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No worries, blametheref. It's a comment I can get behind too!
Next up, it will be O'Driscoll molded to a 'traditional' openside for the twilighty-twilight of his career.
Posted 20:22 22nd January 2012
@ Sebb That post made my day hahahaha you forgot A. Foley :P
Posted 20:21 21st January 2012
I agree with the Toner arguement, in that he should be at least on the bench as a line out option. Because usually if ireland's line out goes bad we get beaten and the option of bringing on a line out expert is one that shouldn't be overlooked when we need to regain our own throw ball or to pressurize opposition ball, he's also becoming a good ball carrier of late too
Posted 12:17 21st January 2012
Apologies, Staph, my comment was meant for Norm
Posted 12:09 21st January 2012
Sexton in the centre!!! One of the world's best out halves and you think he should be used as a bolt hole, to shore up a deficency in a position and ROG's poor defence. The only current performing real world class player Ireland have as we speak is Sexton, he would be chosen for the AB's, Australia, France and South Africa if he was able to play for these countries. In my view, Sexton is the future of Irish rugby and I would hate to see a Mike Gibson being done to him. Gibson, a natural full back for his club NIFC, was a brilliant fly half and was shunted to 12 to make way for lesser mortals, the result, Ireland won nothing even though Gibson gave his usual world class performances...
Posted 12:03 21st January 2012
pogmahon nails it regarding Ruddock.
All these conversions to second-row that are being touted are nonsense. Ryan and Tuohy look fit to take over from O'Callaghan, Toner is beginning to make use of his absurd advantage, while Nagle is/was 'the talent'; McLaughlin and McCarthy present as utility options.
Anyone who would suggest moving Ireland's best backrower to lock has a few loose upstairs.
Posted 16:06 20th January 2012
danielmakk i think so too haha. staph_glorious and sebbb = declan kidney in disguise (staph_glorious i think jack mcgrath is a great young prospect and i think you've come to the conclusion that because jack mcgrath has had little game time and is third choice loose head for leinster that he's not good enough to play for ireland he took tom court to the cleaner's a couple of weeks ago when ulster played leinster 'if your good enough your old enough' i say that's forward thinking. at the moment in regards to craig gilroy and jack mcgrath it's ' if you good enough but your inexperienced we don't care)
Posted 16:05 20th January 2012
Deccie needs to put the crack pipe down.
Is Paddy Wallace doing sexual favours or something?
The more I think about it, the harder it becomes to believe....
Posted 15:10 20th January 2012
Does anyone else wonder why 4 blindside flankers are in the 22 man Wolfhounds squad; McCarthy, Ruddock, McLaughlin and Muldoon?
Hope they finally put either McLaughlin or Ruddock in the second row. I think Ruddock could be the next O'Connell.
And on that note- Ferris in the 2nd row leaving 6. O'Brien 7. David Wallace(when he's back), and 8.Heaslip.
Need to see a real 7 soon, Heaslip seems like our best, followed by O'Connell and Best.
Finally, I thought Richardt Strauss was eligible as of December, surely he should be in the Wolfhounds?
Posted 10:49 20th January 2012
Jealous as I am of Leinster at present, it must be a huge challenge to have potentially an entire Ireland XV playing under one coaching regime and then move them to another for 6 weeks out of 20. I wonder if Kidney has to deal with that challenge when considering his selections (and possibly why Ireland are not performing to the same level as the provincial sides.)
Posted 09:37 20th January 2012
Jack McGrath plays 256 minutes of first-team Leinster rugby over the past three seasons, and this ought to buy him an Irish squad place?
Remember, it's the national team for which you're selecting, not the Make A Wish foundation.
Posted 08:34 20th January 2012
sebbb's comment is hilarious i think if kidney could pick that team he probably would i for one hope we lose against wales because then we can get a new coaching set up. declan kidney's selection proves he just doesn't have a clue how to pick the best players in ireland this selection is shocking what has paddy wallace donaca o'callaghan keith earl's or gordon d'arcy done this season or even last season to merit being picked? how can he overlook the likes of paul marshall criag gilroy and jack mcgrath shameful
Posted 00:20 20th January 2012
I think this year Irland, after France has some serious chances to get the title. Pretty solid and experienced team. I feel that only France is stronger, while for me Wales is a big "?".
Posted 22:02 19th January 2012
I would just like to say 1 thing that really sums up the Irish selection for the 6 nations. look through the photo gallery of the new faces expected to be seen during the competition.
20 photo's not 1 Irish man, says it all really.
Posted 21:55 19th January 2012
Well no surprises but im disappointed that J.Downy isnt in any of the squads and G.D'arcy is he still hasnt shown any real form imo for years and just dosent break the gainline much now .A bit to conserative and like the Ulster coach im disappointed Kidney hasnt introduced a few new faces
Posted 20:08 19th January 2012
Keith Wood ahead of Flannery....
Posted 17:47 19th January 2012
I may agree that the selection is not an exciting one, but I see too much negativity here.
Too much passion generally leads to:
i) utter pessimism (this phase);
ii) unjustified optimism (after winning with Wales);
iii) Wound licking (at the end).
Enjoy the game and be proud of your boys.
Posted 17:46 19th January 2012
The thirty-man squad for the Welsh match is for what the rank and file should be reserving their grumbles. There's plenty of room for promotion before that, and those few who are ripping up trees at club level - Fitzgerald, Henry, Tuohy and O'Mahony - can anticipate some reward then.
"At least here there is respect and some insight."
Gas man, altogether!
Posted 17:18 19th January 2012
Can anyone on this blog justify with good reason the following.
The selection of Jennings over O'Mahony
The selection of O'Callaghan over Tuohy
The selection of Wallace over Fitzgerald
The selection of Cullen over Toner
Posted 16:40 19th January 2012
Tried it my friend. But most of the comments are absolute dross. At least here there is respect and some insight. I browsed through the comments, found in the first couple someone defending both Kidney and Wallace.
I swear to god.
Oh also there is some muppet moran called bob who has taken it upon himself to comment on nearly every opinion and rain on them.
The fact that he is a Munster man (which someone will mention) shouldnt be here nore there. Is a moran picking a fight.
Stay well away.
Posted 14:35 19th January 2012