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#class of 95

# class-of-95 - Saturday 4 February, 2017

'They called you a lot of other things, but they didn't call you 'Sir''

Welsh referee Nigel Owens remembers his early days officiating in the amateur game.

# class-of-95 - Friday 3 February, 2017

Against the head: how the issue of concussion developed from amateur to professional rugby

Dr Barry O’Driscoll resigned as medical advisor to the IRB in 2012.

'Right now it's too easy for players to come in and get capped - and it shouldn't be easy for them'

Issues of identity have always permeated Irish sport but professionalism has led to a desperate need to find an edge in rugby.

Last Men Standing - the Irish rugby team from their final game of the amateur era

An emphatic defeat to France was the last outing for Ireland in the amateur game.

# class-of-95 - Thursday 2 February, 2017

'I went to my father's shed, put my foot in a vice and cut off my cast with a hacksaw to go train'

David Corkery was voted as Ireland’s Player of the Tournament at the 1995 World Cup but professional rugby proved an unforgiving environment for the Corkman.

Analysis: We look at just how much the scrum has changed since professionalism

For better or for worse, a lot has changed since 1995

Professional power has put the squeeze on Ireland's once-vibrant club rugby scene

“The top of the game is very strong, but the bit in the middle, the clubs, are struggling badly.”

# class-of-95 - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

'It was rugby's Wild West!' - The difficult early years of professionalism

Irish rugby stumbled into the new era back in 1995, but gradually got to grips with professionalism.

Shoulder to shoulder: why Ireland's Call became the anthem for rugby's new era

Trevor Ringland and Jim Glennon discuss what the anthem means to them.

Can you recognise these players from the amateur rugby era?

We remember the good old days of ludicrously oversized jerseys.

From 200 diehards to 11,000 season-ticket holders: how Leinster compete in the professional game

Paul Dermody, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Leinster Rugby, speaks to The42 about how the eastern province has developed.

# class-of-95 - Tuesday 31 January, 2017

You are what you eat: how the professional era has transformed rugby players' diets Class Of 95 This post contains videos

You are what you eat: how the professional era has transformed rugby players' diets

Good habits are filtering down to the next generation of rugby players.

Weights, nutrition and psychology: What makes the modern rugby player?

The professional era has transformed rugby and its athletes.

# class-of-95 - Monday 30 January, 2017

From Auckland to Athy: Carbery was Ireland's first 1995-born international Class Of 95 This post contains videos

From Auckland to Athy: Carbery was Ireland's first 1995-born international

We sat down with the breakout star of Ireland’s stunning November series last year.

'There's more to life than rugby': What happens when a player is forced to retire

Modern professionals receive a lot of personal development support from IRUPA, but there are natural challenges that always need hurdling.

How different is professional rugby to the good old days of amateurism?

We’ve taken a look at the Ireland v Scotland games from the 1995 Five Nations and 2016 Six Nations.

Irish rugby's Class of '95: from the amateur era to here

The42 looks at the professional game and how it’s evolved in a new in-depth series.

# class-of-95 - Friday 27 January, 2017

Open thread: Give us your questions for our live Six Nations preview and win a signed Ireland jersey

Eddie O’Sullivan will join Murray Kinsella for a Facebook Live conversation on Monday.