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5 years 8 months ago #24027

"A number of players currently injured or returning from injury will remain with their provinces to gain further recovery time or game time.

They include Richardt Strauss, Donnacha Ryan, Roger Wilson, Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo, Declan Fitzpatrick and Craig Gilroy. Some of these players may yet return for RBS 6 Nations test matches."


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5 years 8 months ago #24028

Tom Court pointedly absent from the list of injured/not fully fit players...

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5 years 8 months ago #24030

Not an area Ireland are too weak in, but thought Muldoon could have been close to a call up.

Not too long ago, a Connacht player wouldnt get a look in, for the Irish squad.

Well done to the three lads


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5 years 8 months ago #24031

Yeah I thought Mul would get a call-up too, he's been in great form. Was expecting Henshaw and Marmion but I'm absolutely delighted for Rodney. Well deserved if you ask me.


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5 years 8 months ago #24032

Muldoon and Griffin are the Connacht lads who would also have been justified with a call up to the squad. I am guessing that our league form hurts our chances of getting players into Irish jerseys.


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5 years 8 months ago #24033

Diom wrote: Muldoon and Griffin are the Connacht lads who would also have been justified with a call up to the squad. I am guessing that our league form hurts our chances of getting players into Irish jerseys.


Muldoon's in a very crowded position and Griffin has been played out of position much of the season. Plus he was pretty much our worst player against Zebre, bad time to have his only stinker of the season. I'm happy enough with the 3 that are named.

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5 years 8 months ago #24035

Yes, particularly happy for Rodney, and fair play to the coaches too, for helping him along the way. Dan McFarland is some man it seems! I didn't see the Rodney selection coming, but I'd be quietly confident he'll give a good account of himself.

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5 years 8 months ago #24037

If Big Rod is capped, does that mean that he isntantly ceases to be a "Project Player" and there may be another gap to fill there?

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5 years 8 months ago #24038

Both Rodney and Nathan will be off the non-Irish list next year. If Parks doesn't re-sign then we have only Poolman, Heenan, and George who are NIQ/NIE, so dollars pending (thanks Pat) we should be able to sign a few from abroad.

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5 years 8 months ago #24040

salmson wrote: Both Rodney and Nathan will be off the non-Irish list next year. If Parks doesn't re-sign then we have only Poolman, Heenan, and George who are NIQ/NIE, so dollars pending (thanks Pat) we should be able to sign a few from abroad.


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5 years 8 months ago #24041

RonanL wrote: Yes, particularly happy for Rodney, and fair play to the coaches too, for helping him along the way. Dan McFarland is some man it seems! I didn't see the Rodney selection coming, but I'd be quietly confident he'll give a good account of himself.


Indeed, while it's jobs for the boys at the IRFU Dan just keeps on delivering year after year with the pack.....


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5 years 8 months ago #24042

ummm, wrote:

Sol_ie wrote: IRELAND Extended 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship Squad
Rodney Ah You (Buccaneers/Connacht)*


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Er... not quite right. I think you said he'd be in the Wolfhounds. I'm sure he'll drop into that team - but let's celebrate his current call up for the Full squad.

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5 years 8 months ago #24043

Robbo wrote: If Big Rod is capped, does that mean that he isntantly ceases to be a "Project Player" and there may be another gap to fill there?


Once he became IQ in October, he's no longer on the NIQ list, so whether he gets a cap or not doesn't matter from that point of view. Of course it stops the All Blacks capping him :P and making him ineligible again ...


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5 years 8 months ago #24044

just to echo what has been said about Dan Mcfarland, year after year he's coached our pack to punch above it's weight, the setpiece this year has been imperious and a lot of the credit for that goes to Dan.

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5 years 8 months ago #24047

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salmson wrote: Both Rodney and Nathan will be off the non-Irish list next year. If Parks doesn't re-sign then we have only Poolman, Heenan, and George who are NIQ/NIE, so dollars pending (thanks Pat) we should be able to sign a few from abroad.


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5 years 8 months ago #24049

No Zebo (just barely back from injury), so the only notable absentees are Gilroy, Court, Fitzpatrick and McLaughlin I think (and Paddy Wallace, obviously). Cue Nordie outrage.

Oh, and Herring is the Ulster no. 2 hooker.


Gilroy (concussion & broken nose)
Court (signing for L.I so is essentially retired)
Fitzpatrick (concussion)
McLaughlin (overtaken by Ruddock at Leinster who got a call-up)
Paddy Wallace (re-injured the same leg again. I think unfortunately that will be the end of his career and he'll retire in the summer).

Rob Herring is a fantastic Hooker who played for the Emerging Ireland squad last summer and gave a good account of himself. Nothing flashy but those all the basics well.

As for Rodney, Schmidt gave a presentation about the type of rugby he wants Ireland to play a week or two again at a coach's seminar. He emphasized at one point the need for Ireland to carry ball more to create space. Regardless of Rodney's other faults he's a very good carrier of the ball and with SOB out injured, Ferris on long-term injury and Healy just back that leaves Ireland with very few ball-carriers. It makes sense for Schmidt to want to look at Rodney and see if he could be utilized as one.

P.S. I could see Heaslip doing a lot more carries this 6N than he's done in a few years.


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