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by Flash Gordon
July 6th, 2021, 9:32 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Summer tour of Dublin 2021
Replies: 170
Views: 8833

Re: Summer tour of Dublin 2021

I know the Lions were up against a much lower calibre of opposition but the difference in coaching was pretty obvious. We really really need an attack coach. From the outside looking in, it seems like [some of] the coaching staff talk about playing in possession one way, while picking a backline th...
by Flash Gordon
July 6th, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Replacing Leinster's older generation over next 12 to 24 months
Replies: 99
Views: 9185

Re: Replacing Leinster's older generation over next 12 to 24 months

Nash is clearly a fine athlete but from a rugby perspective he's missed 5 years of development in a very technical sport and one that has some skill sets that are comparable but which is pretty different. Not sure talking about him as someone who has lost something or blown it is right, the lad has ...
by Flash Gordon
July 5th, 2021, 11:03 am
Forum: British and Irish Lions
Topic: 2021 Lions
Replies: 343
Views: 19011

Re: 2021 Lions

A lot of people underestimated Heaslip too. I think a lot of it is to do with understanding what the role of an 8 is meant to be, rather than direct partisanship. Interestingly in both of these posts the word ‘people’ is so easily interchangeable with ‘Munster fans’ :twisted: I definitely heard man...
by Flash Gordon
July 5th, 2021, 10:05 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Summer tour of Dublin 2021
Replies: 170
Views: 8833

Re: Summer tour of Dublin 2021

Had Ireland beaten Japan in RWC 2019, it is unlikely it would have been considered a surprise. Had they beaten Japan in that game with a second-string team missing at least 10 presumed starters, it would have been considered a strategic and coaching triumph. To criticise the value of Saturday's win...
by Flash Gordon
June 14th, 2021, 12:32 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Michael Bent - Legends T-Shirt
Replies: 20
Views: 1275

Re: Michael Bent - Legends T-Shirt

Dave Cahill wrote: June 11th, 2021, 10:38 pm COVID meant that it wasn't possible

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Excellent work. One of the best yet! :clap:
by Flash Gordon
June 10th, 2021, 1:47 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: is the Rainbow Cup still going ahead?
Replies: 202
Views: 13834

Re: is the Rainbow Cup still going ahead?

Contract was to play the tournament. They reformatted the tournament, admittedly in a way that wasn't ideal, but the tournament was played. You have obligations to sponsors and to the franchises and this was the way to do it. The contract was negotiated over a (very lengthy) period of time. You don'...
by Flash Gordon
June 10th, 2021, 1:10 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: is the Rainbow Cup still going ahead?
Replies: 202
Views: 13834

Re: is the Rainbow Cup still going ahead?

The Pro14 and Rainbow Cup this season have been a farrago. Games called off and not refixed, competition structure constantly changing, teams and players looking uninterested, players being pulled to protect the 6 Nations/Lions/Champions Cup, no fans. A complete shambles. A completely necessary sha...
by Flash Gordon
June 9th, 2021, 4:03 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: is the Rainbow Cup still going ahead?
Replies: 202
Views: 13834

Re: is the Rainbow Cup still going ahead?

The Pro14 and Rainbow Cup this season have been a farrago. Games called off and not refixed, competition structure constantly changing, teams and players looking uninterested, players being pulled to protect the 6 Nations/Lions/Champions Cup, no fans. A complete shambles. A completely necessary sha...
by Flash Gordon
May 28th, 2021, 9:38 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: What if...
Replies: 21
Views: 2647

Re: What if...

The "problem" with the "Silly Season" is that sometimes the mask (or in old money guard) slips. The biggest problem for Leinster and to an extent the IRFU is that if it becomes entrenched that it's no longer possible to win a HCC while playing for Leinster then the Marque player...
by Flash Gordon
May 28th, 2021, 9:33 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: What if...
Replies: 21
Views: 2647

Re: What if...

The "problem" with the "Silly Season" is that sometimes the mask (or in old money guard) slips. The biggest problem for Leinster and to an extent the IRFU is that if it becomes entrenched that it's no longer possible to win a HCC while playing for Leinster then the Marque player...
by Flash Gordon
May 24th, 2021, 2:44 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Heineken Cup 2020/21
Replies: 499
Views: 32192

Re: Heineken Cup 2020/21

I couldn't help but wonder how we'd have fared against Toulouse. They didn't look that special. I agree that the kicking of West was a big difference between the SF and Final for LAR. This really feels like a missed opportunity, but we need to find a way to match or cope with enormous physicality o...
by Flash Gordon
May 24th, 2021, 10:04 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Heineken Cup 2020/21
Replies: 499
Views: 32192

Re: Heineken Cup 2020/21

I can’t be the only one who thought the final was shite? So much attrition, so little imagination It was a desperate match. It was but predictably so. Look back at all the ko games involving 2 french sides, they're rarely much good. Yes because they often play with fear. You see that in the perform...
by Flash Gordon
May 21st, 2021, 11:04 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Girve to Bath
Replies: 34
Views: 4754

Re: Girve to Bath

Bath Rugby can today confirm that Girvan Dempsey will leave at the end of the 2020/21 season when his contract finishes. Dempsey has been a big part of the club both on and off the field playing an integral role in developing young players on the cusp of the international game since his arrival in ...
by Flash Gordon
May 17th, 2021, 12:37 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Sean Cronin
Replies: 32
Views: 3739

Re: Sean Cronin

Thought Faz cut him harshly just because he wouldn’t be around for the RWC. Ah he's nowhere near the player he was, not even making our 23 for big game like! It’s 2 years after the RWC. He was briefly Ireland’s first choice hooker when Best retired but then dropped right out of the next squad. And ...
by Flash Gordon
May 14th, 2021, 9:55 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster v. Ulster, Rainbow Cup, Fri 14 May, 20.15hrs
Replies: 195
Views: 11871

Re: Leinster v. Ulster, Rainbow Cup, Fri 14 May, 20.15hrs

Well there’s certainly no confusion now as to Leinster’s intentions in the Rainbow Cup. Like Munster, Leinster have again selected a very strong squad showing that they are not treating this as a development tournament as hoped for by many supporters. This is shaping up to be a cracking game, but I...
by Flash Gordon
May 13th, 2021, 11:50 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster v. Ulster, Rainbow Cup, Fri 14 May, 20.15hrs
Replies: 195
Views: 11871

Re: Leinster v. Ulster, Rainbow Cup, Fri 14 May, 20.15hrs

Still think the signing of Gopperth was MOC's biggest mistake. As a club we turned our back on Mads, a home grown lad with huge potential, but with workons, in favour of a middle of the road kiwi 10 who while good enough to win the Pro 12 was never going to win Europe. Sweet jesus. How do people st...
by Flash Gordon
May 13th, 2021, 10:52 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster v. Ulster, Rainbow Cup, Fri 14 May, 20.15hrs
Replies: 195
Views: 11871

Re: Leinster v. Ulster, Rainbow Cup, Fri 14 May, 20.15hrs

A 32 year old who left us after some success but some clear flaws in his game, struggled to cement a starting place in two mid table Top 14 French & Premiership sides and has had a very up and down season resulting in him now being third in line behind Burns & Lowry at 10. If you examine th...
by Flash Gordon
May 12th, 2021, 2:33 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: European Cup Semi-Final: Away to La Rochelle, Sunday 2nd of May 3pm
Replies: 603
Views: 36153

Re: European Cup Semi-Final: Away to La Rochelle, Sunday 2nd of May 3pm

They're top 6 comfortably and have a Champions Cup final to play. Great result for Brive, would love to see them back up at the business end, that was one of the great away trips! Right now, anywhere would be a great away trip. A rainy November evening in Rodney Parade would do me. Newport? Steady....
by Flash Gordon
May 12th, 2021, 1:38 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: RFU reviewing “Swing Low”
Replies: 35
Views: 2226

Re: RFU reviewing “Swing Low”

You spake, the RFU heard! https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2021/0511/1220982-rfu-decides-to-ditch-saxons-in-interests-of-diversity/ I’m a bit surprised by this one to be honest. Unlike Swing Low, I hadn’t heard any complaints about it. Good thing we don’t play in the “Celtic League” anymore Interesti...
by Flash Gordon
May 12th, 2021, 1:38 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: RFU reviewing “Swing Low”
Replies: 35
Views: 2226

Re: RFU reviewing “Swing Low”

What have white anglo saxon protestants ever done wrong? You spake, the RFU heard! https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2021/0511/1220982-rfu-decides-to-ditch-saxons-in-interests-of-diversity/ I’m a bit surprised by this one to be honest. Unlike Swing Low, I hadn’t heard any complaints about it. Good thi...