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Re: Stade Ferrero Rocher - Home

Postby Dave » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:39 am

Liz Fraser wrote:I was referring to Munster, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany Dave. What one are you on about?


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Postby Cockatrice » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:45 am

Don’t we hear it’s about the numbers playing the game.. that what Leinster are better with the bigger pool and more players. I have heard our CEO suggest figures from 27,000 to 35,000 playing the game in Ulster and that 42,000 is apparently the Holy Grail for successful rugby.. I also heard that he was asked to justify those numbers by someone on the doestic games committee once... he couldn’t it seems he just makes them up.. This is in part systematic of the problem we find ourselves in by not be totally honest for the purpose of putting it right and instead prefer to hide behind false figures and make out all is OK..
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Postby Liz Fraser » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:08 am

If it was all about numbers England would win every world cup and grand slam going.
Its not it's about the system.
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Re: Stade Ferrero Rocher - Home

Postby Russ » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:36 am

Liz Fraser wrote:If it was all about numbers England would win every world cup and grand slam going.
Its not it's about the system.
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Re: Stade Ferrero Rocher - Home

Postby ColinM » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:28 am

UlsterNo9 wrote:It's not all down to numbers. Registered rugby players in New Zealand and Ireland are on par, draw your own conclusions and comparisons.



I think Ireland & NZ are currently 1-1 over the last two tests, seems the numbers thing maybe has something.

Now I'm sure the CEO promised he'd have more people than ever playing rugby in Ulster, and every school child would visit the Nevin Spence centre. Any word on these stats officially? There seems to be a few clubs in my area fielding a team or two less than historically they would.
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Re: Stade Ferrero Rocher - Home

Postby UlsterNo9 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:33 pm

ColinM wrote:
UlsterNo9 wrote:It's not all down to numbers. Registered rugby players in New Zealand and Ireland are on par, draw your own conclusions and comparisons.



I think Ireland & NZ are currently 1-1 over the last two tests, seems the numbers thing maybe has something.

Now I'm sure the CEO promised he'd have more people than ever playing rugby in Ulster, and every school child would visit the Nevin Spence centre. Any word on these stats officially? There seems to be a few clubs in my area fielding a team or two less than historically they would.


It's one win in thirty test matches. As you point out the last two tests are honours even, lets hope it is a trend of things to come.

There certainly are reduced amount of teams playing adult rugby however the cold and callous might say does he / we give a fiddlers? It's really only about the youth numbers if we are trying to feed club Ulster.

If a player of potential has not been picked up at youth level and brought into the academy it's unlikely he is going to come through as a late developer playing 3rd or 4th team adult rugby at his local club. Reduced playing numbers at a lower level just means more men with an interest in rugby are free to attend and watch the Ulster product.

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Re: Stade Ferrero Rocher - Home

Postby Cockatrice » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:49 pm

If not mistaken the IRFU appointed a Rugby Growth and Participation Manager in 2015 presumably to look after all provinces.. these things take time but not initially aware of any report or study showing how it all breaks down.

If not mistaken in 2014 ESRI study found that rugby has two sharp drop off states- players in the 11-13 and players in the 16-19 categories. Last figures I could find...

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Age Grade (Secondary School) Ulster 11,750 compared to Munster at 4,910 and Leinster at 11,516
Schools Development Programme Ulster 9,945 compared with Munster at 8,795 and Leinster at 16,184

We hear its all about the numbers that Leinster have little difference with schools the difference appears to be in the School Development Programme... Anyone I don't confess to know the difference?
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Re: Stade Ferrero Rocher - Home

Postby Tender » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:35 pm

How many Ulstermen played in the games against Connaught, Leinster, Zebre, S/Kings, Scarlets etc?
I recall one Ulsterman coming off the pitch and his kit could have gone straight back on the leg because he didn't break sweat.
Rory's passionate speech about what it means to him to win in an Ulster Shirt, was fantastic. Very uplifting indeed, but we've watched a huge amount of games, both this season and last, when there was clearly no pride or passion on show from our Ulstermen.
I agree with Baggy that in several games their pride eventually kicked in and they rescued games in the final minutes. This begs the question, where is the pride and passion in the first 60 minutes? Why does it take a state of desperation, a yellow card or an enforced change to light a fire under these legendary Ulstermen?
If it means so much to them, why don't they show it from the start of games?
Being born in this shytehole does result in a weird pride. We know it's crap, but only we're permitted to say it.
Pity anyone from outside these nine countries who says anything disparaging about us. I'd bate their bakes and kick the lungs outta them. We all have that weird pride.
I believe it could be better utilised by our coaches. Lealiifano and Ruan got bitten by the bug, so we're doing something right when outsiders from oddball countries think this place is great.
The Ulster pride thing doesn't just exist in those born here and if a team has a majority buying into it, why not push it as far as possible? Get them going out with their heads onfire. Even if we get beaten, we'll scare the bejaysuz outta other teams. The crowd would go mental and surely an upward spiral would begin.
You don't have to be born here to be passionate about the shytehole. All to often we've seem more pride and passion from those players born outside the nine counties.
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Postby big mervyn » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:18 pm

Rory, Rodders and Charless all in Lovell rugby's ERC team of the week.
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Re: Stade Ferrero Rocher - Home

Postby Dave » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:27 pm

Tender wrote:How many Ulstermen played in the games against Connaught, Leinster, Zebre, S/Kings, Scarlets etc?
I recall one Ulsterman coming off the pitch and his kit could have gone straight back on the leg because he didn't break sweat.
Rory's passionate speech about what it means to him to win in an Ulster Shirt, was fantastic. Very uplifting indeed, but we've watched a huge amount of games, both this season and last, when there was clearly no pride or passion on show from our Ulstermen.
I agree with Baggy that in several games their pride eventually kicked in and they rescued games in the final minutes. This begs the question, where is the pride and passion in the first 60 minutes? Why does it take a state of desperation, a yellow card or an enforced change to light a fire under these legendary Ulstermen?
If it means so much to them, why don't they show it from the start of games?
Being born in this shytehole does result in a weird pride. We know it's crap, but only we're permitted to say it.
Pity anyone from outside these nine countries who says anything disparaging about us. I'd bate their bakes and kick the lungs outta them. We all have that weird pride.
I believe it could be better utilised by our coaches. Lealiifano and Ruan got bitten by the bug, so we're doing something right when outsiders from oddball countries think this place is great.
The Ulster pride thing doesn't just exist in those born here and if a team has a majority buying into it, why not push it as far as possible? Get them going out with their heads onfire. Even if we get beaten, we'll scare the bejaysuz outta other teams. The crowd would go mental and surely an upward spiral would begin.
You don't have to be born here to be passionate about the shytehole. All to often we've seem more pride and passion from those players born outside the nine counties.
I think Rory doesn't get enough credit for his leadership. Many are trying to give Les all the glory. Also the Jonno effect is begining to stick.
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Postby 222toHounslow » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:02 pm

Jonno who?
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Postby Dave » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:10 pm

222toHounslow wrote:Jonno who?
The former forwards coach.
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Postby 222toHounslow » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:17 pm

Ah, I liked him.
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Re: Stade Ferrero Rocher - Home

Postby big mervyn » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:00 pm

Dave wrote:
222toHounslow wrote:Jonno who?
The former forwards coach.

Some of our former forwards were in need of it.
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Postby Dave » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:25 pm

big mervyn wrote:
Dave wrote:
222toHounslow wrote:Jonno who?
The former forwards coach.

Some of our former forwards were in need of it.
Jonno is now fully in his head coaching role.
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