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  • barleys chinos
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    Nice promo for Ireland 2023
    http://www.irishrugby.ie/ireland2023

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  • jagawayagain
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    Originally posted by Cathalsmart View Post
    We've actually got a higher number of registered players than NZ & Australia incase you didn't know :)
    The IRB figures on Wikipedia for senior males do not seem to be consistent with your claim, but thanks for the smiley.

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  • garryowen2323
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    Originally posted by coolbawn View Post
    Interesting analysis Garryowen. Arguably harsh on:
    - Jones who was featuring quite a lot for Ireland before injury
    - Olding who has been injured, did well in South Africa and whose time might come again with Henshaw elsewhere - esp if JS wants to try a second playmaker at 12; interesting to see how much and how well he plays at #10 and/or #12 for Ulster this Spring
    Sorry I didn't mean to come across as harsh at all. Just meant they didn't make the RWC squad 2 years later nor are they currently playing for various reasons. Many of them still had fine careers. Some didn't progress due to better players breaking through at crucial times, others fell foul of injury (I'd have Felix in both these categories) and some just peaked and weren't able to reach a higher level.

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  • Cathalsmart
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    Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post
    I realise it's no surprise, but look at that Top 4 in the world!! a small player base, four teams, emerging from financial disaster- take a bow, players, management, and supporters. [and now let's keep driving forward]
    We've actually got a higher number of registered players than NZ & Australia incase you didn't know :)

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  • jagawayagain
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    Originally posted by garryowen2323 View Post
    I remember the same being said of the 2013 tour to America/Canada.

    Those already established (>10 caps): Best, Cronin, Court, Ross, McCarthy, OMahony, Boss, McFadden, Trimble
    Those blooded on tour (<10 caps) who also went to RWC: Strauss, Toner, Henry, Jackson, Madigan, Cave, Zebo, Henshaw
    Those blooded on tour and now regulars but missed RWC: Henderson, Marmion
    Those blooded on tour and now in regular extended squads: Kilcoyne, ODonnell
    Those blooded on tour who didn't kick on for whatever reason: Sherry, Fitzpatrick, Hagan, Tuohy, McLoughlin, PMarshall, Olding, Jones
    Thanks - great data, I think the squad will be stronger, again an indication of solid progress.

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  • coolbawn
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    Interesting analysis Garryowen. Arguably harsh on:
    - Jones who was featuring quite a lot for Ireland before injury
    - Olding who has been injured, did well in South Africa and whose time might come again with Henshaw elsewhere - esp if JS wants to try a second playmaker at 12; interesting to see how much and how well he plays at #10 and/or #12 for Ulster this Spring

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  • garryowen2323
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    Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post
    I realise we were there before the last World Cup- but before that? I think we have more strength in depth now, or soon have, if we use the Japan tour to blood players, rather than give a last hurrah for those who won't be playing by the next wc. Despite a patchy 6N I think we are in a good place, but no time to rest on our laurels (which maybe we did coming into the 6N).
    I remember the same being said of the 2013 tour to America/Canada.

    Those already established (>10 caps): Best, Cronin, Court, Ross, McCarthy, OMahony, Boss, McFadden, Trimble
    Those blooded on tour (<10 caps) who also went to RWC: Strauss, Toner, Henry, Jackson, Madigan, Cave, Zebo, Henshaw
    Those blooded on tour and now regulars but missed RWC: Henderson, Marmion
    Those blooded on tour and now in regular extended squads: Kilcoyne, ODonnell
    Those blooded on tour who didn't kick on for whatever reason: Sherry, Fitzpatrick, Hagan, Tuohy, McLoughlin, PMarshall, Olding, Jones

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  • jagawayagain
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    Originally posted by scotscor View Post
    don't worry we always do this between world cups, but we still wont make a semi final
    I realise we were there before the last World Cup- but before that? I think we have more strength in depth now, or soon have, if we use the Japan tour to blood players, rather than give a last hurrah for those who won't be playing by the next wc. Despite a patchy 6N I think we are in a good place, but no time to rest on our laurels (which maybe we did coming into the 6N).

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  • the plastic paddy
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    Sad to say it but I think South Africa might struggle to arrest their decline.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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  • ustix
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    Originally posted by Cathalsmart View Post
    Fiji won't be in pot 3,
    New Zealand, England, Australia, Ireland
    Scotland, France, South Africa, Wales
    Argentina, Italy, Japan, Georgia

    Fiji will be in pot 4 at best.
    Anyone for SA, Argentina and Fiji?

    Sorry Chrizzie, similar lines and all that...

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  • Chrizzzie
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    So Ireland could land in a pool with South-Africa, Argentina, and Fiji?

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  • scotscor
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    Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post
    I realise it's no surprise, but look at that Top 4 in the world!! a small player base, four teams, emerging from financial disaster- take a bow, players, management, and supporters. [and now let's keep driving forward]
    don't worry we always do this between world cups, but we still wont make a semi final

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  • ormond lad
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    Originally posted by deadlyBuzz View Post
    Where does Romanias win place them?
    16th.

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  • deadlyBuzz
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    Where does Romanias win place them?

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  • jagawayagain
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    Originally posted by Cathalsmart View Post
    Fiji won't be in pot 3,
    New Zealand, England, Australia, Ireland
    Scotland, France, South Africa, Wales
    Argentina, Italy, Japan, Georgia

    Fiji will be in pot 4 at best.
    I realise it's no surprise, but look at that Top 4 in the world!! a small player base, four teams, emerging from financial disaster- take a bow, players, management, and supporters. [and now let's keep driving forward]

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