Rugby 2018


#2184

Fair enough re Horgan, but I thought Dowling had great potential but his career was suffocated and ended ultimately by injuries.


#2185

I’d actually rate him better currently than Rob Kearney. I reckon Kearney is finished. Does he still have a central contract?


#2186

I agree. Kearney’s best years are way behind him. His big strength used to be under the high ball but even that isn’t near what it used to be. He’s an awful man for returning a kick by just running back half hearted with his head down into a tackle with no support and then getting pinged for holding on. He does it every game.


#2187

Would agree but he is playing to instruction too. However is pace is shot
I actually think Zebo was very talented but his off field antics ensured he never developed . Big fish in a small pond in Munster
With Aki getting an audition at 12 Henshaw may go to 13 with ringrose to the back 3
The alternative is Henshaw to 15 which I think gives Ireland a better back line

Murray , sexton , earls Aki, ring-rose, stockdale and Henshaw would be very exciting


#2188

Aki selected for Ireland?


#2189

Yep. Qualifies next month


#2190

Donncha O’Callaghan has announced/confirmed that he will retire at the end of this season. He’ll always be remembered for that lineout in his red y-fronts!


#2191

Won’t happen this November series anyway as Ringrose is still injured. They had hoped to have him back but latest target is the end of November/early December to get him some game time prior to Leinster’s back-to-back games against Exeter Chiefs in Champions Cup.


#2192

Feck sake. Supposed to be top 5 team in the world and drafting in foreign players. What a joke. :roll_eyes:


#2193

All Blacks have been doing this for donkeys years.


#2194

Not sure that’s entirely accurate, have seen nz and England fans argue the toss over this for years and the impression I get is most of the nz lads at least go through their underage development in nz. Not the same as employing someone to move here with the only intention of giving them a cap as soon as they qualify.


#2195

Not to our extent . Northern hemisphere teams the worst offenders


#2196

They just do it at an earlier age. Identify talented Islanders and offer them and their families a better life in NZ.


#2197

Yep. It’s how they end up in NZ academies thats the problem.


#2198

A former NZ Rubgy League international recently became eligible for the England rugby Union team. Denny Solomona played twice for England on their Summer tour of Argentina. That is about as bad as it gets.


#2199

Been happening for years. Shontayne Hape and Henry Paul went before him.

Every nation is at it. Think they’re changing residency eligibility to 5 years? Won’t stop the pursuit of project players in to clubs academies though.


#2200

Makes a mockery of international sport.


#2201

As does buying African athletes for Olympic medals …


#2202

It does. Unfortunately the demand for success trumps everything else at the elite level of sport. The much maligned grandparent rule at least offers some policing of the skullduggery !


#2203

The bullshit and lies peddled about the All Blacks is unreal. They have been harvesting players from the islands for years. When you play them, you are playing against probably four countries, not one.