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# class-of-95 - Saturday 4 February, 2017

'They called you a lot of other things, but they didn't call you 'Sir''
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'They called you a lot of other things, but they didn't call you 'Sir''

Feb 4th 2017, 9:30 AM 10,897 Views 26 Comments

Welsh referee Nigel Owens remembers his early days officiating in the amateur game.

From free kit to big-money deals: Irish rugby's history of jerseys
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From free kit to big-money deals: Irish rugby's history of jerseys

Feb 4th 2017, 12:10 AM 9,906 Views 7 Comments

We’ve come a long way.

# class-of-95 - Friday 3 February, 2017

Against the head: how the issue of concussion developed from amateur to professional rugby
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Against the head: how the issue of concussion developed from amateur to professional rugby

Feb 3rd 2017, 10:00 PM 3,731 Views 0 Comments

Dr Barry O’Driscoll resigned as medical advisor to the IRB in 2012.

'Right now it's too easy for players to come in and get capped - and it shouldn't be easy for them'
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'Right now it's too easy for players to come in and get capped - and it shouldn't be easy for them'

Feb 3rd 2017, 9:30 PM 24,086 Views 21 Comments

Issues of identity have always permeated Irish sport but professionalism has led to a desperate need to find an edge in rugby.

Last Men Standing - the Irish rugby team from their final game of the amateur era
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Last Men Standing - the Irish rugby team from their final game of the amateur era

Feb 3rd 2017, 12:50 PM 9,998 Views 3 Comments

An emphatic defeat to France was the last outing for Ireland in the amateur game.

# class-of-95 - Thursday 2 February, 2017

'I went to my father's shed, put my foot in a vice and cut off my cast with a hacksaw to go train'
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'I went to my father's shed, put my foot in a vice and cut off my cast with a hacksaw to go train'

Feb 2nd 2017, 9:30 PM 46,472 Views 13 Comments

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.

Analysis: We look at just how much the scrum has changed since professionalism
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Analysis: We look at just how much the scrum has changed since professionalism

Feb 2nd 2017, 5:34 PM 6,722 Views 9 Comments

For better or for worse, a lot has changed since 1995

Professional power has put the squeeze on Ireland's once-vibrant club rugby scene
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Professional power has put the squeeze on Ireland's once-vibrant club rugby scene

Feb 2nd 2017, 8:00 AM 9,004 Views 10 Comments

“The top of the game is very strong, but the bit in the middle, the clubs, are struggling badly.”

# class-of-95 - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

'It was rugby's Wild West!' - The difficult early years of professionalism
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'It was rugby's Wild West!' - The difficult early years of professionalism

Feb 1st 2017, 9:30 PM 24,803 Views 11 Comments

Irish rugby stumbled into the new era back in 1995, but gradually got to grips with professionalism.

Shoulder to shoulder: why Ireland's Call became the anthem for rugby's new era
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Shoulder to shoulder: why Ireland's Call became the anthem for rugby's new era

Feb 1st 2017, 5:00 PM 24,303 Views 120 Comments

Trevor Ringland and Jim Glennon discuss what the anthem means to them.

Can you recognise these players from the amateur rugby era?
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Can you recognise these players from the amateur rugby era?

Feb 1st 2017, 3:00 PM 13,491 Views 13 Comments

We remember the good old days of ludicrously oversized jerseys.

From 200 diehards to 11,000 season-ticket holders: how Leinster compete in the professional game
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From 200 diehards to 11,000 season-ticket holders: how Leinster compete in the professional game

Feb 1st 2017, 8:00 AM 20,082 Views 39 Comments

Paul Dermody, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Leinster Rugby, speaks to The42 about how the eastern province has developed.

# class-of-95 - Tuesday 31 January, 2017

You are what you eat: how the professional era has transformed rugby players' diets
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You are what you eat: how the professional era has transformed rugby players' diets

Jan 31st 2017, 3:16 PM 7,839 Views 0 Comments

Good habits are filtering down to the next generation of rugby players.

Weights, nutrition and psychology: What makes the modern rugby player?
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Weights, nutrition and psychology: What makes the modern rugby player?

Jan 31st 2017, 7:30 AM 19,014 Views 9 Comments

The professional era has transformed rugby and its athletes.

# class-of-95 - Monday 30 January, 2017

From Auckland to Athy: Carbery was Ireland's first 1995-born international
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From Auckland to Athy: Carbery was Ireland's first 1995-born international

Jan 30th 2017, 9:30 PM 28,190 Views 4 Comments

We sat down with the breakout star of Ireland’s stunning November series last year.

'There's more to life than rugby': What happens when a player is forced to retire
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'There's more to life than rugby': What happens when a player is forced to retire

Jan 30th 2017, 4:45 PM 24,491 Views 4 Comments

Modern professionals receive a lot of personal development support from IRUPA, but there are natural challenges that always need hurdling.

How different is professional rugby to the good old days of amateurism?
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How different is professional rugby to the good old days of amateurism?

Jan 30th 2017, 8:00 AM 39,375 Views 36 Comments

We’ve taken a look at the Ireland v Scotland games from the 1995 Five Nations and 2016 Six Nations.

Irish rugby's Class of '95: from the amateur era to here
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Irish rugby's Class of '95: from the amateur era to here

Jan 30th 2017, 7:00 AM 10,132 Views 0 Comments

The42 looks at the professional game and how it’s evolved in a new in-depth series.

# class-of-95 - Friday 27 January, 2017

Open thread: Give us your questions for our live Six Nations preview and win a signed Ireland jersey
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Open thread: Give us your questions for our live Six Nations preview and win a signed Ireland jersey

Jan 27th 2017, 8:45 PM 11,956 Views 152 Comments

Eddie O’Sullivan will join Murray Kinsella for a Facebook Live conversation on Monday.