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    Ireland’s Churchill Cup squad



    30/04/2007 - 3:00:29 PM


    Ireland's Churchill Cup squad announced


    The Ireland A squad that will take part in the Barclays Churchill Cup in England at the end of May contains just three full internationals in the touring party.


    The team will be coached by Connacht’s Michael Bradley with Ulster’s Allen Clarke as his assistant, and will play three games during the tournament, kicking off against Canada on May 19.


    The squad will be captained by John Fogarty.


    “Last years tournament was an excellent experience for the players,” said Bradley.


    “Three tough games in an intense period makes it a steep learning curve, but we came out of last year's tournament with three good performances.


    “This year's squad has less experience, so we will be looking to the senior players to provide the leadership. Canada and the New Zealand Maori again offer international class opposition and I think the tournament plays an important role in developing the players experience at this level.”


    Ireland A Squad:


    Forwards (15):


    Ryan Caldwell (Dungannon/Ulster)





    Sean Cronin (Shannon/Munster)
    Andrew Farley (Buccaneers/Connacht)
    Declan Fitzpatrick (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
    John Fogarty (Buccaneers/Connacht) (Captain)
    David Gannon (Buccaneers/Connacht)
    Ray Hogan (Galwegians/Connacht)
    Stephen Keogh (Shannon/Leinster)
    John Lyne (Lansdowne/Leinster)
    John Muldoon (Galwegians/Connacht)
    Johnny O’Connor (Wasps)
    John O’Sullivan (Garryowen/Munster)
    Michael Ross (Harlequins)
    Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
    Roger Wilson (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)


    Backs (13):


    Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
    Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster)
    Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)
    John Hearty (Galwegians/Connacht)
    Ian Humphreys (Leicester)
    Chris Keane (Buccaneers/Connacht)
    Seamus Mallon (Northampton)
    Frank Murphy (Leicester)
    Johnny Murphy (Leicester)
    Paul McKenzie (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
    Fergus McFadden (UCD/Leinster)
    Danny Riordan (Buccaneers/Connacht)
    Johnny Sexton (St.Mary’s College/Leinster)
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    #2
    Earls and Cronin [img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]
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      #3
      Dowling must be pissed though
      Is minic a bhris béal duine a shróin

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        #4


        Hard to believe that Donnacha Ryan and James Coughlan have been left out, streets ahead of some of the above forwards.


        Good to see Cronin and Earls being picked.

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          Not considered:


          B Cunningham (Dungannon/Ulster), D Hurley (UCC/Munster), M Lacey (Galwegians/Connacht), R McCormack (UCD/Leinster), E McGovern (Garryowen/Munster), M McCullough (Ballymena/Ulster), C O'Loughlin (Buccaneers/Connacht), B O'Riordan (Bristol), D Ryan (Shannon/Munster), C Willis (UCD/Leinster)





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          Wednesday, 23 May 2007: Scotland A v USA at Henley, 1800
          Friday, 25 May 2007:NZ Maori v Canada at Franklin's Gardens, 2000
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            #6
            McFadden and Lyne are only two I'm not aware of. Any good??

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              #7
              That not considered list is usually the injured players .. which would explain some of the missing names.
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                #8


                Originally posted by lahinch_lass
                That not considered list is usually the injured players .. which would explain some of the missing names.

                Well it would be fairly harsh to print a list of fellas who weren't considered coz they weren't good enough!! Sorry, couldn't resist [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Sin a bhfuil


                  Originally posted by lahinch_lass
                  That not considered list is usually the injured players .. which would explain some of the missing names.

                  Well it would be fairly harsh to print a list of fellas who weren't considered coz they weren't good enough!! Sorry, couldn't resist [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]


                  Got there b4 me[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]!
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                    #10


                    interesting squad.


                    possible team:


                    1. R. HOgan


                    2. J.Fogarty


                    3. M.Ross


                    4. Ryan Caldwell


                    5. d.Gannon


                    6. Stephen keogh


                    7. JOC


                    8. r.Wilson


                    9. F.murphy


                    10. I.Humphreys


                    11. Earls


                    12. D.Cave


                    13. J.hearty


                    14. J.murphy


                    15. Luke Fitzgerald


                    Bench: Sexton, Cronin, Keane, ????
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                      #11
                      Has Cronin even made the Munster bench this year? !
                      Seas suas agus troid!

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                        #12


                        Would Keane not be ahead of Murphy at scrum half? I'm only basing that on the fact Keane has been starting regularly for Connacht.


                        When you consider we're resting our first choice back row and we've six going to Argentina a back row of Keogh, O'Connor and Wilson is an indication into the serious strength in depth we have in the back row.


                        There are a few future Ireland players there without doubt, but you'd have toworry for them against the Maori!

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                          #13


                          will be interesting to see how the pack holds up agaisnt the Maori. Ryan caldwell looked very good for ulster the other night (probably himself and R.Best where the only performers). I've heard good things about gannon as well. Ross has had a good year for quins and fogarty and hogan are tough enough customers. JOC has'nt looked great but is only back from injury. R.Wilson is solid at 8, keogh needs to crank it back up to where he was a few games ago but overall its not a bad pack I'd say.


                          I have cave as an inside centre as IIRC thats were he played in the U20's??
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                            #14


                            id say dowling might be a bit miserable alright. was he not playing for ireland a in the six nations?
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by LLCOOLJ14
                              Originally posted by Sin a bhfuil


                              Originally posted by lahinch_lass
                              That not considered list is usually the injured players .. which would explain some of the missing names.

                              Well it would be fairly harsh to print a list of fellas who weren't considered coz they weren't good enough!! Sorry, couldn't resist [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]


                              Got there b4 me[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]!


                              [img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]


                              I've seen them print not considered, and not considered due to injury lists .. eg Quinny was on the 'not considered' list for the last 6 nations, but it was due to suspension rather than injury.
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