The Ulster Thread

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  1. The Alpha Bro

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    Your pack is getting slightly better next season, if I'm not mistaken you could field McCall, Best, Moore, O'Connor/Treadwell, Henderson, Reidy, Murphy, Timoney Not exactly world beaters but should allow you to compete with most European packs that don't wear blue. Its definitely a good enough platform to improve for an internationally capped 10.

    I can't see it, better 10's around for less money too.
     
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    I can't see it either but it would make a lot of sense.

    Agree there are better 10s around but Ulster and their fans need a big morale boost. There's no other potential signing that could do that for them. He'd play 10 alongside John Cooney or 9 with Johnny McPhillips outside him.

    From the perspective of the IRFU, Ross Byrne, Joey Carbery or Ian Madigan joining would be preferable to re-signing Pienaar.

    Sign a new loosehead and Ulster's pack looks decent. Depth is non existent though.

    Louis Ludik, Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Ruan Pienaar, John Cooney; AN Other, Rory Best, Marty Moore, Kieran Treadwell, Iain Henderson, Marcell Coetzee, Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy

    That's a full strength team which should qualify for the Pro14 playoffs and challenge strongly to qualify a the Champions Cup quarter final.
     
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    Ulster should look to get Peter Dooley orbed Byrne up from Leinster. Both are very good and could be internationals if they get a run of games (especially Dooley.) Obviously little game time with Healy and McGrath but that would change if they went up to Ulster where they could be potentially be first choice. If they can't get one of the Leinster lads at 10 they should look at Bill Johnstone from Munster. An NIQ isn't ideal but would be understandable. Pienaar, Jackson and Piutau are all leaving/have left so there should be some cash to spend.
     
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    Absolutely they should target Dooley or Byrne. So very underrated and capable of being standout players. Not sure Johnston would be their answer either. Firstly he may want to compete with the 10s in Munster and if not has apparently got some interest abroad, secondly is his injury profile and thirdly he has about as much experience as McPhillips at this stage given how little he's played. Ulster need a guy with a lot of experience immediately imo, with McPhillips being a decent project backup.
     
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    Johnstone wouldn't be perfect but he'd provide competition at the very least which they desperately need but tbh if I were him I'd definitely stay in Munster where he could compete with their 10s. From an Irish POV Byrne/Carbery makes the most sense but if that doesn't happen an NIQ or Madigan (if they can afford him which they probably can't) is the best option. Best move for all parties would probably be a one year deal for Carbery with an option to go back after that.
     
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    Flew over my head, but Johnston just signed a two year contract with us.
     
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    Dan McFarland is the latest name linked with the Ulster head coach job.
     
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    A pic of Big Joe seen talking with lil Joey and his agent doing the rounds, Irish Times saying it's one step closer to happening. Qualify for Europe and he's your man I imagine.
     
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    Will be what they need. A hard nut forwards thinking coach who knows the Irish game
     
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    Does anyone know the status of Marcell Coetzee? Expected return date etc.
     
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    A Lions tour prematurely ending a career... Well I never!

    Hard luck to him and I hope he's a great coach.
     
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    Not the Lions fault here though. Concussion symptoms were at him well before that. He pulled out of an Irish game with them before.
     
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    Payne was always going to walk the coaching route. Good move for him and consolation for a career cut seriously short.
     
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    Doesn't exactly have to be a world beater to improve our defence either!!
     
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    Stuart Olding to Brive next season
     
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    But he's a very intelligent rugby brain and well will put his stamp on it
     
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    My understanding is that he is expected back for pre-season. By all accounts the second ACL surgery has gone well and his rehab has gone to schedule.

    It can't be underestimated the effect that a fully fit Coetzee would have on Ulster's pack. Let's hope we see it.
     
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    6. Reidy 7/8. Murphy/Coetzee 20. Timoney

    That's a hell of a backrow, not quite Leinster quality, slightly behind Munster too but my God Ulster fans won't know what they're watching!
     
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