Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bits and bobs of Irish news and a look at the PRO 12 this weekend

From an Irish perspective, there has been lot happening this week.

Injury has forced the retirement of Jerry Flannery, and our game loses a bit of colour as result, as well as a great player and servant of Munster and Irish Rugby. 

There’s a certain BOD in the frame for selection for Leinster for their match the Ospreys this weekend (and nearly 17000 tickets sold already), as well as Leo Cullen and Matt Berquist,  and Brad Thorne should get his senior debut for Leinster.

Tomas O’Leary is off to London Irish – he hasn’t had the any form for  a few years now, but if he can get back to the way he played in 2009 he’ll force his way back into the Irish team, and maybe a move away is the best way for him to do that.

Lifemi  Mafi is on his way to Perpignan, to me he’s lost a lot since Tipoki left anyway, but he was never short of effort.

David Walllace may be in the Frame for Munster’s Saturday match against Connacht.

It sounds like it’s possible that Dylan Hartley may have got mixed up when he saw that there was going to be finger food at the reception after the 6 Nations match.

Leinster are going to be entertaining the Ospreys on Friday, who’ve named a fairly strong looking team, and will be looking to cement third place for the moment. Leinster will want to shrug off the Irish experience in the 6Nations and get the show on the road again. With a bit of luck, if we don’t beat them well, we’ll beat them with a penalty in the last minute.

Munster should put Connacht away, and Ulster will have studied the video evidence from the Munster/Aironi match and be able to avoid those mistakes and claim the win.

RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , March 23
Leinster vs Ospreys 19:05
Edinburgh vs Newport-Gwent D'gons 19:30
Glasgow vs Aironi Rugby 19:35
Saturday , March 24
Glasgow vs Aironi Rugby TBC
Leinster vs Ospreys TBC
Edinburgh vs Newport-Gwent D'gons TBC
Benetton Treviso vs Ulster 15:15
Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets 18:30
Connacht vs Munster 19:45

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