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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby leinsterforever » May 21st, 2017, 5:42 pm

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lummix wrote:That Fijian lad is a liability. Does a lot of headless running off by himself. I'm sure he's a great 7s player but doesn't seem to have it at this level.

Also Connacht should look at signing saili, they really need 2 explosive centres for the style they play. I think saili would excel there


I think Ronaldson at 12 is crucial to the way they've played. Remains to be seen as well whether Keane will favour a ball-playing 12 (which would push Aki to 13) or a truck it up merchant.

Tom Farrell looks good. He seems to be able to manufacture quite a lot of line-breaks


What was the verdict on Farrell when he was at Leinster? To me, he's very good with ball in hand but struggles in defence.


Yeah. There might be a bit of defensive weakness in his game. I'd need to see more of him
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby sunshiner1 » May 22nd, 2017, 10:18 am

Farrell has struggled all season with defense at Connacht. It's easy now to see why we let him go.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby simonokeeffe » May 31st, 2017, 12:21 pm

Looks like Boschoff is leaving for family reasons
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby sunshiner1 » June 8th, 2017, 6:10 am

Apparently Gavin Thornbury is going to Connacht and another Scrumhalf called James Mitchell.

The acquisition of Mitchell follows Connacht’s capture of Irish second row Gavin Thornbury ahead of the arrival of new head coach Kieran Keane.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby Ruckedtobits » June 8th, 2017, 6:34 am

Very pleased to see Thornbury back in Irish system. He has developed his game well in NZ and is one of the few Irish developed second-rows with the physique to play at the top level (built like Jonny Grey) at 2.03 and 109-111kg.

Given that second-rows mature very slowly, it will be interesting to watch his progress under Keane.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby simonokeeffe » June 8th, 2017, 1:22 pm

Brive Worcester and Oyannax so no no easy away games at the very least
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby Dave Cahill » June 8th, 2017, 1:24 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:Brive Worcester and Oyannax so no no easy away games at the very least


Apart from Brive, Worcester and Oyonnax.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby simonokeeffe » June 8th, 2017, 1:26 pm

Dave Cahill wrote:
simonokeeffe wrote:Brive Worcester and Oyannax so no no easy away games at the very least


Apart from Brive, Worcester and Oyonnax.


Maybe by our standards
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby Morf » June 9th, 2017, 5:10 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:
Dave Cahill wrote:
simonokeeffe wrote:Brive Worcester and Oyannax so no no easy away games at the very least


Apart from Brive, Worcester and Oyonnax.


Maybe by our standards
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » June 9th, 2017, 5:31 pm

:lol: very good!
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby simonokeeffe » June 9th, 2017, 5:33 pm

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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby blockhead » June 12th, 2017, 4:04 pm

Connacht and the Irish Rugby Football Union have announced the signing of prop Peter McCabe for the 2017/18 season, who joins from Munster.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby sunshiner1 » June 13th, 2017, 5:45 am

Another underwhelming signing. I'd be worried if I was a Connacht fan.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby Ruckedtobits » June 13th, 2017, 6:04 am

sunshiner1 wrote:Another underwhelming signing. I'd be worried if I was a Connacht fan.


Jimmy Duffy is a good enough judge of front-five players to know what he's getting. He has also a very good track record in improving such players, so I wouldn't worry about the signing of an Irish THP with real size and the heart for hard work.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby scentofgunpowder » June 13th, 2017, 9:30 am

Ruckedtobits wrote:
sunshiner1 wrote:Another underwhelming signing. I'd be worried if I was a Connacht fan.


Jimmy Duffy is a good enough judge of front-five players to know what he's getting. He has also a very good track record in improving such players, so I wouldn't worry about the signing of an Irish THP with real size and the heart for hard work.


He's a loosehead. I'd imagine (hope) we'll sign another and McCabe will be third choice.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby neiliog93 » June 13th, 2017, 9:20 pm

To be fair, when he played for Munster, McCabe held his own easily in the scrum and in the loose. I thought he'd look off the pace myself but he didn't.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby sunshiner1 » June 14th, 2017, 6:35 am

McCabe is apparently 25 and has played one senior game hardly a huge prospect. I hope he does well but he's a squad player. Connacht need a big signing to try reinvigorate them after a terrible campaign.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby Ruckedtobits » June 14th, 2017, 11:12 am

sunshiner1 wrote:McCabe is apparently 25 and has played one senior game hardly a huge prospect. I hope he does well but he's a squad player. Connacht need a big signing to try reinvigorate them after a terrible campaign.


Their "big signing" was a top quality Coach with proven expertise in re-invigorating old dogs and developing young players. Keane has left his comfort zone to take on this challenge and there should be real confidence in his ability to take on the task. His track record makes him the equal of three player signings.

Lest anyone doubt his pedigree, it's woth remembering that at Canterbury, he played between Wayne Smith (first five-eight) and Warwick Taylor ( 2nd-five eight). As a coach, he was in charge of NZ under-age teams and then Malborough and Hawks Bay before he moved to the Chiefs.

Only a small guy, he was a devastating tackler in his prime, and he has no fear of size in the opposition.
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Re: Connacht 2016/17

Postby sunshiner1 » June 14th, 2017, 11:43 am

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McCabe is apparently 25 and has played one senior game hardly a huge prospect. I hope he does well but he's a squad player. Connacht need a big signing to try reinvigorate them after a terrible campaign.



Their "big signing" was a top quality Coach with proven expertise in re-invigorating old dogs and developing young players. Keane has left his comfort zone to take on this challenge and there should be real confidence in his ability to take on the task. His track record makes him the equal of three player signings.

Lest anyone doubt his pedigree, it's woth remembering that at Canterbury, he played between Wayne Smith (first five-eight) and Warwick Taylor ( 2nd-five eight). As a coach, he was in charge of NZ under-age teams and then Malborough and Hawks Bay before he moved to the Chiefs.

Only a small guy, he was a devastating tackler in his prime, and he has no fear of size in the opposition.


I hope so but MOC had a quality CV as well so frankly it could go either way. That said I hope it works out for them.
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