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  • Reus
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    Originally posted by Balla Boy View Post
    I think the Wales "enigma" in terms of international success vs regional failure is quite straightforward, to be honest. They have a relatively small collection of truly top class players. You can't build three regions on two wingers, a full back, two centres, one scrum half, one blindside, two opensides, one tighthead etc but (if you can stay lucky with injuries) you can build a great team.

    They have a significant number of players who are the best at their jobs in the 6N. They just don't have all that many players beyond them.
    It's quite interesting to compare our wolfhounds team with a Welsh selection minus their matchday squad. Huge gulf in depth between the two.

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  • Cowboy
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    Here



    Come on Ireland. We all in this together

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  • rathbaner
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    I expect Ireland's Call to be replaced by Molly Malone .

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  • Balla Boy
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    I think the Wales "enigma" in terms of international success vs regional failure is quite straightforward, to be honest. They have a relatively small collection of truly top class players. You can't build three regions on two wingers, a full back, two centres, one scrum half, one blindside, two opensides, one tighthead etc but (if you can stay lucky with injuries) you can build a great team.

    They have a significant number of players who are the best at their jobs in the 6N. They just don't have all that many players beyond them.

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  • CauliflowerEars
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    We're full of SuperBlues so i won't accept anything less than a record making Grand Slam!

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  • Cowboy
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    Originally posted by Hector Salamanca View Post
    Any chance the answer is Gatland? Whatever shade of a d*ckhead some people think he is the man is a winner, that cannot be disputed at this point.

    I personally think that Schmidt could turn out to be a more strategically intelligent version of Gatland if he's given a chance, only time will tell.

    I have had the pleasure of spending a short time with both men (on separate occasions) and very early on you get the impression from both of them that failure is not something they understand or tolerate.
    Nice fellas HS?

    Schmidt seems a genuine and affable chap

    Gatland has a cold demeanour when interviewed, but I'd say he's quiet and different to the Rottweiler persona?

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  • Hector Salamanca
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    Originally posted by Mcork View Post
    If Wales win again I think it will long past time that England, Ireland & France have a very long look at what they are doing. The Welsh teams were abysmal once again in the level below (H-Cup) - and I don't think there were many Welsh standout performers in the non-welsh teams either. If that can be turned into a championship wining side, I think the coaches of the other 3 nations got to start asking themselves what Gatland is doing that they are not.

    Very hard to call the winner. France v England is going to tell a lot. The winner of that one is going to feel in a strong position (and pick up a lot of confidence). Ireland to win home games is a minimum. It'll be a very bad debut for schmidt if that doesn't happen unless he wins both or at least 1 away game (very unlikely as our confidence will nose dive) to compensate. 3 home wins = pass, 3 + 1 away = honours, GS = A+ obviously. O'Brien being fit would have put us in GS teritory but without him, we are going to miss something.
    Any chance the answer is Gatland? Whatever shade of a d*ckhead some people think he is the man is a winner, that cannot be disputed at this point.

    I personally think that Schmidt could turn out to be a more strategically intelligent version of Gatland if he's given a chance, only time will tell.

    I have had the pleasure of spending a short time with both men (on separate occasions) and very early on you get the impression from both of them that failure is not something they understand or tolerate.

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  • FORWARD....
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    Originally posted by LondonMunster View Post
    6N has just become a pre-Lent penance for me now. Every Munster collision gets a decade on the beads if survived. My expectation is to lose at least one of ours to injury for the QF. My hope is we all survive.
    Was just wondering if I would post something similar.
    I'm torn between a churlish don't care and the thought of POC lifting the trophy/ies. And would love to see Ireland win a slam. Hope someone has told Joe that Deccie won the slam in his first year of coach. No pressure Joe. Not sure we have the team--bit too old to last the 5 games but C'mon Ireland.

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  • LondonMunster
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    6N has just become a pre-Lent penance for me now. Every Munster collision gets a decade on the beads if survived. My expectation is to lose at least one of ours to injury for the QF. My hope is we all survive.

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  • eoghan
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    Reckon Barnes is the closest of those predictions. I think England will win it, 2-3-4 is close but if you put a gun to my head I would say Wales second, Ireland third, France fourth.

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