Earls can match All Blacks great Cullen - Tipoki

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by MunsterMan, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
    Part of this article from the Irish Examiner.
     
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  3. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    high praise indeed, would be awesome if he lived up to it.
     
  4. He looks like he could become a world class player. With ball in hand and a little bit of spce, he's devastating. He's improving with every game he plays at 13 and his defence is now of a good standard. Hopefully he can improve his passing game because right now that's the only element to his game which needs a fair deal of work. The thought of Earls, Cave, Fitzgerald and Kearney as the outside backs for Ireland is mouth watering.
     
  5. Hall

    Hall Guest

    Christian Cullen!? Is the guy really that good?
     
  6. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    Well he runs some of the best lines I've ever seen. He seems incredible under the highball, haven't ever seen him really defensively tested. Strong and incredibly quick and I've seen him clear out a ruck. So yeah, he's that good. Huge boot on him too.

    When he won the School's Senior cup with St Munchuns couple of years ago he scored at least one try in every match.
     
  7. dangandan

    dangandan Guest

    im pretty sure i remember an article where doug howlett said that earls reminded him of a younger christian cullen as well. good signs if the two of em are saying that :D
     
  8. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    Yeah, and I think ROG compared him to a young Brian O'Driscoll so there is no pressure on him at all, He is only being compared to two of the all time greats. <_<
     
  9. Hall

    Hall Guest

    A lot to live up to...
     
  10. candybum

    candybum Guest

    Agreed! a hella lot to live up to.. but can match Cullen? c'mon!! (Cullen fan if yous didn't know lol)
     
  11. QLD

    QLD Guest

    Potential is one thing, living up to it is another.
     
  12. Gavin

    Gavin Guest

    It's nice that a young Irish back has been compared to such a great as All Black Legend Cullen. It is far too early to say whether he can live up to the same billing as Cullen on the international stage. Just have to wait and see how Earls does in the Six Nations.
     
  13. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Gavin @ Jan 30 2009, 11:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    The problem there is that the centre partnership seems certain to feature BOD and then Fitzgerald/Darcy. So it looks like he'll be slotted into the back three if anywhere. Hopefully not FB which should be specially reserved for Kearney which leaves him on the wing which isn't his best position.

    Most likely is that he'll be a super utility sub, sigh.
     
  14. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Monkeypigeon @ Jan 30 2009, 12:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    The problem there is that the centre partnership seems certain to feature BOD and then Fitzgerald/Darcy. So it looks like he'll be slotted into the back three if anywhere. Hopefully not FB which should be specially reserved for Kearney which leaves him on the wing which isn't his best position.

    Most likely is that he'll be a super utility sub, sigh.
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    depends on his fitness as well.
     
  15. danny

    danny Guest

    Just imagine if he was comparable to the best of all time....Blanco.
    Now that really would be a compliment. In all fairness give the guy time rather than comparing him with legendary figures from the past. He looks like a really dynamic runner with a big boot but hes no Cullen or certainly no Blanco yet.
     
  16. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    I didn't read the full article, but I read the posted outtake. And from what I've read, he doesn't say anywhhere that he 'can match' Christian Cullen. All he says is that he plays like him and that he is 'great'. I'm not saying he doesn't have potential, but more is being read from Tipoki's statement than what should be.
     
  17. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (danny @ Jan 31 2009, 04:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Cullen > Blanco.
     
  18. candybum

    candybum Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (wairarapa_cullen @ Jan 31 2009, 07:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Cullen > Blanco.
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    2nd'ed lol
     
  19. danny

    danny Guest

    I look at it from an unbiased neutral view.
     
  20. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (wairarapa_cullen @ Jan 31 2009, 07:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Cullen > Blanco.
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    For a period of about 5 years Cullen was unstoppable. Blanco was unstoppable for over a decade.

    Cullen < Blanco
     
  21. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    His future is probably at centre so there really isn't much point in the fullback compairssons. Even when playing fullback, alot of what he does in attacking is when he comes into the line.
     
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