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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: -3°C

# 8

Last year
2022
# Complete
'He's hugely experienced... He's had some big performances over the past few weeks'
Caelan Doris has been playing brilliant rugby for Leinster and Ireland.
All time
# Lion
'It's easier to silence that kind of noise... I feel a bit vindicated'
Leinster’s Jack Conan starts in the number eight shirt against Glasgow again tonight.
# rotation
Ruddock moves to 8 as Leinster make eight changes for trip to Neath
Leo Cullen has rung the changes for tomorrow’s clash with the Ospreys.
# 8
'What we needed from him was to do his talking on the field, not off the field'
Billy Vunipola was excellent as Saracens claimed the Champions Cup against Leinster.
# Game Breaker
Analysis: Conan continues to press Ireland claims with sensational showing
The Leinster number eight was man of the match against Ulster in the Champions Cup quarter-finals.
# 8
Heaslip was often under-appreciated but his professionalism set new standards
The 34-year-old confirmed his retirement from the game after a superb career.
# Impact
'I'm CJ Stander and I'm the captain now': Munster back-row buoyed by new experience
Saturday put Stander on Ireland’s bench for the first time in his 17 Tests, and he captained the side as they forced a win over Fiji.
# No Billy
Stander starts Lions tour as an 8, while Gatland praises Haskell's personality
With Billy Vunipola missing, Stander will compete with Taulupe Faletau for the eight shirt.
# Classy
Leinster pay tribute to Axel on their first visit to Thomond since his death
The eastern province are in Limerick for a Guinness Pro12 clash.
# 8
Earls glad to see Foley remembered with 'phenomenal' tribute in front of Haka
“Axel’s never going to be forgotten. There isn’t a day goes by when we don’t think of him.”
# Looking Back
7 of the smallest stadiums in Premier League history
With Bournemourth set to enter the top flight, Dean Court is about to become one of the smallest grounds in the competition’s history.
# Dublin 8
Man arrested over explosion that 'sent fireball up in the air'
Gardaí, Dublin Fire Brigade and an Army bomb disposal team all attended the scene in the wake of the blast, back in March.
# ready for ravenhill?
Ligament damage rules Vunipola out for remainder of Six Nations
The Saracens number eight’s new focus will be regaining fitness in time to face Ulster in the Heineken Cup.