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    <DIV>Firstly, I hope the injury doesn't rule him out of next week's match.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Secondly. How much pace has he lost? He made one break yesterday and I couldn't help but think that he looked remarkably slow. He admitted himself recently that he's not as fast as he was, but surely at his current age, he should be at his peak?</DIV>
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    Remarkably slow? Lets be fair, that is remarkably over the top.



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      Originally posted by SkibRed
      Remarkably slow? Lets be fair, that is remarkably over the top.

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      <DIV>How so? by his standards, i remember him being much quicker than that!</DIV>
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        give the guy a break - he's hardly slow - his work rate was huge yesterday - he was all over the pitch - he danced past two welsh guys for this own tryand made another one - block down for first try.... his defense was superb as usual.....


        hopefully his injury is not serious - we really really need him for this French game

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          I'm not questioning his work ethic or his skill. but the fact that he's not as fast as he was, when he should be at his physical peak. imagine how effective all that work and skill would be if he had the gas he used to.
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            BOD is now a couple of stone heavier than he was when he was at his quickest. He's carrying a lot of extra muscle which means that he's not as quick over longer distances as he used to be.


            That said, he is a far better player now than he was then. The extra muscle might mean he can't outpace a winger from the halfway line but it does mean he can bust tackles, knock props on their arse, compete on the floor as well as any flanker and still score a lot of tries.

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              As Munsterboy has said its all part of the modern build of a centre in the game. BOD is about 2 stones heavier due to the upperbody/core/leg conditioning that goes on. The trade off is that he's slower at the top end and over distance(his acceleration is still as good if not better than it was).


              Take a look at Darcy - he has bulked up too and for my money has lost a bit of top end. He is, however, much more effective at the size he's at.




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                I never thought of that, good reason for the loss of gas then. Cheers lads.
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                  Most of the irish backs are like extra forwards,most of them have bulked up big time( well done eddie) . Some of the trys these guys score are down to there upper body strength and would never have scored these a few years ago. The trys i talk about are S. Horgans winning try againist Eng last year, O Driscolls yesterday and O Garas.


                  Maybe O Driscoll is not as quick but his def better all round.

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                    If you look at the clips from his hat trick in France, the physical transformation is remarkable. He's a completely different player now, and needs to be.


                    To function in the centre, you have to be able to dominate the point of contact in denfence and in attack. When you think he's up against the likes of Tindall, Farrell, Jauzion etc etc it's a necessary move.


                    Shame to see that sort of player going out of union, but the old stripling with flames coming out of his feet would be dead in ten minutes now. Even Dominici is built like a brick (and has also lost some of his top end).
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                      the sad thing is that the way it is going a player like BOD was at 18 wouldnt get a game now, he simply wouldnt be considered big enough. soon scrum halves will all look like andrew sheridan and we will have to introduce animals into the game, like elephants and giraffes. Leicester have already pioneered this iniative in the 8, with a couple of hyena's and a pig
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                        Originally posted by munsterforever
                        the sad thing is that the way it is going a player like BOD was at 18 wouldnt get a game now, he simply wouldnt be considered big enough. soon scrum halves will all look like andrew sheridan and we will have to introduce animals into the game, like elephants and giraffes. Leicester have already pioneered this iniative in the 8, with a couple of hyena's and a pig




                        Ulster have bucked the trend though and have gone with the Flora over the Fauna route, playing a plank in the pack.
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                          Although he played very well I thought he was very greedy on three occasions yesterday - two of which he was lucky not to get isolated and turn over ball
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                            Originally posted by thisyear?


                            Although he played very well I thought he was very greedy on three occasions yesterday - two of which he was lucky not to get isolated and turn over ball


                            Well spotted This Year, he did take too much out the ball yesterday a few times and he got badly turned over down the left wing after a good 40m break out. The commetnators mentioned something about him wanting Hickie to run a line infield to off load to him as an option but still he should have kept that ball alive and not found contact. For me, BOD is a great, great player but he is not quite playing his best for some time now. Yesterday tho Darcy &amp; He switched several times going forward to great effect, and EOS and attack coaches deserve credit for that variety.
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                              His additional bulk must surely have been a factor in stopping Horsman dead in his tracks too.

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