Talking Rugby Episode 20 – ‘Long Haired Loon’

Posted: December 30, 2011 in Talking Rugby
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Talking Rugby with Dave O’Grady.

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William, Doc, Alan and Tadhg join Dave to discuss the interprovincial results in the Pro12. We talk Eddie O’Sullivan’s possible new job and Scott Johnson, who will leave the Ospreys to join Andy Robinson at Scotland. Our main issue this week surrounds the IRFU’s new regulations around Non Irish Eligible Players, rules that will be in place from the 2013/14 season.

Coming up:

0:00 – Leinster’s win over Ulster’s youngsters. William laments the Ulster selection policy that effectively conceded the game before a ball was kicked, but he praises the young lads’ resiliance.

11:30 – Bar a great send-off for John Hayes, Munster vs Connacht didn’t produce many memorable moments. We talk at length about Niall O’Connor and a certain Munster player that frustrates the life out of Alan!

18:40 – The lads take a look back on John Hayes’ fantastic career and how much we’ll miss the Munster & Ireland ‘ligind’.

27:15 – William and Doc look ahead to the 2nd week of the festive interpros: Ulster vs Munster & Connacht vs Leinster.

29:00 – Eddie O’Sullivan has been in the media saying he would like the Ospreys job. We discuss if he would be a good fit.

35:00 – Scott Johnson is leaving Ospreys at the end of the season to become an assistant coach with Scotland. However is this guy a spoofer? The discussion also moves to the state of the game in Scotland.

42:10 – Our main discussion this week revolves around the new ‘IRFU Player Contract Policy’. The various dictats and stipulations of the new regulation are dissected. William is passionately opposed to many aspects of the announced changes.

– Will the provinces suffer, and should they suffer so that the national team can have more depth?
– Connacht have been excluded from the changes, where does it leave them?
– Will the rules be rigidly or loosely applied?
– Can these rules show fairness towards all of Munster, Ulster and Leinster?

1:02:20 – We end the show with Doc and Alan’s thoughts on their preferred outright bets for next year.



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