldn't step up though is a strange one but from everything I've seen or heard from players, coaches and I think geoff too it seems to be everyone is working off McFarlands blueprint and it should hopefully be a seamless transition when he does arrive

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Post by geoff999rugby on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 3:08 pm

Marty is right Peel is the nominal head until McFarland arrives

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Post by Sin é on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 4:19 pm

Kingshu wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Kingshu wrote:He has plenty of time between 6nations and summer internations for hoildays and seeing family. Last game was 23rd June so even then to this week is a 3 week break. How much hoilday does he need

In fairness, he spent a month away from his family on the other side of the world. He's also only helping Ulster out and would require more time away from home. That's a lot to ask

I know it sounds like I am being cold hearted, the easterly delay may be a good sing McFarland is coming soon, and they don't want a head coach for a week then new ideas.

Bear in mind that his kids are out of school now and his wife is also on holiday. I read that he was in for Ulster's preseason.
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Post by geoff999rugby on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 4:32 pm

Which fits with what I am being told.

Peel oversees pre season training, Easterby supplies the specialist forward coaching up and until McFarland arrives.
Which should be before the season commences.

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Post by Pot Hale on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 5:56 pm

Don Alfonso wrote:Yeah, Constable was the name I heard, then it all went quiet. And then I thought I heard something about someone from down South?

A top level ex-player from the South? Surely you mean the East... ? Smile
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Post by The Great Aukster on Thu 19 Jul 2018, 10:24 am

So Peel oversees while McFarland overseas?

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Post by geoff999rugby on Thu 19 Jul 2018, 11:14 am

Not a problem McFarland is in ultimate charge but Peel is the man ensuring the master plan is progressed until the boss arrives

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