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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 12:48 pm

Following on from the discussion on the 'Ireland 2016 Squad' thread which can be found here.

Ireland squad has been announced. It contains four uncapped players- Stuart McCloskey, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander. However there is no room for Garry Ringrose. Mike Ross, Cian Healy and Chris Henry have all been omitted due to injury but may feature later as they return to fitness in their provincial set-ups.

Ireland Squad RBS 6 Nations 2016 Rounds 1 & 2

Forwards (19)


Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) Captain
Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
James Cronin (Dolphin/Munster)
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht)*
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) Vice Captain
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
Mike McCarthy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Sean O'Brien (UCD/Leinster)
Tommy O'Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Rhys Ruddock (St Mary's College/Leinster)
Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
CJ Stander (Munster)*
Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster)*
Nathan White (Connacht)

Backs (16)

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)
David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)
Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)
Stuart McCloskey (McCloskey/Ulster)*
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
Jared Payne (Ulster)
Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Jonathan Sexton (St Mary's College/Leinster)
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
Simon Zebo (Cork Con/Munster)

*Denotes uncapped player


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Post by the-goon Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:01 pm

Is there a press conference stream for it or anything?

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Post by thebandwagonsociety Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:03 pm

I presume the squad will be promising but as always the guys you hope to get into the squad end up holding the tackle bags while the usual regulars get ready for the 6Ns

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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:04 pm

Don't know, just seen that its meant to come out at 1pm today... waiting with baited breath here.

Certainly not going to my most productive lunch break of recent times <refreshes IRFU website again>
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Post by rapidsnowman Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:07 pm

Can't see any mention, let alone link on the IRFU website.

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Post by rapidsnowman Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:10 pm


Joe Schmidt will announce a squad of around 36 or 37 players on Wednesday for the opening two matches of this year’s Six Nations at home to Wales and away to France.
The Irish head coach will also announce his captain, the successor to Paul O’Connell, and before that a certain Brian O’Driscoll - with Rory Best, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien and Johnny Sexton all in the running.
The Kiwi-born former Leinster coach will make his announcement via email, typically avoiding the hype which surrounded the press conferences held by Warren Gatland in Wales and Eddie Jones in England - yet still the same anticipation remains.

Who's he going to email?
All of us?

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Post by Golden Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:13 pm

Is the draw for the Rugby World Cup at the end of this season? For the last one it was done in December 2012. If it follows that it should be December this year.

Given we have a very tough summer tour to South Africa and play New Zealand and Australia in the Autumn (granted theres great opportunity for points here), we really need to do well this 6 nations to gather some ranking points. Not like we'd ever be playing a weak team but its something to keep in mind when people are arguing for the squad to be stacked with the youngsters.

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Post by rodders Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:17 pm

Right guys I've managed to hack Darren Caves email account and there is no sign of any email yet. Maybe there is a delay.
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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:19 pm

rapidsnowman wrote:

Joe Schmidt will announce a squad of around 36 or 37 players on Wednesday for the opening two matches of this year’s Six Nations at home to Wales and away to France.
The Irish head coach will also announce his captain, the successor to Paul O’Connell, and before that a certain Brian O’Driscoll - with Rory Best, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien and Johnny Sexton all in the running.
The Kiwi-born former Leinster coach will make his announcement via email, typically avoiding the hype which surrounded the press conferences held by Warren Gatland in Wales and Eddie Jones in England - yet still the same anticipation remains.

Who's he going to email?
All of us?

Yes, thats exactly right. I am co-ordinating this on behalf of 606v2. To expedite the announcement please PM me your e-mail address as well as your full name, bank details, address, credit card numbers, mother's maiden name etc. etc.

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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:21 pm

Doh! IRFU have just tweeted that the squad will be announced at 2.30pm. Alright folks, nothing to see here...
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Post by rodders Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:25 pm

Typical, I have a meeting at half 2. I'll have to wait until 3 to see if I've made the cut.
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Post by Golden Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:27 pm

rodders wrote:Typical, I have a meeting at half 2. I'll have to wait until 3 to see if I've made the cut.

You can room with Cave

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Post by rapidsnowman Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:32 pm

rodders wrote:Typical, I have a meeting at half 2. I'll have to wait until 3 to see if I've made the cut.

Ask your psychiatrist to rearrange - should be straightforward!   Whistle

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Post by Pete330v2 Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:08 pm

Hurry up Joe

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Post by rodders Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:30 pm

Golden wrote:
rodders wrote:Typical, I have a meeting at half 2. I'll have to wait until 3 to see if I've made the cut.

You can room with Cave

Ha!
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Post by the-goon Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:31 pm

Squad is out, Stander, Dilane, McCloskey, L Marshall all in.

Best is Captain

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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:33 pm

Van Der Flier also included- but no Ringrose?

Very happy with the Captaincy decision and to see Stander there.
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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:34 pm

Mike Ross, Cian Healy and Chris Henry not included due to injury but likely to return as they get game time with their provinces over the coming weeks.
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Post by munkian Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:39 pm

Ireland Squad RBS 6 Nations 2016 Rounds 1 & 2

Forwards (19)

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) Captain
Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
James Cronin (Dolphin/Munster)
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht)*
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) Vice Captain
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
Mike McCarthy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Sean O'Brien (UCD/Leinster)
Tommy O'Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Rhys Ruddock (St Mary's College/Leinster)
Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
CJ Stander (Munster)*
Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster)*
Nathan White (Connacht)

Backs (16)

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)
David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)
Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)
Stuart McCloskey (McCloskey/Ulster)*
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
Jared Payne (Ulster)
Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Jonathan Sexton (St Mary's College/Leinster)
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
Simon Zebo (Cork Con/Munster)

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Post by Pete330v2 Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:40 pm

No surprises really although I thought Ringrose would have been named. Stander for the starting XV!!!!!!

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Post by BamBam Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:41 pm

McCloskey had his home town club named after him already?? What a man

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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:43 pm

BamBam wrote:McCloskey had his home town club named after him already?? What a man

He's just that good Wink

We'll be singing McCloskeys call in the McCloskey stadium before he hangs up his boots #GetHype Laugh
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Post by Golden Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:45 pm

Massive for Dillane. He's really come out of the blue this season, at least from my POV.

Thought Cronin was injured?

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Post by profitius Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:47 pm

Hookers: Rory Best (captain), Sean Cronin, Richardt Strauss, Rob Herring

Props: Tadhg Furlong, Marty Moore, Nathan White, Jack McGrath, James Cronin

Locks: Devin Toner, Donnacha Ryan, Mike McCarthy, Ultan Dillane

Back rows: Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander

Halfbacks: Conor Murray, Eoin Reddan, Kieran Marmion, Johnny Sexton, Paddy Jackson, Ian Madigan

Centres: Robbie Henshaw, Stuart McCloskey, Luke Marshall, Jared Payne

Back threes: Keith Earls, Dave Kearney, Simon Zebo, Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble, Luke Fitzgerald
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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:57 pm

Breakdown;

Leinster 17
Ulster 7
Munster 7
Connacht 4
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Post by Pete330v2 Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:58 pm

Thanks for that format Prof.

There's no lack of ability, experience and class in that squad.
No excuses then, grand slam it is Smile

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Post by GoodinTightSpaces Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:01 pm

happy enough with that squad. The really interesting thing for me is who will be the starting 15. Will we see some changes in certain positions.

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Post by Sin é Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:02 pm

Delighted for Rory Best. Well deserved.
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Post by rodders Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:11 pm

Like the look of that to be honest.

Glad to see the new guys in - McCloskey, VDF, Stander are very much men for the now and will add a lot.

Delighted for Luke Marshall too who's in the form of his career. Too soon for Ringrose but its only a matter of time for him.
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Post by theslosty Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:12 pm

I suppose Gilroy is the only significant exclusion? I'd certainly have him in there over D Kearney and possibly Zebo too.
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Post by carpet baboon Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:16 pm

Murray, Jackson Earles, McCloskey, Henshaw, Trimble, Payne.
That would be my back line against Wales.

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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:21 pm

Sin é wrote:Delighted for Rory Best. Well deserved.

And so say all of us!
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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:25 pm

The only major disappointment is the lack of any real controversy
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Post by Sin é Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:27 pm

Jamie Heaslip better look out Smile  CJ does it all.

OptaJonny ‏@OptaJonny 35s35 seconds ago 71 - No player has made more carries (71) or won more turnovers (9) than @Munsterrugby's @CJStander in the @ChampionsCup 2015/16. Selection.
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Post by carpet baboon Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:29 pm

Backrow of O'Brien Cj and flyer

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Post by marty2086 Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:30 pm

Heaslip is named Vice Captain surely that means hes likely to start?

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Post by Sin é Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:32 pm

Notch wrote:The only major disappointment is the lack of any real controversy

No Ringrose. I can't wait to see how that goes down with the Leinster media. Off the Ball should be good tonight.

There will be very little change from world cup I'd say except through injury. Might see McCloskey instead of Henshaw as he hasn't played much this season and will get only 2 games now before the Welsh game. Probably put Jared Payne at 13 then.

Earls/Fitz at 11
Trimble/Earls at 14

Earls or Fitz on the bench (probably Fitz). He is a good impact sub now.

Of all games, CJ is needed to start against Wales. Pity it is the first game of the 6Ns.
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Post by Sin é Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:35 pm

marty2086 wrote:Heaslip is named Vice Captain surely that means hes likely to start?

Better have him coming off the bench when Rory goes off.
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Post by Notch Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:38 pm

Sin é wrote:
Notch wrote:The only major disappointment is the lack of any real controversy

No Ringrose. I can't wait to see how that goes down with the Leinster media. Off the Ball should be good tonight.

Ah the likes of Tony Ward might moan, but no-one seriously expected anything more than the fact he might be included to train against the first team and get a bit of experience of being around the camp.
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Post by Golden Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:39 pm

Heaslip will start. Hes been very good this season. Id expect CJ O'Stander from the bench for his first cap.

In fact Best might be the only non Leinster player starting in the pack. Although White will probably preferred to Moore/Furlong.

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Post by Don Alfonso Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:42 pm

Sin é wrote:Jamie Heaslip better look out Smile  CJ does it all.

OptaJonny ‏@OptaJonny 35s35 seconds ago 71 - No player has made more carries (71) or won more turnovers (9) than @Munsterrugby's @CJStander in the @ChampionsCup 2015/16. Selection.

OptaJonny ‏@OptaJonny  39m39 minutes ago
99% - @leinsterrugby's @joshvdf (98/99) has the best tackle success in @PRO12rugby this season (minimum 50 tackles). Trap.

OptaJonny ‏@OptaJonny  31m31 minutes ago
26 - @UlsterRugby's @Stuart_Mc12 has beaten more defenders than any other player in the @ChampionsCup this season (26). Bulldozer.

Young pups making waves...

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Post by Sin é Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:43 pm

OptaJonny
26 - @UlsterRugby's @Stuart_Mc12 has beaten more defenders than any other player in the @ChampionsCup this season (26). Bulldozer.
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Post by Don Alfonso Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:44 pm

Snap!

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Post by Sin é Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:46 pm

Just got in ahead of me. Also see Paddy Jackson is the 2nd most successful kicker in the Champs Cup - just after Dan Carter

Carter 92% success rate (11/12)
Paddy Jackson 88% (15/17)
George Ford 85% (11/13)

Surprised no Owen Farrell there.
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Post by carpet baboon Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:48 pm

The thought of McCloskey showing Roberts how its done gets me more excited than it should

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Post by Don Alfonso Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:49 pm

In fairness, i think that might have been before the Sarries game, Sin, when he got one and missed one, so his average will have fallen.

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Post by marty2086 Wed 20 Jan 2016, 3:51 pm

Sin é wrote:
marty2086 wrote:Heaslip is named Vice Captain surely that means hes likely to start?

Better have him coming off the bench when Rory goes off.

Makes no sense having a guy on the bench who can only play 8

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Post by Sin é Wed 20 Jan 2016, 4:26 pm

CJ could move to 6.
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Post by brennomac Wed 20 Jan 2016, 4:41 pm

Hilarious reading munsterfans having to get used to CJ being picked after getting themselves into a lather this morning with a yarn that he was going to be left out.

Happy with that squad given the injuries situation

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Post by GoodinTightSpaces Wed 20 Jan 2016, 4:42 pm

Sin é wrote:CJ could move to 6.

I have a feeling the South African native will start at 6 with Heaslip at 8

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