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by backrower8
August 14th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 20-21
Replies: 90
Views: 7873

Re: Leinster Academy 20-21

mildlyinterested wrote:
August 14th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Yeah there's some questionable inclusions in last years 18s for sure.
I note the U18s retained their title last year, winning all their competitive matches. I’d say questionable inclusions weren’t limited to one school either.
by backrower8
August 14th, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 20-21
Replies: 90
Views: 7873

Re: Leinster Academy 20-21

It might result in some limited bias at underage level, but I doubt Leinster Rugby would tolerate that.

It certainly has nothing to do with those that get Academy and Senior contracts, which is what we’ve been focusing on here.
by backrower8
August 14th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 20-21
Replies: 90
Views: 7873

Re: Leinster Academy 20-21

remarkably only 1 player from st. michaels in the academy and 7 from blackrock. 2 from Gerards, 2 from club rugby, 1 from roscrea, 1 from belvedere, 1 from clongowes, 1 exile and 1 from ulster The fact that 14 of the 46 senior player contracts (post Rob & Ferg) are St Michael's players has a fair b...
by backrower8
August 13th, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 20-21
Replies: 90
Views: 7873

Re: Leinster Academy 20-21

remarkably only 1 player from st. michaels in the academy and 7 from blackrock. 2 from Gerards, 2 from club rugby, 1 from roscrea, 1 from belvedere, 1 from clongowes, 1 exile and 1 from ulster The fact that 14 of the 46 senior player contracts (post Rob & Ferg) are St Michael's players has a fair b...
by backrower8
August 13th, 2020, 11:38 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 20-21
Replies: 90
Views: 7873

Re: Leinster Academy 20-21

Success in the cup is the not the same thing as producing players capable of playing professional rugby. They are correlated but not the same thing. Blackrock seems to be better at winning cups than Michael's (possibly due to better overall squad strength) but Michael's seem to be better at produci...
by backrower8
March 5th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Domestic Rugby
Topic: Schools Rugby 2019-2020
Replies: 216
Views: 24654

Re: Schools Rugby 2018-19

It turns out Bernard Jackman, ex-Newbridge pupil and assistant coach of Michael’s SCT winning side in 2012 & parent of a kid in Michael’s has been coaching Newbridge for the last 4 weeks. He secured a new fixture against Michael’s in Donnybrook in December. A good contest with Michael’s pulling away...
by backrower8
March 4th, 2020, 12:07 am
Forum: Domestic Rugby
Topic: Schools Rugby 2019-2020
Replies: 216
Views: 24654

Re: Schools Rugby 2019-2020

Silly Wixfjord…whatever. I get that I am most likely being baited here but for the gullible on here - You are letting your animosity cloud your contribution. 14 contracted players from one small school in a squad of about 55 remains a systemic risk for Leinster. I am not sure how many more times Mic...
by backrower8
March 1st, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 19/20
Replies: 635
Views: 57405

Re: Leinster Academy 19/20

Thanks for the update.

Barry Daly is a member of the senior squad. Also the injured Mark Hernan (U20) has been left out again.
by backrower8
February 26th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Ireland v. Italy - Sat 07 March 14.15
Replies: 40
Views: 7622

Re: Ireland v. Italy - Sat 07 March 14.15

With some time for cold logical thought, the Government announcement of the postponement of this match may be a bad decision. A far more logical solution would have been to announce the cancellation of all flights from Italy. The key is that this will be a postponement and not a cancellation of the...
by backrower8
February 24th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: England v Ireland 2020 6N 23-FEB Father vs Son
Replies: 130
Views: 14396

Re: England v Ireland 2020 6N 23-FEB Father vs Son

Magnificent Seven
by backrower8
February 24th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: England v Ireland 2020 6N 23-FEB Father vs Son
Replies: 130
Views: 14396

Re: England v Ireland 2020 6N 23-FEB Father vs Son

Genge’s scrummaging was so ridiculously illegal. We got one scrum penalty out of it but had two against us despite Genge being on the same angle for all 3. Marler also came hard on the angle in 1 scrum. It is so clear from the overhead cameras so why isn’t the TMO calling it? The sport is losing gro...
by backrower8
February 24th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 19/20
Replies: 635
Views: 57405

Re: Leinster Academy 19/20

Prop Michael Milne(Academy) - bench for seniors. Roman Salanoa(Academy) - 24th man for seniors. Jack Aungier(Academy) - bench for seniors. Tom Clarkson(Academy) - started at 3 for U20s. Marcus Hanan(U20) - started at 1 for U20s. Charlie Ward(U20) - bench for U20s. Harry Noonan(U20) - bench for U20s...
by backrower8
February 21st, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Ospreys Away, 21st of Feb
Replies: 157
Views: 10460

Re: Ospreys Away, 21st of Feb

mildlyinterested wrote:Des Berry predicting a Ospreys win in the indo.
Do you know Des Berry? :wink:
by backrower8
February 14th, 2020, 3:10 am
Forum: Domestic Rugby
Topic: Schools Rugby 2019-2020
Replies: 216
Views: 24654

Re: Schools Rugby 2019-2020

David Wilkinson’s arrival in the second half changed the game. His passing game was really excellent. The best I have seen at this level, although Gerard’s were exhausted having to repeatedly tackle which probably created more room for him, but he was masterful.
by backrower8
February 13th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Domestic Rugby
Topic: Schools Rugby 2019-2020
Replies: 216
Views: 24654

Re: Schools Rugby 2019-2020

Kilkenny surprised me yesterday. Much better than expected. I think they surprised Newbridge too, who didn’t respond well and were a bit lucky overall. I saw Newbridge play a very competitive game against Michael’s two weeks before the Champions played and beat Gonzaga by 3 at the same venue. Newbri...
by backrower8
February 13th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 19/20
Replies: 635
Views: 57405

Re: Leinster Academy 19/20

Thanks. I think he couldn’t have been involved at sub-academy with his injuries this year. On and off the pitch. Lots of talent pouring through in most positions alright.
by backrower8
February 13th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 19/20
Replies: 635
Views: 57405

Re: Leinster Academy 19/20

Any info on scrum-half Rob Gilsenan’s standing? I know he has had a number of injuries since Michael’s SCT last year. He has a great all-round game. Most of all his game management is top notch. Would love to see him at sub-Academy level soon.
by backrower8
February 12th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Domestic Rugby
Topic: Schools Rugby 2019-2020
Replies: 216
Views: 24654

Re: Schools Rugby 2019-2020

Shame Rock blew it would have loved to see michaels rock again. Clongowes and Newbridge should get into semis now. Can't see either beating this michaels side. Yeah it’s a pitty Rock and Belvo aren’t as good this year...would of liked to see this Michael’s team being challenged this cup campaign bu...
by backrower8
January 17th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Treviso v Leinster - Sat 18/1; 1pm your time
Replies: 148
Views: 11343

Re: Treviso v Leinster - Sat 18/1; 1pm your time

Rhys seemed to get a shoulder knock during Lyon match - got treatment a few times - he mightn't be fully fit? If he's not fully fit, why is he on the bench? I'm also not a fan of Deegan at 6. I think Doris has looked better there. :happy clapper: x 2. Josh Murphy has more pedigree to play internati...
by backrower8
January 16th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: 6 Nations 2020
Replies: 332
Views: 35153

Re: 6 Nations 2020

I don’t have a good feeling about Farrell as Head Coach. I hold him partially responsible, more than is generally said publicly, for not challenging Joe Schmidt effectively across 2019. No easy task, but there was no evidence that Farrell tried to rein him in. Then this selection has too many negati...