Magners League

The Magners League – playground of the stars –is upon us once again. Compared to the competition – Blood and Drugs Magners seems to be in rude health.
This year, for the first time, there are play-offs, the top four compete for the title at seasom end. The Scotsman thinks it’s a good idea. Not quite as sure about the introduction of Italian teams next season:
“With so much going for the league the case for introducing two Italian teams next year is far from obvious. The move will ruin the “Celtic” nature of the league while adding substantial costs, and it has already proven a disaster for the Italian clubs who are not involved as sponsors abandon them without so much as an arrivederci. It’s a lose/lose situation, so savour the upcoming season, it may be the last ever truly Celtic League competition”

Who is going to win?
Munster or Cardiff Blues methinks.
Something’s wrong with the Ospreys – Jerry Collins a new signing but Gavin still not quite right. Shane an excellent binman however.
Ulster’s loss of Rory Best for the whole season is a bitter blow. Let’s see if Ferris manages to blossom – Wonderful player.
Scarlets? A dismal finish last year – a new stadium but not a lot of dosh. Stephen Jones critical to their recovery.
Leinster – Nathan Hines and Eoin Reddan two interesting signings – could be in with a shout if O’Driscoll decides it’s important.
Cardiff – chaos at new stadium They ain’t got a scoreboard! I’vw been there to watch the Soccer and Cardiff City seem to have the logistics right. Don’t drive there however. Good squad and should be thereabouts.
Munster? – Annual budget of £8m helps – Jean de Villiers a new signing – reigning champions and favourites.
The rest? Can’t see either Scottish team, the Dragons or Connacht doing much this year.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Dewi,

    I will await the full fallout of the Bloodgate saga before allowing myself any schadenfreude moments.

    The new play off system and the fact that both Irish and Welsh teams are taking the competition seriously means there should be further improvment this year. I expect it to be a battle between the Kaydiff, Munster and Leinster.

    On the Welsh side, there must be a real fear that Llanelli will struggle to even half fill their new ground and it is a pity that the first competitive game for Kaydiff in their new ground will not be be against the much bigger draw of Munster or Leinster.

    ps How many more decades before the soccer/ladyball authorities on both sides of the border dont try to copy the rugby template?

  • Dewi

    Updated – I had some operator error issues with the original post.
    Looking forward to it this year Sammy. Magners have chucked in a pile more money and the launch this year a bit more high profile than in the past. (Bitter feedback from Blues fans on stadium set up so far mind…)

  • militant mike

    About time this was updated for the new season. Get on with it.

  • Dewi

    Is Sammy / Mod Unionist about?