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Re: Leinster Front Row Options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » August 1st, 2018, 9:17 am

Surprised they haven't done anything to address the lack of depth at hooker. If they all stay healthy, it will be fine, but a rather large if IMO.

Sean Cronin(32) - Signed contract in 2018
James Tracy(27) - Signed contract in 2018
Bryan Byrne(24) - Signed contract in 2017
Ronan Kelleher(20) - Academy Yr 2

Strauss and McNulty left, so Leinster have gone from having 6 contract hookers to 4.
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Re: Leinster Front Row Options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » December 13th, 2018, 4:50 pm

Loosehead depth chart for Leinster, ages as of end of the season:

Senior

Cian Healy(31/Belvedere/Clontarf) - 198 caps
Jack McGrath(29/St. Marys/St. Marys) - 137 caps
Ed Byrne(25/Clongowes/UCD) - 31 caps
Peter Dooley(24/Birr RFC/Lansdowne) - 54 caps

Academy
Michael Milne(19/Birr RFC-Roscrea/UCD)

Sub-Academy
Guiseppe Coyne(19/Blackrock/DUFC)
Harry Noonan(18/Greystones RFC/Old Wesley)

Hooker depth chart for Leinster, ages as of end of the season:

Senior
Sean Cronin(33) - 161 caps
James Tracy(28/Newbridge/UCD) - 78 caps
Bryan Byrne(25/Clongowes/Clontarf) - 32 caps

Academy
Ronan Kelleher(21/St. Michaels/Lansdowne)
Dan Sheehan(20/Clongowes/DUFC)

Sub-Academy
Declan Adamson(19/Clontarf/Clontarf)
Sean Molony(19/Blackrock/UCD)
John McKee(19/Campbell/Old Belvedere)

Tighthead depth chart for Leinster, ages as of end of the season:

Senior
Tadhg Furlong(26/New Ross RFC/Clontarf) - 92 caps
Andrew Porter(23/St. Andrews/UCD) - 40 caps
Michael Bent(33) - 112 caps
Vakh Abdaladze(23/Coolmine RFC/Clontarf) - 4 caps

Academy
Jack Aungier(20/Suttonians RFC/Terenure)

Sub-Academy
Thomas Clarkson(18/Blackrock/DUFC)
Charlie Ward(18/Tullow RFC/Clontarf)
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Re: Leinster Front Row Options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » January 17th, 2019, 8:53 am

Ed Byrne chosen ahead of Jack McGrath last weekend

But unlike the other five, the Lions prop was not in the sick bay. McGrath “came through unscathed” in his return to action against Ulster earlier this month, but Ed Byrne was chosen ahead of him when it came to the visit of the four-time European champions.

Byrne was on the bench for the December back-to-backs against Bath, but McGrath was unavailable then after undergoing hip surgery. This time was different — with the 25-year-old selected on merit ahead of the 53-times capped Ireland international.

“Our motivation is the team, the team has to perform for all of us,” said Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty. “It’s an uncomfortable conversation, for sure, you do care about the player an awful lot, you understand what he has delivered in the past, you don’t want to lose out on anything either.

“It is a difficult conversation, but I guess that’s part of the job for them and for us.”
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Re: Leinster Front Row Options going forward

Postby neiliog93 » January 17th, 2019, 11:44 pm

mildlyinterested wrote:Ed Byrne chosen ahead of Jack McGrath last weekend

But unlike the other five, the Lions prop was not in the sick bay. McGrath “came through unscathed” in his return to action against Ulster earlier this month, but Ed Byrne was chosen ahead of him when it came to the visit of the four-time European champions.

Byrne was on the bench for the December back-to-backs against Bath, but McGrath was unavailable then after undergoing hip surgery. This time was different — with the 25-year-old selected on merit ahead of the 53-times capped Ireland international.

“Our motivation is the team, the team has to perform for all of us,” said Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty. “It’s an uncomfortable conversation, for sure, you do care about the player an awful lot, you understand what he has delivered in the past, you don’t want to lose out on anything either.

“It is a difficult conversation, but I guess that’s part of the job for them and for us.”


Fair call. Ed's ability in the loose and low centre of gravity are a joy to behold, especially off the bench. He's pushing on and showing he can do it against bigger teams now.
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Re: Leinster Front Row Options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » January 29th, 2019, 9:02 am

Loosehead Prop minutes this season

Cian Healy(9+2) = 580
Ed Byrne(3+10) = 422
Jack McGrath(5+2) = 303
Peter Dooley(3+6) = 285

Tighthead Prop minutes this season

Tadhg Furlong(10+2) = 616
Micahel Bent(8+2) = 479
Andrew Porter(2+13) = 458
Vakh Abdalaze(0+3) = 41
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