Any word on the Academy?

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Bayern » Tue May 12, 2020 12:52 pm

Regan is in NZ to play rugby.

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Post by rumncoke » Tue May 12, 2020 1:51 pm

Not to sure how much is given to Academy players I expect most are At University - not an environment to encourage the necessary attitude — then there is the fact many never get a lookin at international u20 level a dampener to any budding player looking to go professional.

Professional rugby is all about attitude as at that age there is little difference in skill levels in each position . There is also the physical development and fitness which to some extent maybe a product of attitude and discipline .

All the Academy is providing is opportunity it is then up to the player to make the most of that opportunity
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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Bayern » Tue May 12, 2020 2:49 pm

Dalton, Agnew, Hall, Dunleavy etc. all got chances at u20 level.

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by UlsterNo9 » Tue May 12, 2020 11:26 pm

Anyone offered sub academy spots?

Thought Oscar Egan had potential to push his way in. Big injury against Leinster in Donnybrook has cost him dear.

McKee at scrum half also showed promise.
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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Bayern » Wed May 13, 2020 9:22 am

They won't announce it but I'd say the following will be around the sub-academy:

Oscar Egan(Prop)
George Saunderson(Prop)
Paddt McAlpine(Prop)
Conor McMenamin(Lock)
Matthew Sands(Lock)
Harry Sheridan(Lock)
Will Hopes(Lock-Blindside)
Riley Westwood(Lock-Blindside)
Ryan O’Neill(Openside)
Conor McKee(Scrumhalf)
Charlie Worth(Scrumhalf)
Dara Gaskin(Scurmhalf)
Reece Malone(Outhalf)
Greg Hutley(Outhalf-Centre)
Jude Postlethwaite(Outside Back)
Luke Pollock(Outside Back)
Ben Moxham(Outside Back)

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Bobbievee » Wed May 13, 2020 11:21 pm

Is Jude any relation to the belfast model Postletwaite of early 60s in a famously capable schools cup side in their day? Maybe went into CI?

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Post by jackthelad » Thu May 14, 2020 7:14 pm

Bobbievee wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 11:21 pm
Is Jude any relation to the belfast model Postletwaite of early 60s in a famously capable schools cup side in their day? Maybe went into CI?
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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by solidarity » Fri May 22, 2020 7:17 pm

What do we know about Cormac Izuchukwu ? Did he fall just short of the Leinster Aademy or did he have a reason to come north?

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Bayern » Sat May 23, 2020 9:45 am

solidarity wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 7:17 pm
What do we know about Cormac Izuchukwu ? Did he fall just short of the Leinster Aademy or did he have a reason to come north?
didnt come close to making leinster academy, is a big time project as a lock.

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Post by Setanta » Sat May 23, 2020 4:05 pm

All round athlete who has played for the sevens and U20s; what's to question?
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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by solidarity » Sat May 23, 2020 8:39 pm

No problems welcoming him, very happy to have the lad, just seemed odd that a Leinster shoolboy from Connaught, didn't get picked up by the Leinster or Connaught academy. He will have my 100% support. Lets hope he turns out to be a monster!

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by rumncoke » Sat May 23, 2020 8:52 pm

At 6 7 and 17 stone if he can carry and is fast enough to play 7s could be a future 8 in the making
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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Bayern » Sun May 24, 2020 12:58 am

solidarity wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:39 pm
No problems welcoming him, very happy to have the lad, just seemed odd that a Leinster shoolboy from Connaught, didn't get picked up by the Leinster or Connaught academy. He will have my 100% support. Lets hope he turns out to be a monster!
He is from leinster not Connacht. The Leinster school he went to would have a lot of players who end up at Connacht aswell as Leinster. He was looked at by Leinster last summer but too much of a project at lock when compared to players Leinster had coming through at the position.

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Bayern » Sun May 24, 2020 12:59 am

Setanta wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 4:05 pm
All round athlete who has played for the sevens and U20s; what's to question?
Hasn't played for 20s. Didn't make that squad.

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Re: Any word on the Academy?

Post by Snipe Watson » Mon May 25, 2020 12:52 am

He may be a bit of a long term project. He seems to have the physical attributes so there's nothing to lose by taking a punt on him.
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