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- Sep 17, 2009
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Unfortunately Craig Casey is with us here. Arrived the morning of the breakdown.So we now have 10 positives in the SA group, including staff and players. Remaining 38 guys are clear to travel if they can continue to return negative tests, which is positive just from a personal POV.
Preempt this by saying that obviously rugby is secondary to player health and everyone getting back safely, but I was curious where our squad stands in the event that our entire touring SA squad cannot play in our European opener vs Wasps and here's what I have. Probably have a few players wrong, but you can generally see we won't be able to fulfill a fixture without significant loan signings and a raft of very young academy players being involved, which imo is not really a runner.
Senior players not in SA: James French, Dave Kilcoyne, Declan Moore, Tadhg Beirne, Peter O'Mahony, Joey Carbery, Conor Murray, Rowan Osborne, Damien De Allende, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Craig Casey.
Academy not in SA: Mark Donnelly (YR1), Scott Buckley (YR2), Eoin O'Connor (YR3), Daniel Okeke (YR1), Tony Butler (YR1), Patrick Campbell (YR1), Ethan Coughlan (YR1)
Injured Senior players: John Hodnett, Calvin Nash, RG Snyman, Roman Salanoa, Chris Farrell.
Injured Academy players: Edwin Odogbo, Paddy Kelly. Conor Philips and Johnathan Wren listed as injured, may now be fit.
Other: Alex McHenry is on loan with Wasps.
This leaves us to my mind with a provisional matchday squad of:
12. De Allende
We have some lads like Tommy O'Donnell training with lads back in Limerick and trying to get a few out of SA tonight. These will be cleared if back in Ireland tomorrow.
Rumours too there is talks we may be allowed "loan" 10 players from other provinces. And well I believe the AIL is being emptied back home looking for guys.
If we were to get a result against Wasps it'd be up there with our miracle games.