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Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Armchair » November 12th, 2010, 10:21 am

If I was Mike Ross I would be a severley pis*ed of man. With a former player calling him the best scrummager in the squad and now DK and others publicly saying that Hayes is ahead of him. I for one want Mike Ross to know that as both a Leinster and Irish fan I am 100% behind him. DK and co have ignored him yet again and it really defies all logic but then when did DK have use any of that.

Mike we love you man!! Keep up the excellent work for the boys in Blue and the DK in green won't be able to ignore you and be found out for being a vindictive f*ck!!
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Logorrhea » November 12th, 2010, 10:41 am

Who is this Mike Ross you speak of. I am curious. Tell me more.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Scott » November 12th, 2010, 10:43 am

Armchair = Claire_m!

Whats all this stuff about DK & Ross not getting on? because Ross left Munster??
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Slipper1 » November 12th, 2010, 10:44 am

Logorrhea wrote:Who is this Mike Ross you speak of. I am curious. Tell me more.


Look at the photos of Ireland training, he's holding the tackle bags.

Mike, we appreciate you, as did Quinns and everyone in the Aviva Premierhsip who voted you onto the team of the year a season or two ago.
Get in the f%~king bag.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby mfjoc » November 12th, 2010, 11:01 am

The only good thing about his non selection is that we should have him available for the Dragons match next Friday
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Broken Wing » November 12th, 2010, 11:02 am

Where do we get our "Justice for Mike" armbands?
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Armchair » November 12th, 2010, 11:04 am

mfjoc wrote:The only good thing about his non selection is that we should have him available for the Dragons match next Friday


I wouldn't bet on it! You would think he will definitely be released but they will impos conditions that he only plays a half or something. He seems to have no chance of game with Ireland at the moment barring a few injuries but he will still be rested under the elite player system which makes no sense :roll:
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Armchair » November 12th, 2010, 11:05 am

Broken Wing wrote:Where do we get our "Justice for Mike" armbands?


Waiting on Snap Printing to get back to me
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby fourthirtythree » November 12th, 2010, 12:11 pm

Mike: you may be a Munster man but you're one of us now. Snubbed stupidly by the Irish management who ignore form and ability and prefer history.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Cianostays » November 12th, 2010, 12:20 pm

Mike Ross builds hospitals for orphaned kittens! FACT.

He's also the best tight head in the country.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby the spoofer » November 12th, 2010, 1:15 pm

Cianostays wrote:Mike Ross builds hospitals for orphaned kittens! FACT.

He's also the best tight head in the country.


Unfortunately, thats like winning the smartest person in first Arts in UCD, not that hard.

He has improved dramatically but has a way to go. It does highlight O'Sullivans, sorry Kidneys policy towards certain players that includes Jennings and Leo. No coincidence that they all left their provinces while he was in charge.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Leoslovechild » November 12th, 2010, 2:23 pm

I assume he is being rested to start against the All Blacks...can't wait
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby claire_m » November 12th, 2010, 2:51 pm

This thread has nothing to do with me at all, but I'm sure it will mean a lot to Mike to know that people do appreciate him, even if those people aren't the coaches.

I really hope he gets a chance during the AIs and I would love him to get the chance that he did when he played for Quins. For everything bad that he did, Dean Richards was a very good coach / knowledgable bloke and he saw something in Mike when he was languishing below the Munster bench and brought him over. Mike repaid this and 2 seasons on, we still haven't replaced him.

If you're reading this, best of luck for the rest of the season, I hope you make the Ireland team and the next time I'm over I'll bring you a chocolate cake and no, I don't expect you to share it (or think it will last very long!) :D
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Donny B. » November 12th, 2010, 3:17 pm

Leoslovechild wrote:I assume he is being rested to start against the All Blacks...can't wait


Judging by these comments by Gert Smal, don't hold your breath! :roll:

From IT

"Smal also gave a strong indication John Hayes, who needs games more than most to reach his best, remains ahead of Mike Ross not only in this week’s pecking order, but perhaps up until the World Cup. “Mike is one of the props we’re looking at, but I think John Hayes, where he comes from and with the amount of time we’ve invested in him over the past two years, I think we’ve just got too much,” said Smal.

“We’re very pleased with the way Mike Ross developed over the past year . . . but John needs that opportunity.”

We can pretty much write off the next year if we're going to be stuck playing with Hayes and Buckle, no matter what Ross does.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby suisse » November 12th, 2010, 3:31 pm

Donny B. wrote:"Mike is one of the props we’re looking at”


He's not a 19 year old from the Ivory Coast with a criminal record but bags of talent looking for a pro contract with Arsenal. What are you looking at Smal? Haven't you been to the RDS this season, or seen footage of him in England?

And, "one of the props"? How many props do we have worth 'looking at'?

Donny B. wrote:but I think John Hayes, where he comes from and with the amount of time we’ve invested in him over the past two years”


What does that even mean? Surely Hayes isn't selected for geographical reasons?

And, there's that word; 'invested'....The coaching team (and certain supporters of a particular pro rugby team in Ireland on this messageboard) have used words similar to that. Project is another one. It would appear to me that the number one tighthead prop of the best scrummaging unit in Ireland is fourth choice for his country, behind three props, two of whom are not good enough, and he is the only one of the 4 who hasn't had any time "invested" in him. Alarm bells should be ringing.....

The funny thing is the Irish Times had this big splash on "Changing of the Guard" bullshit last week at TH prop.
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Donny B. » November 12th, 2010, 3:33 pm

Fair points Suisse, but your quoting technique always makes me out to be the bad guy..... :-(
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby suisse » November 12th, 2010, 3:52 pm

Donny B. wrote:Fair points Suisse, but your quoting technique always makes me out to be the bad guy..... :-(


Yeah, I was thinking about that. I actually enjoy it when you throw up a controversial interview and there are bits worth quoting.

It would b great if you quoted Hook saying this one day.....

Donny B. wrote:I don't think Mike Ross should ever play for Ireland. Hayes should be given the captain's armband and Buckley to take over after the World Cup. Mick O'Driscoll, when he retires as an Irish legend, should be asked to coach the Leinster second rows in the art of line out calling


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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby neilinboston » November 12th, 2010, 3:55 pm

So let me get this straight... Hayes isn't playing as a starting prop this year with Buckley having taken his place. Ross is and is playing well. However because the Irish management have invested time in Hayes over the last two years (is that not just a cute way of saying that they haven't bothered developing anybody else because they thought the Bull should be going to the WC?) they're completely overlooking Ross regardless of form, ability or anything else.

I'm assuming the 'where he comes from' comment is talking more about his experience than him being from Munster and Munster not having enough players in the squad to keep the IRFU happy (I still question how much influence the IRFU have in team selection).

Anyway, Smal DK made a ridiculous call... again!
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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Donny B. » November 12th, 2010, 3:57 pm

Damn you Suisse...... :evil:

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Re: Mike Ross Appreciation Thread!

Postby Xanthippe » November 12th, 2010, 3:58 pm

Donny B. wrote:Damn you Suisse...... :evil:

:wink:


To be fair - your writing technique is at least as much to blame as his quoting technique
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