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Shadow_1
30th-June-2010, 21:17
Come on people, not all doom and gloom, any good news floating around, how did our new guys getting on since they arrived?

Munstermac
1st-July-2010, 03:56
Theyre fla'd tired from pre seaon and loads of injuries i heard smileys/wink.gif

scotscor
1st-July-2010, 04:09
Shadow, Munster will win the HEC next season. Look at teh guys who are effectively new signings for next season - POC, Flannery, Ryan, Buckley, De Preez, Horan, Varley, Murphy, Murphy, Leamy, Jones. Even Hurley, Dowling and Howlett missed the end of Last season.

My big wish is that TOL is given a chance at 15 next season. As a last line of defence he is worth a try a game, but his passing could easily cost us that. Play him at 15. He has the speed, the kicking game, handy enough pass when not bending down. If he can get the positioning together he would be ideal there,
And then we only have to worry about 10

mac22
1st-July-2010, 04:38
Would you prefer himover Warwick ? I'm amazed that with his service he's still SH , the ball goes high the ball goes low, compared to Strings brutal. Great at defence and for the breaks though.Kicks a bit too much imo

Downsouthdukin
1st-July-2010, 04:47
Shadow, Munster will win the HEC next
season. Look at teh guys who are effectively new signings
for next season - POC, Flannery, Ryan, Buckley, De Preez,
Horan, Varley, Murphy, Murphy, Leamy, Jones. Even
Hurley, Dowling and Howlett missed the end of Last
season.My big wish is that TOL is given a chance at 15 next
season. As a last line of defence he is worth a try a game,
but his passing could easily cost us that. Play him at 15. He
has the speed, the kicking game, handy enough pass when
not bending down. If he can get the positioning together he
would be ideal there,And then we only have to worry about
10


Id like to see him given a shot at 10 more often

scotscor
1st-July-2010, 04:59
Would you prefer himover Warwick ? I'm amazed that with his service he's still SH , the ball goes high the ball goes low, compared to Strings brutal. Great at defence and for the breaks though.Kicks a bit too much imo
I dont think we will win a HEC with Warwick at 15. He is too inconsistent, is not great at defence, great at counter attacking and for two dropgoals a season, but is not excllent under the high ball.
Is a very good 10 or even a 12 with deasy at 10

JoeyFantastic
1st-July-2010, 05:01
Hopefully Jones will be over his injury and able to be our fulltime
fullback, considering both O'leary and Stringer will miss the first rounds
of the ML, I hope Williams, Rowley or Murray can break into the squad
fultime. O'Leary has had a poor season, or reverted back to his usual
form, depending on your politics.

canine
1st-July-2010, 05:34
We have,nt lost a game in months

Miguel Sanchez
1st-July-2010, 05:46
My big wish is that TOL is given a chance at 15 next season. As a last line of defence he is worth a try a game, but his passing could easily cost us that. Play him at 15. He has the speed, the kicking game, handy enough pass when not bending down. If he can get the positioning together he would be ideal there,
And then we only have to worry about 10



"Williejoeism" is alive and well smileys/lol.gif

p.s. TOL is a grandslam winning 9, and a Lions selection in that position.

Point
1st-July-2010, 06:24
My big wish is that TOL is given a chance at 15 next season. As a last line of defence he is worth a try a game, but his passing could easily cost us that. Play him at 15. He has the speed, the kicking game, handy enough pass when not bending down. If he can get the positioning together he would be ideal there,
And then we only have to worry about 10


"Williejoeism" is alive and well smileys/lol.gif

p.s. TOL is a grandslam winning 9, and a Lions selection in that position.



and still the wonder grew ...

Miguel Sanchez
1st-July-2010, 06:24
My big wish is that TOL is given a chance at 15 next season. As a last line of defence he is worth a try a game, but his passing could easily cost us that. Play him at 15. He has the speed, the kicking game, handy enough pass when not bending down. If he can get the positioning together he would be ideal there,
And then we only have to worry about 10


"Williejoeism" is alive and well smileys/lol.gif

p.s. TOL is a grandslam winning 9, and a Lions selection in that position.



and still the wonder grew ...

smileys/biggrin.gif very wordy smileys/lol.gif

Old Dog
1st-July-2010, 06:48
Why is this thread in "Opposition and Other Clubs"?


And why have some Moderators contributed to this insanity? With such a blatant disregard for the protocols of this site, are they really fit to moderate the rest of us?


I demand action!


UPDATE - action has now been taken.

DONC
1st-July-2010, 07:47
Hopefully Jones will be over his injury and able to be our fulltime
fullback, considering both O'leary and Stringer will miss the first rounds
of the ML, I hope Williams, Rowley or Murray can break into the squad
fultime. O'Leary has had a poor season, or reverted back to his usual
form, depending on your politics.


+1 Looking forward very much to seeing Jones at FB, I hope he is fit and rearing to go.


For no apparent reason quietly confident over next season

123UCG
1st-July-2010, 07:54
As the great signer yazz said, the only way is up!

rathbaner
1st-July-2010, 08:47
Shadow, Munster will win the HEC next season. Look at teh guys who are effectively new signings for next season - POC, Flannery, Ryan, Buckley, De Preez, Horan, Varley, Murphy, Murphy, Leamy, Jones. Even Hurley, Dowling and Howlett missed the end of Last season.




That really is good news.

But in a RWC year I can't see us getting our Irish frontliners back for long enough to do real damage, though we might have ROG back a bit more for league games than we're used to. Is that good news?

busbi
1st-July-2010, 08:58
Shadow, Munster will win the HEC next season. Look at teh guys who are effectively new
signings for next season - POC, Flannery, Ryan, Buckley, De Preez, Horan, Varley, Murphy, Murphy,
Leamy, Jones. Even Hurley, Dowling and Howlett missed the end of Last season.
That really is good news.But in a RWC year I can't see us getting our Irish frontliners back for
long enough to do real damage, though we might have ROG back a bit more for league games than we're
used to. Is that good news?

Have you seen ROG in league games? He looks like he'd prefer to be shoveling horse s**t, and plays like it
too.

rathbaner
1st-July-2010, 10:51
Have you seen ROG in league games? He looks like he'd prefer to be shoveling horse s**t, and plays like it

too.

http://www.munsterfans.com//uploads/images/rathbaner/bob_newman.jpg
It has been my misfortune to do so. smileys/cry.gif

mac22
1st-July-2010, 11:07
to be fair Rog needs a spell on the side line for his own good, who has the balls ?

Tobyglen
1st-July-2010, 11:29
Great news, we didn't sign George Smith or a TH. So we have a dads army back row and a piss poor scrum for next season.

Bosco
1st-July-2010, 11:33
eh, we did sign a tight head

Mack the Knife
1st-July-2010, 12:37
Price of pints will be reduced in TP next season, all LARGERS will be €3

Bosco
1st-July-2010, 12:48
Are SMALLERS €2?

Piggybui
1st-July-2010, 12:56
Either Kerry or Cork will win the All-Ireland foorball.

Danno
1st-July-2010, 12:58
Price of pints will be reduced in TP next season, all LARGERS will be €3 smileys/biggrin.gif

Munstermac
1st-July-2010, 13:03
Jeez lads your making it sound like Warwick is flakey , i dont agree i , i know he made a few bad decisions but i wouldnt go dropping him

Tobyglen
1st-July-2010, 13:09
Warwick at 10 and Jones at 15 would be good news. We need new blood in the team pronto!!

Danno
1st-July-2010, 13:11
Tis Earlsey's year boys

Shadow_1
1st-July-2010, 19:07
Great news, we didn't sign George Smith or a TH. So we have a dads army back row and a piss poor scrum for next season.

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Thomond78
2nd-July-2010, 08:17
Great news, we didn't sign George Smith
or a TH. So we have a dads army back row and a piss poor
scrum for next season.


That would be the George Smith who's older than most of the
guys you're calling a Dad's Army back row, correct?

Quite.

bugler
2nd-July-2010, 08:29
George Smith is about to turn 30.

Quinny is about to turn 36. Wally is about to turn 34.

Almost unbelievably, George Smith is only 17 months or so older than Denis Leamy.

kooga made for rugby
2nd-July-2010, 08:52
our new prop <S&#079;NG>Peter Borlase</S&#079;NG> and centre <S&#079;NG>Sam Tuitupou</S&#079;NG> were up in wilton yesterday!


They must of opted to live in Cork.....good choice!

slatterg
2nd-July-2010, 08:54
i heard there is a new bck row being signed soon, i think he goes by the name harvey.......

kooga made for rugby
2nd-July-2010, 09:18
i heard there is a new bck row being signed soon, i think he goes by the name harvey.......


no its haskell

Tobyglen
2nd-July-2010, 09:58
George Smith is about to turn 30.

Quinny is about to turn 36. Wally is about to turn 34.

Almost unbelievably, George Smith is only 17 months or so older than Denis Leamy.

Amazing really how young he was when he made the breakthrough, he has 100+ caps aswell for Oz.

mtcmolloy
2nd-July-2010, 11:59
very excited about jones next season. I do believe TOL will soon find the form that made him unstoppable not 18 months ago.. In my mind then, I felt, among others, that he would be the lions test 9. He had a bad injury, and some bad injuries do take a longtime to recover from, both physically and mentally.


I'm hoping for big seasons also from IQ players gleeson, deasy, Dave Ryan.
We still have a world class pair of locks, and some possiblities in the back row with leamy, coughlan, wally still not yet over the hill.


One thing about ROG though.. you can slag him all you like, but I sometimes feel he respresents a lotof the heart of the team. There is a star quality about him.. games always seem more interesting when he's playing. Hard to explain. Maybe it's the face he gets when he's pissed.. or the pomp and chutzpah when he's on form, but, like wally, I feel we will miss him more than we realise when he is gone...

Downsouthdukin
2nd-July-2010, 21:30
very excited about jones next
season. I do believe TOL will soon find the form that made
him unstoppable not 18 months ago.. In my mind then, I
felt, among others, that he would be the lions test 9. He
had a bad injury, and some bad injuries do take a
long*time to recover from, both physically and
mentally.


I'm hoping for big seasons also from IQ players
gleeson, deasy, Dave Ryan. We still have a world class pair
of locks, and some possiblities in the back row with leamy,
coughlan, wally still not yet over the hill.


One thing about ROG though.. you can slag him all you
like, but I sometimes feel he respresents a lot*of the heart
of the team. There is a star quality about him.. games
always seem more interesting when he's playing. Hard to
explain. Maybe it's the face he gets when he's pissed.. or
the pomp and chutzpah when he's on form, but, like wally,
I feel we will miss him more than we realise when he is
gone...


i think our backrow next year fully fit will be 6. D Ryan 7.
Wally 8. Leamy

Munstermac
3rd-July-2010, 05:31
Is leams fully fit ?

JoeyFantastic
3rd-July-2010, 06:27
very excited about jones next season. I do
believe TOL will soon find the form that made him unstoppable not 18
months ago.. In my mind then, I felt, among others, that he would be
the lions test 9. He had a bad injury, and some bad injuries do take a
long*time to recover from, both physically and mentally.


You should apply your thinking on O'Leary to Jones, imo, it could be a
long way back for him.

JoeyFantastic
3rd-July-2010, 06:35
Jeez lads your making it sound like Warwick
is flakey , i dont agree i , i know he made a few bad decisions but i
wouldnt go dropping him

It's not that Warwick is flaky, it's that the things that work really well
against bad teams don't work at all against good ones. He's not a
fullback, in all the big games we've lost over the last two seasons,
Warwick has been caught out of position and it's been exploited, imo.
Obviously that's not the only reason we've lost, but it's a problem we
shouldn't have.

Again though, how many top level fullbacks have Munster produced
since the 1980's? Until we work out why Munster can't produce
players from 11 to 15 we're always going to rely on imports.

bazzyg
3rd-July-2010, 06:57
Warwick is fine at everything except he always makes at leastone stupid decision per game which costs points and sometimes games, maybe with the fit options next year it might focus him as last year there were no options.

rathbaner
3rd-July-2010, 07:59
One thing about ROG though.. you can slag him all you like, but I sometimes feel he respresents a lotof the heart of the team. There is a star quality about him.. games always seem more interesting when he's playing. Hard to explain. Maybe it's the face he gets when he's pissed.. or the pomp and chutzpah when he's on form, but, like wally, I feel we will miss him more than we realise when he is gone...

Great post.

He is an amazing character in the game, it's true, and you are always asking the question which ROG will turn out today. We'll all miss him, cos in spite of everything he's actually a top class player in spite of his physique.

Favourite bits
Those sublime touch finders that can turn a game on a sixpence that'd make you almost swoon,
the critical kick in lashing rain from an impossible angle or distance that have you apologising for every bad thought you ever had about him,

the snap flat pass that puts a runner into space that no one knew was there. Then come the interviews and he shoots from the lip and you know he's happy that he has found his form and is in the groove

And then he f**ks it all up by doing something entirely predictable.

He's possibly become a bigger player in the Munster legend than Axel. And that's saying something.

Pixie
5th-July-2010, 19:40
[QUOTE=canine]We have,nt lost a game in months[/QUOTE


smileys/lol.gif] http://www.munsterfans.com/forum/smileys/lol.gif

Terry Tibbs
5th-July-2010, 21:46
One thing about ROG though.. you can slag him all you like, but I sometimes feel he respresents a lotof the heart of the team. There is a star quality about him.. games always seem more interesting when he's playing. Hard to explain. Maybe it's the face he gets when he's pissed..


Like this one?



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mtcmolloy
6th-July-2010, 07:08
another thing about rog i should mention is he's practically the sole reason my missus will go to a game with me....

kc73
8th-July-2010, 18:05
leams is fully fit and ready for action was talking to him yesterday at the jersey photoshoot....

soccer rules
8th-July-2010, 18:07
leams is fully fit and ready for action was talking to him yesterday at the jersey photoshoot....


i really hope he has a full, injury free season. he should be given a lot of game time at 6. a starting place for the rwc could well be his

Allez Les Rouges
8th-July-2010, 20:26
leams is fully fit and ready for action was talking to him yesterday at the jersey photoshoot....


i really hope he has a full, injury free season. he should be given a lot of game time at 6. a starting place for the rwc could well be his





Great news! Leamy certainly gives it everything and he was missed in the 2009/2010 season. Recently saw again his try in 2008 HC Final and then I remembered what we were misiing in San Sebastian -- with all due respects to James Coughlan, Leamy has the experience and the guile.

scotscor
8th-July-2010, 21:06
First game of the season could see a very strong line up something like:
Big Pete, Fogarty, wian
POC Ryan
Quinnie Leamy POM
Williams Warwick
Sam T Earls
Dougie Jones Mafi

Ryan, SHerry, Nagle, Coughlan, Murray, Deasy, Hurley

Leaving Barry, Johne, Ian, and Tom G in the stands with half the national team to come back in a few more weeks.

Really hoping that our first choice HEC line up will see Leamy at 6 with possibly POM at 8

JoeyFantastic
8th-July-2010, 21:16
First game of the season could see a very strong
line up something like:Big Pete, Fogarty, wianPOC RyanQuinnie
Leamy POMWilliams WarwickSam T EarlsDougie Jones MafiRyan,
SHerry, Nagle, Coughlan, Murray, Deasy, HurleyLeaving Barry,
Johne, Ian, and Tom G in the stands with half the national team to
come back in a few more weeks.Really hoping that our first choice
HEC line up will see Leamy at 6 with possibly POM at 8


Big Pete is a tighthead and won't be here til after the NPC, Du Preez
is the loosehead.

Hope Holland can get ahead of Quinny from the very off this year.

Firecracker
9th-July-2010, 06:55
leams is fully fit and ready for action was talking to him yesterday at the jersey photoshoot....


Excellent news....

Tobyglen
9th-July-2010, 11:25
First game of the season could see a very strong line up something like:
Big Pete, Fogarty, wian
POC Ryan
Quinnie Leamy POM
Williams Warwick
Sam T Earls
Dougie Jones Mafi

Ryan, SHerry, Nagle, Coughlan, Murray, Deasy, Hurley

Leaving Barry, Johne, Ian, and Tom G in the stands with half the national team to come back in a few more weeks.

Really hoping that our first choice HEC line up will see Leamy at 6 with possibly POM at 8
POM has some way to go before he woll be starting 8 in HEC. Wally, Quinnie,Leamy, are still there.
Quinnie was only a 50/60 min player last season and I think this season he will have a lesser part to play.
Leamy, Wally, POM. We need fresh guys.

blackwarrior
14th-February-2016, 20:16
Can someone list some positives please that will help us actually get some league points?

Miguel Sanchez
14th-February-2016, 20:17
Afraid not. We are a poor team

mac22
14th-February-2016, 20:26
Afraid not. We are a poor team


I thought we looked better than before if that helps ?

Christian_Cullen15
14th-February-2016, 20:29
Darren Sweetnam finally took a big step forward in his career.

Valencia
14th-February-2016, 20:31
Just 9 more sufferings until this season's over

Benji
14th-February-2016, 20:54
On the plus side Keatley has always played in Challenge cup games in the past

Waterfordlad
14th-February-2016, 21:14
Not now Benji.....

Benji
14th-February-2016, 21:24
Not now Benji.....
sorry only messing . All is not lost

canine
14th-February-2016, 22:02
Ya ,O Shea ,O Connell and O Gara to take over in August

Pythagoras
14th-February-2016, 22:19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtKADQnjQmc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwWfE4DAyao (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwWfE4DAyao)

Take yer pick, both always give me a lift.
The second one was the UK Labour party's campaign song in 1997.
Living there at the time, I still remember the huge rush of optimism I had waking up on a beautiful summer's morning to the news that the torys were finally out.

Thomond78
14th-February-2016, 22:22
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtKADQnjQmc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwWfE4DAyao (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwWfE4DAyao)

Take yer pick, both always give me a lift.
The second one was the UK Labour party's campaign song in 1997.
Living there at the time, I still remember the huge rush of optimism I had waking up on a beautiful summer's morning to the news that the torys were finally out.

I remember watching it, with the same feeling. If you were to ask me one song for that marvellous feeling that anything was possible now, it's the Verve's Bittersweet Symphony.

Sigh.

Pythagoras
15th-February-2016, 12:57
I remember watching it, with the same feeling. If you were to ask me one song for that marvellous feeling that anything was possible now, it's the Verve's Bittersweet Symphony.

Sigh.

Nice one.
Good times, better than I appreciated at the time, except that back then I was looking back at previous times!
Similarly, I wish I was the same weight I was the first time I thought I was fat.

MMM
16th-February-2016, 09:00
Our scrum is doing well without Botha (for the most part). John Ryan has really stepped up. Of all the nashing of teeth RE the current coaching set up, Jerry seems to be doing a fine job with our scrum.

londongirl
16th-February-2016, 13:51
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtKADQnjQmc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwWfE4DAyao (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwWfE4DAyao)

Take yer pick, both always give me a lift.
The second one was the UK Labour party's campaign song in 1997.
Living there at the time, I still remember the huge rush of optimism I had waking up on a beautiful summer's morning to the news that the torys were finally out.

Did you wait up for Portillo?....I did:( I remember that and everyone was going round with stupid grins on their faces, even on the underground.

Pythagoras
16th-February-2016, 23:11
Did you wait up for Portillo?....I did:( I remember that and everyone was going round with stupid grins on their faces, even on the underground.

I don't remember exactly whether I stayed up all night or just got up really early that day.
I was living in the north of England where almost nobody voted tory so you can imagine how happy people there were. :D
I definitely wasn't a fan of Michael Portillo back then but he's grown on me since.
He's made some excellent programmes for both BBC radio and television ('1913: the year before', and 'great railway journeys')

Old Dog
16th-February-2016, 23:19
I definitely wasn't a fan of Michael Portillo back then but he's grown on me since.
He's made some excellent programmes for both BBC radio and television ('1913: the year before', and 'great railway journeys')



Hijack STARTS

The current one - on American railways - is very interesting. But his clumsy attempts to engage 'ordinary people' in conversation put me in mind of Alan Partridge crossed with David Brent (shudder!).

Hijack ENDS

Pythagoras
16th-February-2016, 23:30
Hijack STARTS

The current one - on American railways - is very interesting. But his clumsy attempts to engage 'ordinary people' in conversation put me in mind of Alan Partridge crossed with David Brent (shudder!).

Hijack ENDS

I hadn't noticed him being awkward but maybe that's me.
I was concentrating more on the story of the railways, I like railways and canals.

Old Dog
16th-February-2016, 23:34
I was concentrating more on the story of the railways, I like railways and canals.

How eerily reminiscent of Auden's Epitaph on a Tyrant! "[he] .... was greatly interested in armies and fleets;"
A tasty little poem, you should read it sometime.

Pythagoras
16th-February-2016, 23:47
How eerily reminiscent of Auden's Epitaph on a Tyrant! "[he] .... was greatly interested in armies and fleets;"
A tasty little poem, you should read it sometime.

U saying I'm a megalomaniac, like, bud?

londongirl
17th-February-2016, 11:22
I don't remember exactly whether I stayed up all night or just got up really early that day.
I was living in the north of England where almost nobody voted tory so you can imagine how happy people there were. :D
I definitely wasn't a fan of Michael Portillo back then but he's grown on me since.
He's made some excellent programmes for both BBC radio and television ('1913: the year before', and 'great railway journeys')
I agree regarding Portillo. He was a nasty Tory, but his train journeys are great. I loved all and any of them that I watched...Ireland was good.
Also, he is very good with Diane Abbot as a commentator on politics. He frequently teases out issues that are going on below the radar. For instance, last time I watched he pointed out that British forces had barely been involved in Syria; after all the boo haa.

Jollygreengiant
17th-February-2016, 17:35
This is great news from John Kelly. Obvious frustrations built up there.
http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/rugby/munster-want-big-name-star-but-irfu-policy-making-recruitment-difficult-382463.html

canine
17th-February-2016, 19:05
No news is good news when it comes to Munster

<BM>
18th-February-2016, 13:23
On Sunday we saw Darren Sweetnam, who I thought had a fantastic game individually, he’s a guy who didn’t come the traditional rugby route and needed time in the academy to accelerate his development and he can go on and become a key player for Munster.

There's been a few comments about his delayed progression, this gives some good insight

standupandfight
18th-February-2016, 14:37
I also head from sources that he has been plagued with injuries over the last year. This is the first extended period of time he has got injury free pretty much since he has joined the academy!

londongirl
18th-February-2016, 15:15
Good news: Tommy O Donnell is playing this weekend. If he puts in a similar shift to some recent outings, then optimism for trip to Kilmarnock

barleys chinos
18th-February-2016, 21:42
Munster will have some signings announced shortly. There's an openside very close to the boat and one biggish name in the backs #SUAF (https://twitter.com/hashtag/SUAF?src=hash)

Three red kings on twitter

breakfast roll
18th-February-2016, 22:45
Jake Heenan is the rumour on boards

Viigand
18th-February-2016, 22:48
Bad form of boards has it before here.

londongirl
18th-February-2016, 23:48
Jake Heenan is the rumour on boards

that is not good news.

mac22
19th-February-2016, 09:09
Isnt he a flanker ?

thoughtless
19th-February-2016, 09:49
It would make a degree of sense, given that Connacht have Connolly as a young Irish prospect and Fox-Matamua as a quality NIQ. That being said, I don't like poaching from Connacht, especially now as they're starting to really kick on, but I guess they have three and we have one, so it's precisely the kind of situation everyone has wanted the IRFU to encourage players to move around in.

Benji
19th-February-2016, 09:55
It would make a degree of sense, given that Connacht have Connolly as a young Irish prospect and Fox-Matamua as a quality NIQ. That being said, I don't like poaching from Connacht, especially now as they're starting to really kick on, but I guess they have three and we have one, so it's precisely the kind of situation everyone has wanted the IRFU to encourage players to move around in.

One is out with a very bad injury, One just returning from a bad injury and the other only really getting going this year.
How many 7's have Leinster

Tipplad
19th-February-2016, 09:55
Munster will have some signings announced shortly. There's an openside very close to the boat and one biggish name in the backs #SUAF (https://twitter.com/hashtag/SUAF?src=hash)

Three red kings on twitter

We need a 3,5 and a 10 primarily. Hopefully we get one of those in. A winger/15 isn't required. Amorisino and Van den Heever lack of impact have proved that

sewa
19th-February-2016, 10:05
It would make a degree of sense, given that Connacht have Connolly as a young Irish prospect and Fox-Matamua as a quality NIQ. That being said, I don't like poaching from Connacht, especially now as they're starting to really kick on, but I guess they have three and we have one, so it's precisely the kind of situation everyone has wanted the IRFU to encourage players to move around in.

Have we?

Cowboy
19th-February-2016, 10:07
Munster will have some signings announced shortly. There's an openside very close to the boat and one biggish name in the backs #SUAF (https://twitter.com/hashtag/SUAF?src=hash)

Three red kings on twitter


Biggish name leading to lots of

http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/91994/confused-puppy-o.gif

joconnell
19th-February-2016, 10:15
Definitely a 3, no guarantees on Archer and John Ryan's still young in the transition. On a 7, you have two in TOD and POM - Pom wears 6 but he's not one in the traditional role, he plays like a 6.5 - you're back row is tod, pom and stander when all fit but in a way that leaves you light on tight carriers - pom's amazing but he's an open field carrier not a smash through the line carrier. Seeing as you can't really leave him out it either means tod drops to the bench and you get someone like a fit DOC2 to do the bursting role or keep pom and tod to wreck the breakdown and find a good carrying second row - Dave foley is kind of this I reckon though he's having a wee bit of a dip from his initial burst on to the scene. Wingers / 15's aren't required as such, maybe a backup playmaking 12 to shore up scannell, hurley isn't it for me at the minute.

I genuinely don't think you need much more cutting edge in the backs though. I reckon a lot of fan's thoughts is looking at zebo and earls pulling of occasional moments of magic when the space and situation is right and they beat a defence on their own. A misconception might be if we only had an entire backline of players that could pull that off we'd score loads of tries when the real issue might be that the backline doesn't function as a unit so the only time it scores a try is off individual brilliance on the rare occasion when a gap opens up. A good skills and attack coach could teach the entire backline to work together as a better unit and pull defences around more. They'd upgrade the quality of their passing and the likes of hurley could be upskilled to have greater range to go along with his attributes which suit being a crash 12. Until the backline starts thinking and playing like a unit, the likes of saili will keep throwing offloads to thin air when there should be a support player (see Laulala C.) and earls will take on the world on his own and get closed down by a canny shepherding defence.

Red October
19th-February-2016, 10:33
Isnt he a flanker ? When he can get on, and stay on the pitch, he is a cracking openside. But to sign him would mean we are sticking rigidly to our well-thought-out and much-proven SOP of scouring hospital & rehab clinic patient lists for names that ring a bell as being rugby-connected as a first port of call in our recruitment process.

At times I wonder do we actually HAVE scouts, or are we relying on tip-offs from carefully-placed CS reps in Insurance Company callcentres?

But: If fit; Heenan is a cracker. But, but, but, if, if, if...

sewa
19th-February-2016, 10:38
We are reduced to rumours from Boards.ie. Shocking state of affairs, I'd like to say this one is rubbish

FORWARD....
19th-February-2016, 13:43
does anyone know if the rumoured biggish back is a kicking 9 or 10?

sewa
19th-February-2016, 13:44
does anyone know if the rumoured biggish back is a kicking 9 or 10?

With Pienaar up north it can't be a 9. We have the Quadfather and Keatley at 10.

Cowboy
19th-February-2016, 13:46
does anyone know if the rumoured biggish back is a kicking 9 or 10?
Its not. Its a back 3 player

sewa
19th-February-2016, 13:48
At 6ft and 200lbs he isn't the biggest either.

Benji
19th-February-2016, 14:17
A good source said its a player like Austin Healy, Equally good at 9,10, 11 &14. Sorted

sewa
19th-February-2016, 14:19
A good source said its a player like Austin Healy, Equally good at 9,10, 11 &14. Sorted

Your source is a bluffer

rua13
19th-February-2016, 14:28
A competent back up to Murray would be great (as opposed to a sh!t one)..

joconnell
19th-February-2016, 14:39
Quadfather

That's fabulous.

barryfitz87
19th-February-2016, 15:26
With Pienaar up north it can't be a 9. We have the Quadfather and Keatley at 10.

Quadfather!!!

13401

sewa
19th-February-2016, 15:32
I knicked that from another site in fairness

FORWARD....
19th-February-2016, 17:51
Its not. Its a back 3 player

Is he a kicking 15? :) who plays 10 too

Jollygreengiant
19th-February-2016, 22:48
At 6ft and 200lbs he isn't the biggest either.

Its not Juan Imhoff then. Is it an Argie? Hope to God its not another Bok winger. We have had our fair share of donkey wingers from there. Payne the obvious back 3 exception.

Red October
19th-February-2016, 22:59
Can he play TH?

Munster Haka
20th-February-2016, 03:15
Yes, I do, I do!
http://munsterhaka.com/2016/02/20/munster-transfer-column-20216/

:o:_wave__rvmp_by_bad_

Swoosh
20th-February-2016, 10:34
Hart from Grenoble would be a grand backup to Murray

scrumdown
20th-February-2016, 12:37
Hart from Grenoble would be a grand backup to Murray

Reports of him going to Racing Metro next season

Jollygreengiant
20th-February-2016, 13:09
Yes, I do, I do!
http://munsterhaka.com/2016/02/20/munster-transfer-column-20216/

:o:_wave__rvmp_by_bad_

Would like to see Tom Taylor

Viigand
20th-February-2016, 13:13
Yes he would be a good signing for us.

Swoosh
20th-February-2016, 13:32
IRFU apparently blocked bid to sign springbok TH Koch

breakfast roll
20th-February-2016, 16:27
IRFU apparently blocked bid to sign springbok TH Koch

Typical IRFU Koch blocking Munster

Mike Gibson
20th-February-2016, 18:41
A good source said its a player like Austin Healy, Equally good at 9,10, 11 &14. Sorted

The bad news is that the signing is Austin Healey

mac22
20th-February-2016, 19:33
Yes, I do, I do!
http://munsterhaka.com/2016/02/20/munster-transfer-column-20216/

:o:_wave__rvmp_by_bad_

Hope your right !!

Grandpasimpson
20th-February-2016, 19:51
From the lads at Three Red Kings:
We aren't getting Koch blocked by the IRFU
We may or may not sign him, but there's nobody at the IRFU stopping us

Keyop
20th-February-2016, 20:21
From the lads at Three Red Kings:
We aren't getting Koch blocked by the IRFU
We may or may not sign him, but there's nobody at the IRFU stopping us
They are incorrect

sewa
20th-February-2016, 20:55
Great, just great. Thank you irfu

B.A.
20th-February-2016, 21:09
So they want Andress, archer or ryan to be our first choice TH?

Keyop
20th-February-2016, 21:49
So they want Andress, archer or ryan to be our first choice TH?
Or someone that can qualify for Ireland in a few years.

FORWARD....
20th-February-2016, 23:01
Or someone that can qualify for Ireland in a few years.

This is ridiculous stuff. Connacht have a few key NIQs and good luck to them but we can't have the only one we really desperately need?

Keyop
20th-February-2016, 23:13
This is ridiculous stuff. Connacht have a few key NIQs and good luck to them but we can't have the only one we really desperately need?
Agree its ridiculous

joconnell
20th-February-2016, 23:36
Seems very cut your nose off to spite your face alright - the effect of all the money they've invested so far is lessened by not allowing a top end tight head - it's ham stringing every game's result potentially.

Jollygreengiant
21st-February-2016, 00:44
Seems munster have higher targets to both Taylor and Koch. Taylor is the fall back i heard. Apparently Munster trying to play some hard ball with IRFU in relation to a more recognised intl prop.

scrumdown
21st-February-2016, 15:25
Seems munster have higher targets to both Taylor and Koch. Taylor is the fall back i heard. Apparently Munster trying to play some hard ball with IRFU in relation to a more recognised intl prop.

And I presume you'll keep any names to yourself just incase....

Jollygreengiant
21st-February-2016, 18:25
And I presume you'll keep any names to yourself just incase....

No i wont as i dont have any tbh. Im only giving you the status as i have read elsewhere. If i get names will defo post. The provinces as a whole are trying to play hardball with the IRFU on NIQ's