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# class of 95

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# class of 95
'They called you a lot of other things, but they didn't call you 'Sir''
Welsh referee Nigel Owens remembers his early days officiating in the amateur game.
# in fashion
From free kit to big-money deals: Irish rugby's history of jerseys
We’ve come a long way.
# Concussion
Against the head: how the issue of concussion developed from amateur to professional rugby
Dr Barry O’Driscoll resigned as medical advisor to the IRB in 2012.
# class of 95
'Right now it's too easy for players to come in and get capped - and it shouldn't be easy for them'
Issues of identity have always permeated Irish sport but professionalism has led to a desperate need to find an edge in rugby.
# class of 95
Last Men Standing - the Irish rugby team from their final game of the amateur era
An emphatic defeat to France was the last outing for Ireland in the amateur game.
# class of 95
'I went to my father's shed, put my foot in a vice and cut off my cast with a hacksaw to go train'
David Corkery was voted as Ireland’s Player of the Tournament at the 1995 World Cup but professional rugby proved an unforgiving environment for the Corkman.
# class of 95
Analysis: We look at just how much the scrum has changed since professionalism
For better or for worse, a lot has changed since 1995
# stuck in the middle
Professional power has put the squeeze on Ireland's once-vibrant club rugby scene
“The top of the game is very strong, but the bit in the middle, the clubs, are struggling badly.”
# class of 95
'It was rugby's Wild West!' - The difficult early years of professionalism
Irish rugby stumbled into the new era back in 1995, but gradually got to grips with professionalism.
# Anthem
Shoulder to shoulder: why Ireland's Call became the anthem for rugby's new era
Trevor Ringland and Jim Glennon discuss what the anthem means to them.
# Quiz
Can you recognise these players from the amateur rugby era?
We remember the good old days of ludicrously oversized jerseys.
# class of 95
From 200 diehards to 11,000 season-ticket holders: how Leinster compete in the professional game
Paul Dermody, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Leinster Rugby, speaks to The42 about how the eastern province has developed.
# class of 95
You are what you eat: how the professional era has transformed rugby players' diets
Good habits are filtering down to the next generation of rugby players.
# class of 95
Weights, nutrition and psychology: What makes the modern rugby player?
The professional era has transformed rugby and its athletes.
# class of 95
From Auckland to Athy: Carbery was Ireland's first 1995-born international
We sat down with the breakout star of Ireland’s stunning November series last year.
# class of 95
'There's more to life than rugby': What happens when a player is forced to retire
Modern professionals receive a lot of personal development support from IRUPA, but there are natural challenges that always need hurdling.
# Analysis
How different is professional rugby to the good old days of amateurism?
We’ve taken a look at the Ireland v Scotland games from the 1995 Five Nations and 2016 Six Nations.
# class of 95
Irish rugby's Class of '95: from the amateur era to here
The42 looks at the professional game and how it’s evolved in a new in-depth series.
# 6 Nations
Open thread: Give us your questions for our live Six Nations preview and win a signed Ireland jersey
Eddie O’Sullivan will join Murray Kinsella for a Facebook Live conversation on Monday.