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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby jimbobjoe » May 2nd, 2017, 7:36 pm

What a journey he's had. Amazing stuff
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby Xanthippe » May 2nd, 2017, 11:45 pm

I'm incredibly happy for Ian but (and this is probably ridiculous as I don't actually know him) I'm also unbelievably proud of everything he's achieved.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » May 2nd, 2017, 11:55 pm

Xanthippe wrote:I'm incredibly happy for Ian but (and this is probably ridiculous as I don't actually know him) I'm also unbelievably proud of everything he's achieved.


I was thinking the exact same thing :lol:

Anyone know if the issue of some countries not allowing the goggles has been sorted completely?
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby jimbobjoe » May 3rd, 2017, 10:34 am

LeRouxIsPHat wrote:
Xanthippe wrote:I'm incredibly happy for Ian but (and this is probably ridiculous as I don't actually know him) I'm also unbelievably proud of everything he's achieved.


I was thinking the exact same thing :lol:

Anyone know if the issue of some countries not allowing the goggles has been sorted completely?


World rugby has a global trial for goggles. I assume this puts an umbrella over all WR sanctioned matches.

http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/goggles
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » May 3rd, 2017, 11:26 am

Ah I see, thanks!
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby Donny B. » May 6th, 2017, 12:15 pm

If he just placekicks reliably for them and nothing else, he'd be a big improvement on what they have at ten now.

I've never met Ian but I remember hearing how down he was when he had to retire from rugby initially. So like others on here, I've followed his story closely as he's returned to rugby in Italy and got behind the goggles campaign. The reception he got when he came on at the RDS was lovely and it's been beautiful to watch him make his way back into the game.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby blockhead » October 10th, 2017, 5:54 pm

Ian McKinley makes the Italian squad for the AIs.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby curates_egg » October 10th, 2017, 7:02 pm

blockhead wrote:Ian McKinley makes the Italian squad for the AIs.


What an achievement.
Such a shame he couldn't do it here but massive congrats.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby hugonaut » October 10th, 2017, 7:19 pm

Massive achievement - the guy has so much guts, drive and talent. Many congratulations to him.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » October 10th, 2017, 7:35 pm

Unbelievable achievement. delighted for him :happy clapper: :happy clapper:

I also can't wait to see what he achieves after rugby, a guy like that is destined for big things.

Plus when he becomes NIE he can sign for Munster!
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby blockhead » October 10th, 2017, 7:58 pm

LeRouxIsPHat wrote:Unbelievable achievement. delighted for him :happy clapper: :happy clapper:

I also can't wait to see what he achieves after rugby, a guy like that is destined for big things.

Plus when he becomes NIE he can sign for Munster!

:lol: :happy clapper:
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby BlueBlue » October 11th, 2017, 10:40 am

Delighted for him. A very brave and driven person, its great to see his hard work pay off.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby curates_egg » November 10th, 2017, 9:19 am

And...the matchday squad.
Forza I-Mc. In bocca al lupo.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/ ... 05452.html
Franno, McKenna, Luke Fitz and all have some new grist for their mill.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby footrush » November 10th, 2017, 10:07 am

Donny B. wrote:If he just placekicks reliably for them and nothing else, he'd be a big improvement on what they have at ten now.

I've never met Ian but I remember hearing how down he was when he had to retire from rugby initially. So like others on here, I've followed his story closely as he's returned to rugby in Italy and got behind the goggles campaign. The reception he got when he came on at the RDS was lovely and it's been beautiful to watch him make his way back into the game.

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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby footrush » November 10th, 2017, 10:08 am

Xanthippe wrote:I'm incredibly happy for Ian but (and this is probably ridiculous as I don't actually know him) I'm also unbelievably proud of everything he's achieved.

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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby FLIP » November 10th, 2017, 10:36 am

curates_egg wrote:And...the matchday squad.
Forza I-Mc. In bocca al lupo.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/ ... 05452.html
Franno, McKenna, Luke Fitz and all have some new grist for their mill.


How can anyone begrudge him playing for Italy? His career wouldn't have had a chance had Italy not been one of the few places allowing the use of googles. How long did it take Ireland to fall in line on that one?
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby curates_egg » November 10th, 2017, 10:41 am

FLIP wrote:
curates_egg wrote:And...the matchday squad.
Forza I-Mc. In bocca al lupo.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/ ... 05452.html
Franno, McKenna, Luke Fitz and all have some new grist for their mill.


How can anyone begrudge him playing for Italy? His career wouldn't have had a chance had Italy not been one of the few places allowing the use of googles. How long did it take Ireland to fall in line on that one?


If they are to be consistent, based on their line of argument against Aki and Stander, every single one of those pundits should be opposed to it as he would not pass a Mussolini DNA test.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby arsebiscuits1 » November 10th, 2017, 11:52 am

FLIP wrote:
curates_egg wrote:And...the matchday squad.
Forza I-Mc. In bocca al lupo.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/ ... 05452.html
Franno, McKenna, Luke Fitz and all have some new grist for their mill.


How can anyone begrudge him playing for Italy? His career wouldn't have had a chance had Italy not been one of the few places allowing the use of googles. How long did it take Ireland to fall in line on that one?


This discussion gets bandied around a lot and IRFU get's the unfair end of the stick from the masses.

Ireland were not the only country not involved. In fact most major unions were not. World Rugby had not approved them. What gain does anyone have actively going against a governing body?

Your argument should be with World Rugby if anyone.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby fourthirtythree » November 10th, 2017, 12:09 pm

It's turned into an active choice against doing it (on the 42 yesterday) whereas, and I could be wrong but my memory of it was... that they asked it be trialled in Italian domestic rugby. It was but that didn't mean he could use them in the Pro12. That was a separate decision by governing bodies. I don't think he had been actively trying to move to, say, AIL/UBL clubs to trial them in the first place and the IRFU vindictively decided against it. Once it had been trialled at club level it went beyond Ireland or Italy alone and needed approval at transnational level to be of further use to him.

And, as pointed out above, we await the anti-furriner begrudgers to line up condemning this while normal people applaud this as an insipiring and great story. The kind of thing that gets made into a cheesy movie.
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Re: Ian McKinley

Postby simonokeeffe » November 10th, 2017, 6:32 pm

curates_egg wrote:
FLIP wrote:
curates_egg wrote:And...the matchday squad.
Forza I-Mc. In bocca al lupo.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/ ... 05452.html
Franno, McKenna, Luke Fitz and all have some new grist for their mill.


How can anyone begrudge him playing for Italy? His career wouldn't have had a chance had Italy not been one of the few places allowing the use of googles. How long did it take Ireland to fall in line on that one?


If they are to be consistent, based on their line of argument against Aki and Stander, every single one of those pundits should be opposed to it as he would not pass a Mussolini DNA test.


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