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2022
# Cheese
Ryan can remind everyone of his quality as Leinster clash with Connacht
The 26-year-old makes his first start of the new season in Galway this evening.
# STANDOUT
Kieran Treadwell's stock rises for Ireland in excellent win over the Māori
The Ulster man was one of several players who put their hands up for Andy Farrell’s side.
# lock
Ireland boss Farrell impressed by 'outstanding' 20-year-old Joe McCarthy
The Leinster academy second row left a positive impression in Ireland camp.
# second rows
McCarthy gets debut as Leinster look at shuffling their lock stocks
Leo Cullen has named a strong side for tonight’s clash with Cardiff in the URC.
# Tighthead Lock
Leinster set to sign lock Jenkins from Munster ahead of next season
The 26-year-old has only made one appearance for the southern province so far this season.
All time
# lock
Ryan looks for next level having moved past Lions disappointment
The 25-year-old Leinster and Ireland second row is aiming to push on as a player.
# Global Game
'The last time I was in Nigeria, I saw a little boy with a Lions top on'
Maro Itoje is set to play a huge role for the Lions in what will be his second Test series.
# second row
Connacht confirm signing of Tongan international lock Leva Fifita
The 31-year-old will join from Grenoble this summer to replace Quinn Roux.
# lock
Man mountain Skelton loving life in La Rochelle working with O'Gara
The 6ft 8ins Wallaby has been in sensational form this season.
# Potential
'Athletically, he is phenomenal. We really don't produce guys like him in Ireland'
21-year-old Ryan Baird made his Ireland debut last weekend and looks set for further Six Nations involvement.
# STANDOUT
Top carrier, tackler, passer, and jackler - Tadhg Beirne's best game yet for Ireland
The Munster lock was superb as Ireland came up short against Wales last weekend.
# make or break
James Ryan treating Ulster clash as an early 'cup final'
The second row admits it’s ‘surreal’ but the games importance is writ large for the reigning champions.
# Irish Abroad
Irish lock Regan earns training contract with Super Rugby's Highlanders
The 23-year-old was formerly part of the Ulster academy.
# Pride of Skerries
Stalwart lock Alan O'Connor keeps getting better for McFarland's Ulster
The 28-year-old second row has been in strong form for Ulster in recent seasons.
# Fronting Up
Beirne shows up strongly alongside immense Ryan in Ireland's second row
The Munster man showed he can win the gainline against France last weekend.
# Boost
France lock le Roux free to play against Ireland after avoiding ban at hearing
The Racing 92 second row had been cited for allegedly striking Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones.
# Update
Connacht lock Thornbury back on his feet after Sunday concussion
Head coach Andy Friend will continue with his plans to rotate through his squad for Sunday’s clash with Munster.
# test rugby
'I am lucky Munster are allowing me to play for the Springboks'
RG Snyman will remain an important part of South Africa’s plans moving forward.
# Key Man
James Ryan's injury a big blow but Leinster have second row depth to cope
21-year-old Ryan Baird will be hoping for opportunities when rugby gets back underway.
# sayonara
England lock George Kruis signs for Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan
The 30-year-old will leave Saracens after 12 years with the club.
# RISE UP
'Connacht as champions, the weeks that followed were just unbelievable'
Second row Aly Muldowney will retire from professional rugby this summer.
# Fronting Up
Dillane keen for Connacht tempo against heavyweight Montpellier
The 26-year-old second row makes a timely return on Sunday in Galway.
# The Big Cheese
'He just keeps getting better and better, and I don’t see it stopping'
23-year-old James Ryan is already on his way to being an Ireland great.
# lock
'There was always going to be a bit of backlash. I don't read it' - Kleyn
The 121kg Munster second row took pride in making his Ireland debut last month.
# enforcer
Ruck-hitting, hard-scrummaging Kleyn comes into the mix for Ireland
The South African native will be eligible in time for the World Cup warm-up games.
# STANDOUT
'It was as physical as it gets... It was definitely Test match standard'
James Ryan delivered another superb showing for Leinster in defeat to Saracens.
# young bucc
Ex-Roscommon minor Murray intent on delivering major prize for Ireland U20
‘We know we’re not the biggest team, but we’re a smart team.’
# lock
Roux set to step up for Ireland in 'must-win' clash with Scotland
The Connacht second row is in line to start after Devin Toner was ruled out.
# lock
Holland links up with Schmidt's Ireland squad ahead of Scotland clash
The 33-year-old Munster man joins the group after an injury to Devin Toner.
# experience
Ulster set to pounce for Wallabies and Brumbies lock Sam Carter
The 29-year-old second row has won 14 caps for Australia.
# 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.
# Barna Boy
'It taught me to enjoy rugby because there's a lot of worse jobs you could be doing'
Towering Connacht lock Gavin Thornbury has been involved in Ireland training under Joe Schmidt.
# Complete
Analysis: Why James Ryan is already one of the first names on Ireland's team sheet
The 22-year-old second row delivered another superb performance against Argentina.
# lock
'I've no doubt that he'll be banging on the right doors': POM backs Kleyn for Ireland
The Munster second row this week signed a new long-term contract with the province.
# lock
Holland excited to learn off Beirne as he begins his 12th season with Munster
The 33-year-old has been an ever-present in the Munster pack in recent seasons.
# self critical
21-year-old Ryan a force for Ireland as he holds himself to highest standards
The Leinster lock is already an impressive presence in Test rugby.
# beirning ambition
From delivering pizzas to delivering medals: Tadhg Beirne's momentum has been hard-won
The Munster-bound Scarlet has never been afraid of putting in the work.
# hotshot
James Ryan is 'an unbelievable player' says Ireland lock Devin Toner
The 21-year-old is expected to be part of Ireland’s team to face France this weekend.
# November Tests
Five years on from 'bizarre' debut feeling, Henderson primed to peak for Ireland
The Lions lock looks back on a 2012 debut of a ’20-year-old kid who didn’t really know what he was doing’.
# Bowing out
Leinster lock's France move is off as Mike McCarthy is forced to retire due to injury
The 35-year-old has ended his rugby career on medical advice.