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Re: Leinster's Backrow Options

Postby neiliog93 » February 8th, 2019, 9:42 pm

From a Leinster perspective this makes almost no difference, will arguably help us keep some of our talented young players. SOB has made an enormous impact for us over the course of his career but he has barely played in the last few years.
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Re: Leinster's Backrow Options

Postby cormac » February 8th, 2019, 10:47 pm

40 appearances (33+7) for Leinster since the Lions Tour in 2013. 26 appearances for Ireland in the same time frame, averaging about 12 appearances a season across both teams. Hard to justify his huge salary based on those stats.
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Re: Leinster's Backrow Options

Postby mildlyinterested » February 12th, 2019, 1:02 pm

Leinster Backrow options - ages as of start of next season (1st Sep 2019):

Senior

Rhys Ruddock(28/St. Marys/Number 6) - Signed contract in 2018
Jack Conan(27/St. Gerards/Old Belvedere/Number 8 ) - Signed contract in 2017
Josh Van Der Flier(26/Wesley/UCD/Number 7) - Signed contract in 2018
Dan Leavy(25/St. Michaels/UCD/Number 6-7) - Signed contract in 2017
Josh Murphy(24//St. Michaels/UCD/Number 6) - Signed contract in 2018
Max Deegan(22/St. Michaels/Lansdowne/Number 8 ) - Signed contract in 2017
Will Connors(22/Clongowes/UCD/Number 6-7) - Signed contract in 2018
Caelan Doris(21/Blackrock/St. Mary/Number 8 ) - Signed contract in 2018

Academy
Oisin Dowling(22/St. Michaels/Lansdowne/Number 6) - Academy Year 3
Scott Penny(19/St. Michaels/UCD/Number 7) - Academy Year 2
Martin Moloney(20/Athy RFC/Old Belvedere/Number 6-7) - Academy Year 1


Updated with SOB confirmed gone and Moloney likely joining.
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Re: Leinster's Backrow Options

Postby the spoofer » February 12th, 2019, 3:16 pm

mildlyinterested wrote:
Leinster Backrow options - ages as of start of next season (1st Sep 2019):

Senior

Rhys Ruddock(28/St. Marys/Number 6) - Signed contract in 2018
Jack Conan(27/St. Gerards/Old Belvedere/Number 8 ) - Signed contract in 2017
Josh Van Der Flier(26/Wesley/UCD/Number 7) - Signed contract in 2018
Dan Leavy(25/St. Michaels/UCD/Number 6-7) - Signed contract in 2017
Josh Murphy(24//St. Michaels/UCD/Number 6) - Signed contract in 2018
Max Deegan(22/St. Michaels/Lansdowne/Number 8 ) - Signed contract in 2017
Will Connors(22/Clongowes/UCD/Number 6-7) - Signed contract in 2018
Caelan Doris(21/Blackrock/St. Mary/Number 8 ) - Signed contract in 2018

Academy
Oisin Dowling(22/St. Michaels/Lansdowne/Number 6) - Academy Year 3
Scott Penny(19/St. Michaels/UCD/Number 7) - Academy Year 2
Martin Moloney(20/Athy RFC/Old Belvedere/Number 6-7) - Academy Year 1


Updated with SOB confirmed gone and Moloney likely joining.


I can see Penny bumped up this year.
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Re: Leinster's Backrow Options

Postby mildlyinterested » February 12th, 2019, 3:34 pm

the spoofer wrote:
mildlyinterested wrote:
Leinster Backrow options - ages as of start of next season (1st Sep 2019):

Senior

Rhys Ruddock(28/St. Marys/Number 6) - Signed contract in 2018
Jack Conan(27/St. Gerards/Old Belvedere/Number 8 ) - Signed contract in 2017
Josh Van Der Flier(26/Wesley/UCD/Number 7) - Signed contract in 2018
Dan Leavy(25/St. Michaels/UCD/Number 6-7) - Signed contract in 2017
Josh Murphy(24//St. Michaels/UCD/Number 6) - Signed contract in 2018
Max Deegan(22/St. Michaels/Lansdowne/Number 8 ) - Signed contract in 2017
Will Connors(22/Clongowes/UCD/Number 6-7) - Signed contract in 2018
Caelan Doris(21/Blackrock/St. Mary/Number 8 ) - Signed contract in 2018

Academy
Oisin Dowling(22/St. Michaels/Lansdowne/Number 6) - Academy Year 3
Scott Penny(19/St. Michaels/UCD/Number 7) - Academy Year 2
Martin Moloney(20/Athy RFC/Old Belvedere/Number 6-7) - Academy Year 1


Updated with SOB confirmed gone and Moloney likely joining.


I can see Penny bumped up this year.


probably yeah, Dowling could too.

several good backrow prospects at u19 level but none that look likely to join the academy this summer;

Blindside/Lock
Cian Prendergast(Newbridge/UCD)
Sean O'Brien(Blackrock)

Blindside/Openside
Anthony Ryan(Clongowes/DUFC)
Jody Booth(St. Michaels/DUFC)

Number 8
Ed Brennan(Blackrock)
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Re: Leinster's Backrow Options

Postby ronk » February 13th, 2019, 4:48 am

3 senior backrow for the weekend and relying on returning internationals or Fardy.

We don't even have an injury crisis.
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Re: Leinster's Backrow Options

Postby mildlyinterested » February 15th, 2019, 9:13 am

some good tidbits from Luke McGrath on Will Connors.

Rehab is made a lot easier by having Will 'Porridge' Connors in the group. The best way I can describe him is "different"! But in a great way.

He is always entertaining and enjoyable to be around. He is returning from an ACL injury so he has been off the field for quite some time but is making good progress.

I am really looking forward to seeing him back in action after such a long lay-off. He has put in endless hours of hard work so it will be great to see him back.

When you are in that injury bubble, in particular a long-term one, keeping the focus and the spirits up can be a challenge but you see the lads really buzzing the closer they get to the end.

Will was in the gym this week passing and taking some balls off our contact skills coach Hugh Hogan and you'd swear he was doing it at a full RDS. He was loving it.


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