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    Brian Carney

    Havent seen it myself yet but i heard there isan article about carney signing in the irish indo??
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    @@@@SPAN style="font-style: italic;">EXCLUSIVE THE IRFU are understood to the top
    of the queue of parties interested in signing former rugby league star
    Brian Carney. If successful, it will see him named as one of three
    extras in Munster's Heineken Cup squad this week, with a probability
    thereafter of inclusion in Ireland's Churchill Cup squad for the
    tournament in England this summer. Indeed, he could also be a
    possibility for the senior tour to Argentina, considering that a number
    of frontline players are certain to be excused from the trip. A senior
    IRFU source confirmed yesterday that there is ongoing contact with
    Carney's agent, Terry O'Connor, but there are contractual issues to be
    resolved with his last rugby league club, the Gold Coast Titans. Carney
    joined that club after Christmas from Newcastle Knights - where he was
    Australia's winger of the year last year - but never got around to
    playing for them, instead retiring from the game altogether during his
    first week of training. As a gesture of good faith, he left his
    registration with the club, and was quoted as saying: "I have told the
    Titans to hold back a contractual release, so that offer may go some
    way to ensure that media speculation is not about me doing this to go
    back to Great Britain to play rugby league or rugby union." Munster
    chased Carney a couple of seasons ago without success. However, their
    shortage of outside backs is more pressing now: Shaun Payne's broken
    hand was put in a cast last Friday and Anthony Horgan is still out with
    Achilles trouble. When you factor in the combination of the tour to
    Argentina and the Churchill Cup, it will put an unprecedented demand on
    Ireland's professional ranks to fill the spaces. Whoever else is in the
    race to sign Carney, no one can offer him the chance to play
    international rugby union. It remains to be seen if this is a key
    factor in the attitude of the Gold Coast Titans. "That's a bridge that
    hasn't been crossed yet," said Terry O'Connor yesterday. "If Brian says
    he wants to play, then we'll see what happens but no deal has been done
    with the Gold Coast Titans to release him. "There has been interest in
    Brian from both rugby league and rugby union in the UK and Ireland, but
    I really can't say any more than that." If the 30-year-old Carney were
    to make the switch, his chances of success would be higher than other
    league converts, not because he played union as a schoolboy in
    Clongowes, rather because wing is the easiest position to do it. And he
    would have lots of relevant skills to bring to the position, including
    a devastating ability to finish. Carney, who was born in Cork, left
    Ireland for a pro contract with Gateshead after impressing in an
    international league tournament with the Irish Students, and a
    glittering career followed, with Hull, Wigan and Newcastle Knights, as
    well as representative honours for Great Britain in the Ashes and Tri
    Nations series.





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      [img]smileys/surprised.gif[/img]
      He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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        Be great to see him coming home to avail of McCreevy's tax incentive. I wonder has he still got it after all his injuries though?Munster don't need another Hopalong.
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          Originally posted by Old Dog


          Be great to see him coming home to avail of McCreevy's tax incentive. I wonder has he still got it after all his injuries though?Munster don't need another Hopalong.


          Still it is that time of the year for Munster's novelty bet !

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            Originally posted by Point
            Originally posted by Old Dog


            Be great to see him coming home to avail of McCreevy's tax incentive. I wonder has he still got it after all his injuries though?Munster don't need another Hopalong.


            Still it is that time of the year for Munster's novelty bet !


            I hear that Garrett Fitzphoned upJonah Lomu's agentlast week.


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              #7
              Why did he retire in OZ?
              Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined.*&nb sp;Henry Ford

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                Lookslike homesickness to me.


                See this - he seems to have behaved decently.
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                  #9
                  i think he wanted to come and study and settle down with the family.
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                    Fair enough
                    Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined.*&nb sp;Henry Ford

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                      #11
                      Anyone think it would be ironic if a guy called Carney played for ireland? [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]

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                        Originally posted by Old Dog
                        Originally posted by Point
                        Originally posted by Old Dog


                        Be great to see him coming home to avail of McCreevy's tax incentive. I wonder has he still got it after all his injuries though?Munster don't need another Hopalong.


                        Still it is that time of the year for Munster's novelty bet !


                        I hear that Garrett Fitzphoned upJonah Lomu's agentlast week.


                        Jonah's in rude health which has ruled him out [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

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                          #13
                          There is a rumour going around that he wants to play for Wigan and that Wigan would swap the Titans an Aussie winger (Pat Richards) to secure Carney's release from his contract

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                            Originally posted by The Dave
                            There is a rumour going around that he wants to play for Wigan and that Wigan would swap the Titans an Aussie winger (Pat Richards) to secure Carney's release from his contract

                            Well we can trade them Chris Wyatt, so no contest[img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]

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                              Would be a great signing, I think. Useful long shot for the world cup squad as well.
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