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UBL 2018/19

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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby Columbo » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:59 pm

thecrouch wrote:The proposed structure change has been officially abandoned by the IRFU.
yes I saw that... however, I think the clubs may have won the battle but lost the war - there was an ominous quote from an IRFU source in Fangio’s latest, to the effect that this was the IRFU’s attempt to make nice with the clubs and come up with something consensual, and they are now going to go off and cook something up themselves and impose it unilaterally. So it’s watch this space.

I actually have sympathy with the IRFU here, in that the status quo isn’t quite getting the job done in terms of providing competitive rugby for squad / academy players - and into the bargain it’s an increasing struggle for clubs to fund all-Ireland travel etc, while keeping their noses clean financially and avoiding the temptation to keep up with the Joneses. It’s not sustainable.

My prediction is closed semi-pro league within 5 years, provincial amateur club game with all-Ireland playoffs.

(Interesting that all out civil war is raging, on very similar lines, in Wales, with reductions to premiership club funding and introduction of provincial A sides..)
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby Russ » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:20 am

QUB playing Banbridge at the Dub @14:30
Lougha pints after then head over to Hill

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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby Russ » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:59 am

Banbridge host Armagh tomorrow at Stadium Rifle


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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby therealspratt » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:16 am

The current league structure and the amount of travel it entails is ridiculous.
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby rocky » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:14 pm

therealspratt wrote:The current league structure and the amount of travel it entails is ridiculous.

And yet the vast majority of the 50 AIL clubs support it and rejected the proposed changes out of hand (only exceptions were Clontarf (no surprise there) and some Connacht clubs.
It didn't take too long for me to reconcile my republican heritage with the diverse political and religious backgrounds of my teammates. There was no border in the Irish dressing room.
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby Russ » Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:11 pm

rocky wrote:
therealspratt wrote:The current league structure and the amount of travel it entails is ridiculous.

And yet the vast majority of the 50 AIL clubs support it and rejected the proposed changes out of hand (only exceptions were Clontarf (no surprise there) and some Connacht clubs.
Dont take the rejection of a proposal to change as an acceptance of the status quo


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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby rocky » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:22 pm

Oh but it was definitely an acceptance of the status quo.
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby damianmcr » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:36 pm

Soper not listed as Banbridge coach on their team sheet I noticed.

Where's this Ryhs O'Donnell kid?
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby UlsterNo9 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:49 pm

damianmcr wrote:
Where's this Ryhs O'Donnell kid?


Ballynahinch.... or at least was.
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby Tighthead Prod » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:12 pm

UlsterNo9 wrote:
damianmcr wrote:
Where's this Ryhs O'Donnell kid?


Ballynahinch.... or at least was.


According to IRFU website he started at scrum half for Hinch yesterday in their 37:27 away defeat to St Marys.
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby damianmcr » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:29 am

Cheers. I didnt see ballynahinch post a team sheet so wasn't sure.
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby Tighthead Prod » Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:28 pm

damianmcr wrote:Cheers. I didnt see ballynahinch post a team sheet so wasn't sure.


IA and 1B team lineups can usually be found at http://www.Iirishrugby.ie - club and community news - on Saturday evenings or Sundays eg

http://www.irishrugby.ie/club/allirelan ... 7y5cmhKjIU
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby UR13IRFU » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:20 pm

We didn’t have a team finalised until Saturday morning. Great player all the same with plenty of potential. A bit small, wonder why Ulster can produce a scrum half that’s at least 6ft tall?! :scratch:
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby Tighthead Prod » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:50 pm

UR13IRFU wrote:We didn’t have a team finalised until Saturday morning. Great player all the same with plenty of potential. A bit small, wonder why Ulster can produce a scrum half that’s at least 6ft tall?! :scratch:


I've never seen O'Donnell play or indeed knowingly laid eyes on him, but surely he can't be much smaller physically than Jonny Stewart or David Shanahan who aren't exactly gargantuan ??
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Re: UBL 2018/19

Postby therealspratt » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:00 pm

Tighthead Prod wrote:
UR13IRFU wrote:We didn’t have a team finalised until Saturday morning. Great player all the same with plenty of potential. A bit small, wonder why Ulster can produce a scrum half that’s at least 6ft tall?! :scratch:


I've never seen O'Donnell play or indeed knowingly laid eyes on him, but surely he can't be much smaller physically than Jonny Stewart or David Shanahan who aren't exactly gargantuan ??

He wasn't tiny, and to my mind he had a decent deal more talent than the pair when still a schoolboy.
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