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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by Big-al » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:14 pm

Ulster could have 3 lions in the tight 5 + a Walkaby lock and Irish TH prop.

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Post by Dave » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:19 pm

I didn't have much hope for Marty when he signed given his record with Wasps. It's amazing what a change of scenery can do for a player. The squad could do with an injection of experience.

I remember when every commentators fav stat was that we had no international props.
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Post by Amiga500 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:27 pm

Dave wrote:I didn't have much hope for Marty when he signed given his record with Wasps. It's amazing what a change of scenery can do for a player.
+1 He's been a revelation for us. I'd say hes now ahead of Andrew Porter and Finlay Bealham in the national pecking order - whether Joe sees it that way is another matter.

I think few would argue if I were to say he's been the most important of our signings over the close season. We definitely wouldn't have qualified out of the group and we also wouldn't be looking at a run-in for the playoffs.

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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by Shan » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:30 pm

This is great for Jack and Ulster.

All of a sudden the Ulster pack is looking more and more solid. Now yiz only have to worry about yer backs although getting Marshall back is fecking massive, especially if he can regain his classy best form. Yer a bit light at full back. Maybe ye should try to encourage Rob K to come up. With him being from Louth, Nordland would feel like home. :D :D
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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by UlsterNo9 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:54 pm

Shan wrote:This is great for Jack and Ulster.

All of a sudden the Ulster pack is looking more and more solid. Now yiz only have to worry about yer backs although getting Marshall back is fecking massive, especially if he can regain his classy best form. Yer a bit light at full back. Maybe ye should try to encourage Rob K to come up. With him being from Louth, Nordland would feel like home. :D :D
We'll take Farrell back please, >EW that'll allow us to play Faddes, Ludik or Addison at full back next season.
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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by Dave » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:59 pm

Shan wrote:This is great for Jack and Ulster.

All of a sudden the Ulster pack is looking more and more solid. Now yiz only have to worry about yer backs although getting Marshall back is fecking massive, especially if he can regain his classy best form. Yer a bit light at full back. Maybe ye should try to encourage Rob K to come up. With him being from Louth, Nordland would feel like home. :D :D
We have the best backline in the EU sure!

According to reliable sauces, we have signed Matt Faddes from the Highlanders. We can cover the back three.
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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by thecrouch » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:33 pm

Amiga500 wrote:I have to admit, while this could potentially go very well... it also could potentially fall apart.

He hasn't been in form for a long time - injury related? (by that I mean, permanent ceiling on performance-injury related)
He is coming here as he isn't confident of becoming number 1 beating out a 31 year old Healy (and more recently Byrne & Dooley) for the spot.

Eric O'Sullivan is going great and developing all the time. Across this season, in terms of form - EOS is the starter. How will that go down? Will the head drop?

I assume the IRFU are footing the bill as its still a central contract so Ulster are financially OK and in theory we have greatly improved strength in a problem position. In practice, it may not quite work out like that.
An out of form Jack McGrath is better than most players we've had tog out at #1 in the past number of years.

We'll have McGrath and O'Sullivan at #1, either one of which can start any game and we'll not be worried about it. A long time since we've been able to say that.
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Post by UlsterNo9 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:14 pm

Assume duration of stay at present will be for the remainder of his central contract.

His move here will be to put himself in a position to have his central contract renewed, it was never going to be renewed if he was continuing to be second choice at Leinster.

He may even think the coaching is better up here, with Fogarty moving to the Ireland setup he may just be thinking McFarland can teach him a new trick or two.
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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by Jackie Brown » Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:23 pm

The paranoia on Leinsterfans regarding the IRFU is brilliant.

Come back to us when the IRFU;
Turf your best player and Ulster through and through scrumhalf yet allow other provinces to keep theirs.
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Post by Cap'n Grumpy » Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:09 pm

Slowly but shirley Ulster is re-absorbing the other 23 counties ... :duck:
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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by Snipe Watson » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:40 pm

Cap'n Grumpy wrote:Slowly but shirley Ulster is re-absorbing the other 23 counties ... :duck:
:thumleft:
It's the obvious solution to the current political impasse at Westminster.
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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by Kofi Annan » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:01 am

Jesus, this is great for Ulster , now two class loose heads. I don’t care if they are from down the road, or from the Veldt, they will give it 100%+ that’s a given.

Can there be anymore good news.
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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by againstthehead » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:55 am

Was Jack not getting enough gametime at Leinster? Fantastic signing. Seems to be more movement within Ireland of players than ever before. Any decent forwards from our academy coming through?
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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by UlsterNo9 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:04 am

againstthehead wrote:Was Jack not getting enough gametime at Leinster? Fantastic signing. Seems to be more movement within Ireland of players than ever before. Any decent forwards from our academy coming through?
The message from the IRFU seems to be if you are not first choice for your province do not expect to be selected for Ireland. Kilcoyne picked ahead of him in 6 Nations.
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Re: Jack McGrath

Post by Shan » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:16 am

Cap'n Grumpy wrote:Slowly but shirley Ulster is re-absorbing the other 23 counties ... :duck:
Well Dublin anyway which ye are welcome to. Indeed ye can have Dublin, Louth, Meath, Longford, Carlow, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. We'll keep all the decent counties and move the capital to Cork.
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