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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Seru Rabeni crunching tackle on Ireland's Fergus McFadden

Ireland’s Fergus McFadden will miss their tour of Australasia after he broke his jaw against the Barbarians following this huge tackle by Seru Rabeni. The Ireland squad was announced today, with McFadden just one of the many injured players.

The match against the Barbarians, which Ireland lost 29-23, took its toll as Ireland’s depleted squad took another knock in a game that was more physical than free flowing.

Powerfully built Fijian centre Rabeni set the tone early on as he smashed McFadden in a head-on tackle which rocked the Irishman backwards and fractured his jaw.

He played on but will be sidelined for up to eight weeks, which rules him out for selection to travel to New Zealand and Australia, along with Paul O’Connell, Keith Earls, Stephen Ferris, Rory Best, Kevin McLaughlin, Luke Fitzgerald, and Denis Leamy. Jerry Flannery and Shane Horgan are also out, but might join the tour later.

So far it’s not looking good for the Irish, who have not beaten the All Blacks in 22 attempts, with New Zealand winning 21 and them drawing once. Captain Brian O’Driscoll puts that down to the rugby culture in New Zealand, with it being the national sport.

"We've got three or four sports before rugby in our country so it's difficult when you don't have the same numbers playing as they do here. We play a number of different sports - Gaelic football, soccer and hurling," O’Driscoll said at a press conference.

"And then you lose a number of players to those codes and then with the 120 odd professionals in our country it's not quite the same numbers to choose from."

New Zealand have 150 full time professional playing in the Super 14, which isn’t all that different, but if you look at the senior players in each country, Ireland has 11 500 while New Zealand has over 28 000. O’Driscoll did end with an important point though.

"At the same time, it is 15 against 15 in the weekend, so you have to treat it as much."

This clip was requested by a few who wanted to watch it again. Fiji probably could have done with an imposing figure such as Rabeni when they played Australia on the weekend.

Time: 01:34

Ireland Team to play New Zealand:

15-Robert Kearney, 14-Tommy Bowe, 13-Brian O'Driscoll (captain), 12-Gordon D'Arcy, 11-Andrew Trimble, 10-Ronan O'Gara, 9-Tomas O'Leary; 8-Jamie Heaslip, 7-David Wallace, 6-John Muldoon, 5-Mick O'Driscoll, 4-Donncha O'Callaghan, 3-John Hayes, 2-Sean Cronin, 1-Cian Healy.

Replacements: 16-John Fogarty, 17-Tony Buckley, 18-Dan Tuohy, 19-Shane Jennings, 20-Eoin Reddan, 21-Jonathan Sexton, 22-Geordan Murphy.



  • BOOM!

    Seru still got it!

    By Anonymous Maverick, at June 08, 2010 11:56 am  

  • I wonder how far he would've bounced if it wasn't for the man behind him.

    Big hit - Unlucky about the broken jaw.

    By Blogger Moods, at June 08, 2010 11:57 am  

  • strong hit fair play to mcfadden for playin on but its a shame hes not goin to nz,too many injuries in that team now

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2010 12:22 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2010 12:25 pm  

  • He broke his jaw and played on! Hard as nails!

    By Anonymous Rob, at June 08, 2010 12:28 pm  

  • Is the commentator blind?!

    "A bit winded"

    "Just a knock to the side of the head"

    Thanks RD

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2010 12:53 pm  

  • Probably the head-to-head impact broke McFadden's jaw at the point where it joins the skull. It's funny how a rugby player will try to run off a broken jaw or fingers, while a soccer player wouldn't be seen for weeks afterwards.

    Losing McFadden is another big blow - I really think we are screwed for the Kiwi and Aussie games. We don't have the strength in depth to have so many injured, and the top guys are running on fumes after a long post-Lions season.

    Go easy on us, guys!

    By Anonymous Mike, at June 08, 2010 1:22 pm  

  • Biggest loss for the irish has to be ferris. When he went off in the autumn against the boks and wasnt there for italy ireland def miss his huge physical presence, doesnt help all the quality back up to him is missing, leamy, o'brien and mclaughlin being out as well takes the piss! The way munster played without o'connell showed he can be easily covered for, and they had a better scrum without him. Ouch unfortunate way to miss the tour just a nasty head clash.

    By Anonymous JimityBillyBob, at June 08, 2010 1:39 pm  

  • O'Driscoll making excuses again.... Past your best sunshine

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2010 3:12 pm  

  • lol at Ireland losing to the Barbarians

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2010 3:22 pm  

  • JimityBillyBob, yes Ferris is a big loss but don't underestimate John Muldoon. he has had many great seasons playing with Connacht and probably unlucky not to have been put into the Irish mix before now. A hard as nails player who will never back down. Not too sure about beating the All Blacks but its about building this group of players for the World Cup, I dont want to be mentioning injuries as the guys here are more than capable of holding their own on a rugby pitch so just looking forward to the game.

    By Anonymous Westerner, at June 08, 2010 3:24 pm  

  • Buckley played nr 3, not Hayes

    By Anonymous Ivo, at June 08, 2010 3:27 pm  

  • Nice floated pass from O'Gara. lol.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2010 3:30 pm  

  • Even if we do have many injuries to our starters this is still a great oppurtunity for some of the second tier guys to make a name for themselves and for Kidney to begin building a team strong in depth, someting Ire has never ever had before...

    By Blogger themull, at June 08, 2010 3:51 pm  

  • What was that offside call for? The phase of the tackle? Or was it advantage from a previous phase? Because it isn't offside at all.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at June 08, 2010 3:56 pm  

  • Ireland are going to have a hell of a task with half their team missing.

    Solid tackle, shame about the broken jaw. But fair play for carrying on, I would have been blubbering like a baby.

    Looking forward to the upcoming Internationals. I think the Southerners are still too strong. SA perhaps not as strong as a year ago but still the best in the world and Australia looking seriously good. NZ kind of goes without saying, you've got no chance of beating them at home unless you take over a very very good side.

    It's always a different story at World cup time though :)

    By Anonymous andy, at June 08, 2010 4:03 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2010 4:17 pm  

  • Starting XV:

    1. Ben Franks *
    2. Keven Mealamu (71)
    3. Owen Franks (9)
    4. Brad Thorn (37)
    5. Anthony Boric (13)
    6. Jerome Kaino (25)
    7. Richie McCaw – captain (80)
    8. Kieran Read (16)
    9. Jimmy Cowan (33)
    10. Daniel Carter (66)
    11. Josevata Rokocoko (60)
    12. Benson Stanley *
    13. Conrad Smith (33)
    14. Cory Jane (12)
    15. Israel Dagg *


    16. Aled de Malmanche (2)
    17. Neemia Tialata (41)
    18. Sam Whitelock *
    19. Victor Vito *
    20. Piri Weepu (35)
    21. Aaron Cruden *
    22. Zac Guildford (2)

    * Denotes new Test cap


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2010 6:15 pm  

  • poo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2010 8:37 pm  

  • Not gonna be good for Ireland in NZ.....

    Im a bit neutral when it comes to NZ because most of the players/fans from there have some class, but i would still like ireland to win...(or would've still liked ireland to win)

    That being said, i personally wouldnt have bet on ireland winning with a full team, now with the injuries im thinking its more damage control.....

    That being said though, lack of original team can sometimes help build teams senses of urgency and flair, and may perhaps lull NZ....i cant see a win, but maybe a close-ish game...

    By Anonymous (u-p)rick, at June 08, 2010 8:39 pm  

  • and the top guys are running on fumes after a long post-Lions season.

    ...what does that even mean? They got their mandatory rests in. Also, it's not like NZ, OZ, and SA haven't had a "long post-Lions season" as well.

    Look, I'm hoping Ireland can beat the All Blacks for the first time - especially if they pull it off with this mangled squad Kidney's put together. But if you're afraid they're going to lose, and you're looking for reasons, at least use ones that actually apply.

    You're right about the "lack of depth" as people keep calling it. But I'm a little glad, actually, since it means some of the Connacht boys who have put in a lot of effort this past season will get a chance to serve their national side.

    By Anonymous xavi, at June 08, 2010 8:42 pm  

  • For sure, that's got to be in the next Try Savers Rib Breakers.

    Also, it seems like Fitzgerald is perpetually injured. Is he the Irish Wilkinson?

    By Anonymous Wally, at June 08, 2010 8:47 pm  

  • Wally, no. He seriously injured his knee against South Africa in November, and he's been out since. I don't think he's had any other major injuries though.

    And Jimitybillybob, Ferris can't be the biggest loss. I mean have you seen O'Connell's replacement, Mick O'Driscoll? He's the worst player I've ever seen. O'Connell will be sorely missed.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at June 08, 2010 9:37 pm  

  • Nice hit

    As for Ireland having many sports, rugby is 4th sport in Australia yet they have two World Cups...and oh so nearly had a third

    By Anonymous 15, at June 09, 2010 12:54 am  

  • No way o connell is a big loss but Ferris' physicality against teams like NZ and Aus will russell a few feathers!
    oh and O' Gara broke Mc Faddens jaw!! as a Leinster supporter, cheers for that buddy! Ireland really need to find a new out half Sexton is good but not world class yet O' Gara has had it he's too old school can't compete with the likes of Carter, Trin Duc, Cooper, etc. He can't take the tackles and make the runs that trive in running rugby. Kicking for touch isn't a good enough tactic to play against teams like France, NS, Aus, SA

    By Blogger Conor, at June 09, 2010 12:59 am  

  • @ 15 yeah but Australia have a population of 22,375,605 while Ireland only have 6,197,100(Apparently)

    By Blogger Conor, at June 09, 2010 1:01 am  

  • Oh and Kidney has HAS to stop doing this 2 out halfs 2 scrum halfs bollocks If two backs get injured in any match we're FUCKED!!

    By Blogger Conor, at June 09, 2010 1:04 am  

  • True Connor, but rugby union is only played seriously in two states (New South Wales and Queensland), and even in those states most people play and support either soccer or rugby league, and AFL less so.
    The best way to look at it is to look at adult playing numbers.
    Aus has about 38,000 registered adults playing, and only a tiny fraction are proffesional.
    Ireland has about 22,000, and roughly the same number of pro players.

    By Anonymous Phil, at June 09, 2010 1:30 am  

  • The truth is alot less simple than O'Driscoll frames it.
    If it was just about playing numbers, England would dominate everyone.
    The Argies have about as many adult players as NZ but they aren't nearly as good.
    The truth is partly NZ's playing numbers, partly the popularity of the sport in that country (so that it attracts the best athletes and is played at a young age) and partly simply the rugby philosophy of the country (a focus on high skilled, fast paced rugby, with an attacking mindset is prevelant amongst coaches and players at every level of rugby in NZ).

    By Anonymous Jim, at June 09, 2010 1:40 am  

  • I doft my hat to you kind sir! Jim said it best IMO

    By Blogger Conor, at June 09, 2010 1:59 am  

  • That wasn't offside.

    By Anonymous Tim, at June 09, 2010 2:48 am  

  • Conor what are you complaining for about having two scrumhalves and two outhalves? Every team does that. You have one player for each specialist position on the pitch, and then a utility back. It's standard practice in rugby. I mean if you only have one outhalf and one scrumhalf, what happens if they get injured? Anyway O'Leary could play in the backline and Sexton could go to centre if needs be.

    And I didn't mean earlier that Ferris won't be missed. I just meant that at least his replacement isn't completely crap, unlike O'Connell's replacement.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at June 09, 2010 4:59 am  

  • RD, Ireland has over 20,000 registered adult players as at 2009.
    NZ doesn't have that many more than Ireland.
    Besides, the reason NZ is so strong has alot to do with their approach to rugby.
    As one famous All Black said to an English journalist almost 100 years ago "Sure you lot invented the game, we just taught you how to play it."

    By Anonymous Lachlan, at June 09, 2010 7:55 am  

  • why didnt seru play for fiji?

    By Anonymous miguel, at June 09, 2010 8:16 am  

  • Anonymous said...

    lol at Ireland losing to the Barbarians

    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the All Blacks lose to them in December in Wembley.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at June 10, 2010 6:18 pm  

  • That was a much stronger barbarians team.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 11, 2010 9:39 am  

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