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by Aird
November 18th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Munster Rugby - Semi Conscious, the Series Finale??? - 2020/21
Replies: 391
Views: 22113

Re: Munster Rugby - Semi Conscious, the Series Finale??? - 2020/21

Wouldn’t agree about Ulster either , that has been one of their weaknesses, in that they rattle up the four tries for the bonus point but fail as they say to put the boot in. They have in the past tended to congratulate themselves and relax. This week against Zebre we saw signs that they have realis...
by Aird
October 17th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Ireland V Italy 24th October
Replies: 63
Views: 4213

Re: Ireland V Italy 24th October

If RoI go to level 5 what happens to this game do they move to another jurisdiction in order to safeguard the IRFU’s ailing finances ?
by Aird
October 17th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: 8 Nations 2020
Replies: 84
Views: 5041

Re: 8 Nations 2020

Like the theory re Cooney even if it is slightly flawed in that Ulster have three promising 9’s in the academy in Doak, Finlay and McKee. They maybe haven’t had the exposure of others but following through on The Cooney theory this would be a good time to try them out. Shanahan although showing some...
by Aird
September 26th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Ulster Rugby - 2020-21 Season
Replies: 54
Views: 3394

Re: Ulster Rugby - 2020-21 Season

Sexton has undoubted pace but the two young players in Ulster backline with potential are Stewart Moore and Robert Balacoune who unfortunately picked up a bad injury in pre season and will probably be out for months. When Arron was playing Mini rugby at Bangor the watch word was give it to Arron as ...
by Aird
August 21st, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Munster, The Money Pit Province 2019/2020
Replies: 1276
Views: 68663

Re: Munster, The Money Pit Province 2019/2020

Agree with Up Wexford Munster will just have to bite the bullet and play the young outhalfs in the Pro14 to get them experience.After all Munster are inclined to treat the league as a second rate competition and only the ERC really matters to the faithful so this arrangement shouldn’t cause them any...
by Aird
February 23rd, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Ulster 2019-2020
Replies: 137
Views: 15550

Re: Ulster 2019-2020

As an Ulstersupporter I have mixed feelings about the rumoured signing. Whilst Shanahan has improved he still does not inspire confidence when you are watching him. Ulster have 3 potential 9 in Finlay, and McKee who was with the U20’sbefore being struck down by tonsillitis and Doak son of our ex pla...
by Aird
January 10th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Ulster 2019-2020
Replies: 137
Views: 15550

Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Nothing quiet about Ulster fancying their chances in Clermont, they are not a side that you should discount, remember the semifinal in the Avila last year when. They were there supposedly to make up the numbers. They are a better and stronger side now.
by Aird
January 3rd, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Ulster 2019-2020
Replies: 137
Views: 15550

Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Ruckedto bits Two points Ulster are at home at the Kingspan so they will be competitive as our record proves.
Secondly won’t be worth the two hour drive up as it is sold out so unless you have already purchased your ticket it’s a case of watching on the TV.
by Aird
December 28th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Connacht 2019/20/21
Replies: 201
Views: 17869

Re: Connacht 2019/20

Can’t see O’Connor heading down to Leinster after you rejected him. His whole career of any significance has been with Ulster and with Junior now playing at Ulster and getting game time this would be a further reason to stay. I am surprised it has taken so long for him to get any recognition in Lein...
by Aird
December 26th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Munster, The Money Pit Province 2019/2020
Replies: 1276
Views: 68663

Re: Munster, The Money Pit Province 2019/2020

Found it surprising that Nucifor allowed Matheson’s. arrival in the first place let alone his prolonged stay. There was great anger in Ulster at his refusal to renew Pienars contract, and Ulster at that point had no obvious replacement. But cometh the Hour cometh the man and John Cooney saw this as ...
by Aird
December 12th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions
Replies: 109
Views: 9523

Re: Champions Cup 2020 - Standings\predictions

You might need to review your predictions when you view the team selection by Quins for the visit of Ulster on Friday night.
It seems that three games in and they may contrary to their press statement be concentrating on 5he Premiership.
by Aird
November 28th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Pro 14 - General Thread
Replies: 1606
Views: 113046

Re: Pro 14 - General Thread

Whilst we all have our gripes and criticism of the IRFU but there is no doubt that they made a better job of “ the Professional Era “ than either the WRU or the SRU The role and strength of the Provincial Branches must also be recognised and I suppose we were lucky that we had a strong competitive b...
by Aird
September 22nd, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Ireland Pool 2019 RWC
Replies: 281
Views: 28006

Re: Ireland Pool 2019 RWC

D2 blue I am on Sky and but here in N.Ireland both RTE and Eir are geo blocked in spite of having both on my subscription. Our Freeview version of RTE is also blocked. So seems fair to me that ITV is blocked in the ROI. Currently being bored to death by the ITV commentary trying to make the Tonga v ...
by Aird
August 8th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: RWC 2019 Warmup Games
Replies: 295
Views: 32965

Re: RWC 2019 Warmup Games

I would go a step further and say that there were at least two impossibles.
by Aird
May 7th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Ulster 2018-2019
Replies: 781
Views: 56838

Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Fairly cheap shots at a guy who holds genuine beliefs, it may not be your taste but not doing anyone any harm. He could have gone to France or England for ore money just like Sexton did and O’Brien is doing but opted to stay at Ulster. If he had made Folua type remarks then he could be justifiably b...
by Aird
May 7th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens
Replies: 1446
Views: 103031

Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

London Irish prepare for next season with announcement of another Irish International Paddy Jackson signing for them.
Playing in the Premiership will highlight his talents to the Irish Coaching Staff.
by Aird
April 30th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Squad 19-20
Replies: 1397
Views: 89169

Re: Leinster Squad 19-20

Will McFadden be available to play for !leinster at the start of the season or as it is not his first visit to the Discipline committee will he still be banned ?
by Aird
April 12th, 2019, 11:03 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Ulster 2018-2019
Replies: 781
Views: 56838

Re: Ulster 2018-2019

If we meet as Blockhead termed in Paradise then I don't think you an rely on many local Blue supporters turning up to support Leinster against Ulster, it could be an interesting day even though Blockhead must be disappointed on his forecasting skills.
by Aird
March 23rd, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Edinburgh Away, 22/03, 7.35pm
Replies: 214
Views: 11750

Re: Edinburgh Away, 22/03, 7.35pm

Twist your comment that the result didn’t matter is a dangerous generalisation and hope fully not an indication of the Leinster approach to the remaining league programme. The other provinces have still to qualify from the league but of course it would be ok to rest players in yourfinal game. The Vi...
by Aird
March 7th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Ireland v. France Sun 10 March 15.00
Replies: 119
Views: 23266

Re: Ireland v. France Sun 10 March 15.00

Or maybe they just aren’t sure about Carbery period.
I know that last summer when the Carbery to Ulster campaign was in full cry, the consensus in Ulster was that they would rather have Ross Byrne