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Has Josh van der Flier played himself into the Lions conversation?
# Form
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# Form

Has Josh van der Flier played himself into the Lions conversation?

Apr 12th 2021, 3:36 PM 13,538 Views 32 Comments

The Leinster openside’s form was discussed on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.

'In three or four years' time, he could be another Richie McCaw'
# STANDOUT
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# STANDOUT

'In three or four years' time, he could be another Richie McCaw'

Mar 17th 2021, 2:30 PM 20,453 Views 6 Comments

Despite still being just 22, Tom Curry is already a dominant force in Test rugby.

Connors takes his chance in Rome to push for Ireland start against Scotland
# STANDOUT
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# STANDOUT

Connors takes his chance in Rome to push for Ireland start against Scotland

Feb 28th 2021, 11:45 AM 9,983 Views 30 Comments

The 24-year-old openside was among the best performers in a six-try win for Andy Farrell’s side.

'I kept trucking away. I knew my time would come if I just kept at it'
# Porridge
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# Porridge

'I kept trucking away. I knew my time would come if I just kept at it'

Oct 26th 2020, 8:00 AM 36,688 Views 5 Comments

24-year-old Will Connors was man of the match on his Ireland debut against Italy.

'We don't just see him as a chop tackler' - Ireland back Connors' attacking skills
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# Openside

'We don't just see him as a chop tackler' - Ireland back Connors' attacking skills

Oct 23rd 2020, 1:13 PM 7,301 Views 7 Comments

Attack coach Mike Catt also believes newcomer Hugo Keenan has “a huge future.”

Leavy continues ‘bumpy journey’ to full fitness as he takes full part in Leinster training
# Worth Waiting For
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# Worth Waiting For

Leavy continues ‘bumpy journey’ to full fitness as he takes full part in Leinster training

Oct 19th 2020, 8:12 PM 11,307 Views 7 Comments

The flanker has been close to making a return in recent weeks, but the path has not been a straightforward one.

How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster
# Analysis
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# Analysis

How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster

Aug 31st 2020, 3:00 PM 31,639 Views 20 Comments

The 24-year-old openside flanker was dogged and destructive in defence.

'I'd love to have seen how the last two weeks of the Six Nations played out'
# Porridge
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# Porridge

'I'd love to have seen how the last two weeks of the Six Nations played out'

May 9th 2020, 7:00 AM 9,943 Views 5 Comments

Leinster openside Will Connors earned an Ireland call-up thanks to his excellent season.

Leavy's cruel injury opens the door for Deegan and Penny at Leinster
# Seven Options
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# Seven Options

Leavy's cruel injury opens the door for Deegan and Penny at Leinster

Apr 4th 2019, 2:22 PM 8,392 Views 36 Comments

John Fogarty says reputation counts for nothing as the province assess their options at seven for the closing stages of the season.

Big call for Schmidt to make at openside with Leavy offering 'X-factor'
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# 7

Big call for Schmidt to make at openside with Leavy offering 'X-factor'

Mar 13th 2019, 1:01 AM 11,851 Views 21 Comments

Sean O’Brien’s experience is tempting after Josh van der Flier was ruled out.

'What actually changed my mindset was reading a bit of McCaw’s book'
# Openside
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# Openside

'What actually changed my mindset was reading a bit of McCaw’s book'

Mar 9th 2019, 7:45 AM 14,854 Views 6 Comments

Josh van der Flier is looking to make good decisions on both sides of the breakdown.

'I was only expecting to get maybe one cap this year but I'm delighted'
# Fast Track
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# Fast Track

'I was only expecting to get maybe one cap this year but I'm delighted'

Feb 20th 2019, 6:00 AM 15,144 Views 5 Comments

19-year-old openside flanker Scott Penny has already made four senior starts for Leinster.

'One of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make': London Irish confirm Sean O'Brien signing
# Exile
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# Exile

'One of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make': London Irish confirm Sean O'Brien signing

Feb 11th 2019, 4:07 PM 41,660 Views 63 Comments

The Tullow Tank has agreed to join London Irish from December.

Leinster openside Van der Flier in impressive form as Six Nations looms
# VDF
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# VDF

Leinster openside Van der Flier in impressive form as Six Nations looms

Jan 17th 2019, 6:20 AM 7,967 Views 9 Comments

The 25-year-old is looking likely to be wearing Ireland’s seven shirt on 2 February.

'It's great to have him back' - Leavy returns to full fitness for Leinster
# Openside
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# Openside

'It's great to have him back' - Leavy returns to full fitness for Leinster

Sep 17th 2018, 1:16 PM 6,754 Views 24 Comments

Sean O’Brien and Ciarán Frawley are still unavailable for selection.

Major blow for Munster as openside Chris Cloete fractures his forearm
# Ruled Out
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# Ruled Out

Major blow for Munster as openside Chris Cloete fractures his forearm

Feb 26th 2018, 1:10 PM 10,868 Views 16 Comments

The South African will miss three to four months of action.

James Ryan set to start for Ireland as McGrath and Carbery make the bench
# Big Calls
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# Big Calls

James Ryan set to start for Ireland as McGrath and Carbery make the bench

Jan 31st 2018, 6:36 PM 40,945 Views 112 Comments

Josh van der Flier appears to have won the race to start on the openside.

Back from injury, brilliant Butler doesn't want to miss a beat for Connacht
# Magnificent Seven
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# Magnificent Seven

Back from injury, brilliant Butler doesn't want to miss a beat for Connacht

Jan 11th 2018, 9:35 AM 5,932 Views 1 Comment

‘The way they work rotation you never know when you are going to be in the 15 or the 23 so you just take the opportunities as you get them.’

Opportunity knocks for O'Brien as Warburton sidelined with ankle injury
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# Openside

Opportunity knocks for O'Brien as Warburton sidelined with ankle injury

Jun 8th 2017, 10:10 AM 6,646 Views 15 Comments

Warren Gatland confirmed the Wales openside has an ankle issue.

22-year-old Savea gets first All Blacks start for Springboks clash
# Explosive
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# Explosive

22-year-old Savea gets first All Blacks start for Springboks clash

Sep 14th 2016, 6:24 PM 10,344 Views 9 Comments

The Hurricanes openside ripped up Super Rugby this year.

Sean O'Brien set for surgery and facing 'considerable period' on the sidelines
# Hamstrung
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# Hamstrung

Sean O'Brien set for surgery and facing 'considerable period' on the sidelines

May 19th 2016, 1:48 PM 11,496 Views 29 Comments

The Tullow Tank suffered a massive setback in his rehab in the last weekend of the regular season and will miss Ireland’s tour to South Africa.

Van der Flier set for Ireland debut with McCloskey ready in midfield
# New Faces
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# New Faces

Van der Flier set for Ireland debut with McCloskey ready in midfield

Feb 24th 2016, 9:10 PM 40,385 Views 110 Comments

Jared Payne is looking increasingly unlikely to feature against England in Twickenham.

Chris Henry: 'I hope Joe knows I've done a job for him in the past and I'm still there'
# Shoulder To Shoulder
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# Shoulder To Shoulder

Chris Henry: 'I hope Joe knows I've done a job for him in the past and I'm still there'

Feb 18th 2016, 7:20 AM 10,674 Views 41 Comments

Ireland’s head coach places huge value in familiarity when picking squads and Henry hopes to prove himself fit for Twickenham this Sunday.

Leinster's ambitious van der Flier aiming to match Armitage and the world's best opensides
# Mindset
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# Mindset

Leinster's ambitious van der Flier aiming to match Armitage and the world's best opensides

Dec 23rd 2015, 7:30 AM 6,947 Views 8 Comments

The 22-year-old is not content merely to win Leinster caps; he wants to dominate games.

Youghal man O'Callaghan showing international credentials for Munster
# Interview
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# Interview

Youghal man O'Callaghan showing international credentials for Munster

Dec 12th 2015, 7:30 AM 12,267 Views 8 Comments

The 25-year-old back row has been in excellent form for Anthony Foley’s side.

Gatland willing to start without Warburton after Tipuric's 'best performance in a Welsh jersey'
# Open Season
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# Open Season

Gatland willing to start without Warburton after Tipuric's 'best performance in a Welsh jersey'

Aug 31st 2015, 3:35 PM 6,024 Views 10 Comments

There’s only room for one lucky seven at a time the starting line-up.

Sean O'Brien was an absolute beast at the breakdown against Scotland
# Tullow Tank
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# Tullow Tank

Sean O'Brien was an absolute beast at the breakdown against Scotland

Aug 17th 2015, 3:03 PM 11,437 Views 13 Comments

These four turnovers from the Ireland captain showed his quality on the deck.

Ulster's Chris Henry will make his comeback from heart surgery tonight
# Good Times
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# Good Times

Ulster's Chris Henry will make his comeback from heart surgery tonight

Mar 27th 2015, 1:30 PM 4,838 Views 14 Comments

The 27-year-old has been out of action since suffering a mini-stroke in November.

Pat Lam's Connacht have signed a Kiwi back row ahead of next season
# Transfer
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# Transfer

Pat Lam's Connacht have signed a Kiwi back row ahead of next season

Mar 25th 2015, 11:02 AM 5,313 Views 4 Comments

Openside flanker Nepia Fox-Matamua will join the province on a two-year deal.

Boxing and bear crawls behind him, Jake Heenan ready to put his shoulder to the wheel
# Groundhog Day
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# Groundhog Day

Boxing and bear crawls behind him, Jake Heenan ready to put his shoulder to the wheel

Feb 13th 2015, 6:00 AM 3,943 Views 4 Comments

The Kiwi openside has come through two extensive runs to recovery, so knows plenty about shoulder rehab.

O'Donnell intent on nailing down Ireland's seven shirt for Six Nations
# Tod
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# Tod

O'Donnell intent on nailing down Ireland's seven shirt for Six Nations

Jan 27th 2015, 10:52 AM 5,354 Views 15 Comments

The Munster back row is keen to add to his collection of six international caps.

'All the players are thinking of him' - Ireland's best wishes to Chris Henry
# Chad
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# Chad

'All the players are thinking of him' - Ireland's best wishes to Chris Henry

Nov 18th 2014, 2:45 PM 13,914 Views 9 Comments

The openside flanker suffered a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain.

Ruddock ready for Georgian power after starring in Boks beating
# Versatile
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# Versatile

Ruddock ready for Georgian power after starring in Boks beating

Nov 13th 2014, 6:00 AM 3,034 Views 3 Comments

The Leinster flanker turned 24 today and now feels a settled part of Joe Schmidt’s group.

Openside O'Donnell living the Munster tradition of breakdown competition
# Nuisance
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# Nuisance

Openside O'Donnell living the Munster tradition of breakdown competition

Oct 22nd 2014, 8:45 AM 8,363 Views 42 Comments

The 27-year-old Tipp native discusses competing for steals and CJ Stander’s impact with ball in hand.

Is Peter O'Mahony a 6,7 or 8 and does it even matter?
# Position
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# Position

Is Peter O'Mahony a 6,7 or 8 and does it even matter?

Sep 27th 2014, 8:15 AM 9,054 Views 31 Comments

‘I’m not going to name myself down to a position at the moment,’ says the Munster captain.

Heenan taking things slowly as Connacht look for rapid improvement
# Breakdown
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# Breakdown

Heenan taking things slowly as Connacht look for rapid improvement

Sep 6th 2014, 9:00 AM 3,495 Views 4 Comments

The 22-year-old openside flanker tells TheScore.ie how he works on his breakdown skills.

Sean O'Brien fitter, stronger and not the least bit concerned about his shoulder
# Tullow Tank
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# Tullow Tank

Sean O'Brien fitter, stronger and not the least bit concerned about his shoulder

Aug 28th 2014, 12:02 AM 7,124 Views 6 Comments

The flanker is raring to go in a new season after playing only three times in 2014.

Butterworth the latest in Lansdowne's line of professional converts
# Openside
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# Openside

Butterworth the latest in Lansdowne's line of professional converts

Jul 3rd 2014, 7:30 AM 10,573 Views 9 Comments

The 23-year-old has bolstered Ulster’s back row options after impressing in the Ulster Bank League.

Dominic Ryan made captain of Emerging Ireland as McCarthy withdraws through injury
# Promotion
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# Promotion

Dominic Ryan made captain of Emerging Ireland as McCarthy withdraws through injury

Jun 3rd 2014, 4:49 PM 5,091 Views 13 Comments

With late call-ups to the senior squad, Stuart McCloskey, Ricky Lutton and Billy Holland are packing their bags for Romania.

'Honoured' Niall Ronan heading home, forced to retire after 104 Munster appearances
# Injury
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# Injury

'Honoured' Niall Ronan heading home, forced to retire after 104 Munster appearances

Apr 30th 2014, 1:08 PM 10,732 Views 3 Comments

The number seven suffered a knee injury in October last year, and now hopes to be involved with Boyne RFC.

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