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From gym salesman to Champions Cup star - rugby's Rocky story
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From gym salesman to Champions Cup star - rugby's Rocky story

Mar 7th 2021, 10:09 AM 40,670 Views 11 Comments

Darragh Fanning went from selling gym equipment to getting called up by Joe Schmidt’s Ireland in a whirlwind year.

'I was like a sporting junkie, hooked on the adrenaline, the pursuit of perfection'
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'I was like a sporting junkie, hooked on the adrenaline, the pursuit of perfection'

Feb 20th 2021, 10:00 AM 42,562 Views 16 Comments

Shane Byrne won 41 caps for Ireland, played four tests for the British and Irish Lions and is fondly remembered as one of the best hookers of his era. Yet his career is touched with sadness and regret.

‘What in the name of Jaysus were we doing going into a warzone to play rugby?’
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‘What in the name of Jaysus were we doing going into a warzone to play rugby?’

Feb 6th 2021, 10:09 AM 48,252 Views 23 Comments

Noel Mannion is best remembered for his iconic try against Wales in 1989 – but his fondest memories come from crossing the border to play in Ulster.

'Gatty gave us fake tan to make us look tough - we were like 6'6" Oompa-Loompas'
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'Gatty gave us fake tan to make us look tough - we were like 6'6" Oompa-Loompas'

Updated Jan 23rd 2021, 3:34 PM 44,649 Views 7 Comments

Paul Wallace lit up the 1997 Lions tour but also thrived for both Munster and Leinster in Irish rugby’s bitterest rivalry.

'I felt I'd play forever, win 10 more medals but it was all over for me at 27'
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'I felt I'd play forever, win 10 more medals but it was all over for me at 27'

Jan 16th 2021, 8:00 AM 51,389 Views 7 Comments

Barry Daly was Leinster’s top try scorer when they won the Champions Cup/Pro14 double. But injury brought his career to a premature end.

‘Had Dan McFarland coached us, we would have won silverware’
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‘Had Dan McFarland coached us, we would have won silverware’

Dec 10th 2020, 5:17 PM 25,664 Views 9 Comments

Andrew Trimble reflects on the Ulster glory days and predicts another unforgettable night at Ravenhill tomorrow.

‘My first contract was for £32,000 – I’d have made more in McDonald’s’
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‘My first contract was for £32,000 – I’d have made more in McDonald’s’

Nov 29th 2020, 10:00 AM 81,731 Views 50 Comments

Becoming a professional rugby player was meant to be David Corkery’s dream job. Instead it left his body ‘a car crash’ at 27.

The unluckiest Leinster player to never win an Ireland cap
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The unluckiest Leinster player to never win an Ireland cap

Nov 8th 2020, 9:53 AM 76,175 Views 17 Comments

It is 25 years since rugby turned professional – the same year a new tournament called the Heineken Cup was born. Former Leinster captain Chris Pim relives the madness of those transitional years.

'A hell of a ride' comes to an end for former Munster and Ulster back-rower Nick Williams
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'A hell of a ride' comes to an end for former Munster and Ulster back-rower Nick Williams

Aug 5th 2020, 5:13 PM 11,349 Views 6 Comments

The number eight has announced his retirement from rugby at 36.

Arsenal offers to help troubled defender Emmanuel Eboue
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Arsenal offers to help troubled defender Emmanuel Eboue

Dec 27th 2017, 10:42 AM 19,115 Views 6 Comments

The Ivory Coast star played for Arsenal between 2005 and 2011 and he took home a seven-digit sum every year during his stay.

Irish striker becoming a cult hero in Poland after bagging yet another match-winner
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Irish striker becoming a cult hero in Poland after bagging yet another match-winner

May 1st 2017, 10:45 AM 26,547 Views 13 Comments

Cillian Sheridan is in flying form at league leaders Jagiellonia Bialystok.

The Derry Pele is back! Ex-Celtic winger McCourt signs for Finn Harps
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The Derry Pele is back! Ex-Celtic winger McCourt signs for Finn Harps

Feb 21st 2017, 11:02 AM 7,076 Views 7 Comments

The 33-year-old has agreed to join the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side.

Tony Sheridan: 'I'd like to be remembered as a player people loved to go and watch'
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Tony Sheridan: 'I'd like to be remembered as a player people loved to go and watch'

Feb 19th 2017, 8:00 PM 31,723 Views 19 Comments

A cult League of Ireland figure but Sheridan’s mythical status has counted against him throughout his carer.

'The Derry Pele' to line out for Dundalk as work begins on Oriel Park pitch
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'The Derry Pele' to line out for Dundalk as work begins on Oriel Park pitch

Jan 30th 2017, 4:16 PM 6,738 Views 6 Comments

Paddy McCourt is likely to be involved for the Lilywhites this evening as they take on his former club Glenavon in a friendly.

Ravanelli: It's my dream to manage Middlesbrough
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Ravanelli: It's my dream to manage Middlesbrough

Jan 21st 2017, 9:17 AM 3,484 Views 9 Comments

The former Boro striker has revealed his desire to return to the Riverside.

Lee Trundle shows he hasn't lost his ridiculous talent with the cheekiest of penalties
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Lee Trundle shows he hasn't lost his ridiculous talent with the cheekiest of penalties

Dec 5th 2016, 4:18 PM 11,370 Views 1 Comment

He may be 40, but the Swansea City legend is still banging in goals for fun.

Panenka: 'Sometimes I'd go to sleep thinking of ways of getting the better of him'
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Panenka: 'Sometimes I'd go to sleep thinking of ways of getting the better of him'

Jun 4th 2016, 10:00 AM 8,713 Views 3 Comments

It’s 40 years since the attacking midfielder conjured a moment of absolute genius at the European Championships.

'You walk out to a sea of green and start thinking about holidays on farms in Kerry and Clare'
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'You walk out to a sea of green and start thinking about holidays on farms in Kerry and Clare'

Apr 30th 2016, 8:00 AM 19,545 Views 14 Comments

Gary Breen admits getting ‘very emotional’ right before Ireland’s 2002 World Cup campaign and says he sees a similar togetherness in the current squad.

Aaron Ramsey explains why 'silver fox' ex-Ireland midfielder was his boyhood idol
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Aaron Ramsey explains why 'silver fox' ex-Ireland midfielder was his boyhood idol

Jan 22nd 2016, 11:04 AM 18,648 Views 4 Comments

The Arsenal and Wales star was appearing on Sky One’s A League of Their Own.

The Barbarians have drafted in a Leinster legend to face Ireland
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The Barbarians have drafted in a Leinster legend to face Ireland

May 27th 2015, 12:40 PM 11,929 Views 5 Comments

Nathan Hines has been called in at the last minute.

Football hipsters rejoice as 'The Octopus' secures a Premier League deal
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Football hipsters rejoice as 'The Octopus' secures a Premier League deal

May 20th 2015, 8:33 PM 11,845 Views 7 Comments

After a fine season in which his 15 clean sheets helped to secure promotion, the former Spurs keeper commits to three more years.

A former Ireland lock has been handed a lengthy contract extension in France
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A former Ireland lock has been handed a lengthy contract extension in France

Apr 29th 2015, 3:40 PM 28,398 Views 5 Comments

Jeremy Davidson has been working wonders on a low budget at Aurillac in the Pro D2.

'I think I'm the only Ireland international ever to play for Toulon'
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'I think I'm the only Ireland international ever to play for Toulon'

Apr 18th 2015, 8:45 AM 13,302 Views 3 Comments

Rob Henderson tells The42 about his memorable season with the European giants.

Munster cult hero Holland will be coaching in Super Rugby from next year
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Munster cult hero Holland will be coaching in Super Rugby from next year

Apr 9th 2015, 9:39 AM 9,899 Views 2 Comments

Jason Holland will be working alongside John Plumtree at the Hurricanes.

Lars and the real goal: whatever happened to Dortmund hero Ricken?
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Lars and the real goal: whatever happened to Dortmund hero Ricken?

Mar 18th 2015, 7:00 PM 9,609 Views 5 Comments

20 years old when he scored that glorious goal in the 1997 Champions League final, what came next?

A former Irish international and footballing cult hero has announced his retirement
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A former Irish international and footballing cult hero has announced his retirement

Mar 8th 2015, 10:05 AM 13,293 Views 14 Comments

Manager Neal Ardley has described David Connolly as “the best striker I ever played with”.

Remember Tomas Brolin? This is what he looks like now
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Remember Tomas Brolin? This is what he looks like now

Dec 7th 2014, 3:09 PM 29,197 Views 20 Comments

One of the stars of the 1994 World Cup was playing in a charity match last week.