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Re: Connacht 2018-19

Postby dropkick » April 12th, 2019, 8:36 am

sunshiner1 wrote:Craig Ronaldson, James Mitchell, James Connolly, Conán O’Donnell, Peter McCabe, Peter Claffey and James Cannon are all leaving Connacht. With Conor McKeon and Eoin Griffin retiring. I gotta say I'm shocked. That is one hell of a clean out. With that many players gone I would expect some players from other provinces being moved to Connacht. No idea who though. It looks like maybe two or more academy players will be promoted from inside Connacht but that Mick Kearney to Connacht rumour suddenly makes a lot more sense to me.


Some surprises there. Cannon, McCabe and Ronaldson are important squad players, I thought. Pity to see so many players, who came through their academy, on the list but that's professional sport.


They must have plenty of signings lined up.
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Re: Connacht 2018-19

Postby sunshiner1 » April 12th, 2019, 9:58 am

Rumour is that Cannon is retiring but hasn't being announced yet. McCabe is a surprise. As for Ronaldson he's a great player but super injury prone and a team like Connacht can't afford to keep an injured player on the books all the time.

Pretty shocked he let O'Donnell, Connelly, and Claffey go.
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Re: Connacht 2018-19

Postby flustered » April 12th, 2019, 10:05 am

Watching Sevu Reece this morning for Canterbury he is some player, would have been a great addition for Connacht
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Re: Connacht 2018-19

Postby ChrisUppy » April 12th, 2019, 10:38 am

Wasn't Peter Claffey the guy who partnered James Ryan back in his u20s days? if so I thought he had huge potential back then - what has happened since? He's obviously still very young. Would it be worth Leinster taking a punt on him?

Also given Leinster's openside stocks for next season, would Connelly be worth a one year contract? Yes Connors, JvdF and Penney are there but two of those have had recent long term injury concerns and there aren't any more opensides in the academy to dip in to
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Re: Connacht 2018-19

Postby dropkick » April 12th, 2019, 10:56 am

ChrisUppy wrote:Wasn't Peter Claffey the guy who partnered James Ryan back in his u20s days? if so I thought he had huge potential back then - what has happened since? He's obviously still very young. Would it be worth Leinster taking a punt on him?

Also given Leinster's openside stocks for next season, would Connelly be worth a one year contract? Yes Connors, JvdF and Penney are there but two of those have had recent long term injury concerns and there aren't any more opensides in the academy to dip in to



Claffey looked good for the U20s. Think he was about 19st and decent carrier.


Don't think Leinster need Connolly. Might be better to give the opportunity to other young players.
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Re: Connacht 2018-19

Postby Ruckedtobits » April 14th, 2019, 12:42 pm

Well done to Connacht. An excellent coaching performance throughout the season and now a very genuine pathway to the international team for every player qualified for Ireland. Thornbury is the latest player to show the benefits of a Season with an excellent coaching team and I hope to see him continue to improve and develop to his undoubted potential of a full green jersey.
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Re: Connacht 2018-19

Postby ormond lad » April 14th, 2019, 9:18 pm

dropkick wrote:
ChrisUppy wrote:Wasn't Peter Claffey the guy who partnered James Ryan back in his u20s days? if so I thought he had huge potential back then - what has happened since? He's obviously still very young. Would it be worth Leinster taking a punt on him?

Also given Leinster's openside stocks for next season, would Connelly be worth a one year contract? Yes Connors, JvdF and Penney are there but two of those have had recent long term injury concerns and there aren't any more opensides in the academy to dip in to



Claffey looked good for the U20s. Think he was about 19st and decent carrier.


Don't think Leinster need Connolly. Might be better to give the opportunity to other young players.
Claffeys had lot of injury breaks Leinster have no need for any of these guys. Have enough in their own ranks
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