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Top Young Wingers in Ireland

  • 10-02-2021 10:42am
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 1,024 bayern


    23 and under

    1. Jordan Larmour(23/Leinster)
    2. Robert Balacoune(23/Ulster)
    3. Tommy O'Brien(22/Leinster)
    4. Ethan McIlroy(20/Ulster)
    5. Aaron Sexton(20/Ulster)

    Other wingers considered:
    Calvin Nash(23/Munster)
    Liam Coombes(23/Munster)
    Andrew Smith(20/Leinster)


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭ Paul Smeenus


    Would put Lyttle ahead of 3 -5 there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 bayern


    Would put Lyttle ahead of 3 -5 there.

    Lyttle is 24.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭ Paul Smeenus


    bayern wrote: »
    Lyttle is 24.

    Ah! Well then, I wouldn't.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 bayern


    Ah! Well then, I wouldn't.

    if he was eligible i'd probably have him 4th.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭ Paul Smeenus


    bayern wrote: »
    if he was eligible i'd probably have him 4th.

    For me he edges out O'Brien - his issues have been long periods of injury but when he gets a run and turns it on - like the semi-final against Edinburgh, where he was MOTM - he's very, very good.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,046 ✭✭✭ arsebiscuits1


    For me he edges out O'Brien - his issues have been long periods of injury but when he gets a run and turns it on - like the semi-final against Edinburgh, where he was MOTM - he's very, very good.

    I'm not sure Lyttle has the injury profile to ever fulfil his potential. He hasn't managed more than 10 appearances in a season yet. And it can't be because he's not getting picked. He's been one of the better options for Ulster on the wing for 3 seasons now


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,046 ✭✭✭ arsebiscuits1


    It's hilarious to me that Larmour is 23. Like I know he is young. He broke out so early.

    But I still get surprised to see how young he is


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,705 ✭✭✭ The Inbetween is mine


    I'd put Calvin Nash in the mix also,


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭ Paul Smeenus


    It's hilarious to me that Larmour is 23. Like I know he is young. He broke out so early.

    But I still get surprised to see how young he is

    Agreed on both your posts. Larmour feels like he's been about forever. I hope Lyttle does fulfil his potential. But even if he doesn't, I'd still rather have him than O'Brien, McIlroy, Nash in a crunch match tomorrow.

    If it's about potential, I'd think McIlroy and Sexton are at 2 and 3.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 bayern


    Agreed on both your posts. Larmour feels like he's been about forever. I hope Lyttle does fulfil his potential. But even if he doesn't, I'd still rather have him than O'Brien, McIlroy, Nash in a crunch match tomorrow.

    If it's about potential, I'd think McIlroy and Sexton are at 2 and 3.

    O'Brien is excellent and once he gets a run injury free will push for 1st choice in Leinster backline IMO.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 bayern


    Agreed on both your posts. Larmour feels like he's been about forever. I hope Lyttle does fulfil his potential. But even if he doesn't, I'd still rather have him than O'Brien, McIlroy, Nash in a crunch match tomorrow.

    If it's about potential, I'd think McIlroy and Sexton are at 2 and 3.

    McIlroy would be higher but not convinced about his pace on the wing, hope to see more of him in his natural position of 15.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭ Paul Smeenus


    bayern wrote: »
    McIlroy would be higher but not convinced about his pace on the wing, hope to see more of him in his natural position of 15.

    Definitely agreed.

    Lowry absolutely has the talent for ten, but we do have to ask ourselves if his size is an issue, where it isn't so much at 15. If we're to try him at ten and give him a stretch to prove himself - and I hope we do - I'd like to see the same; McIlroy at FB. I'd rather keep Stockdale on the wing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,296 ✭✭✭ Dubinusa


    Wren from Munster?


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 33,065 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pickarooney


    Baloucoune

    I don't think I've ever seen anyone spell it right!


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,218 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    I could see McIlroy ending up at 15. He has all the skills for it from what I can see. Good in the air, reads the game well, good defender, good footballing skills and a good runner, don't think I've seen him kick a lot yet, so we will have to see about that aspect of the game...regular readers of the Ulster thread (all 4 of them!) will know that I rate him very highly. He doesn't have Balocoune's body of work yet, but in the long run I could see him going a bit further than than Fermanagh man...but we will see.

    The good thing from an Irish perspective is that we have lots of talent in the back three, and a lot of it is young (Stockdale and Keenan aren't that long out of this age group themselves)...we just need to get the selection right in an Ireland context.


  • Registered Users Posts: 62 ✭✭ alanb92


    Sean French is a serious talent. I have seen people say that it is his lack of defensive skills which have held him back, but if he can address that he will be some player. Tore up the AIL for Cork Con at 19/20.

    Andrew Smith looks to me like he will have the highest ceiling of the others (Larmour aside). Big fan of Tommy O'Brien, but with his skillset I wouldn't be surprised if he plays more at 13 in time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,259 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    alanb92 wrote: »
    Sean French is a serious talent. I have seen people say that it is his lack of defensive skills which have held him back, but if he can address that he will be some player. Tore up the AIL for Cork Con at 19/20.

    Andrew Smith looks to me like he will have the highest ceiling of the others (Larmour aside). Big fan of Tommy O'Brien, but with his skillset I wouldn't be surprised if he plays more at 13 in time.

    I've been seriously impressed by TOB every time I've seen him play. He's a skilled footballer who can pass and kick well, but also has an outside break and pace. Can conceivably play to high standard in an outside back position. Such a shame he got injured as he was pushing for a spot in Leinsters strongest 23.


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