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Robbie Diack

Postby pwrmoore » Fri May 04, 2018 10:09 am

Just now from the ulster branch

Ulster Rugby back-row forward Robbie Diack has announced his intention to return to South Africa at the end of the current season.











After leaving his homeland in 2008, at the age of 22, Robbie made his Ulster debut in September that year against Scarlets.

In October 2017, he became the first person born outside of Ulster to make 200 appearances for the Province, and he is currently the sixth most-capped player with 205 caps to his name.

He also earned two full international caps for Ireland, his adopted country, in 2014.

Now, a decade since his arrival in Belfast, Diack has decided that the time is right to return home:

"When I first came to Ulster in 2008 I had signed a three-year contract and I never imagined that 10 years down the line I'd still be here. Of course I'm very sad to be leaving Ulster, but we feel the time has now come for my family and me to return to South Africa to be closer to family and friends.

"It has been a huge honour for me to play for Ulster and to have earned over 200 caps is something that my family and I are all very proud of. I've realised what it means to play for Ulster and I've witnessed the pride and passion of our fans on a weekly basis.

"I'll be forever grateful for the opportunities that I've had and the memories that I've made here, and I'm thankful to the people who have supported me along the way."

"While we have quite a few things to keep us occupied in South Africa, I feel that I still have a lot to offer as a professional rugby player. I will be assessing several options on and off the rugby field over the forthcoming months."

Bryn Cunningham, Ulster's Operations Director, paid tribute to Diack's service to the squad:

"Since the moment he arrived, Robbie embraced everything that the Province stands for. He quickly established himself as an important member of the Ulster squad, and to have played so many games for the Province is testament to his quality, consistency and versatility.

"Robbie has been an outstanding servant to Ulster Rugby and will be missed by staff, players and fans alike. He has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside and we wish him, Kirsty and Fletcher well on their return to South Africa."
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Dave » Fri May 04, 2018 10:14 am

And so it begins.....

The exodus.
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby ColinM » Fri May 04, 2018 10:56 am

What about the coffee, wine and chopping boards?
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby BR » Fri May 04, 2018 11:00 am

ColinM wrote:What about the coffee, wine and chopping boards?

No we're renewing their contracts. They may be some use to us.
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby thecrouch » Fri May 04, 2018 11:05 am

Good luck to him in future.

A clear out, if that's what is happening, is long overdue. I just hope that for every out there is an in that is a step up, whether that's an academy player moving up or an outsider. But not a mexican, please no more mexicans.
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Lurgan Lad » Fri May 04, 2018 11:54 am

Good luck to him, don't think he has played that much this year.
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Russ » Fri May 04, 2018 11:57 am

Bye Robbie

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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Cornerfleg » Fri May 04, 2018 11:58 am

Best of luck to him, I wish him well ....


But I could never understand how someone who physically looked so much like Fez could be so unFez like on a pitch.
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Jackie Brown » Fri May 04, 2018 12:00 pm

Russ wrote:Bye Robbie

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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Snipe Watson » Fri May 04, 2018 12:00 pm

Robbie has sadly been a bit of a disappointment. All the physical and technical attributes required to excell, but lacked the necessary bloody-mindedness.
Great bloke off the field though.

Bryn wasn't joking when he said about a clear out of deadwood.
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Cornerfleg » Fri May 04, 2018 12:07 pm

Seriously though .... Daves going everywhere ... it's like a Dave rapture ... how the hell can Col. Gadaffiduck still be in his counting house?

If this is to be a proper surgical strike thon wombat has to be clearing his desk as well.
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Postby Rooster » Fri May 04, 2018 12:11 pm

Cornerfleg wrote:Seriously though .... Daves going everywhere ... it's like a Dave rapture ... how the hell can Col. Gadaffiduck still be in his counting house?

If this is to be a proper surgical strike thon wombat has to be clearing his desk as well.
He has probably disguised himself as the desk and that is why he was not chucked out with his stuff
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Cracker » Fri May 04, 2018 1:19 pm

Robbie is a really nice man and played some excellent games for Ulster. Frankly having met him I am appalled at the numerous sarcastic and unfunny comments made about him on this forum from time to time. Totally unnecessary and completely unfair. They certainly wouldn't have encouraged him to stay in Ulster in any capacity.
My friends and I wish you and all your family all the best for the future Robbie and thank you for all your contributions to Ulster rugby and otherwise during your stay here.
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Mid-Terrace » Fri May 04, 2018 1:28 pm

+1 Cracker, the same people who made those comments will also be along soon to laud him...

...Good Luck Robbie.
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Re: Robbie Diack

Postby Dave » Fri May 04, 2018 1:38 pm

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