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Ireland Classic XV

  • 03-02-2012 10:27pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 556 leonard7


    Time to get a bit nostalgic...a thread dedicated to the best 15 ireland could have in relative terms here goes my team.

    1.Peter Clohessy
    2.Keith Wood
    3.Ray McCloughlan
    4.W.J. McBride (C)
    5.Paul O'Connell
    6.Sean O'Brien
    7.Fergus Slattery
    8.Eric Miller
    9.Peter Stringer
    10.Jack Kyle
    11.Simon Geoghegan
    12.Mike Gibson
    13.Brian O'Driscoll
    14.Dennis Hickey
    15.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,754 ✭✭✭✭ emmet02


    15. Girv


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 344 ✭✭ cormacjones


    I wouldn't have Clohessy near that time. Leaving aside that he was never a great player, the way he played the game was despicable.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 30,309 Mod ✭✭✭✭ .ak


    Gotta have big Mal in there...


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,865 ✭✭✭ clsmooth


    SOB? I'd have Ferris ahead of him


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 338 ✭✭ SARZY


    leonard7 wrote: »
    Time to get a bit nostalgic...a thread dedicated to the best 15 ireland could have in relative terms here goes my team.

    1.Peter Clohessy
    2.Keith Wood
    3.Ray McCloughlan
    4.W.J. McBride (C)
    5.Paul O'Connell
    6.Sean O'Brien
    7.Fergus Slattery
    8.Eric Miller
    9.Peter Stringer
    10.Jack Kyle
    11.Simon Geoghegan
    12.Mike Gibson
    13.Brian O'Driscoll
    14.Dennis Hickey
    15.

    1. Lynch
    2. Fitzie
    6. Tucker
    8. Goodall
    9. Moloney
    14. Ringland
    15. Kiernan.

    The changes I would make for the 2nd game of the tour. All your picks are worthy and in the spirit of the modern game my panel would be 30 players.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,803 porterbelly


    leonard7 wrote: »
    Time to get a bit nostalgic...a thread dedicated to the best 15 ireland could have in relative terms here goes my team.

    1.Peter Clohessy
    2.Keith Wood
    3.Ray McCloughlan
    4.W.J. McBride (C)
    5.Paul O'Connell
    6.Sean O'Brien
    7.Fergus Slattery
    8.Eric Miller
    9.Peter Stringer
    10.Jack Kyle
    11.Simon Geoghegan
    12.Mike Gibson
    13.Brian O'Driscoll
    14.Dennis Hickey
    15.

    Eric Miller?


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Eric Miller...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,193 ✭✭✭ [Jackass]


    I'd have popplewell in the team.

    Also think it's far too early to have O'Brien in the team.

    Full-back Hugo McNeil.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,930 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CatFromHue


    [Jackass] wrote: »

    Full-back Hugo McNeil.

    Hugo was on the RTE panel for the highlights programme of Leinster v Toulouse HEC Semi last year. Hook did seem a little in awe of him it has to be said. Dempsey is one of my favourite players and by far the best of the Ireland full backs I've ever seen (Staples, O Shea, Murphy, and Kearney) but McNeil did play for the Lions which unfortunatley Dempsey never did.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,225 ✭✭✭ mar-z


    clsmooth wrote: »
    SOB? I'd have Ferris ahead of him

    I'd have neither, I think they both need a few more years to make a classic team.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,737 ✭✭✭ jacothelad


    leonard7 wrote: »
    Time to get a bit nostalgic...a thread dedicated to the best 15 ireland could have in relative terms here goes my team.

    1.Peter Clohessy
    2.Keith Wood
    3.Ray McCloughlan
    4.W.J. McBride (C)
    5.Paul O'Connell
    6.Sean O'Brien
    7.Fergus Slattery
    8.Eric Miller
    9.Peter Stringer
    10.Jack Kyle
    11.Simon Geoghegan
    12.Mike Gibson
    13.Brian O'Driscoll
    14.Dennis Hickey
    15.


    Tony O'Reilly at 11
    Tom Kiernan at 15
    Colin Patterson at 9


  • Registered Users Posts: 515 ✭✭✭ Stan27


    1 Healy
    2 Wood
    3 Furlong
    4 J Ryan
    5 POC
    6 Ferris
    7 Sob (Leavy potentially)
    8 Heislip
    ( Murry
    10 Sexton
    11 Stockdale
    12 Henshaw
    13 BOD
    14 Bowe
    15 Kearney


  • Registered Users Posts: 328 ✭✭ Tommybojangles


    Stan27 wrote: »
    1 Healy
    2 Wood
    3 Furlong
    4 J Ryan
    5 POC
    6 Ferris
    7 Sob (Leavy potentially)
    8 Heislip
    ( Murry
    10 Sexton
    11 Stockdale
    12 Henshaw
    13 BOD
    14 Bowe
    15 Kearney

    I'm guessing you're similar vintage to me, picking a team I remember, I.e since 2000ish, I'd have D arcy in for Henshaw but not much else


  • Registered Users Posts: 794 ✭✭✭ Rockbeast2


    No Dion O'Cuinneagain?


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,519 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Neil3030


    From my somewhat Leinster centric formative years:

    Poppy
    Woody
    Hayes
    Big Mal
    POC
    Brennan
    Gleeson
    Costello
    Stringer
    ROG
    Geoghegan
    Maggs
    BOD
    Hickey
    Girv


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,536 ✭✭✭✭ thebaz


    Kearney
    Geoghan
    D'Arcy
    O'Driscoll
    Stockdale

    Sexton
    Murray

    Healy
    Wood
    Furlong
    POC
    Ryan
    O'Brien
    Ferris
    Heaslip


  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭ Gmaximum


    No Tom Court ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,454 ✭✭✭✭ salmocab


    8 year old thread revived great work


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,241 ✭✭✭✭ Larbre34


    1. Healy
    2. Wood
    3. Hayes
    4. Willie John
    5. O'Connell
    6. Fez
    7. O'Brien
    8. Foley
    9. Stringer
    10. RJR O'Gara
    11. Hickie
    12. Gibson
    13. O'Driscoll
    14. Geoghegan
    15. O'Shea


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,440 ✭✭✭ The Rape of Lucretia


    A lot of people missing some critical elements of a classic Ireland team here.
    Essential selections are :

    - an Ulster player getting a cap for having been a long time servant to Ulster rugby, but never really making the international grade. He might have had his last previous cap about a decade earlier
    - a one cap wonder. Tearing it up for some club, is 20-23, and 'a great propect'. Is never seen again
    - a legend of yesteryear who was of international level, but is now about 5 years past it. The 'easier to play yourself onto the team than off it' syndrome will be strong in this one.
    - a 'surprise' return for someone people had forgotten about, thought retired, and hasnt even played for his province for about 5 years. But selectors minds go into a time warp when discussing that position and rate his form as it had been 5-10 years previously and that somehow it must still be the same
    - a 'balancing' player for provincial carve up where a know tight call between two or three players goes to which ever of the three provinces needs to increase their quota
    - no Connaght player
    - some bright young thing playing for one of the universities. Usually a speedy back, preferably also setting some national athletics records, but really cant play rugby for nuts
    - some Munster player, most typically a scrum half or wing forward, who the rest of the country can see is patently useless (Jaysus, not another scrum half whose best attribute is that he is an 'extra wing forward'), but Munster brethren think is the best thing since sliced bread
    - if stuck for a back and in any doubt where to turn, pick a Leinster player from one of the usual five schools, who looks the part, shone in some schools final, but really is more interested in his developing career as a stock broker or solicitor, and is picked to even his own great surprise.


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