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  • blackwarrior
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    When is Jared Payne IQ?

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  • Ron Swanson
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    Who will be wearing No 13 for Ireland in 2015?

    stringer9 - What impact do you reckon that will have on Ireland's future prospects. I would guess very little.
    Last edited by Ron Swanson; 16-March-2014, 14:11.

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  • thoughtless
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    Originally posted by Stringer9 View Post
    Actually I'm well aware of the international fixtures, but we had a chance to experiment in the November Internationals but we chose not to. A summer tour is always just one big experiment. The intensity and pressure isn't the same, likewise in November. We could have experimented before the 6 nations and given a player the odd run out in the 6 Nations against the likes of Italy and Scotland. We missed that opportunity as we were too occupied with giving BOD a final lap of honour and he played every minute of the Championship. Now we have to wait to at least the November games to see how they go in pressurised competitive games. So I stand by my comments about having to wait about a year to figure out who will replace BOD.
    No he didn't. Nor did he play every minute in November.

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  • Stringer9
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    Originally posted by fishooks12 View Post
    two summer tests and three November tests left this year, so no, we don't have to wait for the year of the World Cup to try guys outSurely you knew that much?
    Actually I'm well aware of the international fixtures, but we had a chance to experiment in the November Internationals but we chose not to. A summer tour is always just one big experiment. The intensity and pressure isn't the same, likewise in November. We could have experimented before the 6 nations and given a player the odd run out in the 6 Nations against the likes of Italy and Scotland. We missed that opportunity as we were too occupied with giving BOD a final lap of honour and he played every minute of the Championship. Now we have to wait to at least the November games to see how they go in pressurised competitive games. So I stand by my comments about having to wait about a year to figure out who will replace BOD.

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  • Reus
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    A lot will depend on Leinsters new 13 is and who the partnering 12 is. If McFadden takes the 13 shirt at Leinster there'd be a lot of temptation for Schmidt to slot him in beside Sexton and D'arcy for minimal disruption.
    For Payne at 13 I'd say it's a pretty simple situation of him needing to displace Cave at provincial level first, I don't see him being picked at centre while he continues to play FB for Ulster.
    Would expect Schmidt to back Henshaw for Argentina and the AI's and see how he rises to the occasion. He'll have a trusted fallback for the 2015 6N and the world cup if that doesn't work out.

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  • Paddy Whac
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    Originally posted by fishooks12 View Post
    two summer tests and three November tests left this year, so no, we don't have to wait for the year of the World Cup to try guys out

    Surely you knew that much?
    True but last Autumn Internationals should have been used to blood someone too.

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  • fishooks12
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    Originally posted by Stringer9 View Post
    Does it not annoy anyone else that we don't even have the slightest idea who play 13? We've known for a long time that this is his last season and we were so busy with the going away party that we didn't bother looking at new guys. Now we must wait for the year of the world cup to try and experiment all these players.
    We're fighting a clock and we didn't need to be.
    two summer tests and three November tests left this year, so no, we don't have to wait for the year of the World Cup to try guys out

    Surely you knew that much?

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  • Paddy Whac
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    Yesterday, Joe name checked the pretenders for the 13 jersey. Earls wasn't one of them so unless he pulls up trees next season for Munster he'll be competing for one of the wing positions for the Irish squad

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  • NotreDameRFC
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    Earls should play alot at 13 next year with LLL gone...Payne will continue to play FB at Ulster leaving Cave at 13....unless Henshaw moves to Leinster for eg....he'll struggle to get proper exposure at Connacht. ..though by the sounds of it Schmidt rates him. If Henshaw does move its between him and Earls for the jersey depending on performance.
    Given both are very adaptable both will be valuable in 23.

    At this stage id say Keith but his injury record in the main obstacle for him to nail a jersey down.
    A fit Keith is whats needed and the rest will follow.

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  • masterchief
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    It'll be Earls. He'll be playing there next year for Munster.

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  • Kevin77
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    Originally posted by Leo View Post
    It's between 3 players imo. In order of likelihood:

    Henshaw
    Fitzgerald (because he'll more than likely play there for Leinster)
    Payne (because he'll more than likely challenge Kearney at fullback than switch to 13)

    I don't think Cave or Earls are realistic at international level. Other players mentioned (olding, D'arcy, mcfadden, marshall etc.) wont be looked at as a 13 and wont be considered imo.
    Why not D'Arcy?

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  • Leo
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    It's between 3 players imo. In order of likelihood:

    Henshaw
    Fitzgerald (because he'll more than likely play there for Leinster)
    Payne (because he'll more than likely challenge Kearney at fullback than switch to 13)

    I don't think Cave or Earls are realistic at international level. Other players mentioned (olding, D'arcy, mcfadden, marshall etc.) wont be looked at as a 13 and wont be considered imo.

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  • etcpostmaster
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    most likely gonna be James Downey and Kieth Earls at 13.

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  • Kevin77
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    Wouldn't be surprised to see d'arcy at 13 and Marshall at 12

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  • whimpersnap
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    Originally posted by Stringer9 View Post
    Does it not annoy anyone else that we don't even have the slightest idea who play 13? We've known for a long time that this is his last season and we were so busy with the going away party that we didn't bother looking at new guys. Now we must wait for the year of the world cup to try and experiment all these players.
    We're fighting a clock and we didn't need to be.
    We just won the Six Nations with our 13 a vital cog in the process. It wouldn't kill you to crack a smile.

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