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paddy Jackson replacement for season?

  • 02-08-2017 11:32am
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    Registered Users Posts: 66 ✭✭✭ michaelp97


    Just read something on Facebook that ulster are preparing for the possibility of losing both olding and Jackson for the entire season as they deal with the charges they face, looking to draft in a new 10 - who do you think they could the jersey to? Academy player? Someone like Gareth steenson?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,496 ✭✭✭✭ CIARAN_BOYLE


    :o
    michaelp97 wrote: »
    Just read something on Facebook that ulster are preparing for the possibility of losing both olding and Jackson for the entire season as they deal with the charges they face, looking to draft in a new 10 - who do you think they could the jersey to? Academy player? Someone like Gareth steenson?

    Steenson won't be an option.

    Here's an article on the Logan (Ulster CEO) interview.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/40796481

    Rumour says they are looking at a nie signing and that they have had one name rejected by the IRFU on financial grounds.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,969 ✭✭✭ buck65


    Ruan Pienaar perhaps at 10? Oh the folly...


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,254 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    I'd love to see Ross Byrne as a starting outhalf for one of the provinces. He was an able back up in the winter months when the our 1st and 2nd choice 10's were injured.

    But given that Carbery is injured and Sexton is Sexton, I doubt he'll be allowed move.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,373 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    Clegg wrote: »
    I'd love to see Ross Byrne as a starting outhalf for one of the provinces. He was an able back up in the winter months when the our 1st and 2nd choice 10's were injured.

    But given that Carbery is injured and Sexton is Sexton, I doubt he'll be allowed move.

    Carbery is fit and Sexton will be back on schedule. But both will be on player welfare as they are needed by the national team. Meaning Byrne will be a regular in our 23 for the season. I'm sure he'll start his fair share too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Clegg wrote: »
    I'd love to see Ross Byrne as a starting outhalf for one of the provinces. He was an able back up in the winter months when the our 1st and 2nd choice 10's were injured.

    But given that Carbery is injured and Sexton is Sexton, I doubt he'll be allowed move.

    As posted on the Leinster thread, Carbery's absence was estimated at 4-6 weeks by the Irish coaching team. He should be back in full training at this stage. He certainly should be fully available in a month.

    I'd be on board with Byrne going north for 1-2 months to allow Ulster sign a good quality player following the completion of the domestic southern hemisphere seasons but, as Interested Observer pointed out previously, Byrne would be cup tied if Ulster played him in the ECC which would hugely devalue him for Leinster meaning, if he's to go, it would probably be for the season.

    Not sure I'd be on board with that given the injury profiles of both Carbery and Sexton. But Byrne is too good to be 3rd choice at a province, in fairness. It's a waste of talent.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    molloyjh wrote: »
    Meaning Byrne will be a regular in our 23 for the season. I'm sure he'll start his fair share too.

    He'll be a regular for sections of the season when Sexton is under international protection i.e. the first month, November and the 6N. He's likely to get less game time than last season given Carbery spent a couple of months sidelined which coincided with Sexton being injured. Unless he leapfrogs Carbery (not out of the question at all), he'll be out of the 23 come the ECC matches.

    I would imagine he could be looking at his number of starts cut significantly this season if Carbery remains fit (and we've a serviceable full back available). He'll probably get the two SA away games and some of the lesser opposition starts.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    Couldn't we just merge this into the Ulster thread?


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