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Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby mildlyinterested » January 10th, 2019, 11:43 am

Leinster have had remarkable stability at the fullback position for a long time, but Rob Kearney is nearing the end of his leinster career and Isa is gone.

With that in mind, who is Leinster's long term replacement at fullback? And who will be his competition and cover at the position.

Current Options, age as of start of next season:
Cian Kelleher(25) - primarily a winger for Connacht, but came through Leinster at fullback.
Hugo Keenan(23) - had 3 starts at 14 this season before injury distruption.
Jordan Larmour(22) - looks the most likely player to be the long term replacement for Rob.
Jack Kelly(21) - Leinster A captain, made his debut this season. In final year of academy.
Michael Silvester(21) - In 1st year of academy, hard to know how he will progress.
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby ChrisUppy » January 10th, 2019, 3:50 pm

mildlyinterested wrote:
backrower8 wrote:
mildlyinterested wrote:Leinster have had remarkable stability at the fullback position for a long time, but Rob Kearney is nearing the end of his leinster career and Isa is gone.

With that in mind, who is Leinster's long term replacement at fullback? And who will be his competition and cover at the position.

Current Options, age as of start of next season:
St Michael's - Cian Kelleher(25) - primarily a winger for Connacht, but came through Leinster at fullback.
Blackrock - Hugo Keenan(23) - had 3 starts at 14 this season before injury distruption.
St Andrew's - Jordan Larmour(22) - looks the most likely player to be the long term replacement for Rob.
St Michael's - Jack Kelly(21) - Leinster A captain, made his debut this season. In final year of academy.
Clongowes (was St Michael's Jnr school) - Michael Silvester(21) - In 1st year of academy, hard to know how he will progress.


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Whats your point? That schools rugby produces rugby players? Why I never knew.. also not exactly sure i'd call St. Andrews a feeder school for rugby.

If Conor Nash had chosen rugby over AFL then it would look different.

What's more, 5 options coming from 4 different schools certainly doesn't look like we're overly dependant any one, unlike the case that could maybe be made about our back row and second row prospects...

But anyway, could throw James Lowe into the mix for fullback. He played a fair bit there for the Maori's IIRC and I'd be interested to see what he can do with the added freedom in attack and his big boot. Ciaran Frawley is an option as well, but my preference would be his staying at 10. Have Jimmy or Tommy O'Brien played there?
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby mildlyinterested » January 10th, 2019, 3:53 pm

ChrisUppy wrote:What's more, 5 options coming from 4 different schools certainly doesn't look like we're overly dependant any one, unlike the case that could maybe be made about our back row and second row prospects...

But anyway, could throw James Lowe into the mix for fullback. He played a fair bit there for the Maori's IIRC and I'd be interested to see what he can do with the added freedom in attack and his big boot. Ciaran Frawley is an option as well, but my preference would be his staying at 10. Have Jimmy or Tommy O'Brien played there?


Neither have experience there no.
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby limecat » January 10th, 2019, 5:49 pm

Off-topic posts moved into general chat.

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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby curates_egg » January 10th, 2019, 8:50 pm

Obvious name missing from the list, other than Lowe, is Dave Kearney, but I would agree it's not looking that positive with his injury profile.
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby mildlyinterested » January 10th, 2019, 9:53 pm

curates_egg wrote:Obvious name missing from the list, other than Lowe, is Dave Kearney, but I would agree it's not looking that positive with his injury profile.


Long-Term.
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby mildlyinterested » January 10th, 2019, 9:53 pm

Rob Russell starting at 15 for Leinster A tomorrow. Which is interesting.
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby ronk » January 10th, 2019, 11:06 pm

mildlyinterested wrote:
curates_egg wrote:Obvious name missing from the list, other than Lowe, is Dave Kearney, but I would agree it's not looking that positive with his injury profile.


Long-Term.


Thread title says post RK.

We got used to Leinster being overstocked and having Girve and Rob back to back. You can’t really replace what we had without accepting a gap (or having RK stay well into decline).

Keenan has been surprisingly assured for a new player. That’s exciting in a way that young fullbacks usually aren’t.
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby Jonny tight lips » January 11th, 2019, 6:55 am

ronk wrote:
mildlyinterested wrote:
curates_egg wrote:Obvious name missing from the list, other than Lowe, is Dave Kearney, but I would agree it's not looking that positive with his injury profile.


Long-Term.


Thread title says post RK.

We got used to Leinster being overstocked and having Girve and Rob back to back. You can’t really replace what we had without accepting a gap (or having RK stay well into decline).

Keenan has been surprisingly assured for a new player. That’s exciting in a way that young fullbacks usually aren’t.


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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby curates_egg » January 11th, 2019, 9:23 am

mildlyinterested wrote:
curates_egg wrote:Obvious name missing from the list, other than Lowe, is Dave Kearney, but I would agree it's not looking that positive with his injury profile.


Long-Term.


He's not even 30 FFS!
The only reasons he would not be a long term option would be retirement or departure.
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby blockhead » February 12th, 2019, 12:36 am

Whomever it is gots some big boots to fill.
Stat of the day:
ROB KEARNEY (102) IS THE 3RD PLAYER TO BEAT 100 DEFENDERS IN SIX NATIONS HISTORY AFTER BRIAN O’DRISCOLL (163) AND GEORGE NORTH (105)
:happy clapper: :happy clapper:
That's some stat by North considering he is not 27 yet.
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby ronk » February 12th, 2019, 3:57 am

blockhead wrote:Whomever it is gots some big boots to fill.
Stat of the day:
ROB KEARNEY (102) IS THE 3RD PLAYER TO BEAT 100 DEFENDERS IN SIX NATIONS HISTORY AFTER BRIAN O’DRISCOLL (163) AND GEORGE NORTH (105)
:happy clapper: :happy clapper:
That's some stat by North considering he is not 27 yet.


Great stat. Not something Rob gets enough credit for
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby hugonaut » February 12th, 2019, 9:11 am

blockhead wrote:Whomever it is gots some big boots to fill.
Stat of the day:
ROB KEARNEY (102) IS THE 3RD PLAYER TO BEAT 100 DEFENDERS IN SIX NATIONS HISTORY AFTER BRIAN O’DRISCOLL (163) AND GEORGE NORTH (105)
:happy clapper: :happy clapper:
That's some stat by North considering he is not 27 yet.


Great stat. Very impressive from RK ... as usual.
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby Laighin Break » February 12th, 2019, 10:20 am

I noticed on the Leinster website that Henshaw is listed as a Centre / Full back - has that always been the case?
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Re: Leinster's Long Term Fullback Post-RK

Postby Jonny tight lips » February 12th, 2019, 12:09 pm

blockhead wrote:Whomever it is gots some big boots to fill.
Stat of the day:
ROB KEARNEY (102) IS THE 3RD PLAYER TO BEAT 100 DEFENDERS IN SIX NATIONS HISTORY AFTER BRIAN O’DRISCOLL (163) AND GEORGE NORTH (105)
:happy clapper: :happy clapper:
That's some stat by North considering he is not 27 yet.


Are you sure Zebo didn’t beat 100 defenders on his debut? Not bad considering he was only in fir the 26 seconds hahaha. You got a source for above .... fair play to Rob
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