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12-10-2019, 21:29   #16
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I’m not against project players or anything but I feel they have to be better than current options and don’t really see JGP as much better than Marmion, blade, cooney or McGrath. You’d nearly just be capping him for the sake of making sure he doesn’t leave.

Lowry and Eric o Sullivan based on last season would be up there too. Ronan kelleher could be a real bolter too if he keeps up his form.
I think he offers a different skillset to the existing scrumhalves we have, has the ability to whip a ball out wide with little wind up and as a result tends to drift and draw in defenders. But I agree, at the moment he's not really a standout as such but depends on what Andy Farrell is looking at game plan wise.

I think Lowry's just that little bit too green for international level at the moment and a bit small, but definitely has potential in the future. EOS might suffer a bit with McGrath being in the mix up in Ulster now compared to last season.
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Some questions to ask going forwards into this new era:

1) Who do people see taking over the reins as captain?

2) What jerseys are up for grabs?

3) Who's likely to go abroad in the next cycle?

4) Is James Ryan actually the second coming of Christ?

Discuss.
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12-10-2019, 21:51   #18
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Some questions to ask going forwards into this new era:

1) Who do people see taking over the reins as captain?

2) What jerseys are up for grabs?

3) Is James Ryan actually the second coming of Christ?

Discuss.

1) Ryan, in one of the game already I think POM was captain and Ryan was telling the kicker to go for the posts


2) 2, 6 if we say POM is incumbant, 14 Earls due to age, 15 Kearney due to age....


3) No......Christ was never real in first place
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Sexton is taking the captaincy post Best. He has a contract until 2021 and he's still our best 10 by a mile. The only thing that might work against him is injury.

WRT positions up for grabs, I can see Earls and Kearney cycled out of the team. Larmour is putting his hand up at full back and Conway will push hard too. James Lowe will be eligible and will absolutely be picked if he declares for Ireland. He has a skillset that no other outside back in the country possesses.
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3) No......Christ was never real in first place
So you're saying he's the one true Messiah? Gotcha
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Some questions to ask going forwards into this new era:

1) Who do people see taking over the reins as captain?


VDF


2) What jerseys are up for grabs?


Healy, Sexton, Kearney, Earls, POM, Murphy, Cronin, McGrath, Aki, Best, Farrell I'd say. The 20 others will be in RWC 2023 IMO


Among the "newcomers" I'd have Shane Daly, Blade, Addison, D.Leavy, Robb, Treadwell, Dooley ...


3) Who's likely to go abroad in the next cycle?


Handerson maybe..



4) Is James Ryan actually the second coming of Christ?


he's absolutely brillant, very hard to find a criticism somewhere



Discuss.

See in 3 and a half years!
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I presume Ireland will be looking for new scrum and attack coaches. Any idea where they may come from?
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I presume Ireland will be looking for new scrum and attack coaches. Any idea where they may come from?
John Fogarty is taking over from Greg Feek, Mike Catt being brought in as attack coach
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Sexton is taking the captaincy post Best. He has a contract until 2021 and he's still our best 10 by a mile. The only thing that might work against him is injury.

WRT positions up for grabs, I can see Earls and Kearney cycled out of the team. Larmour is putting his hand up at full back and Conway will push hard too. James Lowe will be eligible and will absolutely be picked if he declares for Ireland. He has a skillset that no other outside back in the country possesses.
That being slapping guys on the arse
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John Fogarty is taking over from Greg Feek, Mike Catt being brought in as attack coach
Well I certainly missed that! Thanks for the update.
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That being putting guys on their arse
Yes
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John Fogarty is taking over from Greg Feek, Mike Catt being brought in as attack coach
Anyone know what Catt’s reputation is like? He meant to be highly regarded?
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That being slapping guys on the arse
He loves a bit of the rough does James.

Being serious though, there's no back three player in Ireland with Lowe's offloading ability. He threw an outrageous one just yesterday against Edinburgh. He's also an excellent line runner and because of his size he always makes those few extra metres in traffic. There's a place for him in the squad if he wants it.
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So you're saying he's the one true Messiah? Gotcha
Exactly
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Anyone know what Catt’s reputation is like? He meant to be highly regarded?
Was Backs coach under Lancaster from 2012-2015 for England, and then was attack coach for Italy. When he was announced people weren't exactly jumping up and down with joy, but he has a decent bit of international experience and has done some decent work with Italy.

On another note, the entire coaching ticket from the England 2015 RWC is now working in Ireland (Lancaster, Farrell, Catt and Rowantree).
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