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Big Nick

Post by Thelaw » Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:55 pm

Sad that see big nick hanging up the boots. Always enjoyed his runs knocking players out his way like schoolboys. Gave us great times at Ravenhill, and underappreciated by us I think. Good luck Nick
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Re: Big Nick

Post by Hans Indaruck » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:39 pm

Fond memories of Big Nick - he brightened up many an otherwise miserable Friday night. Of course he was a liability as well, but deadly from 3 yards out! The sight of Nick’s head bobbing in the middle of a maul with the ball held up above him in his massive paw will be forever etched in the memory!
Good luck and thanks Nick - forever an Ulsterman! :fleg:
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Re: Big Nick

Post by justinr73 » Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:19 pm

Was funny to see him carry a plate of ham and cheese to the coach at Parma.

Such a warrior on the pitch and a gentle giant >appl

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Re: Big Nick

Post by big mervyn » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:11 pm

How could you not like Big Nick? Always played with a big grin on his bake.
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Re: Big Nick

Post by Aird » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:12 pm

A very controversial signing because of his period in Munster who proved to be a gem of signing who showed real commitment to the cause both on and off the field. The decision to release him was met with equal controversy as by then he had won the hearts of the fans.

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Re: Big Nick

Post by Bobbievee » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:36 pm

Another Bryn Cunningham decision.........?
Or maybe under direction....?

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Re: Big Nick

Post by Neill_M » Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:02 pm

Aird wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:12 pm
A very controversial signing because of his period in Munster who proved to be a gem of signing who showed real commitment to the cause both on and off the field. The decision to release him was met with equal controversy as by then he had won the hearts of the fans.
I think he was offered the max 1 year extension as he was over 30, Cardiff offered him a 3 year contract.

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Re: Big Nick

Post by Bobbievee » Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:37 pm

And we had to make room for some of the busload of up and coming Leinster backrowers?

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Re: Big Nick

Post by Neill_M » Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:13 am

Bobbievee wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:37 pm
And we had to make room for some of the busload of up and coming Leinster backrowers?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of ... _transfers

No, some lad called Coetzee and Piutau (who was a luxury signing) amongst others.
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Re: Big Nick

Post by Bobbievee » Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:12 pm

Fair point

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Re: Big Nick

Post by Aird » Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:07 pm

It was a pity that Charles did not show the same commitment that Nick did. I agree that Charles was a luxury which I suspect was maybe motivated by “ World Domination” by Bryn’s boss.

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Re: Big Nick

Post by Vanhelsing » Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:35 pm

Good player sad to see him hang up his boots.

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Re: Big Nick

Post by justinr73 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:17 am

Let’s not forget that Nick was dismissed as a “busted flush” on this forum long before we parted company.

And had been shipping injuries at the time, tbf.

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Re: Big Nick

Post by UlsterNo9 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:22 am

Aird wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:07 pm
It was a pity that Charles did not show the same commitment that Nick did. I agree that Charles was a luxury which I suspect was maybe motivated by “ World Domination” by Bryn’s boss.
For me Charles commitment was never in doubt, he was professional but ultimately playing in a team that didn't have the upfront platform to cause as much damage as he could have.

Imagine Charles under McFarland with a pack that has cohesiveness and can at least gain parity with it's better on paper. With that platform he would of been devastating. He constantly created from nothing when at Ulster.
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Re: Big Nick

Post by justinr73 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:37 am

I agree.

He wasn’t a shirker.

I didn’t really like him at 15 but I think he’s played quite a lot there at Bristol.

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