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by paddybrown
Wed Jul 27, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Any word on the Academy?
Replies: 2859
Views: 350978

Re: Any word on the Academy?

Three - Conor McKee joined the academy at the same time.

Considering we've only ever had two professional rugby players before - David Erskine and Darren Cave - that's exceptional.
by paddybrown
Wed Jul 27, 2022 9:38 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Any word on the Academy?
Replies: 2859
Views: 350978

Re: Any word on the Academy?

My nephew Sam played loosehead and hooker for Sullivan firsts for the last couple of years and has just finished his A levels. His year were good at Medallion level but didn't really get any bigger, so at senior level they were technically good but small. Their number 8, Rory Carson, is talented, bu...
by paddybrown
Mon Jul 25, 2022 3:09 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Dan Tuohy - Rugby 'rotten from the core'
Replies: 9
Views: 2697

Re: Dan Tuohy - Rugby 'rotten from the core'

Same journalist has written the same story for the Belfast Telegraph, in their "premium" section, so again behind a paywall. The main issue seems to be that he took a job coaching at Malone while still serving a two year ban from rugby imposed by the French rugby authorities. He says he th...
by paddybrown
Thu Jul 21, 2022 10:18 am
Forum: Raver's rumours
Topic: TRANSFER RUMOURS!!
Replies: 14866
Views: 1100030

Re: TRANSFER RUMOURS!!

Talking about out-halves, is it possible that Ciaran Frawley might become available? Farrell clearly sees him as a better option than either of the Byrne brothers, but if Leinster stick with the Byrnes, he might be interested in a move.
by paddybrown
Thu Jul 21, 2022 10:12 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Michael McDonald
Replies: 18
Views: 2388

Re: Michael McDonald

They didn't announce the length of Cooney's new contract, but this signing suggests it's not long. They may also be concerned about his fitness. He missed a lot of last season with injuries. If he gets injured again, then Dave Shanahan is the only backup to Doak. Some more cover can't hurt. One thin...
by paddybrown
Sat Jul 02, 2022 9:43 pm
Forum: International rugby
Topic: Ireland ? in New Zealand
Replies: 184
Views: 13979

Re: Ireland ? in New Zealand

Big Stu McCloskey is on his way. They need to call up Andy Warwick at loosehead.
by paddybrown
Tue Jun 21, 2022 1:37 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Next season's Heineken Cup
Replies: 61
Views: 5750

Next season's Heineken Cup

The draw for next season's Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup takes place next Tuesday . If I've understood it right, Ulster, as URC semi-finalists, are in tier two, and will play home and away against one of the tier three teams from the Top 14, and one of the tier three teams from the Premiership - so...
by paddybrown
Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:28 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Stuart McCloskey
Replies: 16
Views: 2155

Re: Stuart McCloskey

It's a matter of priorities. Ireland's priorities when selecting seem to be Leinster players and imported project players. If you're neither you'll have an uphill struggle to get picked no matter how good you are, and if you do get picked you'll only get a run out against Italy. Don't know how many ...
by paddybrown
Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:46 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: End of season depth chart
Replies: 16
Views: 1889

Re: End of season depth chart

Flyhalf is the biggest problem yet. People forget that it was Burns’ very poor pass around 75minutes that gifted the stormers field possession and ulster never got out of their half for the rest of the match. I’m hoping Flannery hits the ground running and can get good Gametime off the bench next s...
by paddybrown
Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:26 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Injury Update
Replies: 7729
Views: 737241

Re: Injury Update

Sounds like an operation to remove ragged edges of cartilage.
by paddybrown
Wed Jun 15, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: End of season depth chart
Replies: 16
Views: 1889

End of season depth chart

My take on how each position stands at the end of this season, and predictions for next season. Loosehead: Andrew Warwick , Eric O'Sullivan, Callum Reid. Warwick made the position his own this season, and O'Sullivan was on the Pro14 Dream Team last season, so we're solid for first and second choice....
by paddybrown
Tue Jun 14, 2022 8:18 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Season highlights
Replies: 18
Views: 1653

Re: Season highlights

This was my first season as a season ticket holder, and it was a good season. I didn't go in with the expectation of winning the URC or the Heineken Cup, and while I was disappointed to go out of both competitions, we did pretty well and gave some memorable performances in both. My pick for player o...
by paddybrown
Tue Jun 07, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Alan O'Connor - URC Tackle Machine
Replies: 9
Views: 1366

Re: Alan O'Connor - URC Tackle Machine

The URC Dream Team has been announced, and Nick Timoney and James Hume are in it. All players come from six teams from Ireland and South Africa - the Stormers (5), Bulls (3), Sharks (2), Ulster (2), Munster (2) and Leinster (1). 1. Ox Nche (Sharks) 2. Johan Grobbelaar (Bulls) 3. Thomas du Toit (Shar...
by paddybrown
Fri Jun 03, 2022 11:05 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Ulster v Munster Friday June 3 7:35pm KO Premier Sports 2 / TG4 / URC TV / Supersport
Replies: 194
Views: 11441

Re: Ulster v Munster Friday June 3 7:35pm KO Premier Sports 2 / TG4 / URC TV / Supersport

Back from Ravenhill. Much better performance than the last outing against Munster, and Cooney had a spring in his step he hasn't had for a while. Great pace to cut off a Munster break and kick the ball into touch. He hasn't been at his best this season with the injuries, so it was nice to see him pe...
by paddybrown
Wed Jun 01, 2022 4:19 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Contract Situation
Replies: 587
Views: 59533

Re: Contract Situation

Is the rule still that we can have four NIQ players? We have three. So if we need to make an emergency signing, say in an injury crisis, we can sign someone from anywhere and don't need to worry about Irish qualification. That looks like sensible squad management to me. What did Sam Carter do to Sta...