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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Cork Con

Last month
April 2023
# Irish Abroad
'I still have a dream of returning to play in Ireland at some stage'
Ex-Munster wing Seán French has been prolific for Bedford in the English Championship.
This year
Cork Con and Dublin University share the spoils after thrilling 10-try clash
Here’s your All-Ireland League and Junior Cup round-up.
Last year
# around the grounds
Bonus point win for Terenure, Cork Con kicking is key and Young Munster finish strong
All the Round 7 action from the Energia All-Ireland Men’s League.
# Cork Con
'I said I wouldn't be a coach, but that was based on having a 10-year career ahead'
Jonny Holland and Denis Fogarty are part of an all-ex-Munster coaching team in Cork Con.
All time
# The 42 Reads
How the AIL's inaugural season created a superstar and the modern Munster
Three decades on from Cork Con’s triumph in the first AIL, Garry Doyle reflects on the impact that season had on Irish rugby.
# Irish Abroad
'I play rugby because I love the game, not just because my brothers play'
20-year-old hooker Billy Scannell is heading into his second season with Biarritz in France.
# new career
The former Munster centre now helping to fight Covid-19 as a doctor in Cork
Tom Gleeson had to retire from rugby in 2012 due to injury.
# Prospects
McHenry making step up with Munster after benefiting from AIL exposure
The 22-year-old centre has been excellent for Cork Con.
# unbeaten
'They can look back with pride... their effort wasn't null and void'
Defending champions Cork Con ended an unbeaten season with 14 wins from 14 in the AIL.
# Wrap
Table-toppers Cork Con whitewash Dublin University as Young Munster win Limerick derby
Elsewhere, UCD edged out Clontarf as Storm Jorge made its presence felt around the AIL.
# Irish Abroad
'I'd look at Tadhg Beirne and think, 'There's someone I'd love to replicate''
Former Munster scrum-half John Poland is now with the New England Free Jacks in the US.
# we go again
Reigning champions Cork Con edge Munster derby and new boys run Terenure close as AIL kicks off in style
Elsewhere, Lansdowne beat UCD as the 2019/20 Energia All-Ireland League got underway this weekend.
# Domestic Rugby
Cork Con lock Mintern determined to test himself in professional rugby
The former Ireland U20 will complete his studies at CIT next year and then see how far rugby can take him.
# conquering
Cork Con seal second AIL title in three years with Aviva victory over Clontarf
Rob Jermyn was the star performer in an entertaining clash at Lansdowne Road.
# AIL Final
Clontarf and Con set for mouthwatering AIL final shoot-out
It’s a replay of the 2016 final, but who will be this year’s Joey Carbery?
AIL top two set for battle as Cork Con and Clontarf meet in Division 1A final
We look ahead to tomorrow’s showpiece at the Aviva Stadium.
# Cork Con
'With Con it’s like coming home': Solid foundations allow Cork club to change and grow
Coach Paul Barr describes the ‘gamble’ the club took this season by tearing up the playbook.
# White Heat
Cork Con bullish approaching AIL final with revamped style and 'Stockdale 2.0' in Sean French
Entering their fourth consecutive final, the Cork club look in rude attacking health.
# Munster Man
'I'm not leaving this place until I win something. I need to win something'
33-year-old Billy Holland has shown resilience over the course his lifelong love affair with Munster.
Shannon suffer relegation to Division 1B after final day defeat to Cork Con
Meanwhile, Dublin University rounded off an unforgettable regular season with a 39-22 bonus-point triumph over Garryowen.
Table-toppers Cork Con look to bounce back against Garryowen, while Lansdowne welcome back Leinster duo
Meanwhile, Clontarf face UCD at the Belfield Bowl.
# unsung
Lineout steals and offloads - Billy Holland steps up as Munster's impact sub
The 33-year-old has been a consistent and reliable performer for Munster for years.
Cork Con edge Clontarf in top-of-the-table clash and the rest of the day's AIL action
All the weekend’s results from Divisions 1 and 2.
# Irish Abroad
Cork Con man Quinlan takes pro rugby shot in the south of France
The 23-year-old out-half has joined Fédérale 1 side Narbonne.
# Round-Up
Unbeaten Lansdowne top of the table at Christmas while Young Munster earn big win
Reports from all five of this week’s AIL Division 1A fixtures in the Ulster Bank League.
# Clubbin'
Champs Con travel to in-form Terenure and all your UBL previews
Here’s what to expect in Division 1A and 1B of the UBL this weekend.
# winning habit
Barnstorming Brian Hayes helps Cork Con take UBL title from Clontarf
The reigning champions scored three tries, two with a man in the sin-bin, but the penalty count smothered their hopes.
# it's how royce rolls
Living a life immersed in fitness while edging Clontarf towards further club glory
Clontarf’s Royce Burke-Flynn spoke to The42 about club rugby and splitting his day job between Crossfit and personal training.
# repeat
Cork Con hungry for revenge over holders Clontarf in today's UBL final
The Leesiders were beaten in last year’s decider at the Aviva Stadium.
# fair balls
'We were shocked he didn’t make it' - Ex-Munster man Quinlan shines for Con
The 22-year-old out-half was part of the province’s academy for a year.
# starter for 10
Carbery days long gone, so Tullamore man Joyce calmly takes the reins for 'Tarf
The out-half suffered more painful blows than being left out of a starting line-up last year.
# Grassroots
'In pro rugby, you're in a bit of a bubble. It's nice to come out of it for a while'
Jason Harris-Wright will look to help Clontarf to AIL glory before joining Pat Lam at Bristol.
# Debut
'They’re off winning Grand Slams and you’re off in f***ing Rotherham'
At the age of 31, Billy Holland will win his first Ireland cap against Canada tomorrow.
# clubbing
Lansdowne look for 3rd win on the trot, Cookies welcome 'Tarf and all your UBL previews
Meanwhile, Shannon, Dolphin and UCC will hope to claim their first wins of the season in division 1b.
# Jouez
From Munster to Nice: Scrum-half Foley excited by new French adventure
The 21-year-old Crosshaven man has signed for the Fédérale 2 club.
# Cork Man
Munster centre Daly destined for academy after World Championship final
The Cork Con midfielder has shone for Nigel Carolan’s side in Manchester.
Analysis: Clontarf and Cork Con show attacking quality of Irish club rugby
Last weekend’s clash at the Aviva Stadium was full of attacking excitment.
# going gets 'tarf
Classy Carbery guides 'Tarf to UBL victory over Cork Con
The Leinster academy out-half had a hand in everything the Dublin club did well at the Aviva Stadium.
# homegrown heroes
Clontarf look for second title in Ulster Bank League final against Cork Con
Andy Wood’s men are back in the final against Brian Hickey’s side.
# Talent
Clontarf playmaker Carbery showing Leinster quality in Ulster Bank League
The 20-year-old is hoping for further playing opportunities under Leo Cullen next season.