shaungil wrote: »
Who is the unsung provincial player with the most caps without receiving full international honours.
Michael Swift with 269 Connacht appearances jumps to mind but I'm sure there could be others.
dregin wrote: »
thomond2006 wrote: »
He's way down the list in terms of most provincial appearances but James Coughlan was quite unlucky to never get a cap.https://www.munsterrugby.ie/player?PlayGuid=JC686574
Zzippy wrote: »
Swifty is definitely the one for me. And sure, any excuse to post this gem againhttps://youtu.be/n6VRs9ZN-A0
Buer wrote: »
In the current Leinster set up, Josh Murphy. He has been massive for Leinster this season. I'd give a nod to Molony too for how consistent he has been.
Murphy is 5th in the league in successful carries (despite being 35th in carries), 37th in metres made (considering he's a blindside who can cover lock), 95% tackle success rate. He has become an exceptionally effective and powerful carrier. He isn't dynamic like Baird (who is a similar size) but he's able to hammer into contact and grind out metres on the majority of carries, dragging defenders with him.
49 of his 66 carries have been beyond the gain line. To put that in context, Rhys Ruddock has been successful on 52 of his 104 carries in the league, Gavin Coombes has been successful on 63 of his 95 (which is a very good return in itself) and Marcell Coetzee has been successful on 65 of 128. He's fast becoming one of the best carriers in Irish rugby yet I'd wager almost nobody would name check him as such.
arsebiscuits1 wrote: »
I love me a good collision stat Buer - where did you get yours?
leakyboots wrote: »
Ger Earls is a great shout, widely regarded as one of the finest to come out of Limerick at a time when Limerick clubs were dominating AIL and he was criminally overlooked for national selection. He was on the Munster team that beat Australia and scored two tries in a final trial for Ireland that year for Possibles and Probables but was overlooked. There was a good interview with him a few years ago. I think he had a bit of a fallout with Kidney after not being offered one of the few pro contracts when they were being handed out which didn't do him any favours after that.
James Coughlan was another fine player in red, classy player who was deserving of national honours
Sangre wrote: »
Hardly unsung but Isa Nacewa certainly never got a proper shot at test rugby
shaungil wrote: »
Roger Wilson 200 Ulster caps 117 for Northhampton. But 1 Irish cap!!!!