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Leinster lock Ross Molony poised for Premiership switch – report

By Liam Heagney
Leinster's Ross Molony (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Bath won’t be left empty-handed by Leinster’s recent signing of RG Snyman as they are reportedly poised to snap up Ross Molony on a three-year deal from the Irish province next summer.

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The Gallagher Premiership club had been tipped to sign Snyman, the Springboks’ double Rugby World Cup winner, after it emerged that his contract at Munster would not be renewed at the end of the 2023/24 season.

Johann van Graan was the coach who brought the 29-year-old to Munster in 2020 and the current Bath boss was said to be in pole position to bring Snyman to The Rec once his injury-hit spell in Ireland came to an end.

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However, the arrival of Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber at Leinster scuppered that reunification link with van Graan in the Premiership as Snyman was instead soon tied to a one-year deal with Leo Cullen’s side for the 2024/25 season.

That December confirmation, though, has now had consequences at Leinster as this commitment to Snyman, allied to the recent emergence with Ireland of young Joe McCarthy, has convinced the 29-year-old Molony that his future would be best served by joining van Graan’s Bath.

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An Irish Times report read: “Ross Molony, the long-serving Leinster lock, is expected to join Bath on a three-year contract at the end of this season.

“The 29-year-old has been a mainstay of the province for the last decade, making 172 appearances, but his minutes have been reduced this season and, with the emergence of Joe McCarthy and the impending arrival of RG Snyman, the offer of a three-year deal is a shrewd piece of business by Johann van Graan’s club.

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“A product of St Michael’s and a renowned lineout operator and caller, Molony has regularly played more than 1,000 minutes for Leinster over the last decade since making his debut against Zebre Parma in February 2015.

“Last season he started in 18 of 23 appearances, which amounted to 1,450 minutes. By contrast, this season he has so far been restricted to five starts in his 10 appearances, amounting to 469 minutes.

“Molony has freely admitted to harbouring an intense desire to play for Ireland, and he came very close on occasions.

“But with McCarthy’s emergence also putting him further down the international pecking order, he has had to weigh this up with the security of a three-year deal and the prospect of playing more regularly at Bath.”

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Samuel 107 days ago

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Flankly 15 hours ago
Resilient Irish will test Springboks despite provincial setbacks

The Bok kryptonite is complacency. How did they lose to Japan in 2015, or to Italy in 2016? There are plenty of less dramatic examples. They often boil down to the Boks dialing back their focus and intensity, presuming they can win with less than 100% commitment. This can be true of most teams, but there is a reason that the Boks are prone to it. It boils down to the Bok game plan being predicated on intensity. The game plan works because of the relentless and suffocating pressure that they apply. They don’t allow the opponent to control the game, and they pounce on any mistake. It works fantastically, but it is extremely demanding on the Bok players to pull it off. And the problem is that it stops working if you execute at anything less than full throttle. Complacency kills the Boks because it can lead to them playing at 97% and getting embarrassed. So the Bulls/Leinster result is dangerous. It’s exactly what is needed to introduce that hint of over-confidence. Rassie needs to remind the team of the RWC pool game, and of the fact that Ireland have won 8 of the 12 games between the teams in the last 20 years. And of course the Leinster result also means that Ireland have a point to prove. Comments like “a club team beating a test team” will be pasted on the changing room walls. They will be out to prove that the result of the RWC game truly reflects the pecking order between the teams. The Boks can win these games, but, as always, they need to avoid the kryptonite.

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