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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Columbo » July 9th, 2018, 4:49 pm

Intriguing rumour that we have signed Billy Burns (IQ)
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Columbo » July 9th, 2018, 5:14 pm

Another outside back en route apparently
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby paddyor » July 9th, 2018, 5:16 pm

Dave Cahill wrote:So, in light of what appears to be the start of a hard brexit, should the IRFU sell the Kingspan Stadium for whatever it can get and move Ulster Rugby to Ireland.

And I'm actually not joking.

Hmmm, given she was expecting resignations (leaving taxi cards out at Chequers), I wouldn't be so sure.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby FLIP » July 9th, 2018, 5:20 pm

paddyor wrote:
Dave Cahill wrote:So, in light of what appears to be the start of a hard brexit, should the IRFU sell the Kingspan Stadium for whatever it can get and move Ulster Rugby to Ireland.

And I'm actually not joking.

Hmmm, given she was expecting resignations (leaving taxi cards out at Chequers), I wouldn't be so sure.


Given that a leadership battle would most likely end up in an election, and an anti-Semitic socialist party coming to power I'm pretty sure most Tories will row in behind the UK government and their plans for Brexit.. after they've had a bit of a strop.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Lar » July 9th, 2018, 5:28 pm

Re Burns joining Ulster - No doubt they will be pleased to have a Billy back in the squad.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby johng » July 9th, 2018, 5:42 pm

I'm guessing they will find a way out of brexit
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby ronk » July 9th, 2018, 8:34 pm

johng wrote:I'm guessing they will find a way out of brexit


If they win the soccer cup they'll merrily charge to no deal.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby ronk » July 9th, 2018, 8:41 pm

David Humphreys saves the day.

24 year old outhalf with over 100 club caps. Not bad. I suppose the international thing isn't too unrealistic. 3rd spot is wide open and he's owed so getting into camp is a formality (assuming Tyler doesnt hit form).

Ross Byrne's chances of playing for Leinster in November went up.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby hugonaut » July 9th, 2018, 8:59 pm

Very good signing for Ulster.

Burns was a regular starter for Gloucester, he wasn't just knocking around making up the numbers - 22 starts at No10 last season, 26 the season before. Cipriani's arrival didn't just put his place under threat, it demoted him. I don't think that there was any way that he was going to get a fair shot at the jersey with a big name like that coming in.

I'd consider Ulster to be a sideways move for him at the moment [Gloucester finished seventh in the Premiership last season], but with the added positive of playing in the top tier of European competition. It's good to get another Irish-qualified outhalf into the mix as well, even if he's down the depth chart on the national list. Well done to Cunningham.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby ronk » July 9th, 2018, 9:07 pm

His kicking numbers suggest that he wasn't primary kicker. Makes the move to Ulster even better considering Cooney can take primary kicking duty.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby johng » July 10th, 2018, 9:49 am

Ups the ante on Carbery in Munster
If Carbery ends up in a Goperth/Madigan situation at Munster he's bollixt
Burns has a fairly clear run at Ulster with Cooney who played so well behind a sh!t pack last year
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby ronk » July 11th, 2018, 8:29 am

johng wrote:Ups the ante on Carbery in Munster
If Carbery ends up in a Goperth/Madigan situation at Munster he's bollixt
Burns has a fairly clear run at Ulster with Cooney who played so well behind a sh!t pack last year


Versatility might get him in anyway depending on the fullback situation, just as 3rd outhalf.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Oldschool » July 11th, 2018, 10:38 am

johng wrote:Ups the ante on Carbery in Munster
If Carbery ends up in a Goperth/Madigan situation at Munster he's bollixt
Burns has a fairly clear run at Ulster with Cooney who played so well behind a sh!t pack last year

Don't think any of the other Munster OHs are as good as Gopperth tbh.
But Munster being Munster, Joey needs to look up the local dictionary for the meaning of the words pashun and/or pashunista.
Otherwise that bit referring to bollixt could prove prophetic. Never mind the quality feel the pashun.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby BlueBlue » July 12th, 2018, 10:33 am

Oldschool wrote:
johng wrote:Ups the ante on Carbery in Munster
If Carbery ends up in a Goperth/Madigan situation at Munster he's bollixt
Burns has a fairly clear run at Ulster with Cooney who played so well behind a sh!t pack last year

Don't think any of the other Munster OHs are as good as Gopperth tbh.
But Munster being Munster, Joey needs to look up the local dictionary for the meaning of the words pashun and/or pashunista.
Otherwise that bit referring to bollixt could prove prophetic. Never mind the quality feel the pashun.


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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Rex_Banner » July 12th, 2018, 3:41 pm

Saw reports online saying Ulster are close to signing Henry Speight on a short term deal similar to Lealifiano last year. Would be a good signing IMO
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby dropkick » July 12th, 2018, 7:35 pm

Rex_Banner wrote:Saw reports online saying Ulster are close to signing Henry Speight on a short term deal similar to Lealifiano last year. Would be a good signing IMO



That would be a good signing. Overall they've signed well. I havn't seen Billy Burns much but he must be decent. Addison is a quality player and might push for Ireland squad inclusion. Jordi is in flying form. The only doubt I would have is about Marty Moore. The talent is there but can they bring the best our of him?


They're also starting to produce academy players which should help bolster the squad. I don't see them going for the title next season but they'll be tough to beat and have a young squad to build on.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby BlueBlue » July 13th, 2018, 10:46 am

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Henry Speight linked with Ulster

Date published: July 13 2018




Ulster have been linked with Brumbies winger Henry Speight, whom they are reportedly keen to lure to the region on a short-term deal until January.

Ulster did the same thing with Brumbies fly-half Christian Lealiifano last season, who departed in January after a six-month stint at the club. And now the Canberra outfit are reportedly considering allowing Speight to do the same, according to Australia’s Daily Telegraph.

The 30-year-old has recently fallen out of favour at international level, being overlooked for the recent June series against Ireland, with Dane Haylett-Petty and Marika Koroibete the preferred combination.

Ulster confirmed the acquisition of Irish-qualified fly-half Billy Burns earlier in the week as interim head coach Simon Easterby looks to strengthen the squad ahead of new head coach Dan McFarland’s arrival.
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