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# World Class

Last year
2022
# World Class
Analysis: Why Ireland turn to Caelan Doris when they need a big play
Mayo native has become one of the best No 8s in the sport.
# World Class
Benzema becomes first Frenchman since Zidane to win Ballon d'Or
Meanwhile, Alexia Putellas won her second successive prize at the ceremony.
# Next Level
'They had me in a Munster jersey and a red scrum cap in Killarney!'
After a summer of good times, Josh van der Flier is out to keep up his scintillating form.
# Great expectations
'If I really want to become a world-class striker and a top player, it’s got to start now'
Michael Obafemi produced an influential display in Ireland’s win over Scotland.
All time
# The42 Reads
Why Ireland's Tadhg Furlong is the best tighthead prop in the world
The Wexford man finished a strong 2021 with outstanding performances for Ireland in November.
# World Class
Arsenal boss hails 'versatile' McCabe after another top performance and stunning goal
The Ireland captain was Sky Sports’ Player of the Match yesterday, scoring her third goal in as many league games.
# World Class
'She is outrageous' - coach Griggs sings praises of Ireland's teenage star, Parsons
The Ireland winger scored one try and made another as Ireland beat Italy today to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
# difference
Munster will look to impact of 'world-class' centre De Allende in Europe
The Springboks midfielder has settled into life in Limerick very well.
# Genius
Lionel Messi brilliance helps Barcelona into Champions League last 8
The Argentine international scored and won a penalty, to set up a mouth-watering tie with German champions Bayern Munich on Friday.
# World Class
Judd Trump makes snooker history
The Englishman landed a sixth snooker ranking title in the 2019-20, setting a new record.
# World Class
Pat Lam's Bristol announce signing of England and Lions prop Sinckler
The 26-year-old will make the move from Harlequins this summer.
# World Class
Never mind the Champions Cup, Leinster could win the Six Nations
Alan Quinlan believes Leinster are good enough to beat top international teams.
# World Class
Overtaking Pele, reaching a Barcelona milestone and the records that Messi could break in 2020
After a hugely successful 2019, the Argentina forward is well on his way to achieving several more personal milestones.
# World Class
US star Megan Rapinoe rewarded for stellar year with Ballon d'Or
The 34-year-old midfielder was a key figure in the World Cup this summer.
# World Class
'There's a very strong case for her as the greatest Irish sportsperson ever'
Sports historian and fellow former athlete Pierce O’Callaghan reflects on Sonia O’Sullivan’s legacy.
# World Class
Ramos joins Messi in exclusive La Liga goalscoring club as Real Madrid prevail
The 33-year-old scored a penalty against Leganes to maintain an impressive run.
# World Class
Raheem Sterling is 'in the top five players in the world now'
Rio Ferdinand heaped praise on the English winger after his latest performance.
# World Class
Back-to-back champion Sanita Puspure one of five Irish up for prestigious World Rowing Awards
New crew of Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy and fellow Corkman Ronan Byrne are also nominated.
# ireland 2029
'The returns are huge if we can do this': The need for a world-class public transport system in Ireland
What needs to happen in Ireland to drastically improve our public transport?
# World Class
McKenna brothers add renowned former world trainer of the year to coaching team
The Smithborough youngsters will now work with Robert Garcia.
# Sports Campus
Ireland's sevens teams move into new IRFU high-performance facility
The new multi-million Euro training centre features three outdoor pitches as well as a three-quarter length indoor pitch.
# World Class
Football Writers' Player of the Year leaves Man City to join Champions League winners Lyon
25-year-old England forward Nikita Parris has moved to the French giants on a free transfer.
# World Class
Ireland return to London 7s with eye on upcoming Olympic qualifier
Uncapped Lansdowne flyer Peter Sullivan and Kerry man Jack Daly will hope to win their first international Sevens caps in Twickenham.
# World Class
Arsenal boss hails Irish 'gems' McCabe and Quinn as Gunners end title drought
Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro described the Republic of Ireland duo as ‘incredible players’ as they starred in a title-clinching win.
# World Class
All the goals from tonight's Barca-Man United clash
The Catalan side ultimately secured a place in the semi-finals.
# World Class
'Ronaldo showed that he is on a different level'
Massimiliano Allegri was impressed with his star man’s showing against Ajax.
# World Class
'Eden Hazard is too good for this Chelsea team'
BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas believes the Blues star has outgrown his team-mates.
# top men
The42’s finest international XV of 2018
It’s been a hell of a year. Here’s who really stood out.
# World Class
'He's always there to carry, always there to tackle': James Ryan continues to soar
Rory Best and Devin Toner are no longer surprised by what the 22-year-old produces on the big stage.
# World Class
50 goals in 65 games for Salah as Liverpool win to top Champions League group
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were also on target for the Reds.
# Whistleblowers
How the Pro14 is aiming to bring about 'world-class' refereeing
Greg Garner, the Pro14′s elite referee manager, explains their five-year plan.
# World Class
Team Ireland win eventing silver medal at World Equestrian Games
Sally Corscadden’s team claim their first world championship medal and with it a place at the 2020 Olympic Games.
# World Class
Eden Hazard 'maybe' the best in Europe
An exceptional start to the campaign has led Maurizio Sarri to change his mind as to Eden Hazard’s ranking among Europe’s best players.
# World Class
Masterful Modric continues to show why he's one of the best players of his generation
The Real Madrid and Croatia star was the best player on the pitch in his side’s World Cup quarter-final tonight.
# World Class
Messi and Rojo magic helps nervy Argentina reach World Cup last 16
The Barcelona star scored a brilliant goal tonight.
# World Class
Bale brilliance the difference as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League final
Loris Karius had a night to forget in goals for Liverpool.
# World Class
Serial winner Ronaldo breaks Champions League victory record
The Portuguese star won his 96th game in Europe’s premier club competition, passing a Madrid legend in the process
# World Class
Here are all the goals from tonight's Liverpool-Roma game
Mo Salah scored two and assisted two.
# World Class
Irrepressible Salah wins PFA Player of the Month award for 4th time this season
The 25-year-old put in a series of outstanding performances and has been rewarded for the effort.
# World Class
Shay Given backs Man City star to dominate for a decade
The Irishman has been impressed with Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson.