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  • offshorerules
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    Originally posted by Mumhain View Post
    For me, Ringrose getting a central contract is an odd decision considering his lack of top performances against the big teams, in recent years. He has been the organizer of the least aggressive defensive line in the six nations and hasn’t ever really looked like a massive attacking threat against the top few nations. Similar to Larmour, he hasn’t been able to replicate the attacking form he shows when given space VS Italy/Canada/Japan, against the likes of New Zealand/England, but unlike Larmour, he has been given plenty chances to prove he was good enough to become an attacking force against the big teams.

    Also, find it strange that Ireland have three centres on central contract, with no guaranteed starters and plenty of other highly rated options (Farrell, McCloskey, Marshall, Addison etc...) below that level. Would it not make more sense to give a central contract at 7 or a position with less depth?
    No.

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  • Mumhain
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    For me, Ringrose getting a central contract is an odd decision considering his lack of top performances against the big teams, in recent years. He has been the organizer of the least aggressive defensive line in the six nations and hasn’t ever really looked like a massive attacking threat against the top few nations. Similar to Larmour, he hasn’t been able to replicate the attacking form he shows when given space VS Italy/Canada/Japan, against the likes of New Zealand/England, but unlike Larmour, he has been given plenty chances to prove he was good enough to become an attacking force against the big teams.

    Also, find it strange that Ireland have three centres on central contract, with no guaranteed starters and plenty of other highly rated options (Farrell, McCloskey, Marshall, Addison etc...) below that level. Would it not make more sense to give a central contract at 7 or a position with less depth?

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  • ScrummieMan
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    Senior squad for rest of the season:

    LH Prop(3)
    Cian Healy(32) - central contract until 2021
    Ed Byrne(26) - signed contract in 2020
    Peter Dooley(26) - signed contract in 2020

    TH Prop(4)
    Michael Bent(34) - signed contract in 2020
    Tadhg Furlong(27) - central contract until 2021
    Andrew Porter(24) - signed contract in 2020
    Vakh Abdaladze(24) - signed contract in 2020

    Hooker(4)
    Sean Cronin(34) - signed contract in 2020
    James Tracy(29) - signed contract in 2020
    Ronan Kelleher(22) - signed contract in 2019
    Dan Sheehan(21) - signed contract in 2020

    Lock(6)
    Scott Fardy(36) - signed 1yr contract in 2020
    Devin Toner(34) - signed 1yr contract in 2020
    Ross Molony(26) - signed contract in 2020
    James Ryan(24)- signed 3yr central contract in 2020
    Jack Dunne(21) - signed contract in 2020
    Ryan Baird(21) - signed contract in 2020

    Backrow(9)
    Rhys Ruddock(29) - signed contract in 2020
    Jack Conan(28) - signed contract in 2019
    Josh Van Der Flier(27) - signed 2yr contract in 2020
    Dan Leavy(26) - signed contract in 2020
    Josh Murphy(25) - signed contract in 2020
    Will Connors(24) - signed contract in 2020
    Max Deegan(23) - signed contract in 2019
    Caelan Doris(24) - signed contract in 2020
    Scott Penny(20) - signed contract in 2019

    Scrumhalf(4)
    Jamie Gibson Park(28) - signed contract in 2019
    Luke McGrath(27) - signed contract in 2019
    Rowan Osborne(23) - signed contract in 2020
    Hugh O'Sullivan(22) - signed contract in 2019

    Outhalf(4)
    Jonathan Sexton(35) - central contract until 2021
    Ross Byrne(25) - signed contract in 2020
    Ciaran Frawley(22) - signed contract in 2019
    Harry Byrne(21) - signed contract in 2020

    Centre(6)
    Robbie Henshaw(27) - central contact until 2022
    Rory O'Loughlin(26) - signed contract in 2020
    Garry Ringrose(25) - signed 2yr central contract in 2020
    Conor O'Brien(24) - signed contract in 2019
    Jimmy O'Brien(23) - signed contract in 2019
    Tommy O'Brien(22) - signed contract in 2020

    Back Three(7)
    Rob Kearney(34) - leaving at end of 19/20 season.
    Fergus McFadden(34) - leaving at end of 19/20 season.
    Dave Kearney(31) - signed contract in 2019
    James Lowe(28) - signed contract in 2020
    Adam Byrne(26) - signed contract in 2020
    Cian Kelleher(26) - signed contract in 2019
    Hugo Keenan(24) - signed contract in 2019
    Jordan Larmour(23) - signed contract in 2020

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  • LongtimeLurker
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    Originally posted by Cowboy View Post
    Best of luck with the retirement McFadden, gave his all in blue and green, and one of the few remaining wingers in the pro game that you can use the phrase 'dirty bastard' in summing him up. I dont mean that as a sleight, Fergie was always more than willing to get stuck in and dish it out.
    Yep, would agree. Whiff of Cordite gave him the well earned nickname of the Kildare Lewis Moody. Huge courage and he never shirked the physical side of it.

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  • Cowboy
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    Best of luck with the retirement McFadden, gave his all in blue and green, and one of the few remaining wingers in the pro game that you can use the phrase 'dirty bastard' in summing him up. I dont mean that as a sleight, Fergie was always more than willing to get stuck in and dish it out.

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  • offshorerules
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    Originally posted by Oldschoolsocks View Post

    wonder where he is now
    Do you? I don’t.

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  • offshorerules
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    Originally posted by LongtimeLurker View Post

    One of the most misguided and ill judged articles every written about Irish rugby. Saved Cheika the hassle of a coming up with a team talk. Looks even more ridiculous and smug reading it back now. The dismissal of Isa Nacewa who for my money is by some distance the best ever import in Irish rugby tells you a lot about how blinkered his view was. His article published the following week was in many respects even more toe curling, no grace in defeat

    Congratulations to Fergus McFadden on calling time on a his career too, might well have got more Irish caps if his prime didn't clash with the likes of Bowe & Trimble, and Zebo to a lesser extent
    He had a shocking run of injuries too. Hope he enjoys his retirement. Met him once with my boys, he was lovely to them. Decent guy.

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  • LongtimeLurker
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    Originally posted by Oldschoolsocks View Post

    wonder where he is now
    One of the most misguided and ill judged articles every written about Irish rugby. Saved Cheika the hassle of a coming up with a team talk. Looks even more ridiculous and smug reading it back now. The dismissal of Isa Nacewa who for my money is by some distance the best ever import in Irish rugby tells you a lot about how blinkered his view was. His article published the following week was in many respects even more toe curling, no grace in defeat

    Congratulations to Fergus McFadden on calling time on a his career too, might well have got more Irish caps if his prime didn't clash with the likes of Bowe & Trimble, and Zebo to a lesser extent

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  • In Joe we trust
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    Fergus McFadden has announced his retirement. A very good player for Leinster who got the maximum from his talents.

    Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk

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  • Oldschoolsocks
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    Originally posted by offshorerules View Post

    It does seem longer. Great example of that “Dublin based biased media” all the same.
    wonder where he is now

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  • offshorerules
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    Originally posted by Cowboy View Post
    Congratulations

    Seems longer ago
    It does seem longer. Great example of that “Dublin based biased media” all the same.

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  • Cowboy
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    Originally posted by Oldschoolsocks View Post
    Congratulations

    Seems longer ago

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  • Oldschoolsocks
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    https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/eve...58025?mode=amp

    11 years ago today

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  • Waterfordlad
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    Good news, best of luck to the lad

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  • mr chips
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    That's great news, thanks for posting.

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