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# openside - Monday 26 October, 2020

'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 36,657 Views 5 Comments

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

# openside - Friday 23 October, 2020

'We don't just see him as a chop tackler' - Ireland back Connors' attacking skills
# Openside
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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 7,290 Views 7 Comments

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

# openside - Monday 19 October, 2020

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 11,289 Views 7 Comments

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

# openside - Monday 31 August, 2020

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 31,532 Views 20 Comments

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

# openside - Saturday 9 May, 2020

'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 9,869 Views 5 Comments

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

# openside - Thursday 4 April, 2019

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 8,390 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.

# openside - Wednesday 13 March, 2019

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

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

Mar 13th 2019, 1:01 AM 11,840 Views 21 Comments

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

# openside - Saturday 9 March, 2019

'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 14,850 Views 6 Comments

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

# openside - Wednesday 20 February, 2019

'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 15,114 Views 5 Comments

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

# openside - Monday 11 February, 2019

'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 41,651 Views 63 Comments

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

# openside - Thursday 17 January, 2019

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 7,965 Views 9 Comments

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

# openside - Monday 17 September, 2018

'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 6,750 Views 24 Comments

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

# openside - Monday 26 February, 2018

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 10,860 Views 15 Comments

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

# openside - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

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 40,944 Views 112 Comments

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

# openside - Thursday 11 January, 2018

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 5,930 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.’

# openside - Thursday 8 June, 2017

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

Warren Gatland confirmed the Wales openside has an ankle issue.

# openside - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

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 10,338 Views 10 Comments

The Hurricanes openside ripped up Super Rugby this year.

# openside - Thursday 19 May, 2016

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 11,489 Views 34 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.

# openside - Wednesday 24 February, 2016

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 119 Comments

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

# openside - Thursday 18 February, 2016

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.

# openside - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

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 6,942 Views 8 Comments

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

# openside - Saturday 12 December, 2015

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 12,242 Views 8 Comments

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

# openside - Monday 31 August, 2015

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 6,021 Views 9 Comments

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

# openside - Monday 17 August, 2015

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 11,430 Views 15 Comments

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

# openside - Friday 27 March, 2015

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.

# openside - Wednesday 25 March, 2015

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 5,308 Views 4 Comments

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

# openside - Friday 13 February, 2015

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 3,939 Views 4 Comments

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

# openside - Tuesday 27 January, 2015

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 5,352 Views 15 Comments

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

# openside - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

'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 13,913 Views 9 Comments

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

# openside - Thursday 13 November, 2014

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 - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

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 8,360 Views 42 Comments

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

# openside - Saturday 27 September, 2014

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 8,966 Views 31 Comments

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

# openside - Saturday 6 September, 2014

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 3,493 Views 4 Comments

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

# openside - Thursday 28 August, 2014

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.

# openside - Thursday 3 July, 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 10,569 Views 9 Comments

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

# openside - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

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.

# openside - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

'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 10,729 Views 3 Comments

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

# openside - Monday 31 March, 2014

'New challenge, but the same principles':  Jennings calls on Leinster to manage emotion on trip to Toulon
# Openside
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# Openside

'New challenge, but the same principles': Jennings calls on Leinster to manage emotion on trip to Toulon

Mar 31st 2014, 8:25 PM 10,600 Views 5 Comments

The flanker admits that the reigning champions could prove Leinster’s toughest opponent to date, but that will not mean a change in approach.

# openside - Saturday 15 February, 2014

Jake Heenan: 'Once I'm eligible, I want Joe Schmidt calling me to say I'm part of his Ireland plans'
# Interview
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# Interview

Jake Heenan: 'Once I'm eligible, I want Joe Schmidt calling me to say I'm part of his Ireland plans'

Feb 15th 2014, 7:30 AM 13,569 Views 7 Comments

The young Kiwi flanker will keep his international options open, but he will become a leader in Connacht’s pack long before that decision must be made.

# openside - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

'We want to be a team that delivers every week' - Ireland's Chris Henry
# Back Row Battle
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# Back Row Battle

'We want to be a team that delivers every week' - Ireland's Chris Henry

Feb 5th 2014, 8:00 AM 8,328 Views 32 Comments

The Ireland flanker feels it’s time for Ireland to string wins together, with Wales next in their sights.

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