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    #16
    Originally posted by Cowboy View Post
    Side is seeing a few new buachailli putting their hands up

    Goggin, Daly, Tyrion Casey, Loughman to name but 4, this is good news and hopefully more fringe guys do the same over the coming weeks
    Yes, those and, although not fringe, JOD and Fineen now have that bit extra that makes them serious contenders for places. Hooker is also going to be interesting- we look well stocked there even before Scannell comes back. Barring injuries JVG will have plenty of selection headaches- but for the best sort of reason.

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      #17
      This game last season I think Jaco Taute may have come back into the centre after a long injury and in hindsight the timing of the return may not have been right. Or even how well he returned from that injury.

      He never really got back to his peak levels, but was one hell of a great signing when we needed one to lift us.

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        #18
        Originally posted by Sea Horse View Post
        This game last season I think Jaco Taute may have come back into the centre after a long injury and in hindsight the timing of the return may not have been right. Or even how well he returned from that injury.

        He never really got back to his peak levels, but was one hell of a great signing when we needed one to lift us.
        Yea he really suited Rassies gameplan as the defence was being beefed up, don't think he ever really recovered from that injury. Well earned ligind status after the try against Glasgow.

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          #19
          Originally posted by Redcafe1
          Expect rotation for this game again , guys who came off the bench or not selected last week to make up most of the starting 15.
          Would like to see this- especially for Casey, as assume it’s his last chance to get a start for a while.

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            #20
            Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post

            Would like to see this- especially for Casey, as assume it’s his last chance to get a start for a while.
            yeah, once the international guys get back into the mix, selection for the youngest squad members is going to be an uphill battle; tbh I'd like to see JVG and co. be a bit ruthless in selection. No being picked on reputation. If you're a big name but not performing while your replacement is playing out of his skin, there needs to be a real threat that you won't get picked for a big game. I'm not saying chop and change week to week, but if a trend is spotted, act on it.

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              #21
              Originally posted by Sea Horse View Post
              This game last season I think Jaco Taute may have come back into the centre after a long injury and in hindsight the timing of the return may not have been right. Or even how well he returned from that injury.

              He never really got back to his peak levels, but was one hell of a great signing when we needed one to lift us.
              How is he doing in Leicester? I see that he hasn't played a game yet.

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                #22
                Originally posted by Chrizzzie View Post

                How is he doing in Leicester? I see that he hasn't played a game yet.
                Have friends who go along there, will check. There’s a Tigger or two on here sometimes- would be interesting to know.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by Finnegan79 View Post

                  yeah, once the international guys get back into the mix, selection for the youngest squad members is going to be an uphill battle; tbh I'd like to see JVG and co. be a bit ruthless in selection. No being picked on reputation. If you're a big name but not performing while your replacement is playing out of his skin, there needs to be a real threat that you won't get picked for a big game. I'm not saying chop and change week to week, but if a trend is spotted, act on it.
                  I agree with you, I think Joe fell into that trap with the international selection over the past 12 months and paid for it in the end. The flip side of course is imagine not playing a Murray or an O'Mahony and not winning - would be open season on him then. Fine line.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Redcafe1

                    Wont start.
                    Experience has shown that your insights into selection are not to be taken lightly, but good to know he’s on the bench at least

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                      #25
                      Head Coach Johann van Graan has rung the changes for Munster’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Cardiff Blues on Saturday night at the Cardiff Arms Park (7.35pm).

                      There are 11 changes to the side that defeated Ospreys last time out with the quartet of Jack O’Donoghue, Dan Goggin, Calvin Nash and Shane Daly retaining their places in the starting line-up.

                      Waterford-man O’Donoghue, who is the only forward to remain in situ, captains the side for the second time in his career.

                      The all-new starting front row sees Jeremy Loughman and Kevin O’Byrne scrum down with Academy prop Keynan Knox on his first Guinness PRO14 start.

                      Darren O’Shea and Fineen Wycherley form the second row partnership, with Chris Cloete and Arno Botha completing the back row with O’Donoghue.

                      Alby Mathewson and JJ Hanrahan are the starting half-backs.

                      Sammy Arnold makes his first start of the season as he joins Dan Goggin in midfield.

                      Alex Wootton is the new face in the back three as he overcomes a knee injury to make his first appearance on the wing since March. With Wootton’s return and Nash on the opposite flank, Daly makes the positional switch for his first start at full-back this week.

                      Conor Oliver is set to make his first appearance of the season off the bench.

                      Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Keynan Knox; Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea; Jack O’Donoghue (C), Chris Cloete, Arno Botha.

                      Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Jed Holloway, Conor Oliver, Nick McCarthy, Tyler Bleyendaal, Rory Scannell.

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                        #26
                        Quick points that jump out:
                        Shane Daly is FB. Keynan Knox starts. No Casey, even on the bench, so he's had a tough week. Sammy is back starting. No Billy on the bench even (being managed?). Speaking of...Conor Oliver is a name that is good to read, even if only on the bench. Boomer is getting serious air-time (again only from the bench)

                        Wycherley is undroppable!

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                          #27
                          Who's rested (or maybe in some cases under pressure)?
                          Rhys. Billy. Cronin (2). Darren.
                          Others?

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                            #28
                            10 Academy players in the starting 15 with another 5 on the bench

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by Sea Horse View Post
                              Quick points that jump out:
                              Shane Daly is FB. Keynan Knox starts. No Casey, even on the bench, so he's had a tough week. Sammy is back starting. No Billy on the bench even (being managed?). Speaking of...Conor Oliver is a name that is good to read, even if only on the bench. Boomer is getting serious air-time (again only from the bench)

                              Wycherley is undroppable!
                              It’s all about rotation - this is an extremely long block of matches.

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                                #30
                                Are the blues that poor?
                                I am the million man.

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