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John Muldoon retiring

Postby brenno » January 24th, 2018, 12:58 pm

https://mobile.twitter.com/JohnMuldoon8 ... 230849?p=v

Just seen on his twitter that John Muldoon is retiring at the end of the season. A fantastic guy who was unfortunate to only get a couple of Irish caps at a time when competition in the Irish back row was fierce. An inspiration for the westies and he'll be badly missed although somehow I think he's going to end up somewhere in the Connacht coaching set up.

Love the way a couple of years ago in that ERC match in the Sportsground against Wasps, he bullshitted the ref into allowing Connacht kick to touch after the 80 minutes (rule allowing kicks after the 80 only came in a couple of weeks later). Result, Connacht line out maul and try - and a great win.
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby blockhead » January 24th, 2018, 1:04 pm

brenno wrote:https://mobile.twitter.com/JohnMuldoon8/status/956130732321230849?p=v

Just seen on his twitter that John Muldoon is retiring at the end of the season. A fantastic guy who was unfortunate to only get a couple of Irish caps at a time when competition in the Irish back row was fierce. An inspiration for the westies and he'll be badly missed although somehow I think he's going to end up somewhere in the Connacht coaching set up.

Love the way a couple of years ago in that ERC match in the Sportsground against Wasps, he bullshitted the ref into allowing Connacht kick to touch after the 80 minutes (rule allowing kicks after the 80 only came in a couple of weeks later). Result, Connacht line out maul and try - and a great win.


IIRC wasn't that the reason Wasps had to play us in the Aviva instead of the Ricoh?
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby OTT » January 24th, 2018, 1:13 pm

Serious competitor. He somehow managed to do well with referees despite not always appearing to show the respect they crave :lol: , I always thought it must be because he is a really good guy when not on the pitch. He played well in good Connacht sides and he played well in bad Connacht sides. He deserved his Pro12 win for all the bad days that he had soldiered on before. If he had 40 or 50 Irish caps you feel he would not have shown up badly in those games. Hope he goes well after rugby.
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby BlueBlue » January 24th, 2018, 3:02 pm

One hell of a player. A true great of the game. A competitor and a gentleman.
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby Oldschool » January 24th, 2018, 3:59 pm

Dare I say that had he played for Leinster or Munster he would have won a lot more caps.
A real back row operator of the dark arts.
A real players player, a great captain and played the game with a smile.
He'll be missed and not just by the people of Connacht.
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby Blue not red blood » January 24th, 2018, 8:06 pm

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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby blockhead » January 25th, 2018, 9:12 am

Oldschool wrote:Dare I say that had he played for Leinster or Munster he would have won a lot more caps.
A real back row operator of the dark arts.
A real players player, a great captain and played the game with a smile.
He'll be missed and not just by the people of Connacht.


Not at 8 though. Heaslip had that position sewn-up for years.
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby olaf the fat » January 25th, 2018, 12:07 pm

One of the good guys.

Great to see him lift the Pro12.
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby Grumpy Old Man » January 25th, 2018, 12:10 pm

olaf the fat wrote:
Great to see him lift the Pro12.


It really wasn't! :cry:
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby olaf the fat » January 25th, 2018, 12:43 pm

Grumpy Old Man wrote:
olaf the fat wrote:
Great to see him lift the Pro12.


It really wasn't! :cry:


You have to move past the hurt! bigger fish to fry this year
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby Peg Leg » January 25th, 2018, 3:12 pm

olaf the fat wrote:
Grumpy Old Man wrote:
olaf the fat wrote:
Great to see him lift the Pro12.


It really wasn't! :cry:


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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby ronk » January 25th, 2018, 6:39 pm

Hes the last of a generation. Not many guys are going to rival his cap count and tenure.
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby sunshiner1 » January 26th, 2018, 6:26 am

A serious player who leaves a serious legacy. Great Work and I hope all goes well for him after Rugby.
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby Ruckedtobits » January 26th, 2018, 10:06 am

olaf the fat wrote:One of the good guys.

Great to see him lift the Pro12.


Go well John. Not only a great player for Connacht but the core that you can build a team around. A very rare beast.
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby simonokeeffe » January 31st, 2018, 1:11 pm

Cant find source again but hes taking a coaching gig at bristol
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby Xanthippe » January 31st, 2018, 2:17 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:Cant find source again but hes taking a coaching gig at bristol


It was a piece by Gavin Cummisky - interestingly he mentioned that Mul would be reuniting with former player Conor McPhillips but failed to mention that Aly Muldowney would be joining too!!!

John Muldoon set to reunite with Pat Lam at Bristol
Connacht player set to join coaching ticket at English club

John Muldoon is set to join Pat Lam’s coaching ticket at Bristol next season. The 35-year-old flanker retires this summer after 15 seasons with his native province.

Muldoon could be a replacement for Mark Bakewell, who takes over as Leicester forwards coach under former Leinster supremo Matt O’Connor.

Leicester had previously approached Paul O’Connell but he turned down the position to remain working with the Munster Academy, while also accepting a formal role with the Ireland under-20s this season.

The Lam coach to Muldoon captain partnership proved the most successful in Connacht history as the province captured the Pro 12 title when beating Leinster in the 2016 final at Murrayfield.

A Galway minor hurler back in 2000, Muldoon went on to win three caps for Ireland, the last against New Zealand in 2010.

The move would see him reunite with another former Connacht player in Dubliner Conor McPhillips, who is backs coach at Bristol.

Former Leinster outhalf Ian Madigan is also at the club that are firmly on course for a return to the English Premiership with 14 wins from 14 so far this season.

Bristol’s billionaire owner Stephen Lansdown also brought in All Black backrow Stephen Luatua with more international signings expected.


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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby simonokeeffe » January 31st, 2018, 2:28 pm

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How can Cummiskey be expected to know somethi g he didnt get a press release about that doesnt involve a Blackrock player?
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby Dave Cahill » January 31st, 2018, 7:51 pm

Why should he care about an English player joining an English club from a French one
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby simonokeeffe » January 31st, 2018, 7:54 pm

Dave Cahill wrote:Why should he care about an English player joining an English club from a French one


Irish qualified player thank you very much :wink:
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Re: John Muldoon retiring

Postby Fan with smartphone » February 3rd, 2018, 5:25 pm

I remember his last cap v New Zealand. Broke his arm and played on for a while. Maybe I shouldn’t be encouraging that particular brand of crazy, but it’s hard not to respect it. Thought it was stiff that he didn’t get another go after showing that kind of guts. Really hope they win the challenge cup this season, would be a fitting exit.
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