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      Originally posted by thoughtless View Post
      Should've put my money where my mouth was.
      Missed opportunity. In the cold light of day, that seemed to be the most likely conclusion. I just think it's our baggage of previous encounters with the French and at World Cups that had everyone jittery

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        Uhmm. This is a bold statement.

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        http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugb...-31603398.html

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          "Battered outfit" is no more than fair comment, let's be honest about it.

          That said, the Indo criticising the NZ Herald is like one turd moaning about the whiff off another. In this case, our local turd is the stinkier, given the piece (to which they don't link) is a) quite balanced and b) has a byeline from an Australian news agency, AAP.

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news...ectid=11527922
          Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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            The Indo has pretty much just morphed into Balls.ie at this point. Don't bother doing any of their own analysis, just tell us what other analysts are saying.

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              James O'Connor's XV of the RWC so far has two Irishmen: SOB at 7 and Earls at 13.

              https://www.facebook.com/jamesoconno...1320981563883/

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                GT lays it on thick,

                http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugb...roes-1.2388962

                Ireland have, perhaps, become the new Munster, for the way The Fields reverberated under the Millennium Stadium’s closed roof sent a surge of energy through the ranks of the Irish players akin to those scenes from O’Connell Street in Limerick for Munster’s breakthrough Heineken Cup in 2006.
                Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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                    Greg Growden reckons it will be an Argentina win....


                    http://en.espn.co.uk/2015-rugby-worl...d=espnFB_scrum
                    He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                      Originally posted by Sulla View Post
                      GT lays it on thick,

                      http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugb...roes-1.2388962

                      Ireland have, perhaps, become the new Munster, for the way The Fields reverberated under the Millennium Stadium’s closed roof sent a surge of energy through the ranks of the Irish players akin to those scenes from O’Connell Street in Limerick for Munster’s breakthrough Heineken Cup in 2006.
                      In fairness to GT, I've been making the comparison between the Ireland France and Munster Biarritz games all week. They're the only two games I've attended where the noise levels were that high and where the crowd weren't just responding to the players, but proactively roaring them on and seeing the players responding in turn. It was something pretty special from start to finish.

                      Looking around the stadium at 60000 Irish supporters simultaneously jumping up and down, waving flags, scarves, hats and small children and chanting "ole ole ole" did send a few shivers down the spine. And I normally HATE "ole ole ole"!

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                        So, we're left counting the cost of yet another 'glorious' failure.

                        Ulster have lost Payne to a moderate injury, TBowe to a moderate-serious injury and now have Les Kiss permanently on the payroll.
                        Munster have lost their captain to a serious injury and have a few players with their confidence undermined by the coaching set up.
                        Leinster have lost Sexton to a "minor strain" that probably keep him sidelined for an inordinate amount of time for such a minor injury.
                        The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                          You know I believe get all those kids out of these development squads, get them back into their clubs and have then play competitive rugby week in week out.
                          Con Artist

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                            I'm excited for the 2016 6 Nations already.

                            Scotland have grown a pair. France will have a new coach and hopefully some flair back. England will also be a different outift. Joe will surely start to evolve his game some bit after this RWC results, Italy have started putting some width on their game and put it up to us and we'll see what Wales do.

                            Roll on February.

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                              Looking at the RWC squad;
                              Healy- Not fit and a gamble that didn't pay off.
                              McGrath- Suffered due to the Healy gamble but overall did well.
                              Best- Trojan amount of work.
                              Cronin/Strauss- Made up the numbers, in all honesty.
                              Ross- Looked comfortable at times but looked very uncomfortable at other times. We got all that we expected from him. Nothing more, nothing less.
                              White- Did better than expected.
                              Furlong- Didn't have adequate time to impress on the pitch.
                              Toner- Responded with a big game against France but was a passenger too often.
                              POC- Immense leadership with a slightly below par performance (still bloody good, mind you!)
                              Henderson- A beast against the lesser nations. Went a little missing yesterday but that complaint can be levelled at other players as well. He needs to be our star player in the pack going forward (so to speak).
                              Ryan- Didn't really get a chance to shine. Mostly down to the performances of Henderson.
                              POM- His loss was keenly felt yesterday. Underrated by many before hand, not so now I'd imagine.
                              SOB- One big game but it wasn't enough. Stupidity robbed us of his presence for the biggest game.
                              Heaslip- Curate's egg. As usual. Did some good things. Did nothing at other times.
                              Murphy- Apart from the try yesterday he was a good man to hold a tackle bag.
                              Henry- Looked good at times but a luxury when the pack was shorn of ball carriers.
                              Murray- Reasonable without being stellar.
                              Reddan- Really upped the tempo any time he came on.
                              Boss- Excellent in training.
                              Sexton- We expected more. His 'adductor injury' robbed him of his opportunity to show he can do it on the biggest stage.
                              Madigan- What you see is what you get. Good goal kicking but flaky with the ball in hand.
                              Jackson- Made up the numbers.
                              D Kearney- Made the most of his limited talents but not at the required level.
                              Earls- Took his tries well and looked electric on the wing but will be pilloried for his knock on against France and his 'defensive frailties' in the centre.
                              Henshaw- Did relatively well despite the poor ball he was forced to truck up. It'll stand to him but more needs to be made of him.
                              Payne- Solid-ish. Injury roobed him of the opportunity to improve upon solid-ish-ness.
                              Cave- A least he made the squad.
                              Bowe- Not at the races. The tries against Romania were an aberration. Ineffectual in the tackle and ponderous with the ball. His injury couldn't have come at a worse time for him.
                              Zebo- Did all that was asked of him and more. Flair cast aside for rock solidness.
                              Fitzgerald- Another Schmidt gamble that sort of paid off. Score one and created another yesterday, so that the incisiveness done for another four years.
                              R Kearney- Another, what you see is what you get. Took his tries well but ultimately needs to bring more to the party.

                              Coaching ticket- More questions than answers.
                              The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                                Good Summary TWIB
                                "I've got lots of potatos that need peeling and manure that needs shovelling" -M. Burns

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