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Postby Topdawg » May 29th, 2013, 11:35 am

Rob penney's 2nd yr in charge, better understanding of his gameplan by the players over pre season talk of a utility back signing rumours of Tom Marshall , but with ROG and Howlett leaving how does everyone think they will fare ??
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby offshorerules » May 29th, 2013, 2:09 pm

Hard to tell I think. Probably over-achieved in the HEC and their place in the leagus is probably a fair reflection of where they stand. But some of their players coming through look good and if they get a good draw they should qualify for the knockout stages again this year. Hope for their sakes that their league form improves too. It could all possibly hinge though on POC returning from the Lions fit. There were two Munster sides this year. The one with O'Connell in it wasn't that bad but the one without him was terrible.
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby goreyguy » May 29th, 2013, 7:16 pm

Possible First String Lineup:

1. Dave Kilcoyne(24)
2. Mike Sherry(25)
3. BJ Botha(33)
4. Donnacha Ryan(29)
5. Paul O'Connell(33)
6. Peter O'Mahony(23)
7. Tommy O'Donnell(26)
8. James Coughlan(32)
9. Conor Murray(24)
10. Ian Keatley(26)
11. Simon Zebo(23)
12. James Downey(31)
13. Casey Laulala(31)
14. Keith Earls(25)
15. Felix Jones(26)
16. Damien Varley(29)
17. James Cronin(22)
18. Stephen Archer(25)
19. Donnacha O'Callaghan(34)
20. CJ Stander(23)
21. Cathal Sheridan(24)
22. JJ Hanrahan(21)
23. Andrew Conway(22)


Pack looks strong enough, although Botha is becoming less reliable and Coughlan is getting old.
Can POC stay injury free?
Not a lot of depth at LH but Cronin is highly rated.
A good few options at backrow with Ronan, DOC II, Dougal and Butler.
Would be worried about replacement when Murray is not around, Sheridan and Williams aren't very good.
Keatley deserves a full shot and should be around all season for them, with Hanrahan in reserve.
Centre's are okay, Downey is one-dimensional but I guess we might see more of Hanrahan there aswell.
Casey L is a good player when he is on form, they need guys working off his offloading.
Back 3 is pretty good.
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby dropkick » May 30th, 2013, 12:46 pm

I'd say Munster underachieved in the league. They could have gone to plan B but used plan A throughout the league season. The players are still getting to grips with the Canterbury way and I'd say with a good pre season behind them the play should be a bit better next season.


I think Keatley and JJ Hanrahan will give Munster an extra attacking dimension that they lacked this season. The ability to run means the opposition defenses will have another area to cover which means more space for the attack.


Some players to come in or back include Dave OC, Luke O'Dea, John Ryan, Conway, Hanrahan, Bohane, James Cronin, Niall Scannell and CJ Stander. Outgoing players are ROG, Howlett, Du Preez, Deasy, Condon, Sean Henry, Barnes and Horan. ROG, Howlett and Du Preez aside, it looks a stronger and younger squad for next season. ROG has been replace by Hanrahan, Du Preez by James Cronin/John Ryan and Howlett by Conway/O'Dea.


If some of the new players like Bohane, Conway, Hanrahan, J Ryan, J Cronin, Stander etc step up this season the squad will be looking really strong.
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby Peg Leg » May 30th, 2013, 1:15 pm

dropkick wrote:I'd say Munster underachieved in the league. They could have gone to plan B but used plan A throughout the league season. The players are still getting to grips with the Canterbury way and I'd say with a good pre season behind them the play should be a bit better next season.


I think Keatley and JJ Hanrahan will give Munster an extra attacking dimension that they lacked this season. The ability to run means the opposition defenses will have another area to cover which means more space for the attack.


Some players to come in or back include Dave OC, Luke O'Dea, John Ryan, Conway, Hanrahan, Bohane, James Cronin, Niall Scannell and CJ Stander. Outgoing players are ROG, Howlett, Du Preez, Deasy, Condon, Sean Henry, Barnes and Horan. ROG, Howlett and Du Preez aside, it looks a stronger and younger squad for next season. ROG has been replace by Hanrahan, Du Preez by James Cronin/John Ryan and Howlett by Conway/O'Dea.


If some of the new players like Bohane, Conway, Hanrahan, J Ryan, J Cronin, Stander etc step up this season the squad will be looking really strong.

How is the feeling about Stander down south?
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby simonokeeffe » May 30th, 2013, 4:03 pm

IMO a key factor for Munster in the league will be whether Joe uses Killer, Archer, DOC, Earls, TOD for Ireland (squads)

huge difference between losing 5 players from HC team to losing 10 for the league

Jones, Conway, Laulala, Downey, Earls, Keatley, Sheridan, Killer, Sherry, Botha, DOC, Holland, Stander, TOD, Coughlan
Varley, Cronin, Archer, Nagle, Butler, Williams, JJ, LOD
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby Topdawg » May 30th, 2013, 4:26 pm

Will there be a signing yet ???
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby enby » May 30th, 2013, 4:38 pm

Decent pack but very very thin in the backs especially at out half and centre. Is it just me or is Felix Jones overrated? Not much cover at 9 or second row.
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby dropkick » May 30th, 2013, 4:47 pm

Peg Leg wrote:How is the feeling about Stander down south?


I've not seen too much of him yet. He is not a massive man but very fast. In terms of scoring tries he'll get many. In terms of doing the nitty gritty the jury is still out on him.
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby simonokeeffe » May 30th, 2013, 5:00 pm

enby wrote:Decent pack but very very thin in the backs especially at out half and centre. Is it just me or is Felix Jones overrated? Not much cover at 9 or second row.


Holland, Nagle, Foley, DOC IMO cover second row well
12 a problem position alright, JJ could play there but that doesnt help 10 cover
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby [Jackass] » June 3rd, 2013, 11:12 pm

Quite decent first team named above, but the quality of the bench really shows a lack of depth in their squad, which would explain why they struggle so much to compete in the league / on two fronts.

I think Munster may still be in "transition" for another while, a lot of good players, some very good players, but none of absolute class imo. Obviously the exception being POC.

I think they'll do ok, but I honestly can't see them being in the hunt for honors come the business end of the season. The loss of two of their biggest leaders in ROG and Howlett will change things a bit, but dare I say it, perhaps freshen things up, with guys like Keatley, Hanrahan, Jones and now Conway probably seeing a lot of first team action and in the big games, maybe it should have happened a long time ago. Especially in the case of Keatley, who has shown a lot of promise, but still definitely unproven at the very top European level where Munster want to be. Massive season for him.

Their group draw is critical again this season to keep top ranking in Europe. If they lose that they're in serious trouble.
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby ronk » June 4th, 2013, 11:06 am

Is seeding really that important? It helps now because Clermont have climbed to the top table. It's no guarantee of an easy draw though.

One of the issues with Munster's depth is that they tend to run very large squads but they do that by keeping a lot of guys hanging around. Maybe there's an element of the Cork-Limerick thing, probably a small factor though.

The mentality of waiting your turn to own the jersey meant that there were a lot of guys rotting in the wings. In Leinster we have a slightly smaller squad but 11 out of 23 in the Academy (+Adam Byrne) have been capped at senior level).
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby ronk » June 4th, 2013, 11:06 am

Is seeding really that important? It helps now because Clermont have climbed to the top table. It's no guarantee of an easy draw though.

One of the issues with Munster's depth is that they tend to run very large squads but they do that by keeping a lot of guys hanging around. Maybe there's an element of the Cork-Limerick thing, probably a small factor though.

The mentality of waiting your turn to own the jersey meant that there were a lot of guys rotting in the wings. In Leinster we have a slightly smaller squad but 11 out of 23 in the Academy (+Adam Byrne) have been capped at senior level).
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby Alternative Ulster » June 4th, 2013, 1:31 pm

Danny Barnes signed for Newcastle.

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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby Oldschool » June 4th, 2013, 2:57 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:
enby wrote:Decent pack but very very thin in the backs especially at out half and centre. Is it just me or is Felix Jones overrated? Not much cover at 9 or second row.


Holland, Nagle, Foley, DOC IMO cover second row well
12 a problem position alright, JJ could play there but that doesnt help 10 cover

Hurley for 12 anyone?
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby Oldschool » June 4th, 2013, 3:02 pm

ronk wrote:Is seeding really that important? It helps now because Clermont have climbed to the top table. It's no guarantee of an easy draw though.

One of the issues with Munster's depth is that they tend to run very large squads but they do that by keeping a lot of guys hanging around. Maybe there's an element of the Cork-Limerick thing, probably a small factor though.

The mentality of waiting your turn to own the jersey meant that there were a lot of guys rotting in the wings. In Leinster we have a slightly smaller squad but 11 out of 23 in the Academy (+Adam Byrne) have been capped at senior level).

The fact that you even ask the question says something about the way seeding is calculated. Leinster and Clerment last season made seeding a lot less important than it should have been. There is a very good chance that had we avoided Clerment until the playoffs that we would have got the hat trick.
Therefore seeding doesn't grant the advantage it should. For example a better system might be to give the finalists of each of the domestic competitions top seeding for the following HEC season. This would be fairer as there is both a league and playoff aspect to the HEC.
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby [Jackass] » June 4th, 2013, 4:51 pm

I think it's a quality issue though. You can have as many players in your squad as you like, but 20+ average players will get you nowhere.

Regarding the seedings, obviously Clermont are the exception, and we got riddled with meeting them, but when the draw was made last season, Saracens and Clermont remained from tier two and only Leinster and Munsters groups were left, so it was a 50/50 shot, and we got Clermont. Had it been the other way around, it could have been a very different season for both of us, but thems the breaks, there'll always be an up and comer in the lower tiers, but for the most part, yes, being a top seed helps as you can't draw Clermont, Toulon, Toulouse, Leinster, Ulster or Munster (depending on where you're from), but if you drop down to tier 2, you are guarenteed on of those teams, so already in a dog fight to get out of the group. Throw in Ospreys as 3rd seeds and Racing as 4th and good luck, you need escape skills of Leinster proportions to get out of that one! (like when we had Clermont, Racing and Saracens in 2011, then Leicester, Toulouse and Northampton in the knockouts!)
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby ceemec » June 7th, 2013, 9:12 am

http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/rugb ... 33515.html

And they're selling off land in Cork to pay for developing MP?
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby blockhead » June 7th, 2013, 9:56 am

Doesn't sound too insurmountable. 1 or 2 full houses from breaking even? He said something similar last season about a home Rabo semi being potentially the most financially lucrative prize of the season.
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Re: Munster 2013/2014

Postby Dave Cahill » June 7th, 2013, 9:57 am

ceemec wrote:http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/rugby/munster-face-massive-challenge-as-financial-deficit-continues-to-grow-233515.html

And they're selling off land in Cork to pay for developing MP?


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