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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# hooker

This month
January 2023
# No Go
'There's nothing in it' - Munster confirm they won't be signing Malcolm Marx
The Springboks hooker had been linked with a move to the Irish province.
Last year
2022
# insight
The South African view on Ireland's big test against the Springboks
SuperSport analyst Hanyani Shimange joined the lads on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Depth
'I think he should move to Munster' - Leinster hooker McKee shines
Bernard Jackman gave his views on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# smash 'em
'My dad had me out on the back field at home practising tackling with him'
Ireland hooker Neve Jones relishes the physical aspect of the game.
# New Breed
'He's like a big South African. He's got that bulk that you don't really see in Irish kids'
Dan Sheehan had to fight hard for his breakthrough but he’s now standing out for Ireland.
# Dan the Man
Sheehan keen to build on 'valuable' outing in Paris with first Ireland start
The 23-year-old has impressed off Ireland’s bench this season.
# Blow
Hooker Kelleher ruled out of the rest of Ireland's Six Nations campaign
The 24-year-old suffered a shoulder injury in Paris last weekend.
# Challenge
Ulster light on numbers as they search for new Irish-qualified hooker
Wales international Brad Roberts will leave the province at the end of the season.
All time
# growing force
'To be fair, when he's in that position it's 90% him and 10% the lifter'
Rónan Kelleher was impressive at hooker during Ireland’s superb November Test series.
# Results
Ireland given the all-clear for All Blacks clash after Covid scare in camp
Andy Farrell’s matchday 23 will line out as named yesterday.
# IQ
Munster sign Irish-qualified hooker Declan Moore ahead of new season
The 24-year-old was previously part of the Melbourne Rebels’ squad.
# Addition
Ireland's Kelleher in line to join Gatland's Lions squad in South Africa
The 23-year-old hooker is in line to link up with the tourists.
# Team news
Tierney-Martin set for Connacht debut off the bench tomorrow night
Andy Friend has rejigged his team for the visit to Scarlets.
# hooker
'Rob is a great player for us' - Farrell backs Herring at hooker again
Rónan Kelleher returns to the bench as Ireland make three changes for the Scotland clash.
# hooker
First start for Ireland next on agenda for 22-year-old Leinster man Kelleher
The powerful hooker won his first three caps off the bench earlier this year.
# Irish Abroad
'It was tough, I would have had aspirations of staying on in Leinster'
27-year-old hooker Bryan Byrne has found a new lease of life with Pat Lam’s Bristol.
# 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.
# Green Shirts
'That will be one of the big aims this year - to try and get back in with Ireland'
Connacht hooker Dave Heffernan is determined to add to his one Ireland cap.
# the deuce
Battle for Ireland hooker spot 'wide open' -- Jerry Flannery
The new Harlequins forwards coach hopes to see a stand-out emerge after Rory Best’s exit last year.
# Ambition
'I've been in Six Nations squads and never played, so hopefully that can change'
Ulster man Rob Herring is making a strong push to claim Ireland’s number two jersey.
# number two
Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs
The 27-year-old is keen to go to another World Cup with his country.
# Champion
Happy Springbok hooker retires again
Schalk Brits insisted there would not be another comeback.
# Final Chapter
'We can’t keep thinking, ‘We need to be like 2018.' We need to be better'
Ireland captain Rory Best believes his team can overcome this year’s Six Nations disappointment.
# red blooded
Family at the forefront for Sherry as he looks forward to new horizons beyond Munster
With a new baby in the house, the hooker has been travelling back and forth from Gloucester during his loan stint in the Premiersip.
# hooker
Ex-France captain Ibañez to be les Bleus manager after World Cup
The 98-times capped hooker has been lined up by Bernard Laporte.
# omission
Sean Cronin set to miss out on Ireland squad for final Six Nations games
Ulster’s Rob Herring is set to come into Joe Schmidt’s extended training squad.
# digging in
'Sometimes there's no explanation for form... all you can do is try your best'
Leinster hooker James Tracy is searingly honest about his search to rediscover top form.
# The butcher
'Words can't explain how truly thankful I am to be here'
Eagles hooker Dylan Fawsitt moved to the US in 2014 and is now set to face his native Ireland.
# November Tests
JVG hopeful Niall Scannell will play for Ireland next month, but ankle injury 'will take time to settle'
The hooker missed out on the Gloucester win after sustaining a training ground knock.
# hooker
'Rory is number one... the rest of us are probably fighting for that second spot'
Munster’s Niall Scannell has started his season in excellent form.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Ireland U20 captain Annett gets first Premiership start since 2016
The former Ulster hooker has suffered greatly with injuries in the last year and a half.
# Del Boy
'I have a brother and I don't want him getting the farm either!'
Connacht hooker Shane Delahunt is still balancing farming and professional rugby.
# hooker
'Representing Ireland, representing that badge, it's pretty special'
Ulster front row Rob Herring was one of the big winners on Ireland’s tour Down Under.
# scans
Munster's Scannell sprung into starting role to salvage frustrating season
The Cork man was only called up after Rory Best’s injury but now finds himself in the starting XV.
# Journey
The former binman and theology student who has cracked the Wallabies
Brandon Paenga-Amosa had a remarkable rise over the last year.
# hooker
Cheika calls Latu into Wallabies squad ahead of first Ireland Test
With two uncapped hookers left in his squad, Cheika has turned to the four-times capped Waratah.
# Irish Abroad
Dundalk man McElroy excels with Saracens after U20s World Cup dream was shattered
The 20-year-old hooker is thriving in his first season with the Premiership giants.
# medical joker
Munster's Casey set for loan move to aid Grenoble's promotion push
The injury-plagued hooker has fallen down to fifth in the Munster pecking order and will hope to get a run of games in ProD2.
# steady nerve
Mike Sherry thankful for another chance at rugby after year out with injury
‘I did pretty much every single session besides the day that I got married. That was the one day I had off over the summer.’
# perspective
Sean Cronin bouncing back with renewed appetite after neck injury lay-off
“It puts things into perspective,” says the hooker after suffering two injuries since the birth of his twin boys.