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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby simonokeeffe » April 15th, 2017, 2:46 pm

CiaranIrl wrote:
Cor. Ind. wrote:Kid'nMe certainly backed the wrong horse in Mushy. In fairness, at that time mobile 6'5 tightheads were all the rage (e.g. Andrew Sheridan). The fact these behemoths couldn't scrummage only became an issue with the arrival of the ELVs.

'Yo' Be One Kid'n'Nobodi has made the same mistake in casting off Ryan in favour of Toner.

Ultimately, both men will be haunted by these fateful decisions and like the Emperor Ausgustus will wake in fright some day to cry out:

"Quintili Vare, legiones redde!"


It's like you're the Munster version of Oldschool.


He doesnt know Sheridan was a loosehead either? :D
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Ruckedtobits » April 15th, 2017, 10:05 pm

If anybody didn't understand just how good Ross is, watch his absolute schooling of Denis Buckley in Galway this evening

I was sorry for Buckley who has been an under-rated operator these past two seasons, but Mike chose this evening to give Leo a reminder, and anybody else watching, a serious demonstration of the significance of a great THP. He totally milled Buckley as the Leinster scrum knocked Connacht backwards at every scrum in a manner that hasn't happened in two Seasons.

Well done Mike. Message delivered. Now let's see who receives it.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby riocard911 » April 16th, 2017, 1:43 am

Ruckedtobits wrote:If anybody didn't understand just how good Ross is, watch his absolute schooling of Denis Buckley in Galway this evening

I was sorry for Buckley who has been an under-rated operator these past two seasons, but Mike chose this evening to give Leo a reminder, and anybody else watching, a serious demonstration of the significance of a great THP. He totally milled Buckley as the Leinster scrum knocked Connacht backwards at every scrum in a manner that hasn't happened in two Seasons.

Well done Mike. Message delivered. Now let's see who receives it.


+1. Was amazing alright!!!!
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Cianostays » April 16th, 2017, 8:23 am

Whether he stays with us, heads to another province or calls it a day, after last night, it'll be on his own terms. Great stuff from Iron Mike :clap:
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby CiaranIrl » April 16th, 2017, 9:09 am

We should start a petition to make them keep him on. Crazy to let him go. It's unbelievable that he might go to another club.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Oldschool » April 16th, 2017, 10:48 am

CiaranIrl wrote:
Cor. Ind. wrote:Kid'nMe certainly backed the wrong horse in Mushy. In fairness, at that time mobile 6'5 tightheads were all the rage (e.g. Andrew Sheridan). The fact these behemoths couldn't scrummage only became an issue with the arrival of the ELVs.

'Yo' Be One Kid'n'Nobodi has made the same mistake in casting off Ryan in favour of Toner.

Ultimately, both men will be haunted by these fateful decisions and like the Emperor Ausgustus will wake in fright some day to cry out:

"Quintili Vare, legiones redde!"


It's like you're the Munster version of Oldschool.

Leave sleeping dogs lie! Yawn! :wink:
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby artaneboy » April 16th, 2017, 1:09 pm

Ross was great last night. I'd dread for us to let him go and have to face him as a player- or even a coach next season. He still has it...


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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby simonokeeffe » April 16th, 2017, 2:02 pm

Cant remember the last time he was better in the loose than last night, especially given the type of game played
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby curates_egg » April 16th, 2017, 2:13 pm

Scrum schmum.
What about that quarterback pass from the back of the hut?
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby simonokeeffe » April 16th, 2017, 2:19 pm

curates_egg wrote:Scrum schmum.
What about that quarterback pass from the back of the hut?


was about 60 yards of memory serves

Bent went for a Ross esque gallop too in a beautiful passing of the flame moment
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby RoboProp » April 16th, 2017, 4:25 pm

Cor. Ind. wrote:Kid'nMe certainly backed the wrong horse in Mushy. In fairness, at that time mobile 6'5 tightheads were all the rage (e.g. Andrew Sheridan). The fact these behemoths couldn't scrummage only became an issue with the arrival of the ELVs.

'Yo' Be One Kid'n'Nobodi has made the same mistake in casting off Ryan in favour of Toner.

Ultimately, both men will be haunted by these fateful decisions and like the Emperor Ausgustus will wake in fright some day to cry out:

"Quintili Vare, legiones redde!"


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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby leinsterforever » April 18th, 2017, 2:45 am

I wonder is Lancaster the main instigator of Ross not being offered a new deal? He's known for a sort of 'out with the old, in with the new' approach to squad management. I'm not a fan of ageism in rugby, and I think it could be a mistake to let Ross go. If Furlong or Bent picked up a long-term injury next season, Loughman, Heffernan and Porter would have to be called on extensively. These guys are progressing well but why take the risk? Give Mike another year. He deserves it, and it seems to me that it would be what's best for Leinster
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby ronk » April 19th, 2017, 10:25 pm

Ross might have been offered a deal and might not like the salary.

I'd be glad to have him next season but not at any price and the coaching staff should be mindful of the risks that his body won't be able for it. It gets delayed with props and progresses slowly but then can happen relatively suddenly.

He might have offers from a few clubs that would like to have him come off the bench and rarely start. This might prolong his career, I don't see Leinster wanting to use him this way even though it would make a difference to squad depth.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Timbit » April 20th, 2017, 2:10 pm

Bit late to the party but what a joy he was to watch Saturday! Seriously hope someone in Ireland can hold onto him, he's forgotten more about scrummaging than most will ever learn.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby bamboozle » April 22nd, 2017, 2:33 am

Cianostays wrote:I think he'd be best utillised as an IRFU scrum guru who should work with all the acadamey props in the provinces.

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This. I'd love to see him transition next season from a reduced Leinster contract with PT role as national U20, U19, U18 scrum coach to a full time national underage scrum coach the following season.
He's only got 8 years of pro rugby in Ireland built up. it would make sense for him to play another season or 2 to maximise his 10 year tax refund.
Even if he only made a handful of starts next season it would still be great to have his experience about. Furlong will be coming off a lions tour so we can expect him to have a slow introduction next season.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby mildlyinterested » April 25th, 2017, 11:10 am

He is retiring and not going into coaching.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby offshorerules » April 25th, 2017, 11:21 am

Thanks for everything Rossy, best of luck with your retirement.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby FLIP » April 25th, 2017, 11:24 am

mildlyinterested wrote:He is retiring and not going into coaching.


Can't say I'd blame him - working in technology will pay better than coaching!

It's a shame to see him retire but after all he's done for Leinster and Ireland I cannot begrudge him in any way.

All the best Mike, so long, and thanks for doing all of your (often unappreciated) hard work over the years.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby jimbobjoe » April 25th, 2017, 11:42 am

Players like Mike Ross are so hard to come by. Talented, hard working, studious and incredibly humble. A huge addition to any team he's been on.

All the best for the future Rossy.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby BlueWheels » April 25th, 2017, 12:22 pm

A quiet yet so effective hero, who rarely got the credit he deserved.

Thanks Mike.
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