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Saturday 6 November, 2021

'There were three special people, not just Johnny and his 100th cap'
# Occasion
From The42
# Occasion

'There were three special people, not just Johnny and his 100th cap'

Nov 6th 2021, 3:58 PM 9,792 Views 1 Comment

Andy Farrell was delighted with his team’s defence and set-piece.

Ireland obliterate Japan with slick performance as Sexton marks 100th in style
# Hammering
From The42
# Hammering

Ireland obliterate Japan with slick performance as Sexton marks 100th in style

Nov 6th 2021, 2:55 PM 54,204 Views 90 Comments

Ireland’s attack was superb as forwards and backs linked for some stunning scores.

'It's always been in my head that I wasn't good enough' - Beirne
# Frustrations
From The42
# Frustrations

'It's always been in my head that I wasn't good enough' - Beirne

Nov 6th 2021, 8:30 AM 6,471 Views 10 Comments

The Ireland international wasn’t happy with how the Lions tour worked out for him.

Ireland's 'new breed' set for entertaining contest with inventive Japan
# Ball In Hand
From The42
# Ball In Hand

Ireland's 'new breed' set for entertaining contest with inventive Japan

Nov 6th 2021, 7:30 AM 6,304 Views 5 Comments

Paul O’Connell is excited about the skill levels of Ireland’s players.

'I was certainly quite a rare item in Japan at 6ft 5ins with red hair'
# Irish Abroad
From The42
# Irish Abroad

'I was certainly quite a rare item in Japan at 6ft 5ins with red hair'

Nov 6th 2021, 7:00 AM 36,406 Views 4 Comments

Irishman Mark Egan had great success as a rugby player in Japan and now works for the JRFU.

Friday 5 November, 2021

Ireland's XV includes 12 players who came through the Leinster academy
# Production Line
From The42
# Production Line

Ireland's XV includes 12 players who came through the Leinster academy

Nov 5th 2021, 12:53 PM 12,141 Views 20 Comments

The three other starters are natives of New Zealand.

Farrell challenges Carbery and Byrne to knock Sexton 'off his perch'
# Succession
From The42
# Succession

Farrell challenges Carbery and Byrne to knock Sexton 'off his perch'

Nov 5th 2021, 10:01 AM 6,535 Views 29 Comments

The 36-year-old remains clear first-choice at out-half for Ireland.

Dynamic, quick, skillful - Ireland's forward pack looks finely balanced
# Up Front
From The42
# Up Front

Dynamic, quick, skillful - Ireland's forward pack looks finely balanced

Updated Nov 5th 2021, 8:32 AM 19,789 Views 32 Comments

Andy Farrell is excited about what his ‘brilliant pack’ can do against Japan.

'Something has clicked with Jack' - Conan a new force for Ireland
# Lion
From The42
# Lion

'Something has clicked with Jack' - Conan a new force for Ireland

Nov 5th 2021, 6:30 AM 5,487 Views 2 Comments

The 29-year-old number eight bolted all the way into the Lions Test team this year.

Thursday 4 November, 2021

'It was the first time I've ever been dropped... It hurt very much'
# Lowedown
From The42
# Lowedown

'It was the first time I've ever been dropped... It hurt very much'

Nov 4th 2021, 5:38 PM 30,887 Views 25 Comments

James Lowe is back in the Ireland team after making tweaks to his game.

Uncapped hooker Sheehan 'hits the ground running' to earn shot against Japan
# Dan The Man
From The42
# Dan The Man

Uncapped hooker Sheehan 'hits the ground running' to earn shot against Japan

Nov 4th 2021, 4:27 PM 8,943 Views 5 Comments

The Leinster hooker is set for his Ireland debut off the bench on Saturday.

Conway and Lowe named to start for Ireland, Sheehan to debut off bench
# Team News
From The42
# Team News

Conway and Lowe named to start for Ireland, Sheehan to debut off bench

Nov 4th 2021, 1:03 PM 39,212 Views 94 Comments

Johnny Sexton captains the team on the occasion of his 100th Ireland cap.

Wednesday 3 November, 2021

What will Ireland have picked out from Japan's only game since July?
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

What will Ireland have picked out from Japan's only game since July?

Nov 3rd 2021, 8:30 PM 5,591 Views 0 Comments

Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown’s side are incisive and intelligent in attack.

Sexton set to start on 100th Ireland cap with Lowe in line for recall
# J Lowe
From The42
# J Lowe

Sexton set to start on 100th Ireland cap with Lowe in line for recall

Updated Nov 3rd 2021, 7:58 PM 30,022 Views 60 Comments

Andy Farrell is set to go with a strong XV for the visit of Japan.

Monday 1 November, 2021

Ex-Ireland boss Joe Schmidt to return to coaching with the Blues
# Back In The Game
From The42
# Back In The Game

Ex-Ireland boss Joe Schmidt to return to coaching with the Blues

Nov 1st 2021, 10:36 PM 49,478 Views 9 Comments

The 56-year-old has been working with World Rugby since last year.

Farrell has intriguing options in Ireland's back row and back three
# Selection
From The42
# Selection

Farrell has intriguing options in Ireland's back row and back three

Nov 1st 2021, 7:30 PM 13,885 Views 15 Comments

Johnny Sexton could win his 100th Ireland cap this weekend in Dublin.

Connacht's Mack Hansen called into Ireland squad ahead of Japan clash
# IQ
From The42
# IQ

Connacht's Mack Hansen called into Ireland squad ahead of Japan clash

Nov 1st 2021, 5:00 PM 27,863 Views 40 Comments

The 23-year-old qualifies to play through his Cork-born mother.

Saturday 30 October, 2021

'It was instantly obvious to me that she was a player ahead of her time'
# True Great
From The42
# True Great

'It was instantly obvious to me that she was a player ahead of her time'

Oct 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 28,347 Views 4 Comments

Claire Molloy made a huge impact for Ireland over the course of 74 caps.

Friday 29 October, 2021

Sexton still the man as Farrell's Ireland look towards clash with thrilling Japan
# Big Picture
From The42
# Big Picture

Sexton still the man as Farrell's Ireland look towards clash with thrilling Japan

Oct 29th 2021, 12:00 PM 21,707 Views 37 Comments

The 2023 World Cup is looming into view as Ireland get set for an intriguing autumn series.

'They wouldn’t be picked in the squad if we didn’t think they could play'
# Fresh Faces
From The42
# Fresh Faces

'They wouldn’t be picked in the squad if we didn’t think they could play'

Oct 29th 2021, 6:00 AM 7,498 Views 4 Comments

Andy Farrell feels Ciarán Frawley and Dan Sheehan are ready to make an impact for Ireland.

Thursday 28 October, 2021

'Jack Carty is playing really well but this is an opportunity to find out about people'
# 10s
From The42
# 10s

'Jack Carty is playing really well but this is an opportunity to find out about people'

Oct 28th 2021, 5:00 PM 22,387 Views 63 Comments

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has asked why they can’t ‘dare to dream’ about the 2023 World Cup.

Wednesday 27 October, 2021

'Rugby was a fairytale but not a reality... I was blessed to break that barrier'
# Rising Star
From The42
# Rising Star

'Rugby was a fairytale but not a reality... I was blessed to break that barrier'

Oct 27th 2021, 7:30 PM 9,515 Views 0 Comments

23-year-old Vincent Tshituka of the Lions is seen as a possible Springbok back row.

Saturday 23 October, 2021

'It was clear from early doors that he would be the standout player'
# Pride Of Skerries
From The42
# Pride Of Skerries

'It was clear from early doors that he would be the standout player'

Oct 23rd 2021, 8:30 AM 21,995 Views 3 Comments

Ireland call-up Ciarán Frawley was part of a talented Skerries team before advancing into pro rugby.

Talented Cork man Crowley gets Munster out-half audition against Ospreys
# Prospect
From The42
# Prospect

Talented Cork man Crowley gets Munster out-half audition against Ospreys

Oct 23rd 2021, 6:30 AM 9,461 Views 5 Comments

Ronan O’Gara tried to bring the Cork Con playmaker to La Rochelle.

Friday 22 October, 2021

Connacht lose Aki to injury as Ulster welcome back some big guns
# Derby
From The42
# Derby

Connacht lose Aki to injury as Ulster welcome back some big guns

Oct 22nd 2021, 12:14 PM 7,447 Views 6 Comments

The Ireland centre has picked up a knee injury but should be back in training next week.

'It's easier to silence that kind of noise... I feel a bit vindicated'
# Lion
From The42
# Lion

'It's easier to silence that kind of noise... I feel a bit vindicated'

Oct 22nd 2021, 6:45 AM 7,093 Views 2 Comments

Leinster’s Jack Conan starts in the number eight shirt against Glasgow again tonight.

Thursday 21 October, 2021

'I was probably the worst electrician in Canberra... I said I would give footy a go'
# Canberra To Connacht
From The42
# Canberra To Connacht

'I was probably the worst electrician in Canberra... I said I would give footy a go'

Oct 21st 2021, 7:30 PM 15,920 Views 11 Comments

Irish-qualified back Mack Hansen has made a strong start to life with Connacht.

Casey forming a halfback bond with the 'class' Carbery in Munster
# Playmakers
From The42
# Playmakers

Casey forming a halfback bond with the 'class' Carbery in Munster

Oct 21st 2021, 6:30 AM 9,738 Views 31 Comments

The 22-year-old scrum-half is part of Ireland’s squad for the November Tests.

Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Farrell's fresh faces bring excitement to Ireland's November squad
# Uncapped
From The42
# Uncapped

Farrell's fresh faces bring excitement to Ireland's November squad

Oct 20th 2021, 8:10 PM 12,676 Views 23 Comments

A large portion of the squad have very little or no Test match experience.

Zebo back in Ireland squad as uncapped Frawley and Sheehan called up
# Recall
From The42
# Recall

Zebo back in Ireland squad as uncapped Frawley and Sheehan called up

Oct 20th 2021, 5:44 PM 39,573 Views 111 Comments

Andy Farrell has named his 38-man squad for the November Tests.

'He's one of the best in the world' - Munster hope to keep De Allende
# Contract
From The42
# Contract

'He's one of the best in the world' - Munster hope to keep De Allende

Oct 20th 2021, 6:45 AM 12,194 Views 21 Comments

The Springboks centre is out of contract next summer.

Tuesday 19 October, 2021

'I believe it will change a lot of people's lives because of that'
# Munster Man
From The42
# Munster Man

'I believe it will change a lot of people's lives because of that'

Oct 19th 2021, 2:54 PM 9,557 Views 0 Comments

Munster boss Johann van Graan has praised Keith Earls for his bravery.

'It's a real void' - Lancaster believes URC needs new referee manager
# Match Officials
From The42
# Match Officials

'It's a real void' - Lancaster believes URC needs new referee manager

Oct 19th 2021, 7:00 AM 6,835 Views 5 Comments

Greg Garner left the role during the summer.

Sexton set to be fit for November Tests as Henshaw makes progress
# Talisman
From The42
# Talisman

Sexton set to be fit for November Tests as Henshaw makes progress

Oct 19th 2021, 6:00 AM 7,137 Views 14 Comments

The 36-year-old suffered a hip injury last weekend while playing for Leinster.

Saturday 16 October, 2021

'Once you turn up to Shannon, you know Anthony's memory will always be alive'
# Axel
From The42
# Axel

'Once you turn up to Shannon, you know Anthony's memory will always be alive'

Oct 16th 2021, 8:00 AM 21,221 Views 3 Comments

On the fifth anniversary of Anthony Foley’s passing, The42 explores his love for Shannon RFC.

Thursday 14 October, 2021

'You can't just say 'Leinster are the best, let's copy Leinster''
# Irish Abroad
From The42
# Irish Abroad

'You can't just say 'Leinster are the best, let's copy Leinster''

Oct 14th 2021, 8:30 PM 10,549 Views 3 Comments

Hugh Hogan will face his native province as defence coach of the Scarlets this weekend.

Wednesday 13 October, 2021

The Mallow man working with Benetton via a stint in Westside Barbell
# Irish Abroad
From The42
# Irish Abroad

The Mallow man working with Benetton via a stint in Westside Barbell

Oct 13th 2021, 8:08 PM 6,800 Views 2 Comments

Jim Molony spent time in Munster and Connacht’s S&C programmes before heading abroad.

Tuesday 12 October, 2021

How teams are creatively using the 50:22 kicking law in rugby
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

How teams are creatively using the 50:22 kicking law in rugby

Oct 12th 2021, 7:30 PM 16,967 Views 2 Comments

Munster, Bristol, and the Dragons delivered some smart examples last weekend.

'My hope is that the door would be open in Connacht at some stage'
# Irish Abroad
From The42
# Irish Abroad

'My hope is that the door would be open in Connacht at some stage'

Oct 12th 2021, 2:53 PM 14,490 Views 1 Comment

Nigel Carolan has taken on a new challenge as attack coach for the Glasgow Warriors.

Monday 11 October, 2021

Major blow for Munster as luckless Snyman faces another long, hard slog
# Acl
From The42
# Acl

Major blow for Munster as luckless Snyman faces another long, hard slog

Updated Oct 11th 2021, 9:30 PM 22,911 Views 12 Comments

The World Cup-winning lock could now miss another season of action.