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  • Miguel Sanchez
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    Mystic Meg time.

    p.s. I've no idea of future results.

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  • jagawayagain
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    Originally posted by ustix View Post

    I believe we'll lose to Angleterre and beat the rest finishing 2nd to an Eddie Slam
    Not a chance. We will also lose to France, at least.

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  • tigerburnie
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    Things is the Saracens thing could have a negative effect, not sure where Fazlet and co will have their heads.

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  • Jackie Brown
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    McCloskey has to start v Scotland

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  • ustix
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    Originally posted by Daithi View Post

    I like Farrell, I think he's a class act and has handled himself very well in the Irish set up and with the media since arriving here.

    However, whether he is the right head coach to revitalise team Ireland's fate, after being such a big part of the ultimately failing previous regime, is an entirely different question...

    I have my doubts tbh, but look im prepared to give him & his coaching set up the benefit of doubt for now. And certainly if his Irish team can get 3.5 to 4 wins from 5 in this year's 6 nations, then I'm happy.

    Anything less than 3.5 wins (I.e. 3Ws & a draw) is meh.

    Anything less than 3 wins is crap....

    What do folks here think Ireland's likely 6Ns outcome is likely to be!?!

    P s. I'll be at the home games as usual , as fervent and passionate about supporting Ireland as always.
    I believe we'll lose to Angleterre and beat the rest finishing 2nd to an Eddie Slam

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  • Mumhain
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    The big positive from that display is Cooney and Baloucoune's form. Cooney's box-kicking was Murray-esque. In a game where his pack were mostly on the back-foot, his passing and speed off the base were also excellent. For me, he's the best player in European rugby at the moment and has to be the first name on the Ireland team-sheet.

    There is no way Herring can start for Ireland after that performance. Very poor throwing performance. On three occasions Ulster had line-outs, which were around 10 meters out and were completed messed up by Herring's throw. On the first occasion Herring was done for not throwing straight. Given that Bath didn't even compete for the line-out in question, this is fairly unacceptable. The other two were under-throws and over-throws. I'm a big fan of Herring's work-rate around the pitch, but the reality is, if Ireland's line-out is as poor as Ulster's today, we aren't going to win too many matches against the top teams in the six nations.

    Ulster's scrummaging performance will also be a big worry for Ireland, moving forward. O'Toole and McGrath got well beaten by two English props, that won't be anywhere near starting for England.
    Last edited by Mumhain; 18-January-2020, 19:26.

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  • Daithi
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    Originally posted by tigerburnie View Post
    Farrel used be involved some odd selections with England, but one things for sure, he will want to win the game against England more than any of you, just to prove a point lol.
    I like Farrell, I think he's a class act and has handled himself very well in the Irish set up and with the media since arriving here.

    However, whether he is the right head coach to revitalise team Ireland's fate, after being such a big part of the ultimately failing previous regime, is an entirely different question...

    I have my doubts tbh, but look im prepared to give him & his coaching set up the benefit of doubt for now. And certainly if his Irish team can get 3.5 to 4 wins from 5 in this year's 6 nations, then I'm happy.

    Anything less than 3.5 wins (I.e. 3Ws & a draw) is meh.

    Anything less than 3 wins is crap....

    What do folks here think Ireland's likely 6Ns outcome is likely to be!?!

    P s. I'll be at the home games as usual , as fervent and passionate about supporting Ireland as always.
    Last edited by Daithi; 18-January-2020, 11:38.

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  • tigerburnie
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    Farrel used be involved some odd selections with England, but one things for sure, he will want to win the game against England more than any of you, just to prove a point lol.
    Last edited by tigerburnie; 18-January-2020, 09:26.

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  • In Joe we trust
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    Originally posted by offshorerules View Post
    Yea I get it now. I suppose it would make no real difference if the margin was small but in the instance I mentioned it was huge and undeniable. I think most of us on here would relish a match of a full ulster v Connacht in a (relatively) neutral Aviva to see who the better side was for example. The same said about Munster v ulster, Leinster v ulster, Leinster v Munster etc. Certainly the disappointment around the selections over Christmas was palpable. If you want to settle the debate over cj, Pom, and jod vs Doris, Deegan and vdf let them play each other and 5hen let’s see the result. If you still have a problem with one selection or another fine but at least we have some rationale to the decision.
    Was the pro 14 semifinal last year not a valid indicator prior to the RWC for example of that type of game and yet it settled nothing

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  • offshorerules
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    Yea I get it now. I suppose it would make no real difference if the margin was small but in the instance I mentioned it was huge and undeniable. I think most of us on here would relish a match of a full ulster v Connacht in a (relatively) neutral Aviva to see who the better side was for example. The same said about Munster v ulster, Leinster v ulster, Leinster v Munster etc. Certainly the disappointment around the selections over Christmas was palpable. If you want to settle the debate over cj, Pom, and jod vs Doris, Deegan and vdf let them play each other and 5hen let’s see the result. If you still have a problem with one selection or another fine but at least we have some rationale to the decision.

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  • Daithi
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    Originally posted by offshorerules View Post

    Sorry, I might be being thick but I don't understand your question.
    Originally posted by Miguel Sanchez View Post
    What difference would it make if you did have a problem with any selection?


    I've re posted MS' post above for you, so you might better understand it. I hope this helps!

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  • offshorerules
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    Need to correct myself here. Ryan is apparently fit and going to play against Beneton this weekend. A bit if a gamechanger for me.

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  • offshorerules
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    Originally posted by Miguel Sanchez View Post

    What difference would it make if you did have a problem with any selection?
    Sorry, I might be being thick but I don't understand your question.

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  • Miguel Sanchez
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    Originally posted by offshorerules View Post

    No need to apologise, its a reasonable opinion. The problem remains that POM is not necessarily first choice for his position. I would have no problem with him being selected as captain last year for example and I have always been a big fan of his but I'm guessing, and that's all it is, a guess, that Farrell may have reservations about selecting him this year based on his performances and those of his peers. We will see soon enough I suppose but my second guess would be that CJ will stay in the backrow somewhere (either 6 or 8) and either Doris or Deegan will be introduced. I would think VdF is nailed on to start but if Leavy were fit I'd have him ahead of Josh.
    What difference would it make if you did have a problem with any selection?

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  • offshorerules
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    Originally posted by Daithi View Post

    as I said, I'd have gone with one of POM or Stander, depending on the back row he wants to play, which he should know by now.

    For me POM is the stand out captain. I think POM is playing well actually, and has captained his club, country and the British & Irish Lions at test level previously, and is a vastly experienced warrior who inspires with his work and selflessness. He could be a really good captain for this year, while young Ryan recovers and apprentices in.

    Sexton won't be imho, sorry.
    No need to apologise, its a reasonable opinion. The problem remains that POM is not necessarily first choice for his position. I would have no problem with him being selected as captain last year for example and I have always been a big fan of his but I'm guessing, and that's all it is, a guess, that Farrell may have reservations about selecting him this year based on his performances and those of his peers. We will see soon enough I suppose but my second guess would be that CJ will stay in the backrow somewhere (either 6 or 8) and either Doris or Deegan will be introduced. I would think VdF is nailed on to start but if Leavy were fit I'd have him ahead of Josh.

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