Some personal issues for me and some technical gremlins (Thanks for solving them Marc!!!)have silenced the blog over the past few weeks, but just in time for the end of the season, we're back!
Handing straight over to Mr Richardson of @rugbyulster_ and his blog which kinda sounds like a rejected Harry Potter book title!
I have been a fan of Ulster since I first went to a professional game. Stood in promenade and cheered for the Ulstermen. This season it’s got harder and harder. We witnessed the redevelopment of Ravenhill, the transformation into the Kingspan. We laughed when nobody thought undersoil heating would be a good idea. We believed our CEO when he stated he wanted world beaters, and his vision going forward. We watched the big horse @stephenferris losing the plot with dedication and coaching. As fans we stood back and watched the trial unfold with Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. Something I steered well clear off on purpose. We read about Whatapp transcripts and we read about Craig Gilroys suspension. We said goodbye to Les Kiss rather unceremoniously and Joni Gibbes is off at the end of season. We read about the termination of contracts and now the senior players retiring. This year we say cheerio to Trimble, Bowe, Diack, Black, P Marshall and Piutau. We watched the debacle that is Carberry coming from Leinster (under duress if you believe Twitter) whilst McPhillips and Cooney are shining at 9 & 10. We are in a scrap with Ospreys for a place in next years Champions Cup. Brian O’Driscoll is right. We are a basket case.
A rebuild is definitely required, concentration on European Rugby shouldn’t be our focus. Develop our youth, redress the lack of leadership and direction from the board and Europe will come. Our players are not the issue. Saying all the right things that Richard Finlay, the media manager, has told them too. The lack of effort from our side is not an issue. Game planning, has been. The capt of Ireland is an Ulsterman for goodness sake. Rory leads from the front in every game and would walk into any side in the Aviva or Pro 14.
Let’s lose to Ospreys. Let’s take a year off top tier European rugby. Let’s learn how to win again.