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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Silverstu » Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:50 pm

Setanta wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:42 pm
Thanks although I think Moxham may be up for development contract?
Yeah I wasn't sure wether Moxham had already been promoted to academy this year or not, nearly sure I read he had a place in the academy after getting a few Ulster caps off the bench.

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Bayern » Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:24 pm

Silverstu wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:27 pm
@bayern would probably have a better idea but something like-

Saunderson LH prop
Egan TH prop
Charlie Ward[?] lock
Sheridan Lock/blindside
McKee scrum half
Humph jr Outhalf
Postlethwaite centre/wing
Ben Moxham centre/wing

maybe Conor McMenamin [lock]?
George Saunderson, Oscar Egan, Charlie Irvine, Harry Sheridan, Conor McKee, James Humphreys, Jude Postlethwaite, Ben Moxham.. I think

Moxham might be announce as going into year 2 as he got a contract earlier this season IIRC

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Silverstu » Mon May 03, 2021 12:31 pm

An Ireland u20s talent camp was held over the weekend the following players from Ulster in attendance :

Oscar Egan (QUB RFC) Tighthead prop
Conor McKee (QUB RFC) Scrum half
George Saunderson (QUB RFC) Loosheid prop
James McCormick (Ballymena RFC) Hooker
Lorcan McLaughlin (QUB RFC) ?
James Humphreys (QUB RFC) Outhalf
Harry Sheridan (DUFC) Lock/blindside flanker

Hadn't heard McLaughlin mentioned? Surprised no Postlethwaite/Moxham and I thought Stewart was still eligible but maybe Ulster are holding him back? Saunderson is a big lad..Leinster and Munster had higher representation.

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by UlsterNo9 » Mon May 03, 2021 1:14 pm

Silverstu wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:31 pm
An Ireland u20s talent camp was held over the weekend the following players from Ulster in attendance :

Oscar Egan (QUB RFC) Tighthead prop
Conor McKee (QUB RFC) Scrum half
George Saunderson (QUB RFC) Loosheid prop
James McCormick (Ballymena RFC) Hooker
Lorcan McLaughlin (QUB RFC) ?
James Humphreys (QUB RFC) Outhalf
Harry Sheridan (DUFC) Lock/blindside flanker

Hadn't heard McLaughlin mentioned? Surprised no Postlethwaite/Moxham and I thought Stewart was still eligible but maybe Ulster are holding him back? Saunderson is a big lad..Leinster and Munster had higher representation.
McLaughlin came through Exiles, back row / No.8

The pick on that list for me is Oscar Egan, very powerful ball carrier, suffered a horrific knee injury playing for Ulster U19 against Leinster, if he comes back to where he was I've great hopes for him.

I'm not that excited by Saunderson, though I've only seen him 2-3 times, so hopefully I'm wrong. He certainly has the frame.
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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Silverstu » Tue May 04, 2021 12:05 pm

UlsterNo9 wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 1:14 pm


McLaughlin came through Exiles, back row / No.8

The pick on that list for me is Oscar Egan, very powerful ball carrier, suffered a horrific knee injury playing for Ulster U19 against Leinster, if he comes back to where he was I've great hopes for him.

I'm not that excited by Saunderson, though I've only seen him 2-3 times, so hopefully I'm wrong. He certainly has the frame.
Haven't seen either play but I noticed they both have featured at underage level for Ireland, Saunderson is in the National Talent Squad so hopefully that is indicative of some potential. Hopefully we'll see how both go for the u20s.

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Kofi Annan » Fri May 14, 2021 8:42 am

I fear the academy system will go backwards now
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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Silverstu » Fri May 14, 2021 9:22 am

Kofi Annan wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 8:42 am
I fear the academy system will go backwards now
Have you heard who is replacing Campbell?

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Setanta » Sun May 16, 2021 2:17 pm

I have a list of 22 possibilities for the Academy next season. No doubt it will be a smaller number but do not disappoint me too much !
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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by RuPi » Sun May 16, 2021 6:21 pm

AFAIK the IRFU have decided that no province will have an academy intake for next season due to a lack of rugby to assess players on. The players will remain on NTS and PTS for a season before decisions are made. Probably a small cost cutting measure at the same time.

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by UlsterNo9 » Sun May 16, 2021 7:03 pm

RuPi wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 6:21 pm
AFAIK the IRFU have decided that no province will have an academy intake for next season due to a lack of rugby to assess players on. The players will remain on NTS and PTS for a season before decisions are made. Probably a small cost cutting measure at the same time.
NTS and PTS lads from Ulster will still use Ulster academy training facilities therefore all amounts to the same thing?
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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Neill_M » Fri May 21, 2021 10:25 am

https://www.ulsterrugby.com/2021/05/hog ... -a-return/

Ulster Rugby and the IRFU have today confirmed that Gavin Hogg will take the helm of the Ulster Rugby Academy, with former Ulster player, Willie Faloon, joining him as part of the structure.

Hogg, who has held the role of Rugby Development Manager in the province since February 2019, boasts an extensive coaching CV, with a strong focus on player development. Before joining Ulster, Hogg was Director of Rugby at Bury-St-Edmonds RFC, Head Coach at Old Albanian RFC and Elite Player Development Coach for U14-16s at Northampton. As Ulster Rugby Academy Manager, he will oversee the implementation of the IRFU High Performance strategy within the Academy set-up going forward and will take up the position in June. Former Ulster and Connacht openside flanker, Willie Faloon, also joins the Academy this summer as Elite Performance Development Officer, specialising in forwards play.

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Silverstu » Fri May 21, 2021 11:01 am

Don't anything about Hogg but good to see Willie back as from what I heard he's a very good coach- big loss for Armagh though..

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by justinr73 » Fri May 21, 2021 12:18 pm

Been to a game at Bury St Edmunds when he was in charge. He did very well there. Saw his OAs team too when he kept them in Nat League 1 initially.

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Silverstu » Fri May 21, 2021 2:45 pm

justinr73 wrote:
Fri May 21, 2021 12:18 pm
Been to a game at Bury St Edmunds when he was in charge. He did very well there. Saw his OAs team too when he kept them in Nat League 1 initially.
Sounds encouraging ...

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Bayern » Thu May 27, 2021 3:17 pm

Ulster players in Ireland u20 squad for friendly:

4. Harry Sheridan (Dublin University FC/Ulster)
12. Ben Carson (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)(u19)

Bench
George Saunderson (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)(LH Prop)
Oscar Egan (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)(TH Prop)
Reuben Crothers (Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster)(u19)(Backrow)
James Humphreys (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)(Outhalf)
Conor McKee (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)(Scrumhalf)
Conor Rankin (Malone RFC/Ulster)(Back Three)

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