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by hugonaut
August 14th, 2022, 9:39 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Robbie Henshaw - Best IQ signing?
Replies: 17
Views: 2334

Re: Robbie Henshaw - Best IQ signing?

Henshaw has now beaten all five of NZ, SA, AUS, FRA & ENG starting at both No12 and No13. Phenomenal achievement. New Zealand @ No12 [05.11.16] @ No13 [15.06.22] South Africa @ No12 [08.11.14] @ No13 [11.06.16] Australia @ No12 [16.06.18] @ No13 [22.11.14] England @ No12 [01.03.15] @ No13 [20.03...
by hugonaut
August 13th, 2022, 11:17 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Rugby Championship 2022
Replies: 67
Views: 3127

Re: Rugby Championship 2022

Great game, and delighted to see NZ fight and claw like wild dogs for the win. It seemed to me like the South Africans [particularly the public side of things] were over-confident going into that game. The stark reality at the end of that 80 minutes is that they got bonus-pointed at home in Ellis Pa...
by hugonaut
August 12th, 2022, 7:56 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Rugby Championship 2022
Replies: 67
Views: 3127

Re: Rugby Championship 2022

Front five is a big concern. Flanker is weirdly a concern . 13 is a big concern (Rieko to me is a winger). But coaching is the biggest issue without question. It's huge, and like you say, really unexpected. The All Blacks have always had world-leading backrows and some of the backrows they have fie...
by hugonaut
August 11th, 2022, 7:50 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Rugby Championship 2022
Replies: 67
Views: 3127

Re: Rugby Championship 2022

Front five is a big concern. Flanker is weirdly a concern . 13 is a big concern (Rieko to me is a winger). But coaching is the biggest issue without question. It's huge, and like you say, really unexpected. The All Blacks have always had world-leading backrows and some of the backrows they have fie...
by hugonaut
August 10th, 2022, 6:19 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Rugby Championship 2022
Replies: 67
Views: 3127

Re: Rugby Championship 2022

100% agree. And to see the players who actually are good be "infected" by the malaise to the point that they're playing tier 2 level stuff ball-in-hand is really worrying for NZ. 'Infected' is the right word. Ardie Savea, Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Aaron Smith and Sam Whitelock are pro...
by hugonaut
August 10th, 2022, 4:42 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 22-23
Replies: 51
Views: 6625

Re: Leinster Academy 22-23

interested to see if any of the back three players leave to focus on 7's - Comerford/Smith. Andrew Smith looks like a potential Dave Kearney replacement for me, although obviously Rob Russell pushed ahead of him last season and took his chances well. Very difficult to know how much rugby DK has lef...
by hugonaut
August 10th, 2022, 3:17 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 22-23
Replies: 51
Views: 6625

Re: Leinster Academy 22-23

interested to see if any of the back three players leave to focus on 7's - Comerford/Smith. Andrew Smith looks like a potential Dave Kearney replacement for me, although obviously Rob Russell pushed ahead of him last season and took his chances well. Very difficult to know how much rugby DK has lef...
by hugonaut
August 10th, 2022, 10:25 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 22-23
Replies: 51
Views: 6625

Re: Leinster Academy 22-23

Mark Hernan dropped from the academy due to injuries. had heard he was retired from rugby due to his injuries. Leinster have a very good reputation of looking after lads with injuries, even if they are not going to be involved the following season. I would say it is more likely that he has made the...
by hugonaut
August 9th, 2022, 9:37 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Rugby Championship 2022
Replies: 67
Views: 3127

Re: Rugby Championship 2022

The All Blacks were really poor. This is the worst All Blacks team I have seen in a long, long time. I would say that they're the worst of the professional era. I don't think that it is all down to Ian Foster, but you can't look past the confusion that repeatedly crops up when they have possession, ...
by hugonaut
August 7th, 2022, 5:53 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Rugby Championship 2022
Replies: 67
Views: 3127

Re: Rugby Championship 2022

Very effective performance from South Africa, who look well-coached and completely committed. The different strands of their kicking game, their kick chase, the strength of their tackling, and their two primary set-pieces, scrum and lineout, were all first rate. They're the world champions, and they...
by hugonaut
August 5th, 2022, 5:57 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1565
Views: 69077

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

Nienaber was prepared to talk about Ireland’s triumph in New Zealand which had lifted them to No 1 in the world rankings. “Ireland are a quality side, and they pitch up with intensity. Their execution was quite good in the plan they had,” he said. “We are not Ireland, we are not Leinster, and we do...
by hugonaut
August 3rd, 2022, 4:28 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1565
Views: 69077

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

I may have to make a visit to the RANT thread because it really, REALLY annoys me when stats are not kept up to date - either do them properly or don't do them at all :x :x :x Completely agree with you Xan. Of course there are always going to be accuracy issues, but in this, as with so many other t...
by hugonaut
August 3rd, 2022, 1:21 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Grahamunster - Graham Rowntree's Munster 2022/2023
Replies: 189
Views: 7849

Re: Grahamunster - Graham Rowntree's Munster 2022/2023

Would imagine he'll go straight in and replace Scannell/Goggin in the pecking order. I think Scannell is a good player. It's extremely likely that Fekitoa is an upgrade on him [24 All Black caps in an outstandingly strong period for New Zealand, between 2014-17], but Scannell has always impressed m...
by hugonaut
August 3rd, 2022, 1:09 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Academy 22-23
Replies: 51
Views: 6625

Re: Leinster Academy 22-23

mildlyinterested wrote: August 3rd, 2022, 12:38 pm doesnt appear Alan Spicer is in England with the schools side.
Brits might see it as an act of war.
by hugonaut
August 3rd, 2022, 11:30 am
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Connacht 2022/23
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: Connacht 2022/23

Don't agree with the IRFU giving a Scottish player a contract. I hope that Clontarf's Dylan Donnellan [27] was approached regarding the same deal. He was an Irish U20, has played for Biarritz and Leeds in the second tier professional ranks, but most impressively bagged a ridiculous 20 tries last sea...
by hugonaut
August 3rd, 2022, 8:24 am
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Grahamunster - Graham Rowntree's Munster 2022/2023
Replies: 189
Views: 7849

Re: Grahamunster - Graham Rowntree's Munster 2022/2023

Really nice article about Anton Frisch in the weekend's Irish Times, for those of you who may not have read it:
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/ ... lay-rugby/
by hugonaut
August 3rd, 2022, 8:22 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Andy Farell's Reign of Terror
Replies: 242
Views: 35418

Re: Andy Farell's Reign of Terror

That’s the spirit Dave, PMA!!! I'm extremely positive, once more the Union confirms my oft-stated belief that the World Cup matters not a jot. Not sure it doesn't matter but the economic reality is that Irish rugby runs off the 6 Nations. People suggesting using that as a warm up for the big show d...
by hugonaut
August 3rd, 2022, 8:19 am
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Steve Thompson not very well at all
Replies: 22
Views: 1864

Re: Steve Thompson not very well at all

I was thinking of Ryan Jones recently and remembered this: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/jun/12/ryan-jones-british-irish-lions-tour I remember my dad commenting on it saying what was the WRU thinking sending a clearly obvious injured player down to the Lions. They seem to care more for the...
by hugonaut
August 2nd, 2022, 6:50 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1565
Views: 69077

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

The one person, who's taken publicly a back seat, hasn't gotten a huge amount of mention, but who's fingerprints, it seems to me, are all over the uptick in Irish fortunes is Paulie; think, for example, line outs, from the Earls try vs England last year's 6 Nations thru to the mauled over tries whi...
by hugonaut
August 1st, 2022, 3:52 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1565
Views: 69077

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

What I liked best about the tour was when NZ closed the gap and things seemed inevitable Ireland did not fold. This Ireland side have done serious work on the mental skills side of things. Gary Keegan is doing a very good job there. Farrell is naturally good at that stuff too and knows how to motiv...