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Suftum99: Of what "Munster Bias" are you refering??
If you are in fact intelligent enough to use copy and paste then use it to pinpoint any munster bias in any comment on this article.
People have commented fairly an elequantly on the Ireland team because we're all worried about the IRELAND team. The best player for the position is the best player for the position regardless.
This is actually the most well balanced debate i've seen in a long time on PR and some Moron (yes You) ruins it.
Shame, coming from a Leinster season ticket holder, i seriously hope you're not a Leinster Fan
Posted 13:35 01st March 2012
@Potato_Smuggler haha that's what I was thinking too when I saw that pic! Check out the one in "Unfinished business for Bonnaire" it's pretty good too!
Posted 11:41 01st March 2012
This time, I am afraid that France's midfield have the edge. As Adamk quite rightly pointed out, it is quite easy for any decent midfield pairing to shine against Italy.
The point is that a clear development strategy for the squad is unseen, simililarly to the work of some players which are still retained.
Posted 11:39 01st March 2012
A lot of Munster bias on display here. Kidney has well and truly failed.....O'Shea in.
Posted 10:33 01st March 2012
I'm convinced that PR intentionally only use pics where the players look retarded for their articles.
Sexton looks like he's dancing in the 'special' school play and Earls looks he's running from men in white jackets with large needles.
Posted 08:42 01st March 2012
chrizee makes a very good point. It's easy for everyone to point at how well Reddan did, but it was against a beaten Italian pack by that point. Would he have done the same at minute 1? I'm not so sure. also Murrays form has been awsome this season as a whole. Still, not feeling too positive about this game, as Earls will be vulnerble in the defence at 13 with Rougerie and Fofana....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY0xTtwaYw4
Posted 00:45 01st March 2012
chrizzie I could not disgree more.
If people will look at the recent losses to Wales in 6N and RWC, poor decision making and painfully slow ruck ball from Murray were the first dominos.
He has not yet shown international quality and I would still rate a match fit O'Leary ahead of him.
DK in choosing Murray seems to be trying for some happy medium between Reddan and Boss without getting the advantages of either...
Posted 23:20 29th February 2012
Cookiemunster u r havin a laugh , DOC is seconds for Munster legitimately so, tackle count my xxxx, he is a walkin dinosaur offering little other than effort, as for no 12 Earls played a good deal at 12 incl Churchill cup and scored tries from 12 when was Darcys last try 2009? Kidney is a useless manager and should be sacked
Posted 22:47 29th February 2012
Think Telltales_ie sums it up, our most notable wins in recent times have been with the Reddan/Sexton axis starting...I just don't understand Kidney's reasoning regarding his out half, scrum half and who plays with who selections, it seems he dips his hand into a hat and draws out the names for each match. Why he complicates this process astounds me, ROG can play well with Murray...Proven! Sexton can play well with Reddan...Proven!...Sexton/Murray...Unproven!...ROG/Reddan...Simply, ROG plays better with and understands Murray!
Not only this, would it not have been better to have reserved the hard hitting Murray until the heftier big breaking Julian Dupuey enters the fray. If Ireland are actually ahead with 20mins to go we can expect his arrival and he's capable of running over Reddan....
Posted 19:18 29th February 2012
According to the stats DOC made 3 tackles in 58 minutes last saturday.
Listen, DOC is good, and still has the ability to get under players skin in lineouts and mauls. But that's about it. Ryan is the better all round player, and has even taken his spot at Munster... Absolute madness to still be starting DOC.
Posted 18:42 29th February 2012
@PR: You wrote in your fixtures France vs Ireland 15:00 local time (ie 2pm in England). In your comment above you wrote 16.00 (15.00 GMT)... ???
Posted 17:55 29th February 2012
Let's hope O'Shea stays at Quinns for the next year than the IRFU finally bin Kidney and make a rare, sensible choice.
Posted 17:26 29th February 2012
Kidney needs to go.
Posted 17:20 29th February 2012
To all those saying DoC does nothing I urge you to get a statistics of each games to date and note his tackle count. He may not make the hard yards Paul O Connell makes or Donnacha Ryan, but his work rate is top notch. Constantly making his tackles working at lineout and making himself a pest at ruck time.
Yes he sometimes gives needless penalties away, but lets be fair here he is a workhorse.
As for Reddan i am gutted for him he made such a difference last week it was an obvious decision to start him. Conner Murray has the ability to become a top class scrumhalf but he has a lot to learn yet.
Posted 17:00 29th February 2012
From Murray....I do remember falling asleep on several occasions whilst waiting on Murray to decide what to do with the ball at the base of the rucks. So maybe he did some work that I may missed while I asleep?
Murray was awful, shocking, indecisive, slow to the rucks, made the wrong decision so many times. It must have been our tactic to bore the opposition to sleep and then score on them.
I admire DOCs effort and work rate but Ryan deserves his place ahead of him too.
Posted 15:52 29th February 2012
Also worried about Murrays box kicking === very ponderous, certainly his style wasn't learned on a GAA field. Why also before putting in a box kick do we have to have a look around to see is everyone in place == should there not be an assumption that the backs are ready to follow up a quick box kick
Posted 15:41 29th February 2012
Sexton and Redden started in the wins against England 6N last year and Australia in the WC ~~~ eeeemmmmhh I wonder i wonder i wonder
Posted 15:36 29th February 2012
This all smells very much like the end of the O'Sullivan era. Bunker mentality; golden circle of players who get picked regardless of their or other squad players form.
We are better placed to beat France now than 3 weeks ago but there are a number of weak links in the team - and serious weak links in the tactics. If we can keep within 10 points of them going into the final 30 minutes, Reddan, Ryan and O'Mahony coming on could give us hope. History at the Stade de France would tend to knock such blind optimism though.
Posted 15:22 29th February 2012
Dear Declan, Please quit your job because your are crap at it. Thanks, Dave J.
Posted 15:17 29th February 2012
People tend to forget that Reddan played a beaten Italian pack. It's not hard to flourish in such circumstances. Murray didn't played his best game on Saturday but in fairness this was the first time this happened to him since he's in the line-up. I'm sure he'll prove everyone wrong this Sunday.
Posted 14:36 29th February 2012