The Leinster thread

Discussion in 'Guinness Pro14' started by snoopy snoopy dog dog, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. Leinster Fan

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    I think we're favourites and justifiably so, but Toulouse will rightfully think they have a decent chance. Assuming Henshaw is fit it'll be interesting to see who takes Lowe's spot on the wing. Adam Byrne is probably the most deserving but that'd force Larmour to switch wings. Daly is just back from injury and O'Loughlin is in the mix as well. Sexton being doubtful is worrying though (aside from the obvious fact that any team in the competition would miss him), Ross Byrne has proven himself as good enough to fill in at this level, but Frawley has looked shaky in recent weeks, maybe Reid on the bench to cover both an iffy Henshaw and an emergency option at 10 would be a better bet? Toner is dodgy as well but he's always fit and even if he isn't there's a world cup finalist there to come into the team anyway so not the end of the world.

    No French team has ever won at the RDS (at rugby), this could well be the week that changes. I think we'll have just enough to scrape past them in what will hopefully be a great game especially as it's sold out (at the RDS which has a far more intimidating atmosphere than the Aviva) and it'll be live on free to air television in Ireland.
     
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    I'd have no fear about starting Ross Byrne. He has plenty of experience in European games, starting against Montpellier twice, Northampton once and playing 58 minutes plus off the bench against Exeter and Castres. He's started a Pro 14 semi final and has built up stacks of experience. That's why you build a squad.

    Ciaran Frawley getting significant game time in the league looks like a great move now too given the injury concern over Sexton. He's not coming in completely blind to the task at hand having played in big games already.

    I've a feeling Dave Kearney will start on the left wing this weekend.

    As a more general point, does anyone expect the front liners to play in the regular season of the league again this season? The gap they have over everyone else in the table is massive. There's no point flogging Sexton, Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Garry Ringrose et al. Get them in peak condition for the Pro 14 and, hopefully, European Cup playoffs.
     
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    Ross Byrne is definitely up to it. He played a huge amount during last years pool stages and the team didn't drop at all. He's been brilliant in the league this season as well. Probably the best backup for Sexton we've had (including Madigan and Carbery) and you'd go a long way to find a backup 10 as good as him. That said, I'm a big Frawley fan but I'm not sure he's up to this level just yet. He'll get plenty of game time during the Six Nations though.

    Our conference is all but over, we're a ridiculous amount clear, and none of the teams behind us look capable of making up the gap (and we've got five home games left). I'd be very surprised to see star players risked in those games (especially in a world cup year) unless someone is coming back from injury (SOB) or we get knocked out of Europe early.
     
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    Conor O'Brien into the Euro squad, Tomane out.
     
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    ... and out at the end of the season?
     
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    I highly doubt it considering his contract is for two years.

    Leinster A side for friendly against Munster A tomorrow:
    15. Rob Russell
    14. Gavin Mullin
    13. Jimmy O’Brien
    12. David Hawkshaw
    11. Tommy O’Brien
    10. Harry Byrne
    9. Patrick Patterson
    1. Peter Dooley
    2. Ronan Kelleher CAPTAIN
    3. Vakh Abdaladze
    4. Oisín Dowling
    5. Josh Murphy
    6. Martin Moloney
    7. Scott Penny
    8. Ronan Watters

    16. Daniel Sheehan
    17. Michael Milne
    18. Jack Aungier
    19. Brian Deeney
    20. Cian Prendergast
    21. Cormac Foley
    22. Liam Turner
    23. Hugo Conway
     
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    Fair 'nuff.

    Although I reckon youse could make better use of the wedge and the NIQ spot at hooker.
     
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    Quite possibly but I can't remember us ever getting rid of someone in contract. I doubt we'll renew him but he'll see out his contract. In fairness if he wasn't injured he'd be pretty much guaranteed to be in the 23. The guy had a poor start but he could still be plenty useful.
     
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    Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw are likely to go to the World Cup. While he hasn't set the world alight in his few appearances thus far, Joe Tomane's versatility would be worthwhile when those players are unavailable. You don't have a long career in the NRL, Super Rugby, Top 14 and at international level if you're a bad player. The emergence of Conor O'Brien would also see Tomane play in his better position of wing and not be shoehorned into a centre where he's not as comfortable.

    Jamison Gibson Park becomes Ireland qualified during the summer. That frees up a NIQ spot.
     
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    Add in Fardy probably gone too. But Leinster will obviously be looking to avoid repeat of current 3 in to 2 scenario
     
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