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  • Mike Gibson
    started a topic Leinster 2018/19

    Leinster 2018/19

    Champions Cup pool with

    Wasps
    Toulouse
    Bath

    Couple of decent away trips plus Wasps. At least Coventry is easy enough to get to.

  • Mike Gibson
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    Leinster team to play Zebre tomorrow in Italy. KO 2.30pm (irish time). Live on Eir Sports.

    15 Dave Kearney; 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Rory O'Loughlin, 12 Conor O'Brien, 11 Barry Daly; 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park; 1 Jack McGrath, 2 James Tracy, 3 Andrew Porter; 4 Ross Molony, 5 Scott Fardy (c); 6 Josh Murphy, 7 Max Deegan, 8 Caelan Doris.

    16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Jack Dunne, 21 Hugh O'Sullivan, 22 Noel Reid, 23 Jimmy O'Brien

    Down to the bare bones in the back-row and the one selected looks quite unbalanced. Decent enough team for the time of year otherwise.

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  • Munsterboy
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    Originally posted by limerickstag View Post
    Irish Times reporting that SOB will play on for Ireland beyond the RWC, once he’s based at London Irish. Zebo must be annoyed to say the least
    The IT is reporting no such thing. They just say that unlike Zebo and similar to POC, he won’t be discarded immediately.

    Once he’s over there he’ll be done as an international but crucially, like POC and unlike Zeebs, he’s sticking around until the RWC. Moving abroad afterwards is effectively retiring from international rugby and that makes sense given his age, injury profile and competition for the shirt.

    All these people kicking off about Zeebs have to recognise that he decided to leave well before the RWC and knew well what he was doing. Sure, Joe could have picked him for one more 6Ns but, given the focus on the RWC, that would have given valuable game time to a lad that wasn’t sticking around to see things through to the end of the cycle. It was a pragmatic decision.

    I like Zebo and I think he’s the best 15 available to us but he made his bed. He chose to go for the money and the life experience abroad and fair play to him but nothing comes for free.

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  • Munster Mojo
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    You could nearly map out Sob season the last 5/6 years.

    Start in October for interpros & 1st rounds of European Cup, make squad for November play 1 game injured. Get back for interpro around Christmas play some of rounds 5/6 in Europe, play 1 game 6 nations injured.

    He’s averaged 5/6 games a year for leinster going back 5/6 years now.
    Last edited by Munster Mojo; 9th-February-2019, 08:59.

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  • limerickstag
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    Irish Times reporting that SOB will play on for Ireland beyond the RWC, once he’s based at London Irish. Zebo must be annoyed to say the least

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  • Cowboy
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    Before, before! You're living in the past Marge. Quit living in the past.

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  • Corcíoch
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    Originally posted by acskerries View Post

    but Joe dropped Zebo as soon as he made his announcement. The main difference in situation is that Joe never liked Zebo's approach, whereas he has always loved SOB's.
    He did indeed. Dropped him immediately.

    We'll see more of his B/S now when Sean isn't dropped. And before any fanboys start, yes he is an exceptional coach with a excellent track record as Irish coaches go, but that doesn't mean he's not prone to B/S at times.


    Would have liked to see Sean get a better offer, the guy is an excellent player, top drawer. He sure has struggled with injuries but he's well worth it on his day.

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  • TrapperChamonix
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    Originally posted by acskerries View Post

    but Joe dropped Zebo as soon as he made his announcement. The main difference in situation is that Joe never liked Zebo's approach, whereas he has always loved SOB's.
    I would have thought the situation was more analogous to Paul O'Connell at the last RWC.

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  • acskerries
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    Originally posted by timbot View Post

    TBF he's not leaving till after the world cup cycle. Zebo did, 2 situations aren't 100% the same.
    but Joe dropped Zebo as soon as he made his announcement. The main difference in situation is that Joe never liked Zebo's approach, whereas he has always loved SOB's.

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  • timbot
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    Originally posted by Sulla View Post
    So Joe will now drop him completely from the Irish squad? just like Zebo..
    TBF he's not leaving till after the world cup cycle. Zebo did, 2 situations aren't 100% the same.

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  • Chrizzzie
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    Originally posted by Sulla View Post
    So Joe will now drop him completely from the Irish squad? just like Zebo..
    I suspect that he's dropped tomorrow just before the game with excuse that he has a dead leg.

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  • Sulla
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    So Joe will now drop him completely from the Irish squad? just like Zebo..

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  • whimpersnap
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    Originally posted by Chrizzzie View Post
    SoB doesn't look to me the kind of guy that would fancy playing abroad but you never know.
    Plenty of road frontage out in Berkshire.

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  • Chrizzzie
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    SoB doesn't look to me the kind of guy that would fancy playing abroad but you never know.

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  • whimpersnap
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    Great player but he's hardly played for Leinster in years. Leavy and VDF have the seven shirt sewn up at this point so not as big a loss as it would have been a couple of years ago.

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