Friday, August 30, 2013

I'm hoping for some 'exhibition style' rugby from the Saints!

 Jimmy Gopperth (picture

There is all sorts of rugby going on this weekend, but apart from the Top 14, the rest is provincial stuff, ITM and Currie Cup. Meanwhile, I’m going to see some good live rugby anyway as Leinster entertain Northampton Saints at Donnybrook. I saw the exact same match two years ago, notable probably as the beginning of the end for Shark Steven Sykes, who end the match in controversy, and was never really seen again.

At Leinster, Leo Cullen at 35 has been confirmed as the captain for another season, and Ian Madigan has signed up for three more years. A fairly lightweight team has been named in terms of experience, apart from the backrow of Ruddock, Jennings and Jordi Murphy, and I’m looking for big things from Quinn Roux, so I’m glad to see him in the team. In the backs, we get to see Jimmy Gopperth, and then there are a couple of names like Reddan and Cronin to come off the bench.

Northampton, meanwhile, are giving outings to the Pisi’s, George North, Corbiserio,  and Courtney Lawes. Let’s hope the Saints are going to play some ‘exhibition style’ rugby then because it look like they have a lot more firepower than we do on paper. Sure to be some good craic anyway.

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