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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby sunshiner1 » January 24th, 2019, 2:30 am

by paddyor » January 24th, 2019, 1:58 am

Rugby matters. Roddy Grant rumoured to be on his way to Ulster as forwards coach. End of the line for Dundon?



Suprised if true. The Ulster forwards have being doing well this season and I thought Dundon was rated by fans. Also McFarland is a forward coach. It could be true with McFarlands Scottish connections but you'd have to wonder if Dundon is jumping or being pushed.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby paddyor » January 24th, 2019, 11:13 am

Yeah it's looking a bit crowded with McFarland being a skills coach himself.
Ruddock's tackle stats consistently too low for me to be taken seriously as a Six Nations blindside..... Ruddock's defensive stats don't stack up. - All Blacks Nil, Jan 15th, 2014
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby rooster » January 24th, 2019, 9:24 pm

sunshiner1 wrote:
by paddyor » January 24th, 2019, 1:58 am

Rugby matters. Roddy Grant rumoured to be on his way to Ulster as forwards coach. End of the line for Dundon?



Suprised if true. The Ulster forwards have being doing well this season and I thought Dundon was rated by fans. Also McFarland is a forward coach. It could be true with McFarlands Scottish connections but you'd have to wonder if Dundon is jumping or being pushed.
Not sure where the Fund in rates by fans came from, our scrum was terrible before McFarland started with us
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby neill_m » January 25th, 2019, 11:27 am

Ulster being linked with the Highlanders back Matt Faddes for 2019/20 season. Apparently plays a number of positions and has played 7s for NZ.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby johng » January 25th, 2019, 11:51 am

With a big red head like his and a name like Roddy Grant I was surprised to learn that he is a saffer. Both parents Scottish obviously
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby blockhead » January 26th, 2019, 12:03 am

Ulster get a late pen try to earn a 17-17 draw at home to Benetton.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Peg Leg » January 26th, 2019, 12:33 am

blockhead wrote:Ulster get a late pen try to earn a 17-17 draw at home to Benetton.
Can you imagine the shame of losing at home to Benetton?
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Ruckedtobits » January 29th, 2019, 3:04 pm

The ousting of Aaron Dundon, presumably by McFarland, is being done relatively gently as he stays till May and Roddy Grant comes in by June. McFarland must get the credit for the scrum improvement and Grant is being brought in because of his skills with forwards. Recognizing that Cockerill is also a specialist front five Coach, like McFarland, he looks like a very good fit for Ulster.

I've believed for years that the key to Irish Provincial success and thus National Depth, is the quality of Coaches we recruit. IMO, TPFKM lack a top class Attack Coach. Ulster have Payne and Peel and a very good Skills coach. Grant is an excellent addition to the Group. Now, let's wait and see whether anybody is recruited to Limerick.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby colster » January 29th, 2019, 3:32 pm

Ruckedtobits wrote:The ousting of Aaron Dundon, presumably by McFarland, is being done relatively gently as he stays till May and Roddy Grant comes in by June. McFarland must get the credit for the scrum improvement and Grant is being brought in because of his skills with forwards. Recognizing that Cockerill is also a specialist front five Coach, like McFarland, he looks like a very good fit for Ulster.

I've believed for years that the key to Irish Provincial success and thus National Depth, is the quality of Coaches we recruit. IMO, TPFKM lack a top class Attack Coach. Ulster have Payne and Peel and a very good Skills coach. Grant is an excellent addition to the Group. Now, let's wait and see whether anybody is recruited to Limerick.


If Fogarty replaces Feek with Ireland then Dundon could be moving to Leinster?
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby rooster » January 29th, 2019, 5:42 pm

colster wrote:
Ruckedtobits wrote:The ousting of Aaron Dundon, presumably by McFarland, is being done relatively gently as he stays till May and Roddy Grant comes in by June. McFarland must get the credit for the scrum improvement and Grant is being brought in because of his skills with forwards. Recognizing that Cockerill is also a specialist front five Coach, like McFarland, he looks like a very good fit for Ulster.

I've believed for years that the key to Irish Provincial success and thus National Depth, is the quality of Coaches we recruit. IMO, TPFKM lack a top class Attack Coach. Ulster have Payne and Peel and a very good Skills coach. Grant is an excellent addition to the Group. Now, let's wait and see whether anybody is recruited to Limerick.


If Fogarty replaces Feek with Ireland then Dundon could be moving to Leinster?
Would that be good for Leinster though?
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby paddyor » January 29th, 2019, 8:42 pm

rooster wrote:Would that be good for Leinster though?

In a combined table of the top 5 teams in each conference Ulster are 9th for lineout and scrum(on own ball)........
Ruddock's tackle stats consistently too low for me to be taken seriously as a Six Nations blindside..... Ruddock's defensive stats don't stack up. - All Blacks Nil, Jan 15th, 2014
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Dave Cahill » January 31st, 2019, 10:05 am

Brumbies and Wallabies lock, Sam Carter, has signed for Ulster for next season
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby blockhead » February 6th, 2019, 5:30 pm

Marcell Coetzee has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension, keeping him at Ulster until at least the summer of 2022.
Suprised with that one considering his injury history.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby rooster » February 6th, 2019, 5:58 pm

blockhead wrote:Marcell Coetzee has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension, keeping him at Ulster until at least the summer of 2022.
Suprised with that one considering his injury history.
He always said he wanted to repay us for sticking with him, no doubt his contract has clauses.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Ruckedtobits » February 6th, 2019, 5:59 pm

Ulster pack for next Season will be worthy of real respect.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby rooster » February 7th, 2019, 9:06 pm

Ruckedtobits wrote:Ulster pack for next Season will be worthy of real respect.
You being very optimistic or is there a few heavy hitters coming in ?
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby neill_m » February 8th, 2019, 11:05 am

More Ulster transfer rumours in the local press - Gareth Milasinovich, an IQ'd Saffer prop joining from Worcester. He is 6 Ft 3 and 20 Stone and likely to be replacement for Herbst who appears to be leaving. Never heard of the guy to be fair. May be something to this with Conor Carey joining Worcester next season from Connacht. His grandfather Norman McFarland played for Ulster before moving to South Africa in the 1960s.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby neiliog93 » February 9th, 2019, 12:07 am

neill_m wrote:More Ulster transfer rumours in the local press - Gareth Milasinovich, an IQ'd Saffer prop joining from Worcester. He is 6 Ft 3 and 20 Stone and likely to be replacement for Herbst who appears to be leaving. Never heard of the guy to be fair. May be something to this with Conor Carey joining Worcester next season from Connacht. His grandfather Norman McFarland played for Ulster before moving to South Africa in the 1960s.


Their two most recent Saffer props (Herbts, Schalk Van der Merwe) have not lived up to expectations, massively so in the latter case. We'll see with this one..
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby neill_m » February 9th, 2019, 12:55 am

neiliog93 wrote:
neill_m wrote:More Ulster transfer rumours in the local press - Gareth Milasinovich, an IQ'd Saffer prop joining from Worcester. He is 6 Ft 3 and 20 Stone and likely to be replacement for Herbst who appears to be leaving. Never heard of the guy to be fair. May be something to this with Conor Carey joining Worcester next season from Connacht. His grandfather Norman McFarland played for Ulster before moving to South Africa in the 1960s.


Their two most recent Saffer props (Herbts, Schalk Van der Merwe) have not lived up to expectations, massively so in the latter case. We'll see with this one..


Early reports are mixed. Was playing in the Anglo No Welsh Cup tonight.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby neiliog93 » February 9th, 2019, 2:01 am

He's also actually 21 stone (133 kg). Monstrous.
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