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    Irish Independent



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    <TD>Wednesday January 3rd 2007</TD></TR></T></TABLE>


    LUKE FITZGERALD


    SON of former Ireland prop Des, Luke made his senior Leinster debut in September but, at the end of last season, he was studying for his Leaving Cert at Blackrock while helping them to a 65th Leinster Schools Cup win.


    Fitzgerald was capped by the Leinster and Ireland Schools teams and was part of the Ireland Schools XV that completed a clean sweep of wins in 2005, winning the Young Rugby Player of the Year award that same year. His early season form resulted in a first senior call-up and he produced some trademark runs in the second-half of that 61-17 win over the Pacific Islanders.


    STEPHEN FERRIS


    THE 21-year-old Armagh man, who can play any position in the backrow, is another graduate from the Ulster Academy. He made his Ulster debut against the Borders in October 2005, before securing a full contract last season.


    Ferris was a member of the Ireland U21 squad that participated in the World Cup in Argentina in 2005 but missed selection for last summer's Churchill Cup after minor ankle surgery.


    Ferris collected the 2005/06 Ulster Young Player of the Year award and made his 'A' international bow in November against Australia. He then made his senior debut against the Pacific Islands and, although quiet on the day, most observers predict a lengthy international career for this destructive back-rower.


    JAMIE HEASLIP


    TECHNICALLY, not a breakthrough year for Heaslip as he had already made his senior debut for Leinster in the Celtic League at the back end of the 2004-05 season. But this was the year he announced himself as a World Cup squad candidate, given the international isolation of Anthony Foley.


    He was Ireland's stand-out player in the summer's Churchill Cup when many felt that he should have been taken on the senior tour. Made his debut against the Pacific Islanders and, although departing from his well-rounded, ball-handling Leinster profile, his performance in the tight exchanges betrayed his adaptability to his cause.


    Continues to shine for Leinster and is crucial to their chances of success in the Heineken Cup.


    KEITH EARLS


    MUNSTER'S prospects in the backline have never looked better and this stunning young centre prospect underpins the conveyor belt which Declan Kidney hopes will produce the goods.


    He was in blistering form in a recent development tour to the continent when he played on the wing and, like Ian Dowling and Barry Murphy last season, it is possible Earls could make a significant impact this season or later this year.


    Scorer of the Munster Schools Cup final winner for St Munchin's, Earls is the son of Young Munster legend Ger and already has five Ireland U19 caps.


    DARRAGH HURLEY


    THE loose-head prop made a formidable impression when making his Heineken Cup debut against Cardiff, doing enough to earn a starting berth in subsequent weeks.


    Paul O'Connell has called him a 'freak in the gym' and, with other candidates failing to make an impact, the 21-year-old could be the answer to one side of Ireland's scrummaging woes. As evidenced by his fine work on the ground in Cardiff, Hurley is more than a one-trick pony.


    CILLIAN WILLIS


    WHEN Leinster's first-choice scrum halves, Guy Easterby and Chris Whitaker, were ruled out of the Heineken Cup opener against

    #2
    Didnt know that Ferris was only 21!!!the future of Irish rugby does indeed look good....considering a whole host of other plaerys not named in the above article...
    Seas suas agus troid!

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      #3
      I havent heard a lot about Keith Earls, what sort of a player is he?

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        #4
        hes fairy rounded.wouldnt be a flash player,quite strong,direct and not lacking in speed.would probably be more physical than fitzgerald,but perhaps not quite as fast.can play anywhere in the backline.played snior cup rugby for nessans at out halfin 3rd year before moving to munchins
        g\'wan bruff!!

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          #5
          It seemslike Artemievhas been around for years. I wonder will he make the breakthrough ?

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            #6


            Originally posted by Point
            It seemslike Artemievhas been around for years. I wonder will he make the breakthrough ?

            well hes only 21,im sure he has time.
            g\'wan bruff!!

            ``The answer is not heavy- handed regulations that crush the entrepreneurial spirit and risk- taking of American capitalism. That\'s what\'s made our economy great.\"
            -Barack Obama


            \"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics\"
            -thomas sowell

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              #7
              He's only Fitzgerald's age right?
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                #8


                hes only 19 as it turns out,thought he was older


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                g\'wan bruff!!

                ``The answer is not heavy- handed regulations that crush the entrepreneurial spirit and risk- taking of American capitalism. That\'s what\'s made our economy great.\"
                -Barack Obama


                \"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics\"
                -thomas sowell

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                  #9


                  Strange that O'Riordan has been listed as an other....


                  He's been a fixture in the Connacht Team this season, and he's dealt with the step up very well in his first full season in the team.


                  Heaslip as the writer suggested was a breakthrough player last year with Rob Kearney,


                  Earls has yet to make a breakthrough even with the Internationals away, the Academy is not the grind of the ML or the pressure of the HEC. That's not to say he won't crack it in a season or two. Where would he slot in though?


                  Artemiev is in the Academy and hasn't broken through as yet apart from afew A games.


                  Sexton has done well in his two strarts for Leinster, but to say he has made the breakthrough he really should be nailing down the bench slot behind a fit Contepomi..


                  For me the real breakthrough Cubs this season are


                  Willis &amp; Fitzgerald -Leinster


                  Ferris - Ulster


                  Coughlan &amp; Hurley - Munster


                  and


                  Riordan - Connacht





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                    #10
                    Ferris is only 21 [img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]Christ he has serious potential to be a top top class player.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Sea_point


                      Strange that O'Riordan has been listed as an other....


                      He's been a fixture in the Connacht Team this season, and he's dealt with the step up very well in his first full season in the team.


                      Heaslip as the writer suggested was a breakthrough player last year with Rob Kearney,


                      Earls has yet to make a breakthrough even with the Internationals away, the Academy is not the grind of the ML or the pressure of the HEC. That's not to say he won't crack it in a season or two. Where would he slot in though?


                      Artemiev is in the Academy and hasn't broken through as yet apart from afew A games.


                      Sexton has done well in his two strarts for Leinster, but to say he has made the breakthrough he really should be nailing down the bench slot behind a fit Contepomi..


                      For me the real breakthrough Cubs this season are


                      Willis &amp; Fitzgerald -Leinster


                      Ferris - Ulster


                      Coughlan &amp; Hurley - Munster


                      and


                      Riordan - Connacht




                      hard to call coughlan a cub since hes 25
                      g\'wan bruff!!

                      ``The answer is not heavy- handed regulations that crush the entrepreneurial spirit and risk- taking of American capitalism. That\'s what\'s made our economy great.\"
                      -Barack Obama


                      \"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics\"
                      -thomas sowell

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                        #12
                        Artemiev is an out &amp; out speed merchant. Holds a few schools sprints records afaik

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                          #13
                          From all I have heard of Riordan I was expecting more from him in the
                          two connacht games. Mind you, it wasnt that easy to see much on Sunday.

                          Still great to see a roscommon born player being mentioned in the same breath as 3 internationals.


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                            #14

                            Originally posted by scotscor
                            From all I have heard of Riordan I was expecting more from him in the
                            two connacht games. Mind you, it wasnt that easy to see much on Sunday.

                            Still great to see a roscommon born player being mentioned in the same breath as 3 internationals.



                            Considering what he has from 9-14 Riordan has done very well. Looked excellent when Leinster where down there

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                              #15

                              Originally posted by Point
                              It seemslike Artemievhas been around for years. I wonder will he make the breakthrough ?
                              Was he born within a mile of Fannybrook or is it the GPO that qualifies him for Leinster?? With a surname like Artemiev he must be a true blue Dublin 4/County Dublin former schoolboy. Send him down to Limerick to get the corners knocked off him and stop wasting his talent in the Q at Fannybrook.

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