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  1. We've headed that way with project players. It's...

    We've headed that way with project players. It's one thing deciding to cap guys who happen to be living and playing here long enough to qualify. I think it's another to hold out the offer of eventual...
  2. I'm never sure if I believe them all, or if part...

    I'm never sure if I believe them all, or if part of it is pantomime around the "project player" contracts. Guys can get put outside the NIQ quota by being uncapped and declaring interest, and then...
  3. Thread: Transfers

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    Lydiate is a great blindside of his type, I...

    Lydiate is a great blindside of his type, I think. The Welsh don't really carry in the pack bar Faletau - they've got a phalanx of massive backs for that.

    So their pack's job has generally been...
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    The aggression is the thing more than the...

    The aggression is the thing more than the commitment. You could see vs Sake and Sarries that defenders were intimidated by Stander as a carrier. SOB has that impact at test level, as did Wally and...
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    I've been waiting on Gilroy showing his form of a...

    I've been waiting on Gilroy showing his form of a couple of years back. I'm very much pro-Gilroy overall. I just the notion that he's the automatic alternative for a wing slot is a bit of a stretch...
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    But 23-24 players is barely a match day squad,...

    But 23-24 players is barely a match day squad, let alone a squad for three autumn tests and the 6N.

    I agree that Earls and SOB would be in (assuming they rediscover their form), but we've no real...
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    What's Murphy done to warrant consideration at 8?...

    What's Murphy done to warrant consideration at 8? And how is TOD not worth a look given that your first choice 7 has another five or six months out in front of him following shoulder reconstruction? ...
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    Ireland's form back row is POM, TOD, Heaslip, and...

    Ireland's form back row is POM, TOD, Heaslip, and only because Stander hasn't qualified yet.
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    Sexton is our best 10 by a fair way. The thing...

    Sexton is our best 10 by a fair way. The thing that poses questions for me is the way in which Murray has developed. We now have a 9 who wants to run games in very much the way the great French 9s...
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    I'm moving to an absolute monarchy and Islamic...

    I'm moving to an absolute monarchy and Islamic state in search of a more moderate regime :)
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    It's not about whether we should "move him to the...

    It's not about whether we should "move him to the centre" per se.

    I think the question is "If Darcy busts himself in the first half of a group game, what then?"

    In that instance, we need to...
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    The shirts are there for the taking for any young...

    The shirts are there for the taking for any young centre with the capacity to step up. Ok ding did himself no favours getting slapped around the place by Basteraud at the weekend.

    There's a queue...
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    Blues v. Munster 1/11/14, 17:15

    The man is shaming mainstream media at this stage. Best (Munster focussed) pro12 coverage I've seen anywhere.

    Or at least this side of Murray Kinsella :)
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    Dubai and UAE - any expat tips?

    I'm ****ed.


    :)
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    In the absence of any other 12s, possibly. ...

    In the absence of any other 12s, possibly.

    Personally, if I were running the Joe Show, Keatley would start at least on AI at 12.

    The two best 12s in the country after Darcy (by some measures)...
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    Some of them, I suspect, don't think they can...

    Some of them, I suspect, don't think they can hold their seats as conservatives at the next GE. Carswell is a genuine oddball, but it'll be opportunistic ****e from others.

    There's also the (long)...
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    Being signed by us is no guarantor against being...

    Being signed by us is no guarantor against being crap.

    I don't think he is, btw. I just don't think he's a test level back row.
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    I can get one of those big ones that they strap...

    I can get one of those big ones that they strap to camels :)
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    Thanks CM. I'm definitely going to have to wind...

    Thanks CM. I'm definitely going to have to wind my neck in, but that's a pretty standard "when in Rome" thing for me I think.

    Any good advisors you could recommend in terms of transferring money?...
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    No new arrival - the sproglet is three! Christ, I...

    No new arrival - the sproglet is three! Christ, I wouldn't be taking that much on :)

    They're paying for the container, so I won't need to call in any favours. But it would be good to go with...
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    I still think he's playing to the gallery with an...

    I still think he's playing to the gallery with an eye on the GE. If he wins, he'll go to Europe to "negotiate" and then play any marginal concessions into a case for staying in.

    His donors will...
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    Great news fella. Congratulations!

    Great news fella. Congratulations!
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    Same as London - head hunting and board...

    Same as London - head hunting and board consultancy for major healthcare providers. Working with a US VC backed outfit.
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    Housing is biting a chunk out of that - costs a...

    Housing is biting a chunk out of that - costs a fortune - but it will make a big impact.

    The plan is four or five years and then back to London.

    Thanks for the good wishes all. I managed to...
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    Not the entire economy. And I suspect that those...

    Not the entire economy. And I suspect that those in the west drinking coffee and tea, eating chocolate and South American beef, buying clothes stitched in Bangladesh, burning oil, tapping on iPhones...
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