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# second row

Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Crop of exciting young Irish locks can add to Farrell's frontline trio
James Ryan, Tadhg Beirne, and Iain Henderson are the three key figures in the Irish second row.
This year
Munster man Snyman continues to show his class for Springboks
The towering second row is a key member of the South African Bomb Squad.
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.
How has Munster man RG Snyman's return to Test rugby gone?
The towering second row has shown his value in two appearances off the bench.
Munster's player of the season? Jean Kleyn but the competition is strong
The second row has been relentless, while wing pair Shane Daly and Calvin Nash have excelled.
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.
Second row pair Ahern and McCarthy shine in Emerging Ireland's win
The Munster and Leinster men had already signalled their potential in recent times.
Analysis: How Jason Jenkins has made an immediate impact at Leinster
Much of the towering lock’s best rugby comes in the darker corners of games: mauls, scrums and rucks.
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.
Ryan returns from concussion as McCarthy takes 'huge step up' for Leinster
The 21-year-old is highly rated by both Leinster and Ireland.
'Rugby is going to be a small part of my life... I want to make it as meaningful as possible'
Ryan Baird has unique athleticism and a unique view of his career in rugby.
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
Farrell feels Henderson 'better suited' to All Blacks as Beirne benched
Jamison Gibson-Park retains his spot at scrum-half after impressing against Japan.
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.
Meath's Monaghan eager for another shot after Ireland debut
The second row started playing rugby in Brighton.
'If you’re picking on form, it’s Itoje and Henderson' - Rory Best
The ex-Ireland captain also believes Johnny Sexton should have been called up.
'It’s a massive opportunity. It’s the last game before the first Test selection'
Wales lock Adam Beard has impressed since getting a late call-up to the Lions tour.
Connacht confirm signing of Tongan international lock Leva Fifita
The 31-year-old will join from Grenoble this summer to replace Quinn Roux.
'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.
'His athleticism is ridiculous but he can also pack a scrum' - Beirne pushes for Ireland start
The Munster lock has been in excellent form in recent months.
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.
Roux proud to play part for Ireland with family watching on from South Africa
The Connacht lock is hopeful he has done enough to keep his place against England.
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.
Masterson moves to second row as Connacht's lock stocks run very low
Andy Friend has reshuffled his team for tomorrow’s visit to Edinburgh in the Pro14.
Beirne's 'dream game' sees him work well with Wycherley in Munster pack
The 22-year-old Bantry man was quietly impressive alongside the Ireland international last weekend.
Munster back promising academy locks after 'devastating' RG Snyman injury
Stephen Larkham says the province won’t look for a short-term signing with Jean Kleyn also sidelined.
'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.
Irish lock O'Shea signs for French Pro D2 club after leaving Munster
The 27-year-old has agreed to a two-year deal with Vannes.
'I can't wait to learn off RG Snyman... It's like man against boys in some of the clips'
Waterford native Thomas Ahern made a big impression for the Ireland U20s this year.
The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Niall Murray
The 20-year-old second row has featured for Connacht in the Pro14 and Champions Cup.
'Connacht as champions, the weeks that followed were just unbelievable'
Second row Aly Muldowney will retire from professional rugby this summer.
The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Ryan Baird
The 20-year-old Leinster second row possesses remarkable athleticism.
'To see the support that the country gave me was really good' - Toner
33-year-old Devin Toner was warmly received by Ireland fans on his return.
'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.
Henderson and Ryan at the heart of Ireland's dominant outing up front
The Irish second rows were superb as Joe Schmidt’s side bullied Scotland.