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#hooker

# hooker - Friday 12 September, 2014

From The42 Connacht's late bloomer Heffernan won't be pushed aside Interview

Connacht's late bloomer Heffernan won't be pushed aside

Connacht’s hooker is building himself into a recognised front-line player as Pat Lam’s side reach for the top.

# hooker - Monday 1 September, 2014

From The42 Argentinian international Guinazu joins Munster on short-term contract Journeyman

Argentinian international Guinazu joins Munster on short-term contract

The 36-times capped hooker will provide cover in a position where the province have been injury-hit.

# hooker - Monday 26 May, 2014

From The42 Irish hooker Fogarty misses out on Top 14 after Agen play-off defeat Next Year

Irish hooker Fogarty misses out on Top 14 after Agen play-off defeat

The former Munster forward and his teammates were beaten by a Sireli Bobo-influenced La Rochelle.

# hooker - Friday 2 May, 2014

From The42 'Win or we're out of the competition' - Niall Annett on Ulster's precarious Pro12 position Column

'Win or we're out of the competition' - Niall Annett on Ulster's precarious Pro12 position

The former Ireland U20 captain believes players like Rory Best and Sean Cronin have evolved the role of hooker in recent years.

# hooker - Thursday 17 April, 2014

From The42 Connacht secure signing of Blues front row McCartney on three-year deal Transfer

Connacht secure signing of Blues front row McCartney on three-year deal

The 28-year-old known as ‘Freak’ by his Super Rugby teammates will move to Galway next season.

# hooker - Friday 28 March, 2014

From The42 Former Ireland U20 captain Niall Annett: Why I decided to leave Ulster Column

Former Ireland U20 captain Niall Annett: Why I decided to leave Ulster

The 22-year-old hooker will move to Worcester Warriors in the summer after finding himself third choice with his home province.

# hooker - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

From The42 Neck surgery rules Connacht hooker Henry out for rest of season Connacht

Neck surgery rules Connacht hooker Henry out for rest of season

The Sligo man will hopefully be fully recovered in time for pre-season training.

# hooker - Monday 17 February, 2014

From The42 'To put it mildly, we got beaten up at Twickenham last time' - Rory Best Six Nations

'To put it mildly, we got beaten up at Twickenham last time' - Rory Best

The Ulster hooker believes the game’s destiny lies with the 16 men going scrum to scrum on Saturday.

# hooker - Thursday 13 February, 2014

From The42 Promising Munster hooker Casey thriving under 'more professional' attitude Educated

Promising Munster hooker Casey thriving under 'more professional' attitude

The Cork native has taken the road less traveled into professional rugby.

# hooker - Saturday 25 January, 2014

From The42 Solid Wolfhounds display could throw Herring into Six Nations mix On Trial

Solid Wolfhounds display could throw Herring into Six Nations mix

The Ulster hooker could yet for his way into Joe Schmidt’s plans for the upcoming tournament.

# hooker - Friday 17 January, 2014

From The42 150-cap Rory Best focused only on the elusive home quarter-final Milestone

150-cap Rory Best focused only on the elusive home quarter-final

The Ulster hooker says his side are up against a ‘ruthless’ Leicester team tomorrow.

From The42 'Odds stacked against Connacht again but that's how we like it' - Sean Henry Heineken Cup

'Odds stacked against Connacht again but that's how we like it' - Sean Henry

The Sligo native believes his team can cause another Heineken Cup shock at Allianz Park on Saturday.

# hooker - Monday 30 December, 2013

From The42 Rugby referee sent flying by 18-stone Bath hooker Crunch This post contains videos

Rugby referee sent flying by 18-stone Bath hooker

Luke Pearce eventually recovered to issue 10 penalties and a yellow card to the Premiership side.

# hooker - Friday 6 December, 2013

From The42 Ruptured ligament forces Sherry out of rugby for six months Injury

Ruptured ligament forces Sherry out of rugby for six months

The knee injury is likely to end the hooker’s season and has left Rob Penney calling on uncapped Duncan Casey.

# hooker - Monday 18 November, 2013

From The42 Snapshot: Richardt Strauss is back training with Leinster Comeback Trail

Snapshot: Richardt Strauss is back training with Leinster

The South African hooker is keeping on top of his fitness after he underwent surgery on his heart.

# hooker - Saturday 16 November, 2013

From The42 Rory Best hitting his marks again after cruel summer Down Under

Rory Best hitting his marks again after cruel summer Down Under

The Ulster hooker was one of Ireland’s top three performers against Samoa last weekend.

# hooker - Friday 1 November, 2013

From The42 Retired hooker scorches in 80 metre try against Aussie legends Off The Hook

Retired hooker scorches in 80 metre try against Aussie legends

Perhaps this is the new gameplan Munster coach Rob Penney is aiming for?

# hooker - Thursday 24 October, 2013

From The42 Keith Wood’s a Mé Féiner, he let himself down with Lions criticism — Gatland OLD WOUNDS

Keith Wood’s a Mé Féiner, he let himself down with Lions criticism — Gatland

The Wales and Lions coach says he will be on the Late Late Show tomorrow to talk about all things BOD.

# hooker - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

From The42 Sean Cronin was the best hooker in Europe last weekend Stats

Sean Cronin was the best hooker in Europe last weekend

According to the official Amlin Opta Index anyway.

# hooker - Saturday 12 October, 2013

From The42 Snapshot: Richardt Strauss takes in Leinster A game on road to recovery Donnybrook

Snapshot: Richardt Strauss takes in Leinster A game on road to recovery

The Ireland international was due to undergo surgery on his heart condition this week.

# hooker - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

From The42 Best keen to get back to 'nicer side' of rugby, playing Pro12

Best keen to get back to 'nicer side' of rugby, playing

The Ulster hooker hopes to begin his season with a win over Treviso this Friday.

# hooker - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

From The42 'Schmidt doesn't cut any corners, he expects the same from us' -- Best Best Refreshed

'Schmidt doesn't cut any corners, he expects the same from us' -- Best

‘You can see why the Leinster boys speak so highly of him,’ says the Ulster hooker.

# hooker - Monday 27 May, 2013

From The42 Rory Best targets starting spot against Australia after Lions call-up Lions 2013

Rory Best targets starting spot against Australia after Lions call-up

The call-up to Warren Gatland’s squad was just the tonic for Best after Ulster’s Pro12 Final defeat to Leinster.

# hooker - Sunday 26 May, 2013

From The42 Rory Best is a 2013 British and Irish Lion and here's your proof Rory In Red
From The42 Rory Best receives Lions call-up as Dylan Hartley gets 11-week ban Hooked Up

Rory Best receives Lions call-up as Dylan Hartley gets 11-week ban

The England hooker was reprimanded for verbally abusing referee Wayne Barnes.

# hooker - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

From The42 'Rory Best didn't have anyone fighting his Lions case, others did' Lions 2013

'Rory Best didn't have anyone fighting his Lions case, others did'

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe felt the need to speak up for his hooker following his exclusion for Warren Gatland’s home nations squad.

# hooker - Thursday 2 May, 2013

From The42 'It's going to take a long time to get completely over it' - Rory Best on Lions Lions 2013

'It's going to take a long time to get completely over it' - Rory Best on Lions

To make matters worse, the hooker’s prize cows have been struck down with TB.

# hooker - Thursday 18 April, 2013

From The42 Open thread: Who would you pick as the Lions front row? Your Say

Open thread: Who would you pick as the Lions front row?

Irish supporters will expect to hear Cian Healy’s name announced on 30 April. Everything after that is wishful thinking.

# hooker - Monday 8 April, 2013

From The42 Connacht lose another stalwart as hooker 'Flav' calls it a day Out Of Steam

Connacht lose another stalwart as hooker 'Flav' calls it a day

The westerners will say goodbye to another bald legend at season’s end.

# hooker - Thursday 28 March, 2013

From The42 Rory Best hoping to leave lineout jitters behind and leapfrog Leinster Pro12

Rory Best hoping to leave lineout jitters behind and leapfrog Leinster

The Ulster hooker knows he needs a strong finish to the season if his province are to stay in the trophy hunt.

# hooker - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

From The42 Confrontation is what rugby is all about - Rory Best relishing Italian slog Seconds Out

Confrontation is what rugby is all about - Rory Best relishing Italian slog

The Ulster hooker feels Italy had a stranglehold on England’s scrum at Twickenham last week.

# hooker - Saturday 2 March, 2013

From The42 Stay the course: Best calling for 'on the money' performance against French 6 Nations

Stay the course: Best calling for 'on the money' performance against French

The Ulster hooker says Ireland just need to be more efficient in their final two games this spring.

# hooker - Thursday 31 January, 2013

From The42 Shane Byrne: Last-chance Kidney has thrown everything at 6 Nations bid Column

Shane Byrne: Last-chance Kidney has thrown everything at 6 Nations bid

The former Ireland international believes the form of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy is crucial to Irish chances.

From The42 'If you have a spare few pounds, don't put it on me for 1st try-scorer' - Rory Best 6 Nations

'If you have a spare few pounds, don't put it on me for 1st try-scorer' - Rory Best

The Ulster hooker is hoping to be part of one of three teams with Grand Slam ambitions on Monday morning.

# hooker - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

From The42 'Confident' Leinster changing tack to return to form Heineken Cup

'Confident' Leinster changing tack to return to form

Sean Cronin, while tight-lipped on the new deal he has agreed, says the European champions will feed off the pressure coming their way.

# hooker - Sunday 23 December, 2012

From The42 Leinster have been bullied in their last 3 games - Keith Wood Bully Boy

Leinster have been bullied in their last 3 games - Keith Wood

The former Ireland and Munster captain believes the European champions are lost without Brian O’Driscoll.

# hooker - Friday 14 December, 2012

From The42 Malcolm O'Kelly backs Leinster to ride the storm and hit their targets Heineken Cup

Malcolm O'Kelly backs Leinster to ride the storm and hit their targets

Leinster could do with some lineout advice after last weekend’s blundering.

# hooker - Thursday 13 December, 2012

From The42 Ireland v England legends: 'We still know how to play the game' declares Byrne Auld Enemies

Ireland v England legends: 'We still know how to play the game' declares Byrne

The Irish will be targeting revenge next year following a 50-26 thrashing at The Stoop.

# hooker - Tuesday 27 November, 2012

From The42 Back to the day job: Craig Gilroy digs in for Ravenhill revamp Craig The Builder

Back to the day job: Craig Gilroy digs in for Ravenhill revamp

And there’s *fully qualified digger operator Rory Best in the background. (*Double-check with Ulster)

# hooker - Sunday 25 November, 2012

From The42 VIDEO: All Blacks sweat over Hore suspension after forearm smash on Davies Hore No Evil

VIDEO: All Blacks sweat over Hore suspension after forearm smash on Davies

New Zealand won their encounter against Wales and they bossed a few scraps while they were at it.