Paul O'Connell to Captain Lions

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Paul O'Connell to Captain Lions

Post by teenwolf » Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:36 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/8007666.stm

Good call - I think out of him and O'Driscoll he's got the nod because he's a shoe in for Geech's test team.

Any thoughts??
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Post by MAFIE » Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:19 pm

both are shoe ins for the test team. good choice as o'connell is a proper hard man in the mould of martin johnston. He'll need to be out there. cant wait. after your performances for the 2nds this year eddie I would have taken you if i was geech. :lol:

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Post by teenwolf » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:37 am

while we're biggin each other up - I'd have taken you on your 1st half at Stewartry :lol:
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Post by niall » Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:35 pm

watching the announcement live on setanta:

http://www.setanta.com/uk/Articles/othe ... nid-49590/
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Post by niall » Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:39 pm

no scottish backs!

only Hines and Murray.

bit of a joke i think
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Post by teenwolf » Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:00 pm

another damning reflection on the state of scottish rugby, neither of the 2 scottish players play for scottish clubs.
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Post by MAFIE » Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:04 pm

no scottish backs, apart from thom evans deserve to go. blair was shocking during the 6 nations and played himself out of, not just the squad but probably the starting xv. I think its a very good squad. lots of exciting runners and ball players. Ross ford is another who threw his chance away. it does reflect scottish rugby. thats where we are at.

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Post by teenwolf » Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:07 pm

THE SQUAD

Backs: Lee Byrne, Rob Kearney, Shane Williams, Lee Halfpenney, Ugo Monye, Luke Fitzgerald, Tommy Bowe, Tom Shanklin, Jamie Roberts, Brian O'Driscoll, Keith Earls, Riki Flutey, Ronan O'Gara, Stephen Jones, Mike Phillips, Harry Ellis, Tomas O'Leary

Forwards: Jamie Heaslip, Andy Powell, David Wallace, Stephen Ferris, Alan Quinlan, Joe Worsley, Martyn Williams, Alu-Wyn Jones, Paul O'Connell, Donncha O'Callaghan, Simon Shaw, Nathan Hines, Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones, Andrew Sherdian, Phil Vickery, Euan Murray, Jerry Flannery, Lee Mears, Matthew Rees
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Post by teenwolf » Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:44 pm

Nations Represented:
Ireland 14
Wales 13
England 8
Scotland 2

Clubs Represented:
Munster - 8
Ospreys - 6
Cardiff - 6
Wasps - 4
Leinster - 4
Scarlets - 2
Bath - 1
Leicester - 1
Harlequins - 1
Northampton - 1
Perpignan - 1
Ulster - 1
Sale - 1
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Post by barryts » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:49 am

Anyone got any thoughts on what Scrum half will go now that O'Leary is out?
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Post by teenwolf » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:56 am

Of course I have thoughts!

There's chat about the race being between Peel, Blair, Cusiter and Care; but what about Stringer? The coaches seem to be leaning towards proven combinations in the key areas (flannery + o'connell, philips + jones) so they may go for the Stringer/O'Gara axis on this one.

As you all know from every post on here, I'm very bisaed to the scots, so I'd love to see Blair go. Just hope that he can prove his worth over the next few weeks. However, the fact that Stringer will play in the HC semi and poss the final, counts against Blair.

I think Peel is an outside bet, but he's not starting often enough for Sale, so prob shouldn't even be in the running and wouldn't be if there weren't so many Daffodils in the coaching set up.
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Post by MAFIE » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:27 am

I'll lay a bet with anyone that cusiter goes with the lions. Are you in Eddie?

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Post by Roddy » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:37 am

Problem with Cusiter is that he has been on the bench since he said he was leaving France so not getting much game time.

Would like to think another Scot would make the plane though.

Notice that Johnson is saying that the guys going on the England summer tour are in a good place for a call up as they are training/playing - same with Wales. Think Scotland A have some fixtures but these are against poorer opposition & the likes of Cusiter, Blair and the Evans boys probably won't be involved.
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Post by niall » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:50 am

also, Perpingan could still be involved in the top14 final which is the same date as the third game of the tour!
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Post by barryts » Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:59 pm

I think Cusiter will go as well Maff after what Jim Telfer said before the squad was announced. Although Blair and Care are the other runners. Can't see them taking Peel and if Stringer goes they should be sacked.
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