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# stepping up

Last month
January 2023
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Jared Payne takes interim charge at Clermont following Jono Gibbes' exit
The former Ireland international joined Clermont as defence coach last summer.
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'International quality' Osborne impressing Leinster as Henshaw in race to be fit for Six Nations
Henshaw has yet to fully recover from wrist surgery in November.
Last year
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Jeremy Loughman to make Test debut as Ireland team to face Fiji is named
Tadhg Furlong will become the 109th player to captain Ireland.
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'I knew I'd be back' – Baloucoune out to take his chance against the Springboks
The Ulster winger has had to wait for his chance after winning his first two caps for Ireland last year.
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Lowry ready to take leading role in Ulster backline
The 24-year-old could somehow find himself as the most experienced of Ulster’s back three for Saturday’s URC clash with the Ospreys.
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England could turn to Henry Arundell as Jonny May set to miss second Test against Australia
The wing also missed the first Test defeat in Perth due to Covid.
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Ferreira confident 'passionate' Rowntree can build on Munster continuity
The outgoing defence coach is following Johann van Graan to Bath at the end of the season but insists the province is in good hands.
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Inspirational Peter O'Mahony leads Munster to thrilling win over Exeter
The province have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup thanks to a superb 26-10 win at Thomond Park.
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'I'm ready' - Rowntree excited to tackle top job at Munster
The Munster job will be Rowntree’s first as a head coach.
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Ulster happy to see hard work paying off for young stars
Ulster skills coach Craig Newby was in the Aviva Stadium to watch Mike Lowry score two tries on his Test debut.
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Ireland U20s captain Reuben Crothers aiming to lead by example
The Ulster flanker is preparing for his second U20s Six Nations campaign.
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'He’s been outstanding all year' - Friend backs Marmion for Ireland recall
The scrum-half was last capped at Test level in November 2020.
All time
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'For a lot of our blokes this will be the biggest stage they've been on'
Connacht are preparing for a trip to play Premiership leaders Leicester Tigers on Sunday.
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In-form Emile Smith Rowe gets first England call-up
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has dropped out of the squad.
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'There's no doubt he's got talent' - Doak backed to shine in Cooney's absence
The 19-year-old Ulster scrum-half has been handed some gametime as John Cooney rehabs a hamstring problem.
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O'Sullivan: Physical edge helping Cork close the gap on Dublin
The Cork star believes they have been guilty of letting Dublin ‘bully’ them in recent seasons.
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Tuchel says Mount is now 'key player' for Chelsea following first Champions League goal
The 22-year-old opened the scoring against Porto with a memorable strike.
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'Every time I go out I have something to prove' - Van der Flier making most of latest opportunity
The flanker also discussed the need for accuracy at the breakdown following Peter O’Mahony’s red card against Wales.
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Wayne Rooney to prepare Derby’s next match after Phillip Cocu departure
Derby have managed just six points this season and sit bottom of the table.
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Dubliner O'Shea makes Premier League debut but West Brom easily beaten by Leicester
Jamie Vardy scored a brace of penalties in a 3-0 win for the Foxes.
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Keenan and Connors 'deserve their chances' after strong Leinster form
Leo Cullen said Devin Toner was back in the starting XV for his lineout nous.
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Munster promote 21-year-old hooker Barron to senior squad
The Cashel native has signed a one-year deal with the province.
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All-time record World Cup goalscorer Klose named Bayern Munich's assistant coach
The former striker spent four years at the Bavarian giants during his playing days, and has most recently worked with their U17s.
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Shanahan hopes to step out of Cooney's shadow
Reserve scrum-half finally gets his shot after patiently waiting for his chance all season.
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Van Graan hands first start to Academy out-half Healy
Munster have made a number of changes for the meeting with Edinburgh ahead of their Champions Cup games against Saracens.
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'I’m not going to try to be Johnny or Joey' - Carty set for biggest test yet
The 27-year-old Connacht man has improved many aspects of his game in the past two seasons.
# Aerial Skills
Larmour set for aerial test from Scotland in Ireland's World Cup opener
The 22-year-old starts at fullback in the absence of Rob Kearney.
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'If it's a case that Rob's not there, we'd be very happy with the guys'
Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour could have important roles against Scotland.
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'I have got a bit of a lashing from people outside' - CJ Stander steps up
The Ireland back row was busy after moving to blindside flanker against Wales.
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'Everyone wrote us off' - Lennon defiant after Old Firm win
The Scottish champions produced a faultless performance to move three points clear of their Glasgow rivals.
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Ex-Leinster and Munster back row Coghlan earns Tigers move
The 26-year-old becomes the third Irish player to sign for Leicester this summer.
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Larmour slots in seamlessly to underline his credentials at fullback
The 21-year-old was excellent against France after being drafted in to replace the injured Rob Kearney.
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Vunipola backs Farrell to 'lead by example' in solo leadership role after Hartley absence
Billy Vunipola believes Owen Farrell can thrive as captain in the absence of Dylan Hartley during the Six Nations.
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IRFU back Andy Farrell for daunting task of succeeding Joe Schmidt
Ireland’s current defence coach will step up to the top job next year.
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Ruddock to captain Ireland as Chicago clash offers important opportunities
The halfback positions are one of the most interesting areas ahead of the clash against Italy.
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Gundogan ready to step up in absence of injured De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly in danger of a three-month injury lay-off, but Ilkay Gundogan is hoping to kick on and step up in his absence.
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Monaghan teenager McKenna to fight live-dog opponent in California on Thursday
‘The Silencer’ returns to Fantasy Springs on Thursday night for his third professional bout.
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'Chris's temperament tells me that he won't get spooked by all of that'
Bernard Jackman knows Ireland centre Chris Farrell better than most, having worked with him in Grenoble.
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Leading the charge! Westmeath name football and hurling captains for 2018
John Heslin will captain the footballers while Tommy Doyle is set to lead the hurlers.
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2017 Dublin minor boss takes charge of talented Sky Blues U20s side for next season
Tom Gray led Dublin to the Leinster minor football title earlier this summer.