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Last month
August 2023
The big man with big potential - McCarthy set for first Ireland start
The 22-year-old was a late bloomer but Andy Farrell and Paul O’Connell are fans.
This year
'The chat from the locals is like, 'No pressure, but you have to do it again!''
Ultan Dillane is enjoying the challenge of playing in the back row and chasing trophies with La Rochelle.
James Ryan has taken his game to a completely new level with Ireland
Still only 26, the Ireland second row is well on track to be a centurion.
Toulouse move unlikely as Henderson remains key man in Ireland
The Ulster second row just turned 31 and has some of his best rugby ahead.
Last year
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.
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.
Ireland boss Farrell impressed by 'outstanding' 20-year-old Joe McCarthy
The Leinster academy second row left a positive impression in Ireland camp.
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.
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
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.
'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.
Connacht confirm signing of Tongan international lock Leva Fifita
The 31-year-old will join from Grenoble this summer to replace Quinn Roux.
Man mountain Skelton loving life in La Rochelle working with O'Gara
The 6ft 8ins Wallaby has been in sensational form this season.
'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.
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.
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 lock Regan earns training contract with Super Rugby's Highlanders
The 23-year-old was formerly part of the Ulster academy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
England lock George Kruis signs for Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan
The 30-year-old will leave Saracens after 12 years with the club.
'Connacht as champions, the weeks that followed were just unbelievable'
Second row Aly Muldowney will retire from professional rugby this summer.
Dillane keen for Connacht tempo against heavyweight Montpellier
The 26-year-old second row makes a timely return on Sunday in Galway.
'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.
'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.
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.
'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.
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.’
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.
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.
Ulster set to pounce for Wallabies and Brumbies lock Sam Carter
The 29-year-old second row has won 14 caps for Australia.
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.
'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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.