2013/14 Rugby Thread
I suspect the media will build up the whole Gatland V BOD thing before the match, I would hope BOD has moved on.
Ireland’s problem is we still haven’t got anyone who is clearly better than him. He has become a bit on a penalty machine with Southern Hemisphere refs but calls seem to go the other way for him in 6N and HCup. Ulster have a few decent centers, Munster have none and he is still at 13 for Leinster when fit. Lots of people hoping Jared Payne the answer but I have only seen him at 15.Posted 4 years ago
I think Payne is the only option at 13 from Ulster. Cave just isn’t good enough, even if he does think otherwise.
How not to get selected I think. Slag the coach and former captain! I’d like to see Earls get a bit of an opportunity as he has the potential to step up if he stays injury free. The cupboard at 13 is very bare in Ireland.
I think this will be BOD’s final season he’s getting broken much too often and you can’t nurse him to the World Cup and hope he stays fit. Plus his Mrs said this is his last season so that will be it. 😀Posted 4 years agoloumMember
I got the impression that bods first reason for staying on was one more crack at NZ, at home too. Whole team seemed to be focused entirely on that one game as his last and best chance. Anyone thinking there’s a fixture that matters more is kidding themselves.Posted 4 years ago
Henshaw looks exciting as a possible longer term option, but reckon Tommy Bowe might be the next best 13 for now if needed. There’s more cover for wing.
BM, reckon it’s Henry’s turn to show how it works as a true 7. Was going well when not injured and Cians back for ball carrying duties. Jordi Murphy’s prob nearest like for like style and might be a good impact bench shout.
Forwards: John Beattie (Montpellier), Kelly Brown (Saracens), Geoff Cross, David Denton, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford (all Edinburgh Rugby), Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Ryan Grant, Jonny Gray (both Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Castres), Jim Hamilton (Montpellier), Robert Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Lawson (Newcastle Falcons), Kieran Low (London Irish), Moray Low, Pat MacArthur (both Glasgow Warriors), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh Rugby) Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan), Tim Swinson and Ryan Wilson (both Glasgow Warriors).
Backs: Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh Rugby), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Max Evans (Castres), Dougie Fife (Edinburgh Rugby), Stuart Hogg, Ruaridh Jackson, Sean Lamont (all Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby), Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens), Greig Tonks (Edinburgh Rugby) and Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors).
Not considered due to injury: Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Euan Murray (Worcester Warriors), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors) and Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby).Posted 4 years ago
Could the Welsh please take Scott Johnston back please? I don’t think he has watched any of the two Scottish teams at all this year. And Kelly Brown nailed on as captain when he isn’t good enough to start?
Barclay has blown hot and cold this year. Johnston will pick Brown,despite his lack of games/pace. Fusaro is next in line after Brown,despite being the stand out Scottish back row player this year. After that Rennie,then perhaps Barclay. While they are still young,we are finally starting to grow some backs. Dougie Fife,who was a ball boy just a blink of an eye ago has made the squad after five tries in seven games.Posted 4 years agoijs445raMember
Think Rennie is lucky to make the squad having missed most of the season and Roddy Grant is perhaps unlucky to miss out again based on his recent performances. Should be Fusaro for starting 7 but not convinced it will happen.
Would like to see Tonks given a shot at 10 has done well for Edinburgh covering there the last few weeks.Posted 4 years ago
Lol @ DD
Duckie just look at Fez. Very similar to SOB, he’s pretty fooked now. I doubt he will ever be back at the level he was a few years ago. Ulster extended his contract to get him fit but didn’t say for how long, not a great endorsement.
SOB had to stay home, he’s got his cows to feed. ROG writing in the Irish Times reckons Heaslip will go to Toulon. TBH I wouldn’t be that bothered if he did. He’s been living in his 2009 form for too long. I’d like to see a backrow of POM, Henry and SOB AT 6,7,8.
@loum if Henry plays as well for Ireland as he has for Ulster the past few seasons then he will do well, he’s our most reliable forward by a mile. I see Strauss is back this weekend. Great news as Cronin throws like Stevie Wonder in the dark and Best ain’t much better.
What do we think for a starting 15 then?
HealyPosted 4 years ago
I’d like to see Moore but it will be Ross
McCarthy (I’d like to see Tuohy get a go)
Did he? Great he’s good to watch.
I read on the Beeb that Bevington is hoping to step into Gethins shoes for Wales. A small part of me died, surely it has to be P James at 1? I’d like to see
AW Jone (cpt)
although doubtless Lydiate, Warburton and Roberts will be picked despite having no form.Posted 4 years ago
How long will SoB last? What that boy puts himself through every time he plays is something else. What is he, Late 20’s?
A lot longer in Ireland than France given the number of games he will be required to play, they way things are going he might have no HCup, No league games next season just inter provincials and internationals.Posted 4 years ago
Not sure if he knew it was his face but its certainly deliberate. He has previous too. Having said that an old school kiwi woukd blame the Leinster player for trying to tackle a maul and the lying in the way. Not defending him but if the ref had blown for the initial offence none of this would have happend.Posted 4 years ago
His defense will be that he was driven over the player and was trying to get his feet on the ground. The panel will take into account the fact he is not looking at him as he stamps on him,despite the fact he looks down firsT.Banned before; 4 weeks,no previous 2 weeks. Judge DuckmanPosted 4 years ago
Aye,we raised a beer to him,he was second on t podium,a throwback to previous era.Posted 4 years ago
And played against pretty much every Scottish and English int of the late 80’s to 90’s.
Played with/drank/set fire to my pubes with all of the above in the amateurish game,now…I would be watching them from a stand having played at 9am to ensure as good as crowd as possible. Need a new knee and hip,but wonder if l had a better time than folk that play now.
Yep, fantastic result for Ulster. It was a good game. Takes real quality to beat them at Welford Road in the HC. Saracens at Ravers – should be a semi-final place – but they’ll be tough opposition.
Draw to see where the home advantage lies for the SFs tomorrow isn’t it?
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