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# prop life

This year
'We’re well capable of taking anything that they can throw at us'
Andrew Porter has real confidence in Ireland’s scrum ahead of the Boks clash.
All time
'I'm loving my rugby at the moment' - Bealham looking to build on strong start to the season
The Connacht tighthead feels he is yet to reach his prime.
'You want your best players on the pitch at the same time'
Leinster hope to have even more impact from their front row this season.
'We would have liked to have contracted Tadhg for longer than one year'
Tadhg Furlong opted for a one-season extension to his IRFU central contract.
'It's a bit of a balancing act' – Marty Moore on mixing power with mobility
The Ulster tighthead weighs in on one of the biggest questions in rugby at the moment.
Ireland have two superb tightheads. Should Porter switch back to loosehead?
The Wexford man has made two encouraging sub appearances but Porter has been in excellent form.
Ireland still open to prospect of Porter switching to loosehead as Furlong returns
The 25-year-old has been crucial at tighthead for Leinster and Ireland in the past six months.
Furlong back scrummaging as Porter's strong form for Leinster continues
The Wexford man has been sidelined with a back issue in recent weeks.
'That competitiveness between two world-class tightheads is great'
Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is close to returning from a minor back issue.
Fines, Fukuoka and fried chicken cartilage - Furlong enjoying delights of Japan
The tighthead prop is set to return for Ireland against Samoa on Saturday.
Tighthead prop Ryan set for World Cup debut in all-Munster tight five
‘It’s something you dream of. I’ve had my wait like no other man in the team.’
Furlong focused solely on tighthead for World Cup this time around
The Leinster man also covered the loosehead side at the 2015 tournament.
Healy prepared 'to go to dark places' to maintain his longevity
The 31-year-old is heading towards a third World Cup and feels in the best shape of his career.
McGrath's 'experience' edges him in as Leinster go for 'important' Bent over Porter
Leo Cullen says Leinster are hopeful Sean Cronin will come through after his recent calf injury.
Size not an issue for Ireland's scrum pillar Clarkson
The tighthead prop has grown into the championship to become a key player for Noel McNamara’s side.
Ireland's front row options improve as Kilcoyne and Ryan drive on
The Munster pair have pushed into the matchday squad again in recent weeks.
'I was carrying all this excess weight and was quite lethargic in stuff I was doing'
After falling out of Joe Schmidt’s plans, Finlay Bealham had a hard look at himself in the mirror and has returned fitter and leaner.
'There’s nothing extraordinary here, just a humble farmer from Wexford'
26-year-old Tadhg Furlong feels the best is still ahead of him.
Wales great Jenkins bows out with Cardiff win - but misses conversion attempt
The 37-year-old prop pushed his attempt wide as the curtain came down on his illustrious career.
Denis Buckley focuses on Connacht form after featuring in Ireland camp
The 28-year-old was superb as Connacht’s pack took Zebre apart in the scrum on Saturday.
'You could have all the carries in the world but if you don’t back it up, that’s s**t'
Cian Healy is fired up to put things right at scrum time against the Wallabies.
Furlong: 'There was a montage comparing it to some soccer goals!'
The Ireland tighthead has become increasingly comfortable at handling the ball.
Connacht prop Carey determined to catch up with former Ireland U20 team-mates
The 26-year-old came through the underage levels alongside Tadhg Furlong, Marty Moore and Finlay Bealham.
New Year, new focus: McGrath puts November behind him to regain form and fitness
2017 proved to be a mixed bag for the prop but he is now looking forward rather than back at a difficult end to last year.
'Tongan Bear' earns new contract at Clermont despite only playing 24 minutes for the club
Prop Loni Uhila has put pen-to-paper on a new deal as he recovers from a broken arm.
'He contacted me and expressed his frustration': Schmidt welcomes Marty home
The prop has signed a two-year deal with Ulster.
Tadhg Furlong has fine record against All Blacks but still feels a fear
The Lions’ tighthead’s family arrived for last weekend’s memorable win in Wellington.
'We had run out of weights and I was budgeting in my head how we'd buy more'
From Ireland U20s to the senior squad in the space of 12 months, Andrew Porter’s meteoric rise continues at some pace.
'At the breakdown he's like a back row': The Bull Hayes hoping to see Furlong shine through Lions tour
The Munster legend has seen both sides of the Lions tour with his experiences in 2005 and 2009.
'Plenty of encouraging signs' from Leinster's Porter after switch to tighthead
The 21-year-old first burst onto the scene as a loosehead prop.
Healy hungry to make his mark for Leinster as Six Nations comes into focus
The prop gets his chance in the south of France tonight.
Evergreen Mike Ross not prepared to fall down the pecking order just yet
The veteran prop is in line to start Leinster’s clash with Montpellier on Sunday.
‘Rossy, you were born in the ‘70s!’: Relentless Furlong ready to take over tighthead mantle
The Wexford man is good friends with his mentor and rival for the number three shirt.
'Cian's character is incredible' - Dempsey on Healy ahead of prop's return from injury
The loosehead has missed the last five months for Leinster and Ireland with neck and knee issues.
'I don't see why he can't be back to that level. He's an extraordinary athlete'
Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty believes Cian Healy can return to former heights.
'They keep biltong in the fridges instead of vegetables, which is brilliant'
Ireland tighthead Mike Ross knows he faces a big scrum battle on Saturday.
New contract for Ulster's young player of the year McCall
The loosehead has signed a two-year extension to his current deal.
'If you punched everyone who said that, you'd be in serious trouble!'
Jack McGrath is looking to front a big Irish scrum performance in Twickenham today.
Munster close in on Irish tighthead Andress ahead of next season
The 32-year-old has spent the vast majority of his professional career in England.
Namibia let their retiring prop take a conversion with the last play of their World Cup
Johnny Redelinghuys got to live every prop’s dream.