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Yes, Carbery injured and Leavy still making his way back from a few months layoff. Maybe he’ll be right for end of season playoffs and finals series in April/May.

Seven talking points from Six Nations Round 4

Hey Mzilikasi

Glad to see you caught the France game. A slight improvement by the team but nothing to be shouting from the rooftops. Good well-worked tries but the raft of changes in the second half prevented any foot being put on the French. Midfield is still a hit and miss and Ringrose needs Henshaw alongside him to make the gears really mesh smoothly or even Farrell who can make some hard yards that Aki seems to struggle with. Larmour did ok at 15 but his defensive positioning needs more work that only more games will fix. Earls as lively as ever. On matches so far, it certainly looks like Toner, Ryan, Henderson, and Dillane are the ones for the RWC with Beirne an extra asset for both lock and backrow. Carty looked very assured for only his second cap and some nice Rog-style grubbers to keep the pressure on.

Seven talking points from Six Nations Round 4

Motley crew???!!!

The cheek of ya, Tman. Those players are the cream, the elite, the crack unit. All of them carefully selected, nurtured and honed since they were 4 years old to develop into top professional sportsmen, then smuggled from South Africa, Canada, NZ, England and France under cover of darkness, and had green jerseys stitched onto them before you could say: ‘Three pints of Guinness and a sack of spuds, please!’

Motley crew! Pfft.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

Nah – there’s no rugby IP – it’s a foreign game invented by the English – thought you knew that, BF?

We put most of our resources, talent and energy into native sports. 2,400 GAA clubs vs 220 rugby clubs – that’s just the way it is. Ain’t no changing that in your lifetime.

McCartney, Aki, Stander, Roux, Gibson-Park, Marmion, McGrath, Carbery, Herbst, Marshall, Kleyn, Butler, Cloete, Bleyendaal, Lowe, Haley, Addison…..

That’s our new motto:

Ireland Rugby Multi-International
Born wherever, but made in Ireland.

Just read and weep baby, read and weep.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

Lol – very true Neil.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

Presumably, you did spot that Carbery wasn’t even on the bench, T-man. Nor were Best, Healy, Toner, Ryan, Beirne, Leavy, Stander, Marmion, McGrath, Henshaw, Ringrose, and Larmour.

Nonetheless, Ireland need to rediscover their mojo.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

I don’t need to admit it, Derek – I’m saying it is poor.

Nothing to write home about really. Wales should take out the GS without breaking a sweat.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

You’ve nailed it, T- Man. Sums it up nicely. 🙂

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

You’re a sucker every time, Bluesfan.

Roux is not the latest convert – tsk, tsk – do your homework – he came to Ireland 7 years ago.

Just wait until next year when we’ll have out on the park – Herbst, Marshall, McCartney, Roux, Kleyn, Fai’inga, Butler, Stander, Gibson-Park, Bleyendaal, Horwitz, Aki, Ludik, and then Cloete and Lowe to come in 2021!

We’ll be unstoppable under Farrell. 🙂

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

Humdrum, pedestrian and lacking pizzazz. This year’s comp is in danger of becoming like the Rugby Championship in recent years.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

“Half the Irish team comes from about three Dublin private schools”

Hmm…. that’s not really accurate – it’s a lot more diverse. Out of a likely 23 match-day squad, 8-9 players went to school in Dublin coming from 7 different schools.

Cian Healy (Belvedere – Dublin), Rory Best (Portadown College, NI), Tadgh Furlong (St Augustine’s – Wexford), Devin Toner (Castleknock – Dublin), James Ryan (St Michael’s – Dublin), Sean O’Brien (Tullow -Carlow), Peter O’Mahony (Pres Brothers – Cork), Jack Conan (St Gerard’s – Wicklow).

Conor Murray (St Munchin’s- Limerick), Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s – Dublin)
Robbie Henshaw (Marist – Westmeath), Garry Ringrose (Blackrock – Dublin),
Keith Earls (St Munchin’s – Limerick), Jacob Stockdale (Wallace – Belfast), Rob Kearney (Clongowes – Dublin).
Reps:
Sean Cronin (Ardscoil Ris – Limerick), Dave Kilcoyne (Ardscoil Ris – Limerick),
Andrew Porter (St Andrew’s – Dublin), Iain Henderson (Royal Academy – Belfast), Josh van der Flier (Wesley – Dublin), Kieran Marmion (Kirkham – England), Joey Carbery (Athy Community – Kildare/Blackrock- Dublin) Jordan Larmour (St Andrews – Dublin)

Will England rule the world in 2019?

Hey mzilikazi – good to hear from you.

Yes – the club gates have been climbing again in the last few years – this season might surpass last season again – 360k after 6-7 home games – with another 4 to go, before knockout stages. The European Cup pool games would add another 206k onto those.

Don’t know about the England game rumours – I despise scalping.

Will England rule the world in 2019?

“if they don’t they must be chokers???”

Hardly. The Six Nations invariably springs a surprise for most of the teams.

Will England rule the world in 2019?

Not sure there is really an elite in Ireland. But rugby has a tag – fairly or unfairly – of being a rich or perhaps middle-class person’s sport – engendered largely by the fee-paying rugby schools in the Dublin area that feed into the Leinster clubs and the provincial team. But its fan base is much wider than that – the provinces pull in 560,000 fans from right around the island for PRO14 games alone during the season in hail, rain or shine.

Will England rule the world in 2019?

Excellent – didn’t take long for England to become “the best team in the world”. By June, it’ll travel back over the equator and sit in another team’s pocket.

Will England rule the world in 2019?

I didn’t mean the English match, I meant other matches where Sexton has played when he’s not 100% or just returned from injury.

Never mind. None of them were good enough. England were far better. Let’s see how they go without Ringrose, Toner, Stander, Marmion, McGrath at Murrayfield.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

Distant cousin of the sweet transvestite from Transylvania….

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

No it doesn’t. He’s played not 100% before or just returned from injury and has been brilliant.

You have to watch the full match, not just 3 minute summaries, Tman…. ;).

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

The injury update from IRFU has some concerns for Schmidt:

Earls, Toner, Ringrose and Conway all having injuries managed and assessed currently – doubtful for availability for next weekend. Stander out for at least four weeks. Beirne and Henderson still out with hand/fingr injuries as well as Marmion and Luke McGrath.

So Schmidt’s choice for next weekend likely to come from:

LH: Healy, J McGrath, Kilcoyne
H: Best, Cronin, Scannell
TH: Furlong, Porter, Ryan
L: Ryan, Dillane, Roux
FL: O’Mahony, van der Flier, Ruddock, Murphy
8: O’Brien, Conan
9: Murray, Cooney, Blade
10: Sexton, Cooney, Carty
Centres: Aki, Chris Farrell, Tom Farrell
W: Stockdale, Larmour
15: R Kearney, Henshaw, Addison

Predictable Ireland bore themselves into a shock defeat by England

Marmion is injured and not in 6N squad for the moment.

Predictable Ireland bore themselves into a shock defeat by England

Indeed Nic. Although, Schmidt does have a streak of perseverance which one hopes has not become a streak of perseveration.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

England should put France to the sword, Riddler. No problems there.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

Leaving aside injury-forced changes for next week, Schmidt and Farrell have a lot of work to do to get ready for a hungry Scots side looking to feast on a wounded side.

Neither Murray nor Sexton look up to par. It’s unfortunate that they’re also missing Marmion and McGrath because either of those would have done better at 9.

The Championship is gone so I think if Sexton is out of sorts then Carbery and Carty on bench for next week to give them a start and game time. Midfield also needs a change-up with Chris Farrell or Robbie Henshaw coming into 12 instead of the ineffective Aki.

I reckon Earls is injured so Larmour starts instead and Schmidt either chooses Henshaw again at 15 to learn more or Rob Kearney comes back in.

Stander may also be injured so SOB could replace him with Jordi Murphy into the back row mix.

His biggest decision is whether he drops his captain, Best, and bring in Cronin and Scannell.

Pressure/expectation is now off Ireland and focus switches to the Wales v England game in Round 3 as the title/GS decider. That should be a cracker.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

You’re right, Fionn. Sexton hadn’t played since he was injured in the Munster interprovincial match in December – he was 50/50 for the test match.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

I agree with you. Let’s wait and see. Now’s the time to find out.

Who will be the King in the North in 2019?