Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Thursday 21 September 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Front Row

Last year
'Behind them, it's an absolute car crash... There's a big issue'
Ireland’s scrum had another tough outing against the All Blacks last weekend.
'Remarkable individual' Porter part of a punchy Ireland front row
Rónan Kelleher has been impressed at how seamlessly his team-mate has switched to loosehead.
All time
Furlong and the Lions pack set for another Rumble in the Jungle
The Irish tighthead was pleased with his side’s set-piece effort in the first Test.
Tadhg Furlong set to be a key man in the Lions front row again
Warren Gatland will have some big calls to make at loosehead prop and hooker.
Furlong back scrummaging as Porter's strong form for Leinster continues
The Wexford man has been sidelined with a back issue in recent weeks.
Here are the top 10 international films to catch at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival
Highlights will include the Irish premieres of True History of the Kelly Gang and Hearts and Bones.
A new hooker and props applying pressure - Ireland's front row for the Six Nations
Who would you like to see Andy Farrell pick in jerseys number one to three in a week’s time?
Here's what's in store for this year's Dublin International Film Festival
Highlights will include the Irish premieres of Papi Chulo and Eighth Grade.
Connacht sign ex-Ulster prop Paddy McAllister from Gloucester
The 29-year-old loosehead has spent four years at Kingsholm.
Blow for Scotland and Glasgow as prop Fagerson faces eight weeks sidelined
The tighthead, who started all of last year’s Six Nations fixtures, will hope for a smooth recovery to put himself in contention to face Ireland.
Rugby nause Sinckler and Furlong are the new breed of Lions props
The 24-year-old England international is something of a Lions speech expert.
Ulster add beef to pack with signing of South African prop for next season
Schalk van der Merwe joins the province as a project player.
Ulster decimated by front row injuries while Pienaar also sidelined
Les Kiss has also lost Craig Gilroy and Roger Wilson for Friday’s crucial clash with the Scarlets.
Analysis: Quinn Roux's big impact and all of Ireland's second Test rucks
We’ve studied the rucks from Ireland’s defeat to the Boks in Johannesburg.
Harlequins 'deeply saddened' by death of 20-year-old front row Adeniran-Olule
The hooker died tragically following a road traffic collision.
Positive prognosis on Healy makes Schmidt's prop gamble calculated
Ireland will travel to the World Cup with three tightheads and only two looseheads.
'Conor Murray came from nowhere and got a spot on the plane'
Mike Ross says Ireland are measured in their World Cup confidence but are focused only on the warm-up fixtures.
Jack McGrath: 'I think I’m pretty light compared to 155 kilos!'
The Ireland loosehead says France pose a particular physical challenge at scrum time.
You or your kids heading to One Direction tonight? There are some strict arrangements in place
Doors open at 5pm with the lads themselves on stage at 8.15 pm.
Connacht secure signing of Blues front row McCartney on three-year deal
The 28-year-old known as ‘Freak’ by his Super Rugby teammates will move to Galway next season.
Front row injuries a concern for Leinster in build up to Munster derby
Cian Healy, Marty Moore, Jack McGrath and Tadhg Furlong all remain doubts for the inter-provincial clash.
'Creaking' Welsh set-piece could hamper gainline threat -- Evans
The former Lions wing is hoping Jamie Roberts has plenty of opportunity to run at Ireland tomorrow.
Ireland's front row face true test against world class Welsh
The influence of referee Wayne Barnes has been highlighted as a key in Saturday’s clash.
Stand-up destroys obnoxious heckler
Who’s laughing now?
Munster's front row as good as any other unit in the league boasts Penney
The New Zealander is encouraged by the progress of the province’s home-grown talent.
Open thread: Who would you pick as the Lions front row?
Irish supporters will expect to hear Cian Healy’s name announced on 30 April. Everything after that is wishful thinking.
Munster's Marcus Horan to retire at the end of the season
The prop has played 224 times for Munster, won 67 Ireland caps and captured the Grand Slam in 2009.
VIDEO: What can Tom Court offer Ireland on Sunday?
The loose-head will start in Murrayfield, in place of the suspended Cian Healy.
Smal has confidence in Irish front row after Paddy's Day mash-up
The Ireland forwards coach is aware that England will be targeting a repeat of their scrum dominance last year.
Mike Ross eager to atone for scrum slip-up against Springboks
The Leinster prop proved he was human against South Africa. He will be hoping to lift expectations when he faces Argentina.
'I don't see myself as a South African rugby player at all' - Richardt Strauss
Ireland’s new hooker had a baptism of fire against his native country on Saturday and is warming to the task.
Late change: 'The Beast' ruled out of Ireland v South Africa
The loose-head prop had been admitted to hospital as a precaution after he suffered mild heart palpitations this morning.
Guinness Series: Leinster front-row ready to answer Ireland's call thanks to some insider trading
“Are you going to change your name to Richardt O’Strauss?” asked a South African reporter. We copyrighted that joke last month.
Pro12: Sherry still hoping to receive Ireland's call
Before competing with Richardt Strauss for an Ireland jersey, the hooker knows he must see off Damien Varley for a starting spot with Munster.
Rory Best: We need to develop that ruthless Leinster mentality
The Ulster and Ireland hooker talks about the upcoming season, Irish rugby and finding more ‘freaks’ like Stephen Ferris.
Mike Ross an injury doubt for Ireland's First Test against All Blacks
The tighthead prop’s injured hamstring may prevent him from lining up against New Zealand on Saturday.
Scrum down: Connacht snap up Nathan White
Leinster’s Kiwi prop Nathan White has agreed to join Connacht on a three-year deal at the end of the season.