Leinster's Back Three options going forward

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Re: Leinster's Back Three options going forward

Postby deco » February 11th, 2019, 4:53 pm

mildlyinterested wrote:
deco wrote:
Jonny tight lips wrote:He’s been bought once, he can be bought again


No need.

Cadbury will be slot nicely back into the 15 role if required, as well as providing cover for Ross B.


Meh he made his choice to leave.


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Re: Leinster's Back Three options going forward

Postby ronk » February 12th, 2019, 8:34 am

If it's still silly season: Madigan can play fullback.
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Re: Leinster's Back Three options going forward

Postby Ruckedtobits » February 12th, 2019, 9:06 am

At this point, the player I'd like to see as Robert's successor is Ciaran Frawley. Physical presence, pace, fielding ability, kicking, vision, distribution and tackling all present. Only experience required.
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Re: Leinster's Back Three options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » February 12th, 2019, 9:08 am

Ruckedtobits wrote:At this point, the player I'd like to see as Robert's successor is Ciaran Frawley. Physical presence, pace, fielding ability, kicking, vision, distribution and tackling all present. Only experience required.


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Re: Leinster's Back Three options going forward

Postby Barry » March 8th, 2019, 12:05 pm

Rob Kearney’s achievements rarely get the recognition they deserve in the media so good to see the article below in today’s Examiner – still bugs me that Jamie didn’t get to 100 Irish caps so here’s hoping that Rob has better luck and hits this major milestone


Kearney set to catch smoking Serge

The man they could never catch is about to be overtaken, by a Gaelic football convert from the smallest county in Ireland.

Serge Blanco stopped running almost 30 years ago. Now in his seventh decade and no longer smoking for France, he is recovering from major heart surgery but no amount of inconvenient facts ought to detract from the feat of endurance within reach of Louth’s Rob Kearney. Described by his fashion house as ‘the Pele of rugby’, Blanco outstripped the rest as a box-office hit par excellence on such a scale that it’s taken this long for someone to catch up with him. There can be no finer tribute to Kearney than to put him on an equal footing with the peerless former president of Biarritz.
France in Dublin on Sunday will be Kearney’s 81st start as Ireland’s full-back, matching Blanco’s 81 in the same position for France. The weekend will also put them level on 93 Tests, each having won his first cap on the wing, Blanco against Ireland in Paris in 1982, Kearney against Argentina in Buenos Aires a quarter of a century later.

They also share something else in common, an unbeaten record stretching over seven years. While Blanco helped ensure that no Irish team beat France between 1984 and 1991, Kearney hasn’t lost a Six Nations match in Dublin since Wales won there en route to their last Grand Slam in 2012. Preserving the run for another season will ensure the holders go to Cardiff next week with a shot — albeit a very long one — at clinging onto their title. Given a fair wind, Kearney will then go one clear of Blanco and one behind the player to have been picked most often as a Test full-back, Mils Muliaina.
The New Zealander, unable to manage a try during 11 appearances for Connacht four seasons ago, made 83 of his 95 starts in the No 15 jersey, the remainder on the wing or in the centre. Another centurion, Percy Montgomery, made 80 of his 90 starts for the Springboks at full-back.

Kearney turns 33 this month with his sights set on one last shot at the World Cup. Blanco was 33 when he made the most anti-climactic of last stands during the 1991 tournament, a home quarter-final against England providing the perfect stage for one last blaze of pyrotechnics.

The old enemy trampled all over him from the kick-off, a grim reminder that time waits for no man, not even Blanco.

Now that he has lasted long enough to perform the monumental feat of catching up with the most charismatic of full-backs, Kearney ought to have enough time left for a happier ending.
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Re: Leinster's Back Three options going forward

Postby leinster23 » March 8th, 2019, 10:22 pm

Barry wrote:Rob Kearney’s achievements rarely get the recognition they deserve in the media so good to see the article below in today’s Examiner – still bugs me that Jamie didn’t get to 100 Irish caps so here’s hoping that Rob has better luck and hits this major milestone


Kearney set to catch smoking Serge

The man they could never catch is about to be overtaken, by a Gaelic football convert from the smallest county in Ireland.

Serge Blanco stopped running almost 30 years ago. Now in his seventh decade and no longer smoking for France, he is recovering from major heart surgery but no amount of inconvenient facts ought to detract from the feat of endurance within reach of Louth’s Rob Kearney. Described by his fashion house as ‘the Pele of rugby’, Blanco outstripped the rest as a box-office hit par excellence on such a scale that it’s taken this long for someone to catch up with him. There can be no finer tribute to Kearney than to put him on an equal footing with the peerless former president of Biarritz.
France in Dublin on Sunday will be Kearney’s 81st start as Ireland’s full-back, matching Blanco’s 81 in the same position for France. The weekend will also put them level on 93 Tests, each having won his first cap on the wing, Blanco against Ireland in Paris in 1982, Kearney against Argentina in Buenos Aires a quarter of a century later.

They also share something else in common, an unbeaten record stretching over seven years. While Blanco helped ensure that no Irish team beat France between 1984 and 1991, Kearney hasn’t lost a Six Nations match in Dublin since Wales won there en route to their last Grand Slam in 2012. Preserving the run for another season will ensure the holders go to Cardiff next week with a shot — albeit a very long one — at clinging onto their title. Given a fair wind, Kearney will then go one clear of Blanco and one behind the player to have been picked most often as a Test full-back, Mils Muliaina.
The New Zealander, unable to manage a try during 11 appearances for Connacht four seasons ago, made 83 of his 95 starts in the No 15 jersey, the remainder on the wing or in the centre. Another centurion, Percy Montgomery, made 80 of his 90 starts for the Springboks at full-back.

Kearney turns 33 this month with his sights set on one last shot at the World Cup. Blanco was 33 when he made the most anti-climactic of last stands during the 1991 tournament, a home quarter-final against England providing the perfect stage for one last blaze of pyrotechnics.

The old enemy trampled all over him from the kick-off, a grim reminder that time waits for no man, not even Blanco.

Now that he has lasted long enough to perform the monumental feat of catching up with the most charismatic of full-backs, Kearney ought to have enough time left for a happier ending.

He doesn't get nearly enough credit, the look at the praise Liam Williams (deservedly) got a few weeks ago. Kearney does that every game and all he gets is consistent moaning. Legend of Irish rugby.
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Re: Leinster's Back Three options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » March 30th, 2019, 10:55 am

Seen a good bit of Cian Kelleher last night for Connacht, he has a lot of work to on if he is going to push for a leinster 1st XV place.
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