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#back row

# back-row - Friday 19 May, 2017

Ruddock's form earns Ireland's call but immediate focus is on Pro12 semi-final
# Leader
From The42
# Leader

Ruddock's form earns Ireland's call but immediate focus is on Pro12 semi-final

May 19th 2017, 6:00 AM 3,274 Views 5 Comments

The 26-year-old is back in Joe Schmidt’s squad and hopes to impress against Scarlets tonight.

# back-row - Sunday 30 April, 2017

'In pro rugby, you're in a bit of a bubble. It's nice to come out of it for a while'
# Grassroots
From The42
# Grassroots

'In pro rugby, you're in a bit of a bubble. It's nice to come out of it for a while'

Apr 30th 2017, 9:30 AM 13,659 Views 1 Comment

Jason Harris-Wright will look to help Clontarf to AIL glory before joining Pat Lam at Bristol.

# back-row - Thursday 2 March, 2017

Leinster set to sign Wallabies international Scott Fardy as a second row
# Transfer
From The42
# Transfer

Leinster set to sign Wallabies international Scott Fardy as a second row

Mar 2nd 2017, 8:34 AM 20,795 Views 83 Comments

The 32-year-old is set to join after the current Super Rugby season.

# back-row - Wednesday 27 April, 2016

Stander calls on POC for leadership chats before Munster's Edinburgh clash
# Captaincy
From The42
# Captaincy

Stander calls on POC for leadership chats before Munster's Edinburgh clash

Apr 27th 2016, 6:00 AM 9,612 Views 3 Comments

The back row believes his side need to respond to mistakes more maturely.

# back-row - Monday 14 March, 2016

'I'm always slagging him that he's going around with his notepad'
# Model Pro
From The42
# Model Pro

'I'm always slagging him that he's going around with his notepad'

Mar 14th 2016, 4:14 PM 19,701 Views 31 Comments

Jamie Heaslip has been impressed by Josh van der Flier’s work ethic.

# back-row - Friday 11 March, 2016

'I’m never going to be an Irishman, but I can try my best' - Stander
# Convert
From The42
# Convert

'I’m never going to be an Irishman, but I can try my best' - Stander

Mar 11th 2016, 6:45 AM 8,205 Views 16 Comments

CJ Stander is learning exactly how demanding Test rugby is.

# back-row - Friday 12 February, 2016

Sean O'Brien looking forward to linking up with new Ireland star Stander
# Back Row Ballast
From The42
# Back Row Ballast

Sean O'Brien looking forward to linking up with new Ireland star Stander

Feb 12th 2016, 6:30 AM 7,340 Views 17 Comments

Joe Schmidt has named a rounded, imposing back row for the clash with France.

# back-row - Monday 4 January, 2016

Analysis: O'Donoghue and O'Donnell shine in Munster's back row
# Balance
From The42
# Balance

Analysis: O'Donoghue and O'Donnell shine in Munster's back row

Jan 4th 2016, 3:34 PM 8,532 Views 10 Comments

Anthony Foley has finally been able to get his best back row on the pitch.

# back-row - Saturday 12 December, 2015

Youghal man O'Callaghan showing international credentials for Munster
# Interview
From The42
# Interview

Youghal man O'Callaghan showing international credentials for Munster

Dec 12th 2015, 7:30 AM 12,308 Views 6 Comments

The 25-year-old back row has been in excellent form for Anthony Foley’s side.

# back-row - Tuesday 27 October, 2015

Pocock says he'll organise RWC final tickets for 'legend' David Attenborough
# NATURE LOVERS
From The42
# NATURE LOVERS

Pocock says he'll organise RWC final tickets for 'legend' David Attenborough

Oct 27th 2015, 12:00 PM 8,977 Views 7 Comments

The Australia back row says the broadcaster is a ‘big hero of mine.’

# back-row - Friday 25 September, 2015

Chris Henry: 'You have to prepare for getting smashed and do some damage yourself'
# Staking A Claim
From The42
# Staking A Claim

Chris Henry: 'You have to prepare for getting smashed and do some damage yourself'

Sep 25th 2015, 5:51 PM 3,704 Views 1 Comment

Ulster star will line out at openside flanker for Ireland against Romania on Sunday.

# back-row - Monday 21 September, 2015

Murphy keen to put breakdown record straight against Romania at RWC
# Fired Up
From The42
# Fired Up

Murphy keen to put breakdown record straight against Romania at RWC

Sep 21st 2015, 5:00 PM 8,622 Views 15 Comments

The back row felt he lost out to Justin Tipuric in the World Cup warm-up against Wales.

# back-row - Sunday 13 September, 2015

'For a lot of that season and for a long time, I had a bit of a f**k-you mentality'
# 2007 Hurt
From The42
# 2007 Hurt

'For a lot of that season and for a long time, I had a bit of a f**k-you mentality'

Sep 13th 2015, 9:00 AM 20,135 Views 31 Comments

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip tells us about the experience of missing out on the 2007 World Cup.

# back-row - Saturday 22 August, 2015

Murphy has Schmidt's trust as he reads Ireland's game better than ever
# Jordi
From The42
# Jordi

Murphy has Schmidt's trust as he reads Ireland's game better than ever

Aug 22nd 2015, 7:30 AM 9,162 Views 11 Comments

The versatile 24-year-old has grown into an important squad member under the Kiwi.

# back-row - Thursday 20 August, 2015

Triple Grand Slam winner Jones forced to retire with immediate effect
# Legend
From The42
# Legend

Triple Grand Slam winner Jones forced to retire with immediate effect

Aug 20th 2015, 10:29 AM 11,205 Views 9 Comments

The 34-year-old back row has called time on his playing career.

# back-row - Monday 17 August, 2015

SOB, Henry and Toner helped Jack Conan prep for his Ireland debut
# Influences
From The42
# Influences

SOB, Henry and Toner helped Jack Conan prep for his Ireland debut

Aug 17th 2015, 9:20 AM 10,957 Views 5 Comments

Leinster’s 23-year-old back row got his first taste of Test rugby against Scotland.

# back-row - Wednesday 17 June, 2015

World Cup looks to be over for Rhys Ruddock after recurrence of arm injury
# Luckless
From The42
# Luckless

World Cup looks to be over for Rhys Ruddock after recurrence of arm injury

Jun 17th 2015, 8:52 PM 8,179 Views 13 Comments

The blindside was replaced by Jack Conan after 20 minutes today.

# back-row - Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Pat Lam's Connacht have signed a Kiwi back row ahead of next season
# Transfer
From The42
# Transfer

Pat Lam's Connacht have signed a Kiwi back row ahead of next season

Mar 25th 2015, 11:02 AM 5,338 Views 4 Comments

Openside flanker Nepia Fox-Matamua will join the province on a two-year deal.

# back-row - Tuesday 3 March, 2015

Saracens have added another powerful back row to their squad
# Transfer
From The42
# Transfer

Saracens have added another powerful back row to their squad

Mar 3rd 2015, 1:09 PM 8,096 Views 6 Comments

Samuela Vunisa is the latest player to confirm a transfer out of the Guinness Pro12.

# back-row - Monday 23 February, 2015

Promising ex-Leinster back row Gilsenan signs new contract with London Irish
# Exiles
From The42
# Exiles

Promising ex-Leinster back row Gilsenan signs new contract with London Irish

Feb 23rd 2015, 12:33 PM 6,743 Views 6 Comments

The 22-year-old left Leinster last summer to join the Premiership club.

# back-row - Friday 30 January, 2015

Another Munster player will be joining James Coughlan in Pau, but Denis Hurley is staying put
# Irish Abroad
From The42
# Irish Abroad

Another Munster player will be joining James Coughlan in Pau, but Denis Hurley is staying put

Jan 30th 2015, 12:30 PM 10,749 Views 31 Comments

Back row Paddy Butler’s exit was also confirmed today.

# back-row - Monday 15 December, 2014

'There were gaps there' - Tommy O'Donnell knows where Munster need to improve
# Ruthless
From The42
# Ruthless

'There were gaps there' - Tommy O'Donnell knows where Munster need to improve

Dec 15th 2014, 3:30 PM 3,085 Views 2 Comments

The Irish province left several scoring opportunities behind them in defeat to Clermont last night.

# back-row - Thursday 13 November, 2014

Ruddock ready for Georgian power after starring in Boks beating
# Versatile
From The42
# Versatile

Ruddock ready for Georgian power after starring in Boks beating

Nov 13th 2014, 6:00 AM 3,066 Views 3 Comments

The Leinster flanker turned 24 today and now feels a settled part of Joe Schmidt’s group.

# back-row - Thursday 6 November, 2014

Ireland well able to carry the ball without me -- Sean O'Brien
# Go Forward Ball
From The42
# Go Forward Ball

Ireland well able to carry the ball without me -- Sean O'Brien

Nov 6th 2014, 12:05 AM 4,086 Views 1 Comment

The injured flanker is looking forward to seeing Sean Cronin getting over the gainline this weekend.

# back-row - Thursday 30 October, 2014

Jack Conan could be natural successor to Heaslip at number eight -- Kevin McLaughlin
# Eight Ball
From The42
# Eight Ball

Jack Conan could be natural successor to Heaslip at number eight -- Kevin McLaughlin

Oct 30th 2014, 7:50 PM 7,691 Views 16 Comments

The 22-year-old will make his third start for Leinster at the RDS tomorrow night.

# back-row - Thursday 16 October, 2014

5 important questions for Munster ahead of the Champions Cup
# Dilemmas
From The42
# Dilemmas

5 important questions for Munster ahead of the Champions Cup

Oct 16th 2014, 7:00 PM 6,650 Views 17 Comments

Back row selections, attacking progress, defensive aggression, Zeebs and the set-piece.

# back-row - Saturday 6 September, 2014

Heenan taking things slowly as Connacht look for rapid improvement
# Breakdown
From The42
# Breakdown

Heenan taking things slowly as Connacht look for rapid improvement

Sep 6th 2014, 9:00 AM 3,516 Views 4 Comments

The 22-year-old openside flanker tells TheScore.ie how he works on his breakdown skills.

# back-row - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

Stander eager to nail down Munster spot as Ireland ambition lingers
# Cj
From The42
# Cj

Stander eager to nail down Munster spot as Ireland ambition lingers

Sep 3rd 2014, 7:45 AM 6,144 Views 10 Comments

The 24-year-old South Africa native says Limerick feels like ‘home’ now.

# back-row - Friday 11 July, 2014

Irish provinces strong enough for Champions Cup success - O'Brien
# Tullow Tank
From The42
# Tullow Tank

Irish provinces strong enough for Champions Cup success - O'Brien

Jul 11th 2014, 6:26 PM 7,015 Views 14 Comments

The 27-year-old is fit, fresh and motivated ahead of a new season with Leinster and Ireland.

# back-row - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Butterworth the latest in Lansdowne's line of professional converts
# Openside
From The42
# Openside

Butterworth the latest in Lansdowne's line of professional converts

Jul 3rd 2014, 7:30 AM 10,607 Views 9 Comments

The 23-year-old has bolstered Ulster’s back row options after impressing in the Ulster Bank League.

# back-row - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

'Argentina rattled us a bit at the breakdown' - Ireland lock Henderson
# Llama
From The42
# Llama

'Argentina rattled us a bit at the breakdown' - Ireland lock Henderson

Jun 11th 2014, 3:15 PM 5,775 Views 5 Comments

The 22-year-old was one of the stand-out individuals last weekend in Resistencia.

# back-row - Monday 26 May, 2014

Steffon Armitage named 2014 ERC European Player of the Year
# Deserved
From The42
# Deserved

Steffon Armitage named 2014 ERC European Player of the Year

May 26th 2014, 3:27 PM 4,662 Views 10 Comments

The 28-year-old English back row was man of the match in the Heineken Cup final on Saturday.

# back-row - Saturday 24 May, 2014

5 key areas in the Toulon v Saracens Heineken Cup final
# Tactics Board
From The42
# Tactics Board

5 key areas in the Toulon v Saracens Heineken Cup final

May 24th 2014, 8:00 AM 3,828 Views 9 Comments

Back row blockbuster, kicking out-halves, squad cultures, midfield excellence and Plan B.

# back-row - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Henderson hopeful of Ireland start as he learns the donkey work from O'Connell
# Hendo
From The42
# Hendo

Henderson hopeful of Ireland start as he learns the donkey work from O'Connell

Mar 5th 2014, 7:30 AM 5,789 Views 21 Comments

The Ulsterman has underlined his preference for playing six, and there may be an opening in that position against Italy.

# back-row - Thursday 20 February, 2014

David Wallace: Foley the driving force of Munster for many years, now it's just official
# Column
From The42
# Column

David Wallace: Foley the driving force of Munster for many years, now it's just official

Feb 20th 2014, 8:00 AM 10,658 Views 7 Comments

Having seen Foley the tactician work at close quarters, the former Munster back row is in no doubt that the province is in safe hands.

# back-row - Friday 14 February, 2014

Jordi Murphy hoping to emulate Lansdowne teammate Moore with Ireland cap
# Homecoming
From The42
# Homecoming

Jordi Murphy hoping to emulate Lansdowne teammate Moore with Ireland cap

Feb 14th 2014, 8:30 AM 3,981 Views 6 Comments

The Leinster No. 8 has been heavily involved in Ireland’s training camp in recent weeks.

# back-row - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Jamie Heaslip signs new three-year IRFU contract
# Signed Sealed Delivered
From The42
# Signed Sealed Delivered

Jamie Heaslip signs new three-year IRFU contract

Jan 23rd 2014, 3:18 PM 14,897 Views 50 Comments

The No. 8 has put an end to the long-running speculation linking him with a big-money move to France.

# back-row - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Simon Hick column: Dealing with O'Brien loss is Schmidt's biggest challenge
# Column
From The42
# Column

Simon Hick column: Dealing with O'Brien loss is Schmidt's biggest challenge

Jan 8th 2014, 11:52 AM 7,895 Views 22 Comments

The back row is the key area for Ireland, and without the powerful flanker something will be missing.

# back-row - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Destructive Chris Henry happy to be Joe Schmidt's problem solver
# Destructive Force
From The42
# Destructive Force

Destructive Chris Henry happy to be Joe Schmidt's problem solver

Nov 5th 2013, 6:21 PM 4,461 Views 2 Comments

The Ulster back-row believes beating Samoa at the breakdown will be half the battle on Saturday.

# back-row - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Finding back row balance is key to Ireland's November hopes
# Options
From The42
# Options

Finding back row balance is key to Ireland's November hopes

Oct 30th 2013, 3:45 PM 4,876 Views 18 Comments

Joe Schmidt has a number of options to choose from at the back of the scrum.