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Looking at the NZ squad, they've picked the young and huge Brodie Retallick at 2nd row, all 6' 9" and over 19 stone of him, and why Devon Toner should be in this squad. With Whitlock and BR in the NZ team, Ireland will possibly get destroyed in the line out, especially with Carter or Cruden kicking into the corners and Ireland won't have much, even as a possiblity off the bench, to counteract this
Posted 14:05 03rd June 2012
And you included Palmer for christs sake!
Posted 11:10 01st June 2012
sorry mate your assessment/ ranking is just so far from credible it is laughable
Posted 11:09 01st June 2012
A totem for Munster but ultimately old school and we need more dynamism off the breakdown. Time to drop O'Callaghan as well and try something different. Nothing to lose!
Posted 08:48 01st June 2012
that probably means that DOC will start with ryan...can you see kidney playing 2 relatively inexperienced locks (at international level) from the start (ryan & tuohy) as he probably should do?
Posted 20:17 31st May 2012
If Paul played it could result in him doing that knee 3 times in a few months. This decision is good for player welfare. And for Paul o Connell.
Posted 19:53 31st May 2012
use the opportunity. Nothing to lose start building the future second row. Ryan Tuohy from the get go! Mc Carthy and DOC should not start because neither is good enough to hold it together anyway so go with the baptism of fire. 3 tests against the ABs could be painful, but if anything will forge a 2nd row pairing then that will!
Posted 19:50 31st May 2012
Is he good enough for Lions? I'd go with A-W Jones, Evans, Gray, Lawes after them theres Palmer or Botha or Heines all better these days in my view.
Posted 19:00 31st May 2012
Fairly disappointing, Really can't see Ireland doing much down there. Ibthibk Pauly needs a break though, hopefully he will be in the same flying form next season and can go away with the lions,
Posted 14:14 31st May 2012
thought this might happen. Obviously a massive player for Ireland, but I think this could benefit our attacking game, as in off loads and changing the point of attack as opposed to pick and drive. Defence will be a problem and scrums and lineouts will be lacking.
Posted 14:13 31st May 2012
Not what you would call a suprise,POC has been given the max amount of time ,but most fans knew he just wouldnt be touring this year.Very sensible that he just recovers and gets fit for next season ,rather than risk being injured for longer or permanently
Posted 14:07 31st May 2012
thats is good news for him/Ireland and Munster who face into a difficult season to say the least,and O'connell will be chomping at the bit come September.
Posted 13:46 31st May 2012
Posted 13:23 31st May 2012
It is a sensible decision to leave him behind to recover for the summer and come back season ready to give it his all in the quest to get selected for the Lions tour to Oz.
Posted 13:18 31st May 2012