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Judging from the 6 Nations stats we also need a line out coach, we lost the most line outs, Gert Smal was missed big time...amazing that we scored the most points, most tries(13) and had the top try scorer in this 6 Nations and could only finish 3rd
Posted 15:33 22nd March 2012
Cant belive that Ireland havent got a specialist scrum coach.We all know just how important the scrum is these days and the amount of penalties awarded from them .Very short sighted of the IRFU what else are Ireland missing i wonder??
Posted 12:41 22nd March 2012
Personally I am waiting to see if Kidney has the grace to hand in his notice then the new manager can select his own 'scrum coach.' Typical Irish rugby advertising for a new scrum coach when they should ask kidney to resign, if he doesn't go gracefully fire him and employ the Leinster coach until a new coach can be appointed! not discounting the Leinster couch.
Posted 10:27 21st March 2012
And on another note, I'm giving up watching games where Alain Rolland is the ref, he constantly lectures a dictatorial sermon throughout games and it ends up that every game is about him rather than the game. Not only this but he has a regular habit of calling crucial "knock-ons" wrong as he did against Italy v Scotland where he was right beside the play and the ball quite clearly hit the Italian players leg just before they scored their "2nd" try. Rolland called a knock on, scrum to Scotland...could have cost Italy the match...Nigel Owens is not far behind Rolland and is in my book the the best home town ref around, love to see the stats on this cas against other refs...The best ref around is Craig Joubert who goes about his business firmly, quietly and without fuss, more like Joubert please!
Posted 09:44 21st March 2012
Though the Irish scrum was dessimated and probably would have been anyway with a fairer set but not to the extent it was, Richard Anderson could have a point about the legality of England's scrum on occasion. If you watch some of these scrums the England loose head is constantly boring in at an angle on Court leaving Court no option but to bore in on Hartley to stay bound, thus ending up at 90 degrees off square. The ref should have been more vigilant here as every set that went wrong was definitely not Court's doing, though England had us on the rack anyway and fully earned their win, no excuses!...It was sheer bad management not to have tight head Jamie Hagan on the bench as well as Court in view of the fact that England usually have a strong scrum and Ireland before Ross "finally" being selected for Ireland had severe problems with their scrum...On another note, right through this 6 Nations the amount of scrums I saw done by all teams where one prop was binding blatantly on the other's arm was amazing. Usually this was done when the ref was on the other side but there was many occasions when refs were standing there and did nothing...The time to set Scrums, line outs, substitutions and obstructing medical attendance on the pitch while play is proceeding is slowing up and preventing a decent flow in modern rugby, especially in the 2nd half....Has to be sorted!
Posted 09:29 21st March 2012
To be honest it isn't about strength in depth - England were well on top from the start before any injuries! And I can't believe that a modern team don't have a scrum coach! Unbelievable - and god it showed!
Posted 00:53 21st March 2012
Fake injuries and go for not contest scrums.....
Posted 16:16 20th March 2012
Great idea. But this has been a problem before this week why only? We also need to allow each province contract one AIL player who they think they can work on. Centrally funded of course.
Posted 15:04 20th March 2012
The IRFU closes the door after the horse has bolted. there is nothing wrong in having Afoa, Botha and Nathan White(would'nt he qualify for us in 2 years time) playing in Ireland, getting rid of them is not the answer.
They should have adopted this policy years ago, they have managed the players available to them very badly e.g. Paul Doran Jones, Kieran Bookes and Ruaidhri Murphy now playing at the Brumbies.
Come the Summer Tour of New Zealand, why not have a full front row on the bench and say Mike McCarthy who can cover lock and back-row. So what if Jamie Hagan or Stephen Archer, Jack Mc Grath or McAllister have a torrid time, they will learn from the experience and be better players as a result. they could'nt be any worse than the efforts last Saturday.
Let be honest we are going to be returning with 3 defeats so to hell with the seedings, so why not give youth and or form its chance.
Posted 14:33 20th March 2012
Wow! What a forward thinking move from the IRFU! I'm genuinely shocked!
Posted 14:12 20th March 2012