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    Originally posted by Tobyglen View Post
    Ridiculous that the senior Kardashian is still playing at FB. Can't tackle, no pace, carries ball into contact and gets shoved back on his arse most of the time. Been poor for a few years in an Ireland jersey. Schmidt's blind spot.
    It would remind you of Rog's last few years. Its time to make a change at 15 now that there are options available.
    When their numbers dwindled from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect Hungry

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      Originally posted by Chrizzzie View Post
      And don't forget his skills under the high ball. I believe Conway is very underestimated. It will be interesting to see when the internationals return if Zebo is slotted back in to the FB position or of Conway will retain this.
      Zebo will definitely go back to his best position, he's one of the star players in the squad..

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        Originally posted by Benji View Post
        It would remind you of Rog's last few years. Its time to make a change at 15 now that there are options available.

        Last few years? ROG retired from international rugby in 2013. He was benched for most of that championship, and was dropped totally for 2 games.

        In 2012, he came off the bench in all 5 games.

        In 2011, he started one game and benched 4.

        In 2010, he started two and benched 3.

        In 2009, he won the grand slam with a drop goal in Cardiff.


        So he went from being the starter in the grand slam team to only starting 3 more 6N matches out of 15 in the subsequent 3 years.

        The idea that ROG was hanging in there years past his peak is a pretty popular myth, but it's a myth. Kidney didn't hesitate in relegating O'Gara from the starting line up, and eventually dropped him totally.
        "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

        "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


        "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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          Originally posted by Balla Boy View Post
          Last few years? ROG retired from international rugby in 2013. He was benched for most of that championship, and was dropped totally for 2 games.

          In 2012, he came off the bench in all 5 games.

          In 2011, he started one game and benched 4.

          In 2010, he started two and benched 3.

          In 2009, he won the grand slam with a drop goal in Cardiff.


          So he went from being the starter in the grand slam team to only starting 3 more 6N matches out of 15 in the subsequent 3 years.

          The idea that ROG was hanging in there years past his peak is a pretty popular myth, but it's a myth. Kidney didn't hesitate in relegating O'Gara from the starting line up, and eventually dropped him totally.
          Great to have posters who will do the homework! Great point.

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            Originally posted by Lad View Post
            Great to have posters who will do the homework! Great point.

            It was along conference call :-)
            "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

            "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


            "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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              Wales team v Ireland

              Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon); George North (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Liam Williams (Scarlets); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys); Rob Evans (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby).

              Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Bath), Taulupe Faletau (Bath), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Sam Davies (Ospreys), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins).

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                Looks Welsh
                "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                  Is Francis starting because he is seen as a better scrummager or because McGrath isn't as used to playing against him?


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                    Originally posted by Tobyglen View Post
                    Ridiculous that the senior Kardashian is still playing at FB. Can't tackle, no pace, carries ball into contact and gets shoved back on his arse most of the time. Been poor for a few years in an Ireland jersey. Schmidt's blind spot.
                    Team announcement in 1 hour! Let's hope Kearney is not mentioned!

                    http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/39238.php#.WL_3kzs1-M8

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                      We don't know who the bandage fairy visited last night in order for Joe to defend his selection. Exciting stuff!
                      Tic-Toc. POC and DOC. Stop the clock.

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                        Assuming he starts, it's a massive test of Ringrose's defensive skills in broken field. Davies & Williams really began to hit their straps against the sweaties and Liam & North also ran some incisive inside lines...let's see if he lives up to all the hype.

                        Blue Joe's retention of no pace, can't tackle, won't pass Kardashian Sr is simply unfathomable...

                        Toner needs a big game. He's been a passenger of late and his running of the lineout has been variable at best...

                        POM or Leavy should start ahead of SOB. We need a grappler @7 with Tipuric & Warburton in situ.
                        Last edited by Corwood; 8-March-2017, 12:18.

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                          Originally posted by lilleexile View Post
                          Team announcement in 1 hour! Let's hope Kearney is not mentioned!

                          http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/39238.php#.WL_3kzs1-M8
                          Don't bet your money on it.

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                            Originally posted by Corwood View Post
                            Assuming he starts, it's a massive test of Ringrose's defensive skills in broken field. Davies & Williams really began to hit their straps against the sweaties and Liam & North also ran some incisive inside lines...let's see if he lives up to all the hype.

                            Blue Joe's retention of no pace, can't tackle, won't pass Kardashian Sr is simply unfathomable...

                            Toner needs a big game. He's been a passenger of late and his running of the lineout has been variable at best...

                            POM or Leavy should start ahead of SOB. We need a grappler @7 with Tipuric & Warburton in situ.
                            No change save Bowe in at 23.

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                              Originally posted by Waterfordlad View Post
                              The articles in the Irish meeja about how we lose more when Wayne Barnes is reffing are really unhelpful and unprofessional, in my opinion.

                              I've found him fair and balanced despite some obvious mistakes, which every referee makes on occasions
                              I had a conversation with Barnes in Marseilles...I said I thought he had a few dodgy decisions but until I get home to rewatch Its hard to say.He replied that whilst refs strive to get decisions correct it's inevitable they don't things right all the time.They just do the best they can.
                              We can't ask for more than that.

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                              Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. (Marcus Aurelius, 121-189 AD)

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                                As long as the ref refs both sides the same for 80 mins that is all you can require. They can have their own interpretation of ruck/breakdown etc but as long as they do the same for both sides all is good.

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