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Leinster's Centre Options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » October 27th, 2017, 8:50 am

Ages as of end of the 2017/18 season.

Isa Nacewa(35) - Signed 2yr contract in 2016
Noel Reid(28) - Signed contract in 2017
Robbie Henshaw(24) - Signed 3yr contract in 2016
Tom Daly(24) - Signed contract in 2017
Rory O'Loughlin(24) - Signed contract in 2017
Garry Ringrose(23) - Signed contract in 2016

Conor O'Brien(22) - Academy Year 2
Jimmy O'Brien(21) - Academy Year 2
Jack Kelly(20) - Academy Year 2
Gavin Mullin(20) - Academy Year 1
Ciaran Frawley(20) - Academy Year 1
Tommy O'Brien(20) - Academy Year 1

Isa Nacewa is out of contract this season and you'd presume is set to retire again, while Robbie Henshaw is signed through the world cup. Garry Ringrose could well be out of contract this summer after signing a deal in 2016, Tom Daly joins him as a player very likely out of contract this summer. Ringrose presumably is negotiating for a central contract with the IRFU, while Daly's injury makes it hard to predict what will happen with him and Leinster.
Noel Reid and Rory O'Loughlin are very unlikely to be out of contract after signing deal last season.

There are many potential centres in the academy at the moment, players who have been primarily centres since leaving school: Conor O'Brien, Jimmy O'Brien and Gavin Mullin. And players who have played multiple positions since leaving school: Jack Kelly, Ciaran Frawley and Tommy O'Brien. Where these players settle is hard to predict at this stage.

In the sub academy Sean O'Brien(Clontarf), Conor's younger brother, looks the most likely player to push for an academy place. Although it looks unlikely given the number of players in the academy at the moment that can play the position. Other players to keep an eye on are James Moriarty(DUFC), Ted O'Donoghue(Terenure) and Myles Carey(St. Marys)
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Re: Leinster's Centre Options going forward

Postby ronk » October 29th, 2017, 5:21 pm

Chance to see academy players expected this weeekend with ROL our only available senior player
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Re: Leinster's Centre Options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » November 3rd, 2017, 9:06 am

ronk wrote:Chance to see academy players expected this weeekend with ROL our only available senior player


Conor O'Brien the academy centre afforded the opportunity.
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Re: Leinster's Centre Options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » November 6th, 2017, 12:27 pm

mildlyinterested wrote:
ronk wrote:Chance to see academy players expected this weeekend with ROL our only available senior player


Conor O'Brien the academy centre afforded the opportunity.


and he mixed the good with the bad.

hopefully he can stay healthy now and get a good run of games at AIL level.
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Re: Leinster's Centre Options going forward

Postby ronk » November 6th, 2017, 9:26 pm

mildlyinterested wrote:
mildlyinterested wrote:
ronk wrote:Chance to see academy players expected this weeekend with ROL our only available senior player


Conor O'Brien the academy centre afforded the opportunity.


and he mixed the good with the bad.

hopefully he can stay healthy now and get a good run of games at AIL level.


It was one of those games though
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Re: Leinster's Centre Options going forward

Postby paddyor » November 6th, 2017, 9:50 pm

He's neither the first nor the last rookie to have a mixed bag playing with the "kids" away from home.
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Re: Leinster's Centre Options going forward

Postby mildlyinterested » November 7th, 2017, 9:01 am

paddyor wrote:He's neither the first nor the last rookie to have a mixed bag playing with the "kids" away from home.


Nope, thought he showed promise overall.

Shame he is blocked by Matt Darcy at 12 for Clontarf.
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