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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby Twist » October 24th, 2019, 2:28 pm

Hadn't realised Kearney was on 95. He could end up stuck on 99 forever like Stringer! I suppose he has his Lions caps though.

On the centres, yeah it'd be interesting to see Ringrose at 12. Does he have the bulk for when we decide to bash it up though? I remember BOD and D'Arcy would occasionally play left & right rather than inside & outside. It's easy to forget that D'Arcy was an adapted 13. But the best centre pairing I've seen from us all year was the warm-up game where we used Bundee and Henshaw. Ringrose's performances vastly improved after that, from the minute he came on as a wing replacement in that same game actually. Farrell is currently in better form than Henshaw and should've started the QF, in my opinion.

In the back three, I know I've banged this drum already but I'm hoping to see Addison at 15. He's solid under the high ball and a really good passer. He runs good trailers too.

I'd say if we rested our tight 5 lads for the summer tour the Aussies would have a f%~king fit
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby Laighin Break » October 24th, 2019, 2:48 pm

Twist wrote:Hadn't realised Kearney was on 95. He could end up stuck on 99 forever like Stringer! I suppose he has his Lions caps though.

On the centres, yeah it'd be interesting to see Ringrose at 12. Does he have the bulk for when we decide to bash it up though? I remember BOD and D'Arcy would occasionally play left & right rather than inside & outside. It's easy to forget that D'Arcy was an adapted 13. But the best centre pairing I've seen from us all year was the warm-up game where we used Bundee and Henshaw. Ringrose's performances vastly improved after that, from the minute he came on as a wing replacement in that same game actually. Farrell is currently in better form than Henshaw and should've started the QF, in my opinion.

In the back three, I know I've banged this drum already but I'm hoping to see Addison at 15. He's solid under the high ball and a really good passer. He runs good trailers too.

I'd say if we rested our tight 5 lads for the summer tour the Aussies would have a f%~king fit


D'Arcy was a 15 who adapted to 14 who adapted to 13 who adapted to 12.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » October 24th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Think Darce was actually a hooker first, so maybe Ronan Kelleher will be our starting 12 at the next World Cup :lol:

I struggle to get on board with Addison. There's no doubt that he's a lovely footballer and would offer a good option at the back, and he was really solid when he came in at the last minute for the Argentina game last year, but I've seen games where his defence was really poor and he makes poor choices in attack as well. Plus there's his injury record. For me he's a really good option to have in a wider squad, on the bench, or to give other players a rest, but I just think he's a step down on the other lads in terms of being a long term starter. People could rightly point to the horror show from Stockdale on Saturday (and other games too) but he's young and was part of a general meltdown.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby neiliog93 » October 24th, 2019, 7:25 pm

I agree re resting a lot of the RWC squad when it comes to the 2020 Summer Tour. They need the rest with the seasons ahead and there are a number of position where there is much-needed new blood knocking on the door.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby Oldschool » October 26th, 2019, 2:32 pm

Michael Lynagh alluded to it.
Graham Henry came out and said it, Ireland had too many players who were past their sell by date.
England did us a huge favour today by stuffing NZ in the SF. The scoreline didn't reflect their superiority.
Had the scoreline and performances being reversed then we'd have been hearing that we hadn't regressed, that really it was just a once off, it was NZ and we've nothing to worry about.
Now we know better.
Farrell now has the opportunity to move on.
Our problem is not a lack of talent and for that we should be grateful.
Farrell simply needs to heed the advice Graham Henry has given to him and embrace the next generation.
That starts with who he names as his captain.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby Logorrhea » October 26th, 2019, 3:05 pm

Oldschool wrote:Our problem is not a lack of talent and for that we should be grateful.

People keep saying that, as if Joe somehow held the players back (not suggesting you are now). i dont think we do.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby Oldschool » October 26th, 2019, 3:33 pm

Logorrhea wrote:
Oldschool wrote:Our problem is not a lack of talent and for that we should be grateful.

People keep saying that, as if Joe somehow held the players back (not suggesting you are now). i dont think we do.

No I don't think Joe did or does hold players back, his record speaks for itself, Larmour being the most recent example.
I think he held on to some players for too long but that's his humanity.
Lancaster and Joe are the two best coaches we have ever had in Ireland for developing, encouraging and selecting (trusting) young players that we've ever had.
If Joe stays in Ireland, a possibility now, I believe, it would be great if he wanted to coach in one of the provinces like Lancaster.
Joe also had the particular skill of being able to teach old dogs new tricks too.
Recharge the batteries and go again.
Wishful thinking but I bet there isn't a fan in Ireland who wouldn't like that to happen.
Go back to teaching and coaching in one the schools.
Mister Kelleher are you listening. I can hear all the non Michael's boy saying " shut the f^ck up Oldschool" :lol:
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby neiliog93 » October 26th, 2019, 4:11 pm

Oldschool wrote:Michael Lynagh alluded to it.
Graham Henry came out and said it, Ireland had too many players who were past their sell by date.
England did us a huge favour today by stuffing NZ in the SF. The scoreline didn't reflect their superiority.
Had the scoreline and performances being reversed then we'd have been hearing that we hadn't regressed, that really it was just a once off, it was NZ and we've nothing to worry about.
Now we know better.
Farrell now has the opportunity to move on.
Our problem is not a lack of talent and for that we should be grateful.
Farrell simply needs to heed the advice Graham Henry has given to him and embrace the next generation.
That starts with who he names as his captain.


Very good point. I can just imagine all the thoughtless anodyne commentators lining up to say Ireland had done little wrong and it was the ABs' brilliance.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby sunshiner1 » October 27th, 2019, 6:37 am

Rumour that Marmion is off to Saracens next season. Shame if true. Murray is past it and McGrath is nothing special. It makes way for Cooney to be the number 9 next year.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby FLIP » October 27th, 2019, 8:52 am

sunshiner1 wrote:Rumour that Marmion is off to Saracens next season. Shame if true. Murray is past it and McGrath is nothing special. It makes way for Cooney to be the number 9 next year.


Champions Cup winning scrum half is nothing special. :lol:

Also guess you've not heard about Sarries likely getting slapped for breaching the salary cap? It's unlikely they'll be able to afford anyone established.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby Pilotman123 » October 27th, 2019, 10:59 am

Anyone know how to start a thread? Trying to make a Lions 2021 thread
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby blockhead » October 27th, 2019, 11:00 am

Pilotman123 wrote:Anyone know how to start a thread? Trying to make a Lions 2021 thread


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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby Pilotman123 » October 27th, 2019, 11:06 am

blockhead wrote:
Pilotman123 wrote:Anyone know how to start a thread? Trying to make a Lions 2021 thread


Nobody tell him. You could be banned!

Why?
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby Oldschoolsocks » October 27th, 2019, 12:00 pm

Coventry??
I just wanted to see Gordon D'Arcy get a 'back, sack and crack wax'
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby sunshiner1 » October 27th, 2019, 2:36 pm

by FLIP

sunshiner1 wrote:
Rumour that Marmion is off to Saracens next season. Shame if true. Murray is past it and McGrath is nothing special. It makes way for Cooney to be the number 9 next year.




Champions Cup winning scrum half is nothing special. :lol:

Also guess you've not heard about Sarries likely getting slapped for breaching the salary cap? It's unlikely they'll be able to afford anyone established.


Murray was great but hasn't being the same since the neck injury and I doubt he ever will be again. As for the saracens slapdown depends how hard of a slap they're going to get; it hasn't being being decided yet.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby FLIP » October 27th, 2019, 6:56 pm

sunshiner1 wrote:
by FLIP

sunshiner1 wrote:
Rumour that Marmion is off to Saracens next season. Shame if true. Murray is past it and McGrath is nothing special. It makes way for Cooney to be the number 9 next year.




Champions Cup winning scrum half is nothing special. :lol:

Also guess you've not heard about Sarries likely getting slapped for breaching the salary cap? It's unlikely they'll be able to afford anyone established.


Murray was great but hasn't being the same since the neck injury and I doubt he ever will be again. As for the saracens slapdown depends how hard of a slap they're going to get; it hasn't being being decided yet.


AFAIK Murray has never won the HC/CC
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby cormac » November 1st, 2019, 5:04 pm

Two test confirmed against Australia next July

Jul 4th - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Jul 11th - SCG, Sydney
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » November 4th, 2019, 1:35 pm

South Africa, Australia, and Japan are coming to Dublin next November.

That's three pretty exciting games. Hard to know what kind of shape Japan will be in by then but they're arguably a bigger draw than Australia right now. Any new caps will get a good test which is great.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby hugonaut » November 4th, 2019, 2:02 pm

LeRouxIsPHat wrote:South Africa, Australia, and Japan are coming to Dublin next November.

That's three pretty exciting games. Hard to know what kind of shape Japan will be in by then but they're arguably a bigger draw than Australia right now. Any new caps will get a good test which is great.


That's a super fixture list.
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Re: Ireland 2020 and beyond

Postby sunshiner1 » November 20th, 2019, 1:15 pm

Marmion signs for another few years which I think is a good thing. Murray for me is done and McGrath isn't good enough. Would like to see more of Marmion, Cooney and Blade at the 6 nations
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