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I'm sorry but I fail to see why everyone is raving about Gilroy?! I agree that Matanavou is lucky to be in there but why Gilroy? He scored 1 good try v Munster and is quick. Never makes a hit or catches a high ball and doesn't appear to like contact-lapped tackle on O'Brien when he broke through. This is someone speaking from Ireland too. I'd have Nacewa long before him.
Posted 15:10 22nd May 2012
Now who has the money to put this team together, with Thorn and O' Driscoll on the bench just in case they are losing, Roman Orussianavich where are you?
Posted 14:48 22nd May 2012
best XV of the tournament: healy, strauss, ross, cullen, thorn, mclaughlin, o'brien, heaslip, reddan, sexton, nacewa, d'arcy' o'driscoll, mcfadden, kearney
Posted 14:48 22nd May 2012
pembs: good one!! Sure why not throw in Gavin Henson while you're at it.
Posted 14:20 22nd May 2012
Would like to see PR do a HCup 15 from the teams that didn't make the finals to see how they compare.
Posted 14:15 22nd May 2012
rockman - Just seen the Kidney clock, quality! Let's hope the IRFU don't do anything stupid and extend the time!
Posted 13:55 22nd May 2012
Although maybe Strauss could have edged Best.
Posted 13:51 22nd May 2012
brad thorn 15 times thats all that needs to be here. boy do the blues miss afoa
Posted 13:35 22nd May 2012
@seapointer - O'Driscoll was great in the final, but only playerd three games - half that of Rougerie who in general has had a great season. Then you suggest that Fofana shouldn't make the list but can't tell us who should replace him, unless 'an other' and his two brothers are products of the Leinster academy.
Posted 12:49 22nd May 2012
Ireally cant fault PRs choices most where imense for their teams this HC.Also wouldnt be surprised if J.Muller gets a boks recall as he offers leadership as well as top class lineout and tackaling .He along with A.Brekker -E.Etbenez-J/Krugger i think wouldoffer some formidable combinations.
Posted 12:48 22nd May 2012
Matanavou scored some ridiculous tries but surely the fact that he pretty much single-handedly lost the game against Edinburgh for Toulouse by not being able to tackle or catch high balls means he can't be in the team?
Posted 12:42 22nd May 2012
"Heineken Cup: XV of the Tournament" - it isn't. It's the "Heineken Cup: XV of the last four teams". Which is fine, but let's not pretend that there weren't some outstanding players who didn't get through to the semi-finals (PReven mention Mike Brown, as an example).
That said, there's not a lot I'd change. A few, perhaps, but not many. Rougerie failed to impress, but BOD wasn't there for most matches and everyone else is "disqualified" because they got knocked-out.
Posted 12:40 22nd May 2012
Only Healy, O'Brien and Sexton make it in. I fail to see what Rougerie, Fofana and
Matanavou did to make it in...fair enough i might have a leinster bias but really wiould gilroy the ulster wing not make it in plus drico's flip back hand pass not be worthy along with his display in france.....i think you have dropped the ball on this occasion PR
Kearney, Gilroy, Odriscoll, an other, Visser, Sexton, Pienaer, Wannaberg, OBrien, an other, Cullen, Touhy, Afoa, an other, Healy
Posted 12:05 22nd May 2012
No great Surprises here except for Leo Cullen not even getting a mention! 3 Heineken cups and a true great leader. As a Leinster fan i'm delighted for Kearney to get the ERC player of the year but you're correct in saying Ferris is the only other realistic contender. Ferris was immense in every aspect. For Kidney not to select Gilroy is truly terrible but is completely consistent with his overall management of the irish team, pick munster players. Don't get me wrong Zebo is good but still a bit off international standard defensively, Gilroy has the whole package. This is why www.kidneyclock.net was created! Ireland needs change.
Posted 11:50 22nd May 2012
No Dan Parks?
Posted 11:43 22nd May 2012
Congratulations PR, on your first ever 100% correct XV !!
Posted 11:39 22nd May 2012
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