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Tadhg Beirne has returned to team training after rehabbing a rib injury he sustained in the Heineken Champions Cup clash with Toulouse.

RG Snyman has progressed to the final stages of his rehab from a long-term knee injury and will be reviewed for a possible return to squad training next week.

On the Academy front lock Thomas Ahern is unavailable for training this week as he continues to rehab a knee injury, while prop Josh Wycherley (neck) will increase his training load with a decision on his availability for Saturday’s match to be made later in the week.

Continuing to rehab: RG Snyman (Knee), Neil Cronin (Knee), Paddy Patterson (Ankle)
 

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James Cronin confirmed to be leaving Munster at the end of the season. No word where he's going. You'd have to imagine if he wanted to stay in Ireland Connacht or Ulster would have a spot for him.
 

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James Cronin confirmed to be leaving Munster at the end of the season. No word where he's going. You'd have to imagine if he wanted to stay in Ireland Connacht or Ulster would have a spot for him.
Not sure re ulster, with McGrath and Moore, plus two good young props coming through, along with Callum Reid as well... I think we're unlikely to be investing, though wouldnt mind a big time upgrade here. But wouldnt be for a journeyman. What I'd give for a John Afoa to be back with us
 

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Not sure re ulster, with McGrath and Moore, plus two good young props coming through, along with Callum Reid as well... I think we're unlikely to be investing, though wouldnt mind a big time upgrade here. But wouldnt be for a journeyman. What I'd give for a John Afoa to be back with us

I mean Moore and O'Toole don't play the same position so are pretty irrelevant.

EOS is currently your starter but you need to be two deep in the frontrow, at least, to be at the level Ulster want to be at. Jack seems likely to be rehabbing for most of next season and we've no idea what level he'll come back at. Reid looks very good but clearly still has a way to go and isn't trusted more than Warwick yet by the looks of it. Depending on the cost Cronin would be a very useful signing over the next two years or so. Especially with two NIQ slots already gone.
 

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I mean Moore and O'Toole don't play the same position so are pretty irrelevant.

EOS is currently your starter but you need to be two deep in the frontrow, at least, to be at the level Ulster want to be at. Jack seems likely to be rehabbing for most of next season and we've no idea what level he'll come back at. Reid looks very good but clearly still has a way to go and isn't trusted more than Warwick yet by the looks of it. Depending on the cost Cronin would be a very useful signing over the next two years or so. Especially with two NIQ slots already gone.
Wasnt sure which side of the row he's on

This is true, I mean i wish we used our NIQ slots better than we do, given alby is here for a runaround and a paycheck, and Carter probably shouldnt be in our starting second row. Plus Nakarawa, so actually its all 3

Good point mind, yeah Reid has potential so we'll see how that develops, we're certainly not known for bringing through top Props these days
 

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Sorry to see Cronin go. He had some really good games for us this season, so I wouldn't have let him go voluntarily. At the same time if it's a vote of confidence in Wycherley I'll say fair enough. Doesn't fully sit right with me if it's cost cutting though.
 

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Rhys Marshall leaving the province as I think most expected. I always thought he was a pretty good player, while not being a top tier European hooker. Whatever about not trusting youth, we are losing a huge amount of experience in Holland, Cronin, Stander, O'Donnell, Hanrahan, Marshall and next year we will have literally no choice but to rely heavily on the likes of J. Wycherley, Hodnett, Crowley, Barron, O'Sullivan etc next year. I would feel a lot more comfortable if they'd had more exposure this year before likely being mainstays of most matchday squads next year, but they will all need to step up in a big way and the staff clearly have faith or a few more players would have been renewed.

9 guys being promoted from the academy in a year feels pretty unprecedented to me, some of whom have definitely skipped the que and I think they all have the physical attributes to play at a top level which is great for the squad. Really hope we can refill the academy below them with similar quality. I think we only have Scott Buckley, Cian Hurley, Paddy Kelly, Eoin O'Connor, Alex Kendellen and Conor Phillips left at the moment.
 

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Not sure what cosmic entity RG Snyman ****** off, but the guy seems cursed. Bizarre situation that is! Hopefully everyone will be perfectly ok.
 

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Right so they were by the firepit and someone decided to pour petrol on it. Petrol can catches fire, explodes.
 

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Right so they were by the firepit and someone decided to pour petrol on it. Petrol can catches fire, explodes.
Christ. Something like that was my initial guess, but I discounted it on the grounds that no-one could possibly be so stupid.

Incredibly lucky that none of them are up for a Darwin Award.
 

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Christ. Something like that was my initial guess, but I discounted it on the grounds that no-one could possibly be so stupid.

Incredibly lucky that none of them are up for a Darwin Award.
Yeah, pretty bizarre. Pouring gas from a cannister on an open flame is insanely stupid and all involved pretty lucky to only have superficial burns.
 

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Underwhelming selection for the zebre game. Good to see Gallagher back but why we haven’t gotten more minutes into salanoa knox and jack O Sullivan’s and josh Wycherley beggars belief.
 

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