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# stepping-up - Friday 25 October, 2019

From The42 Lying in wait - Where do Ireland's second string stand after a year to forget? Step Up

Lying in wait - Where do Ireland's second string stand after a year to forget?

We take a look at the players hoping to earn more time on the pitch under incoming Ireland head coach Andy Farrell.

# stepping-up - Friday 27 September, 2019

From The42 'I’m not going to try to be Johnny or Joey' - Carty set for biggest test yet Stepping Up

'I’m not going to try to be Johnny or Joey' - Carty set for biggest test yet

The 27-year-old Connacht man has improved many aspects of his game in the past two seasons.

# stepping-up - Saturday 21 September, 2019

From The42 Larmour set for aerial test from Scotland in Ireland's World Cup opener Aerial Skills

Larmour set for aerial test from Scotland in Ireland's World Cup opener

The 22-year-old starts at fullback in the absence of Rob Kearney.

# stepping-up - Thursday 19 September, 2019

From The42 'If it's a case that Rob's not there, we'd be very happy with the guys' Stepping Up

'If it's a case that Rob's not there, we'd be very happy with the guys'

Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour could have important roles against Scotland.

# stepping-up - Monday 9 September, 2019

From The42 'I have got a bit of a lashing from people outside' - CJ Stander steps up Response

'I have got a bit of a lashing from people outside' - CJ Stander steps up

The Ireland back row was busy after moving to blindside flanker against Wales.

# stepping-up - Sunday 1 September, 2019

From The42 'Everyone wrote us off' - Lennon defiant after Old Firm win Stepping Up

'Everyone wrote us off' - Lennon defiant after Old Firm win

The Scottish champions produced a faultless performance to move three points clear of their Glasgow rivals.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 2 July, 2019

From The42 Ex-Leinster and Munster back row Coghlan earns Tigers move Stepping Up

Ex-Leinster and Munster back row Coghlan earns Tigers move

The 26-year-old becomes the third Irish player to sign for Leicester this summer.

# stepping-up - Sunday 10 March, 2019

From The42 Larmour slots in seamlessly to underline his credentials at fullback Stepping Up

Larmour slots in seamlessly to underline his credentials at fullback

The 21-year-old was excellent against France after being drafted in to replace the injured Rob Kearney.

# stepping-up - Thursday 17 January, 2019

From The42 Vunipola backs Farrell to 'lead by example' in solo leadership role after Hartley absence Stepping Up

Vunipola backs Farrell to 'lead by example' in solo leadership role after Hartley absence

Billy Vunipola believes Owen Farrell can thrive as captain in the absence of Dylan Hartley during the Six Nations.

# stepping-up - Monday 26 November, 2018

From The42 IRFU back Andy Farrell for daunting task of succeeding Joe Schmidt Stepping Up

IRFU back Andy Farrell for daunting task of succeeding Joe Schmidt

Ireland’s current defence coach will step up to the top job next year.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

From The42 Ruddock to captain Ireland as Chicago clash offers important opportunities Stepping Up

Ruddock to captain Ireland as Chicago clash offers important opportunities

The halfback positions are one of the most interesting areas ahead of the clash against Italy.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 15 August, 2018

From The42 Gundogan ready to step up in absence of injured De Bruyne Stepping Up

Gundogan ready to step up in absence of injured De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly in danger of a three-month injury lay-off, but Ilkay Gundogan is hoping to kick on and step up in his absence.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

From The42 Monaghan teenager McKenna to fight live-dog opponent in California on Thursday Stepping Up

Monaghan teenager McKenna to fight live-dog opponent in California on Thursday

‘The Silencer’ returns to Fantasy Springs on Thursday night for his third professional bout.

# stepping-up - Thursday 22 February, 2018

From The42 'Chris's temperament tells me that he won't get spooked by all of that' Stepping Up

'Chris's temperament tells me that he won't get spooked by all of that'

Bernard Jackman knows Ireland centre Chris Farrell better than most, having worked with him in Grenoble.

# stepping-up - Monday 22 January, 2018

From The42 Leading the charge! Westmeath name football and hurling captains for 2018 Stepping Up

Leading the charge! Westmeath name football and hurling captains for 2018

John Heslin will captain the footballers while Tommy Doyle is set to lead the hurlers.

# stepping-up - Thursday 7 December, 2017

From The42 2017 Dublin minor boss takes charge of talented Sky Blues U20s side for next season Stepping Up

2017 Dublin minor boss takes charge of talented Sky Blues U20s side for next season

Tom Gray led Dublin to the Leinster minor football title earlier this summer.

# stepping-up - Monday 26 June, 2017

From The42 9 All-Ireland minor winners in Kerry squad for Munster junior football final against Cork Stepping Up

9 All-Ireland minor winners in Kerry squad for Munster junior football final against Cork

Páirc Uí Rinn hosts tomorrow’s game.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

From The42 All-Ireland club and Dr Harty Cup wins the springboard for the start of a Limerick senior career Stepping Up

All-Ireland club and Dr Harty Cup wins the springboard for the start of a Limerick senior career

Peter Casey enjoyed a memorable 2016 and is now focused on Limerick’s senior campaign.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 23 May, 2017

From The42 Leinster and Saracens players link with Lions to take NZ prep to next level Up A Gear

Leinster and Saracens players link with Lions to take NZ prep to next level

Warren Gatland has been keeping a close eye on New Zealand’s Super Rugby teams.

# stepping-up - Thursday 22 September, 2016

From The42 Cork selector to take over as coach of county senior hurling squad for 2017 Stepping Up

Cork selector to take over as coach of county senior hurling squad for 2017

Sarsfields’ Pat Ryan is to fill the position.

# stepping-up - Saturday 30 July, 2016

From The42 Irish defender O'Connell ready to nail down place at Celtic after 'special' night against Barcelona Stepping Up

Irish defender O'Connell ready to nail down place at Celtic after 'special' night against Barcelona

The Cork-born centre-half insists he is focused on his club career right now amid talk of a call-up to Ireland’s senior squad.

# stepping-up - Saturday 25 June, 2016

From The42 Ireland ready for penalties but at least three players banned as they 'haven't hit the target too often' Stepping Up

Ireland ready for penalties but at least three players banned as they 'haven't hit the target too often'

Sunday’s Euro 2016 knockout tie with France could potentially go to a shootout and Martin O’Neill has been discussing such a situation.

# stepping-up - Thursday 9 June, 2016

From The42 4 players from Cork's All-Ireland U21 final team to start in Munster junior semi-final Stepping Up

4 players from Cork's All-Ireland U21 final team to start in Munster junior semi-final

Cork face Tipperary in Sunday’s curtain-raiser in Thurles.

# stepping-up - Friday 6 May, 2016

From The42 Conway hopes a Munster revival can lead to Ireland honours Collective

Conway hopes a Munster revival can lead to Ireland honours

The Dubliner has made a return to the wing recently after spending much of the season at 15.

# stepping-up - Friday 30 October, 2015

From The42 'I couldn't put myself through that again, I found it difficult' - O'Connor Stepping Up

'I couldn't put myself through that again, I found it difficult' - O'Connor

Jack O’Connor was tempted to take up a third year with the Kerry minor footballers but is making the step-up to the U21 ranks.

# stepping-up - Monday 31 August, 2015

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Kanye West announces plan to run for presidency.

# stepping-up - Thursday 20 August, 2015

From The42 Girvan Dempsey out to prove coaching credentials during short-term stint Stepping Up

Girvan Dempsey out to prove coaching credentials during short-term stint

The interim backs coach tells us what to expect from the province under his watch at the start of the upcoming season.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

From The42 Four goals help Mayo win in Connacht U21FC as Leitrim player suffers serious neck injury Stepping Up

Four goals help Mayo win in Connacht U21FC as Leitrim player suffers serious neck injury

The home side won out in Castlebar tonight while Derry beat Down in Ulster.

# stepping-up - Monday 9 February, 2015

From The42 Analysis: Munster's O'Donnell announces Ireland arrival with superb try Stepping Up

Analysis: Munster's O'Donnell announces Ireland arrival with superb try

The openside flanker was on the end of a sweeping Ireland attack to seal victory for Joe Schmidt’s side in Rome.

# stepping-up - Sunday 21 September, 2014

From The42 How Paul Geaney has overcome struggles to make his mark for Kerry Stepping Up

How Paul Geaney has overcome struggles to make his mark for Kerry

The Dingle club man has emerged as a key asset in the Kingdom forward line.

# stepping-up - Sunday 3 August, 2014

From The42 Zebo invites the pressure ahead of new senior role with Munster Stepping Up

Zebo invites the pressure ahead of new senior role with Munster

The 24-year-old is hopeful that his brittle feet won’t stunt his season for the third time in-a-row.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

From The42 Pollard goes straight from U20s into Springboks' number 10 shirt Stepping Up

Pollard goes straight from U20s into Springboks' number 10 shirt

The 20-year-old recently helped South Africa into the final of the Junior World Championship.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

From The42 Here are the three players that delivered for Ireland this November Stepping Up

Here are the three players that delivered for Ireland this November

Many Irish players had two decent performances but not many made an impact in all three outings.

# stepping-up - Sunday 20 October, 2013

From The42 Macken confident he walked tall in O'Driscoll's Heineken Cup shoes Stepping Up

Macken confident he walked tall in O'Driscoll's Heineken Cup shoes

Jimmy Gopperth, meanwhile, endeared himself to Castres ahead of the 2014 rematch.

# stepping-up - Saturday 24 August, 2013

From The42 Fitzgerald and Macken ready to lighten O'Driscoll's Leinster load Stepping Up

Fitzgerald and Macken ready to lighten O'Driscoll's Leinster load

Matt O’Connor may yet bring in an extra body but the current playing staff feel they are ready to step up.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

From The42 6 Nations: Marshall set to take centre stage after shaking off injury Stepping Up

6 Nations: Marshall set to take centre stage after shaking off injury

Ulster’s rising star has been backed to make his debut in place of Gordon D’Arcy this Sunday.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 23 January, 2013

From The42 Slideshow: 6 Irish players that made the 'A' grade on Wolfhounds duty Stepping Up This post contains images

Slideshow: 6 Irish players that made the 'A' grade on Wolfhounds duty

Some big names plyed their trade with the A team for years before making the international breakthrough.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

From The42 November tests: Cave wants to be centre of attention against Fiji Cave Dwelling

November tests: Cave wants to be centre of attention against Fiji

The Ulsterman’s sights are also on the number 13 jersey for the crucial tie against Argentina next weekend.

# stepping-up - Saturday 3 November, 2012

From The42 Pro12: Connacht coach Millard 'still tossing and turning' about replacing Elwood Step Up

Pro12: Connacht coach Millard 'still tossing and turning' about replacing Elwood

The Australian has taken a number of calls from southern hemisphere coaches about the soon to be vacant post.

# stepping-up - Monday 7 May, 2012

From The42 Every cloud: Kearney hopes to fill Fitzgerald void Stepping Up

Every cloud: Kearney hopes to fill Fitzgerald void

The 22-year-old prospect could benefit from Luke Fitzgerald’s injury trouble for both club and country.