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    Originally posted by Cathalsmart View Post
    Im not sure of the timeline but anyone think that Cooney's late withdrawal may have been in fact from the top after the injury Luke McGrath got?
    Your beginning to sound like one of us leinster fans.


      Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post

      He played more than once for the Hairsprays and was one of the best players in the league.
      Yeah, Underhill has probably been England's best forward for the last number of years. It's not his fault he wasn't getting picked


        Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post

        Dunc to make the pass for Keats to drop the goal to win the GS in Cardiff!?!? Can you just imagine the words that would have to be eaten!?!?
        I don't think there's any chance of either player being in the squad realistically. Both down the pecking order for us and unlikely to be around next season.

        EDIT: Unless you're engaging in "Trolling". I know that word has a different meaning on this forum so maybe not.
        Last edited by Lad; 14th-January-2019, 09:33.


          Faletau broke his arm, again.
          Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi


            Luke Mcgrath ruled out of 6 nations this morning.



              Wales name 39-man squad for Guinness Six Nations

              15 January 2019 11:59
              By Luke Broadley

              Ross Moriarty, Ken Owens and captain Alun Wyn Jones at Principality Stadium

              Wales have named a 39-man squad for the forthcoming Guinness Six Nations.

              The experienced squad, led by captain Alun Wyn Jones, kick off the 2019 tournament in Paris against France on Friday February 1.

              The same 10 front row forwards who featured in Wales' 2018 Under Armour Series squad are again named.

              Scarlets pair Rob Evans and Wyn Jones along with Nicky Smith are named as the loose-head props with Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias and Ken Owens the hookers in the squad. Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Samson Lee and Dillon Lewis provide the tight-head options.

              Captain Jones, who has amassed 120 Wales caps and 48 Six Nations appearances to date, is joined by Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Seb Davies and Cory Hill as the second rows.

              Ross Moriarty, Aaron Wainwright and Justin Tipuric who all featured for Wales in the autumn are again named. Josh Navidi returns from injury to be included in the squad alongside call-ups for the versatile Josh Turnbull and Thomas Young.

              Wales have selected the same three scrum halves that featured last November in Gareth Davies, Aled Davies and Tomos Williams.

              Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell and Jarrod Evans, who made his international debut in 2018, are named as the fly-halves.

              Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin and Scott Williams are the four centres named.

              Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Steffan Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Jonah Holmes, George North and Liam Williams provide Wales' back-three options.
              Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi



                Standing 6ft 7in tall and weighing-in at 19st 13lbs, the 26-year-old becomes the latest South African to qualify to play for France on residency grounds having spent the past three years at Montpellier. He is one of five uncapped players named in Jacques Brunel's.

                Brunel has included two members of last year's World Junior Championship winning side, Brive prop Demba Bamba and Toulouse outside half Romain Ntamack. They are joined by forwards Dorian Aldegheri and Gregory Alldriit and full-back Thomas Ramos.

                Ntamack is the son of the former France and Toulouse full back-or-wing, Emile, who played seen times against Wales in a 46-cap career that included playing in the 1999 World Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.

                Italian director of rugby Conor O'Shea has also named his 31-strong Preliminary squad for the championships and has included the 14-times England Under 20 forward David Sisi in his squad for the first time. The former Bath forward, born in Germany, joined Zebre in 2017.

                The Italians are on a run of a record 17 straight Six Nations defeats with their last win in the tournament coming against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2015. They will have the 134-times capped Sergio Parisse back to lead them when they open up against the Scots at Murrayfield on 2 February.

                France Squad
                Backs: Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Anthony Belleau (Toulon), Geoffrey Doumayrou (La Rochelle), Antoine Dupont (Toulouse), Gael Fickou (Stade Francais Paris), Wesley Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Camille Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Romain Ntamack (Toulouse), Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne), Damian Penaud (Clermont Auvergne), Thomas Ramos (Toulouse), Baptiste Serin (Bordeaux-Begles)
                Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi


                  Ireland 6N Squad announced this afternoon. Joe is setting up camp in the Algarve from Monday-Friday next week.


                    Scottish Squad:

                    FORWARDS (22)
                    Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors) – 7 caps Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 14 caps Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 11 caps David Cherry (Edinburgh) – uncapped Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 17 caps Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 28 caps Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) – uncapped Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 47 caps John Hardie (Newcastle Falcons) – 16 caps Jake Kerr (Leicester Tigers) – uncapped Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 22 caps Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 26 caps D’Arcy Rae (Glasgow Warriors) - uncapped Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 6 caps Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 3 caps Grant Stewart (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks) – 17 caps Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 38 caps Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 14 caps Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 23 caps Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 41 caps

                    BACKS (17)

                    Chris Dean (Edinburgh) – uncapped Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 1 cap Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – 6 caps Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 7 caps Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 65 caps George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 38 caps Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 10 caps Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 7 caps Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Clermont Auvergne) – 66 caps Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 37 caps Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 40 caps Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 46 caps


                      Tadhg Beirne, Dave Kilcoyne, Peter O’Mahony, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Joey Carbery, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell and Conor Murray via

                      IRELAND Squad 2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship Rounds 1 & 2

                      Forwards (21)

                      Rory Best (Ulster/Banbridge) 113 caps (c)

                      Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 4 caps

                      Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 11 caps

                      Sean Cronin (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 65 caps

                      Ultan Dillane (Connacht/Corinthians) 11 caps

                      Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 28 caps

                      Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 84 caps

                      Iain Henderson (Ulster/Queens University) 42 caps

                      Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 24 caps

                      Jack McGrath (Leinster/St Marys College) 53 caps

                      Jordi Murphy (Ulster/Lansdowne) 26 caps

                      Sean O’Brien (Leinster/UCD) 52 caps

                      Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 52 caps (vc)

                      Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 11 caps

                      Rhys Ruddock (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 21 caps

                      James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 13 caps

                      John Ryan (Munster/Cork Constitution) 16 caps

                      Niall Scannell (Munster/Dolphin) 11 caps

                      CJ Stander (Munster/Shannon) 28 caps

                      Devin Toner (Leinster/Lansdowne) 63 caps

                      Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 13 caps

                      Backs (17)

                      Will Addison (Ulster/Enniskillen) 3 caps

                      Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 12 caps

                      Caolin Blade (Connacht/Galwegians) 0 caps

                      Joey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 16 caps

                      Jack Carty (Connacht/Buccaneers) 0 caps

                      Andrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen) 10 caps

                      John Cooney (Ulster/Terenure College) 4 caps

                      Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 72 caps

                      Chris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster) 3 caps

                      Tom Farrell (Connacht/TBC) 0 caps

                      Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 36 caps

                      Rob Kearney (Leinster/UCD) 87 caps

                      Jordan Larmour (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 9 caps

                      Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 67 caps

                      Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 17 caps

                      Jonathan Sexton (Leinster/St Marys College) 78 caps (vc)

                      Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 14 caps


                        the backs are well divided out of the Provinces.... 5 Munster. 5 Leinster, 4 Ulster, 3 Connacht......
                        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.


                          No Ross Byrne - presumably that means he is not currently in Joe Schmidt's RWC plans?
                          "I don't believe in fairytales," O'Connell once told me, "even though it feels like I've been lucky enough to live through a few. However it ends, I'll feel lucky."
                          Donald McRae, Guardian Rugby, October 2015


                            Originally posted by blackwarrior View Post
                            No Ross Byrne - presumably that means he is not currently in Joe Schmidt's RWC plans?
                            From the linked story we see that JS had lots of encouragement to offer many players, including Ross Byrne:

                            Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt said: “It’s been great to watch the provincial teams doing so well in recent weeks. With another very competitive round of EPCR this weekend, the following Ireland squad for the first two matches of the Six Nations has been selected, knowing that late changes may be required, depending on how the matches go in the weekend. There have been a number of tight calls across almost every position.

                            “In the front row, Finlay Bealham was very close, as was Marty Moore, who is getting back to the form that saw him win 10 caps in the past and Stephen Archer was at his combative best in Gloucester at the weekend. Rob Herring is very unlucky as his performances for the national team have been first rate. Denis Buckley has done well for Connacht and the promising young looseheads Ed Byrne and Eric O’Sullivan have continued to impress.

                            “Quinn Roux was very close to selection in the second row, which has become highly competitive with youngsters Gav Thornbury, Fineen Wycherley and Kieran Treadwell all impressing of late along with the experienced Billy Holland.

                            “Even more competitive is the back row, where those selected could well be joined by Dan Leavy once he’s fully fit. Sean Reidy continues to be all action for Ulster and Tommy O’Donnell is starting to get back to top form as well after his recent return from injury. With a cohort of young players emerging, it will continue to keep plenty of pressure on the performances of the experienced back rowers who have been selected.

                            “Conor Murray is back but Luke McGrath’s knee injury against Toulouse is likely to rule him out of the Six Nations. Kieran Marmion is not too far away from returning but John Cooney will hopefully be back this weekend for Ulster. It’s a great opportunity for Caolin Blade to get into camp and compete for a spot.

                            “Johnny Sexton is making good progress, while Joey Carbery and Jack Carty have both performed consistently well so far this season. Ross Byrne is unlucky in an incredibly tight call. He is still definitely in our thinking and will continue to press for inclusion through the Six Nations and beyond, while Billy Burns has also fitted in really well for Ulster this season.

                            “Bundee Aki and a fresh and fully fit Robbie Henshaw squeeze out Rory Scannell, who was great for Munster last Friday, and Stu McCloskey, who continues to give Ulster gain line as well as defensive solidity. At outside centre Tom Farrell has forced his way into contention and Chris Farrell is working his way back to match fitness, improving week by week. We’re sure that Sammy Arnold and Rory O’Loughlin will continue to improve and both have plenty of promise.

                            “Finally Adam Byrne and Dave Kearney were both very good against Toulouse. The Connacht outside backs have been consistently good, Mike Haley is growing into his role with Munster while we look forward to a fit again Darren Sweetnam gaining some game minutes over the coming weeks.”


                              Originally posted by blackwarrior View Post
                              No Ross Byrne - presumably that means he is not currently in Joe Schmidt's RWC plans?
                              That's the reason we got Joey, not Ross. And Joeyboy is working out goodo. no complaints here.


                                Originally posted by blackwarrior View Post
                                No Ross Byrne - presumably that means he is not currently in Joe Schmidt's RWC plans?
                                Wouldn’t necessarily think so, my understanding is that it’s a squad for the first two games and is subject to change 3rd outhalf is a glorified tackle bag holder really. I suspect it’s the detail freak in Joe Schmidt exploring every option and he’s decided to take a closer look at Carty, they know what they get with Ross Byrne to a degree, he was with them over the summer and he did reasonably well when given his chance in the Autumn internationals in fairness, interesting to see Burns get namechecked too. The only game either Carty or Byrne likely to get on the bench for - barring injury - is the Italy game. If JS is really crocked suspect Byrne would be called up to the squad and in my opinion would probably bench ahead of Carty for Scotland or England. Byrne is currently in prime position for the 3rd seat on the plane IMO
                                Would think if Carty retained for the second squad then it’s a bit of a slap in the kisser for Byrne, very solid and mature performance against a much better team than Sale at the weekend.