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Congrats on the 'stab city' reference. Every comments thread needs at least one idiot.
Posted 10:55 04th May 2012
Rocky played something like 17 games for us and was man of the match in 14 of them, BOD reckons he was the best player he has ever played with, on one hand you say he was fantasic on the other you say he was a journey man(not playing well at the moment I admit) make your mind up Please.
I don't think Munster a flash with the cash, but I do think they need to bring in a player that will bring the Munster back-row up to the standard of the aforementioned, Quinlan, Wallace, Foley and Leamy (in his pomp)era. that was Munsters strength not their Front Row IMO.
They don't have to go the route of Toulon but money well invested in a player can turn the team and bring Munster back to where they should be. Much as Rocky Elsom did for us in 09.
Posted 10:18 04th May 2012
Suffering such an horrendous injury in such a meaningless game - whilst clobbered by the brainless Tuilagi to boot - is a pretty downbeat way to close a career. But what a career. Double Heineken Cup winner, Ireland Grand Slammer plus B&I Lion. All Ireland and indeed rugby salutes you, Wally. Incidentally, can anyone recall a more complete rugby family? Prop forward, winger and back row forward - all the Wallace's need is a half-back and they've the basic set!
Posted 10:16 04th May 2012
Well said Bro.
Posted 09:11 04th May 2012
@Paddy91317 - could you really see Pocock or Kaino coming up north for more than 1 season?...I harken back to Elsom - he was a fantastic player for Leinster, had huge influence on our scrum - but was still only a journeyman...
I think where Munster really suffer is in the front row - Horan is not the player he once was and with The Bull and Flannery retired, they are missing the internationals that were the bedrock of their success....I think that their backline is in reasonable shape - especially with the likes of Danny Barnes coming through...I think that Munster are going to go through a lull and it will happen to Leinster soon enough as well...in my opinion, the bedrock of your success needs to be from the academy and that takes time to come through...I really hope that rugby Irish rugby does not go like soccer where we open the cheque book to fill a hole as opposed to nurturing the talent through
Posted 09:00 04th May 2012
Only if you played the game to a high standard would be able to comprehend how good a player David Wallace was/still is. This is a massive loss to rugby in Ireland and what an extremely talented family to boot. I play a decent level myself and I can tell you that the things he can do are freakish in this day and age, naturally the most gifted player, along with BOD, that Ireland has probably ever had and would have had a lot more caps but for some questionable selection between 2001/2 and 2004 by E O'S(only brought back in for the Scotland in 2004 game after injuries forced his hand and scored a great try when it was at 16-16).
I was told by a strength and conditioning coach that he was the most complete athlete he had ever seen on a rugby field. Also one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
Will be a great loss to club/province/country.
Posted 06:41 04th May 2012
I disagree with you on the players mentioned as sub standard, I think its more of the case of not getting the back-line clicking Munster have been far too predictable in that department recently.they need to get a real dynamic to there play in attack.
I think that Denis Hurley has potential at centre (no 12) he has an eye for a gap good hands good in the air , no real pace i admit but breaks tackles.
First and foremost they need a good coaching set-up and as I have said before a marquee signing in the back row .
Posted 22:01 03rd May 2012
That is real bad news for munster i agree wit a gcp_jones they need to splash some cash here i was think next season munster back row o mahony7 wally8 newO'Callihan bloke 6 but now they defo need a solid proven world class player none of these southern hemi journey men like mafi tipoke the centre from cardiff(cant think of his name) someone the calibre of kaino or pocock to really scare the crap out of opposition..... Ps: they should have thrown buckets of money at Nonu when they had the chance the lack of a decent 1st centre this year will cripple them again.... Dont mean to bash munster to bad here but murphy hurley keatley horan that sub scrum half bloke are obominations of players for a team like munster..... Good luck penney does he know what he is getting into here........ Id like to add before i get stick of all you munster fans i have huge respect for munster and the reason im being so harsh on them is because of the standards they have set themselves and if the fans are settling for mediocraty then well never see mumster lift the heinekan cup again.
Posted 20:35 03rd May 2012
Absolute legend! Cheers to David Wallace for all the memories!!
Posted 19:48 03rd May 2012
A truw great of the sport ,good luck DW in all your future plans
Posted 18:31 03rd May 2012
always a player I enjoyed watching, best of luck to him with wherever his life takes him now, may it be as successful as his rugby was
Posted 18:23 03rd May 2012
Conclusions to be drawn from from leinster_goy's post:
1. He hates Munster
2. He admits, albeit grudgingly, that David Wallace was a good player
3. Limerick people aren't sexy
Posted 17:20 03rd May 2012
@ bleakly79-I assume your comment about 'ripping balls' means his ability to dispossess an opponent and not a reference to a part of his anatomy...
really sad loss for Munster and Ireland...he was a fantastic player and ranks as one of te best flanker Ireland ever had....I think he may have had a year or two left as an impact player off the bench....always think it is better for a player to retire on their own terms and not be forced to retire by injury...
Posted 17:18 03rd May 2012
I love you back now, man. Totes.
Posted 17:02 03rd May 2012
What a legend, as an Ireland fan am gutted that he's retired. Probably the best Open side Flanker in Ireland for some time. Travel Well Wally
Posted 15:36 03rd May 2012
Now with David Wallace retiring and Denis Leamy not the player he was, it really is time Munster got the cheque book out to bring in a top player to fill the back row.
So far they have bought in some youngfella from Rotherham Titans, he may well have promise, MAYBE.
The likes of O'Mahony, Coughlan and Neil Ronan are very good players, with a few others coming through, but when you compare them to Alan Quinlan, David Wallace ,Axel Foley (Denis Leamy) as a unit there is no comparision.
The likes of Adam Thompson,Williem Alberts, Schalk Burger or even Mr McCaw that is the type of player they should be aiming for(its not as though they are short of dosh).
Posted 15:21 03rd May 2012
Few fallow international years when EOS unfathomably was overlooking him, but still managed 72 faultless caps, more often than not amongst the best players on the field at provincial and international level and a skill set we need to replace very quickly!
Goy your post proves once again you are, always have been and most likely always will be an idiot! Your continued focus on tribalism first and the game second speaks volumes about your knowledge of the game and the spirit most of us play it in!
Posted 14:58 03rd May 2012
as much as i hate munster, this guy is a legend. fearless ball-carrier, powerful tackler...and never seemed to display the arrogance of certain other munster stalwarts. i always enjoyed watching him play, even when he was bullying leinster around the park in last year's grand final
@Cabhan it says on his wikipedia page (ergo, it must be true) that he was born and raised in stab city. also, if i recall rightly, he was once voted "the sexiest man in limerick" - a list which, i would imagine, is not exactly oversubscribed
Posted 14:37 03rd May 2012
So sad to hear that. He was really a great player. bkealy79 well said, he really was important player who performed on 150% each game. Good luck in future Wally.
Posted 14:28 03rd May 2012
Yep - family from Cork alright. Went to school in Limerick
Posted 14:13 03rd May 2012