With the evolution of social media, we’ve seen the evolution of parody accounts.
We’ve had ‘Stern Vern Cotter’, ‘Boring Kearney Brothers’, ‘NotGavHenson’ to name a few but the latest phenom is ‘Will Addison Feeds Ducks‘.
The Irish star has been a huge hit since making the move to Ulster this season. His success and enjoyment apparently has not been limited to the pitch but has extended to ponds across Northern Ireland with Will being spotted often with a loaf in hand lobbing bread at hungry ducks.
North Down resident, John Todd got in touch with us to say he recently saw Will in Crawfords Burn with a loaf of Tesco Value Medium Slicked White Bread but the North Down Ducks simply turned their beaks up at the offering.
“It was a nice gesture to be fair to the young chap but everyone knows that North Down Ducks are conscious of their carb intake and will only eat ‘Hovis Seed Sensations Wholemeal’. ”
It does seem that Will has got his act together and sorted his ‘one loaf fits all’ philosophy as he was again spotted at a pond close to Ballymena launching chunks of Veda bread to the local mallards.
As well as his ever-improving knowledge of localised duck taste preferences, Will is trying to ‘spread his wings’ from purely being a
One onlooker said that Will (pictured above wearing jeans & black trainer combo #sneans) was a natural teacher, showing great understanding and knowledge of the pond and feeding techniques as well as making John aware of the dangers involved in duck feeding.
“It was clear to see that Will has a passion for the ducks and desire to see others share that but John just didn’t seem to be as receptive”
Cooney doesn’t seem to be the only Ulster star getting in on the duck action. Jacob Stockdale has also been rumoured to tinker in duck nourishment all be it with an unorthodox approach at feeding time.
Full kit, “Duck dive”.
Stockdale could prove to be a bigger diehard for ducks than Will with the Irish star revealing his new ‘ink’.
Rumours have been rife in the flock that Addison is secretly raging that Stockdale has beaten him to the chase as he has been planning a full ‘back piece’ of a geometric duck for several months. Stockdale seems to have taken advantage of the Italian ‘walk-ins only’ tattoo model whilst in Rome on the weekend and jumped ahead of Addison. Reports have said that Addison had already paid a deposit for his geometric duck but is now having second thoughts after Stockdale’s ink and could face losing his deposit should he cancel.
Addison reportedly has been furious with the Irish Kit man after learning that their off-field ‘Down Jacket’ is in fact, duck down. Allegedly speaking out in a recent team meeting about how he morally and ethicaly cannot wear ‘duck down’ and how he now sees his fellow teammates as ducks after seeing them donning ‘duck down apparel’.
If rumours are to be believed, Joe Schmidt backed Addison saying;
“If Will is uncomfortable, we have got to respect his views and passion. I’ve been told there is a ‘goose down’ option available so we will look to move to that jacket cause yo if we continue to support the wearing of duck down, then Will can’t feed ducks and there will be no ‘ Will Addison feeds Ducks’ Instagram account and I simply couldn’t live with myself if I was part of that demise.”
While it’s (hopefully) pretty obvious that the majority of the above is complete and utter nonsense. One thing that is for certain is that this account is a complete quacker.
So whoever is the Mastermind(s), keep up the great work!
Make sure and give the profile a follow to keep up with everything Will Addison and his Duck Feeding antics.
Leinster Could be Without Star Player for Double Title Tilt
One Leinster man is causing controversy among fans with his actions against Ulster last Saturday
Fergus McFadden could miss the end of the season and maybe more after being cited for an alleged headbutt on Ulster’s Sean Reidy during their clash on Saturday.
The incident which occurred in the 13th minute of the game was given as a penalty in game despite there appearing to be a pretty good claim that referee George Clancy had good reason to hand McFadden a red card.
At the moment of play Clancy claimed he could not see “the point of contact” which meant he could only award a penalty.
“From what I can see is that he’s leaned into his opponent in an aggressive manner but we can’t see exactly where he has made a connection,” Clancy said during the match.
Although Ulster went on to win the game 14-13, it was overshadowed by the incident and could cause more problems to Leinster’s challenge to win back-to-back doubles.
McFadden has been cited for the incident and if found guilty will face a minimum six-week ban meaning he would miss Leinster’s Champions Cup final against Saracens and the remainder of their Pro 14 campaign.
“The player has been reported by the citing commissioner in charge for infringement of Law 9.12 – a player must not physically abuse anyone – striking with the head. The player will face a disciplinary committee via video conference, the make-up of the committee will be confirmed in due course,” a Pro 14 statement said.
Former Leinster team-mate Gordon D’Arcy caused further controversy on Twitter with his view on the incident in which he claimed that Reidy wasn’t innocent as he grabbed McFadden off the ball.
Very few people appear to agree with D’Arcy’s view and there is a view that McFadden could be found guilty when his hearing occurs.
Check out the full video below to see the incident.
Dan Carter issues post surgery update
Carter was due to move to Racing 92 as a medical joker last month, coming in to provide cover for the recently retired Pat Lambie. A deal had been signed and sealed but Carter failed the medical due to the discovery of a neck issue which has forced the former Crusader’s 10 under the knife.
Carter had previously played with Racing 92, picking up a Top 14 title during his time there. More recently he has been playing in the Japanese Top League with Kobelco Steelers. The Steelers granted Carter a temporary release from his contract to take up a short term contract with the Paris based side, Racing 92.
Carter has now had the surgery on his neck to hopefully resolve the issue and posted the below message on his Instagram.
“Another challenge to conquer”
While this injury has nullified his chances of returning to European rugby, Carter is optimistic it will not end his playing career. The 37 year old is hoping to return to his side in Japan, where he will be hoping to win another Top League title with the Steelers.
Freddie Burns sends classy message to Jacob Stockdale.
Rory Best also spoke out.
The 22-year-old shredded up the Leinster’s defence, crossing the whitewash only to knock the ball on when placing it down for a try.
Many online have been quick to criticise Stockdale including former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll.
With the score at 13-11 to Ulster at the time, a converted try would have put Ulster two scores ahead and in a very dominant position to clinch
Burns will know exactly how Stockdale feels after he made a
Burns has put it behind him and has urged Stockdale to do the same.
Following the game, Stockdale posted the below picture and caption on his personal Instagram.
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I’ve had some incredible highs with Ulster rugby, but unfortunately yesterday was a low for me. Sport can be cruel and sometimes you have to learn your lessons the hard way. To the Ulster fans I just want to say I am sorry, I let you down, the support we had yesterday was truly amazing and you deserve to be looking froward to a European semi final.
Rory Best was quick to back his teammate, commenting on the post
” Also, don’t forget to remember the world class moment u had during the game #collective”
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