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#First XV

# first-xv - Friday 18 September, 2020

Two European debutants start as Sexton returns for Leinster's crunch clash with Saracens
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Two European debutants start as Sexton returns for Leinster's crunch clash with Saracens

Sep 18th 2020, 12:19 PM 35,598 Views 42 Comments

Sean Cronin also earns the nods after the line-out struggles against Ulster.

# first-xv - Thursday 26 December, 2019

Room for just one Kiwi as 'Boks and England dominate international Rugby Team of the Year
# First XV
# First XV

Room for just one Kiwi as 'Boks and England dominate international Rugby Team of the Year

Dec 26th 2019, 11:00 AM 28,024 Views 24 Comments

No Irish players made the cut this time around, but there was still a lot to love about rugby in 2019.

# first-xv - Friday 6 December, 2019

Captain Butler back to bolster Connacht for Gloucester trip
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Captain Butler back to bolster Connacht for Gloucester trip

Dec 6th 2019, 12:27 PM 6,267 Views 13 Comments

A training ground injury for Matt Healy has forced Friend to switch John Porch to fullback.

# first-xv - Monday 23 September, 2019

Mo'unga and Murray pull the strings in The42's RWC Team of the Weekend
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# First XV

Mo'unga and Murray pull the strings in The42's RWC Team of the Weekend

Sep 23rd 2019, 5:10 PM 18,198 Views 18 Comments

A brilliant weekend of rugby delivered no shortage of back-line options

# first-xv - Thursday 8 August, 2019

Kleyn primed for Ireland debut, Carbery takes 10 shirt for Italy warm-up
# First XV
# First XV

Kleyn primed for Ireland debut, Carbery takes 10 shirt for Italy warm-up

Aug 8th 2019, 2:00 PM 26,859 Views 49 Comments

Munster’s Mike Haley is also set for his first international cap as he takes up a spot among the replacements.

# first-xv - Thursday 23 May, 2019

Jack Carty named out-half in Pro14 Dream Team
# First XV
# First XV

Jack Carty named out-half in Pro14 Dream Team

Updated May 23rd 2019, 9:22 PM 26,084 Views 40 Comments

The Connacht star is one of seven Irish-based players in the tournament’s team of the year.

# first-xv - Sunday 17 March, 2019

AWJ +14: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Championship
# Our Picks
# Our Picks

AWJ +14: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Championship

Mar 17th 2019, 12:28 PM 34,968 Views 48 Comments

Here’s who stood out for us since the start of February.

# first-xv - Thursday 14 March, 2019

Beirne and O'Brien in harness as Ireland bid to halt Welsh title bid
# Slambusters
# Slambusters

Beirne and O'Brien in harness as Ireland bid to halt Welsh title bid

Mar 14th 2019, 2:21 PM 27,237 Views 60 Comments

Joe Schmidt has also recalled Andrew Porter, Kieran Marmion and Quinn Roux to his squad for his final Six Nations match.

# first-xv - Monday 11 March, 2019

Back in business: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week
# First XV
# First XV

Back in business: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

Mar 11th 2019, 12:19 PM 10,821 Views 12 Comments

Here’s who shone brightest on the penultimate weekend of the Six Nations.

# first-xv - Monday 25 February, 2019

It's AWJ's world, we just live in it: The42's Six Nations Team of the Week
# First XV
# First XV

It's AWJ's world, we just live in it: The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

Feb 25th 2019, 11:19 AM 11,947 Views 32 Comments

The second row was an irresistible force in leading Wales to a seismic win over England.

# first-xv - Monday 11 February, 2019

That's a bit more like it:  Here's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week
# First XV
# First XV

That's a bit more like it: Here's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

Feb 11th 2019, 11:30 AM 11,884 Views 21 Comments

Who shone brightest for you in week two?

# first-xv - Friday 11 January, 2019

Baloucoune back from ban to make European debut in Ulster's daunting date with Racing
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# First XV

Baloucoune back from ban to make European debut in Ulster's daunting date with Racing

Jan 11th 2019, 12:12 PM 4,558 Views 6 Comments

Simon Zebo will start opposite Jacob Stockdale as last season’s runners-up bid to seal their passage to the knockout stage.

# first-xv - Thursday 20 December, 2018

Baloucoune in for Stockdale, but Ulster retain strength for Munster clash
# Front Liners
# Front Liners

Baloucoune in for Stockdale, but Ulster retain strength for Munster clash

Dec 20th 2018, 12:17 PM 9,985 Views 9 Comments

Rory Best is among the replacements as Dan McFarland has been able to name a team with just three changes.

Tommy O'Donnell among injury returns as much-changed Munster head to Ulster
# Team-Sheet
# Team-Sheet

Tommy O'Donnell among injury returns as much-changed Munster head to Ulster

Dec 20th 2018, 12:01 PM 12,895 Views 43 Comments

Only Mike Haley and Sam Arnold have been asked to start twice in the space of six days for the province.

# first-xv - Monday 10 December, 2018

After wins for three Irish provinces, who makes your Champions Cup Team of the Week?
# Round 3
# Round 3

After wins for three Irish provinces, who makes your Champions Cup Team of the Week?

Dec 10th 2018, 1:37 PM 8,335 Views 4 Comments

We could have squeezed a few more Ulstermen into our first XV from round 3.

# first-xv - Monday 22 October, 2018

Locks away! It's our Champions Cup Team of the Week
# First XV
# First XV

Locks away! It's our Champions Cup Team of the Week

Oct 22nd 2018, 1:42 PM 13,326 Views 10 Comments

Munster were the only Irish province to take a win from the European weekend, so we’ve turned to Racing and Toulouse to fill big chunks in our team.

# first-xv - Monday 15 October, 2018

10 Irish-based players made our Champions Cup Team of the Week
# First XV
# First XV

10 Irish-based players made our Champions Cup Team of the Week

Oct 15th 2018, 2:12 PM 13,866 Views 32 Comments

The provinces are well represented after going unbeaten through round one.

# first-xv - Thursday 11 October, 2018

Leinster deploy both Leavy and JVDF as they open Champions Cup defence against Wasps
# Open Season
# Open Season

Leinster deploy both Leavy and JVDF as they open Champions Cup defence against Wasps

Oct 11th 2018, 12:03 PM 15,466 Views 61 Comments

Leo Cullen’s had close to a full-strength squad to choose from for the RDS curtain-raiser.

# first-xv - Friday 6 April, 2018

No rest required for Furlong and Healy as they lead Leinster into Zebre clash
# Staying Sharp
# Staying Sharp

No rest required for Furlong and Healy as they lead Leinster into Zebre clash

Apr 6th 2018, 12:22 PM 9,629 Views 32 Comments

On the bench, the son of former Ireland and Lions centre Brendan Mullin is in line to make his provincial debut.

# first-xv - Monday 12 February, 2018

Terrific Thomas, excellent Earls and the rest of our Six Nations Team of the Week
# Round 2
# Round 2

Terrific Thomas, excellent Earls and the rest of our Six Nations Team of the Week

Feb 12th 2018, 11:24 AM 10,399 Views 12 Comments

Scotland got back in the winners’ circle. England and Ireland marched on. But who stood out for you?

# first-xv - Monday 5 February, 2018

Wonderful Welsh dominate our Six Nations Team of the Week
# First XV
# First XV

Wonderful Welsh dominate our Six Nations Team of the Week

Feb 5th 2018, 10:29 AM 16,836 Views 34 Comments

Who stood out for you?

# first-xv - Thursday 23 November, 2017

Henshaw hammer blow and more talking points from Ireland's XV to face Argentina
# November Tests
# November Tests

Henshaw hammer blow and more talking points from Ireland's XV to face Argentina

Nov 23rd 2017, 2:13 PM 13,034 Views 22 Comments

Adam Byrne has had to work hard for this opportunity.

# first-xv - Thursday 16 November, 2017

Nadolo back in town as Fiji pack a punch in side to face Ireland
# November Tests
# November Tests

Nadolo back in town as Fiji pack a punch in side to face Ireland

Nov 16th 2017, 6:27 PM 10,923 Views 27 Comments

John McKee has made four changes to the side who lost to Italy last weekend.

# first-xv - Thursday 9 November, 2017

Aki in for Ireland as injury takes Earls out of 'Boks clash
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# First XV

Aki in for Ireland as injury takes Earls out of 'Boks clash

Nov 9th 2017, 1:51 PM 30,018 Views 116 Comments

Uncapped Munster man Darren Sweetnam is named among the replacements.

# first-xv - Friday 20 October, 2017

Keatley and Carter in the 10 shirts as Kleyn bolsters pack for Munster's clash with Racing
# Team-sheets
# Team-sheets

Keatley and Carter in the 10 shirts as Kleyn bolsters pack for Munster's clash with Racing

Oct 20th 2017, 12:01 PM 12,321 Views 27 Comments

Tyler Bleyendaal and Niall Scannell will miss the crucial Champions Cup clash through injury.

# first-xv - Friday 18 August, 2017

France and England dominate our WRWC Team of the Pool Stage, but one Irish woman made the cut
# First XV
# First XV

France and England dominate our WRWC Team of the Pool Stage, but one Irish woman made the cut

Aug 18th 2017, 5:35 PM 4,942 Views 5 Comments

Who would you have in your tournament dream team so far?

# first-xv - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Late addition Barron straight into Ireland side to face Italy in U20 championship opener
# Bolter
# Bolter

Late addition Barron straight into Ireland side to face Italy in U20 championship opener

May 30th 2017, 2:17 PM 8,068 Views 5 Comments

Jack Kelly has shrugged off a shoulder injury to take up a role at fullback.

# first-xv - Friday 5 May, 2017

Munster dominate Pro12 'Dream Team' with six selections
# First XV
# First XV

Munster dominate Pro12 'Dream Team' with six selections

May 5th 2017, 9:53 AM 11,084 Views 52 Comments

Leinster and Ulster received two picks apiece with Tiernan O’Halloran the sole representative from Connacht.

# first-xv - Friday 28 April, 2017

Lam rings changes as he bids farewell to Sportsground
# Send-off
# Send-off

Lam rings changes as he bids farewell to Sportsground

Apr 28th 2017, 12:30 PM 6,173 Views 13 Comments

There are welcome returns to action for Marnitz Boshoff, Darragh Leader and Cian Kelleher.

# first-xv - Friday 31 March, 2017

Sexton and Carbery both start Leinster's Champions Cup clash with Wasps
# First XV
# First XV

Sexton and Carbery both start Leinster's Champions Cup clash with Wasps

Mar 31st 2017, 12:08 PM 13,127 Views 22 Comments

Jack Conan has been able to shake off a calf issue to start alongside Sean O’Brien in the back row.

# first-xv - Friday 3 March, 2017

Carbery continues at fullback as Cullen tweaks three for visit of Scarlets
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# First XV

Carbery continues at fullback as Cullen tweaks three for visit of Scarlets

Mar 3rd 2017, 12:25 PM 8,106 Views 25 Comments

Luke McGrath, Dan Leavy and Jack Conan have also been cleared to play despite being in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad.

# first-xv - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

Here's The42's Ireland XV to start the 6 Nations
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# First XV

Here's The42's Ireland XV to start the 6 Nations

Dec 27th 2016, 6:00 PM 19,826 Views 45 Comments

Taking injuries into account, here’s who we’d pick to face Scotland in February.

# first-xv - Thursday 24 March, 2016

Holland starts among returning internationals as Munster take aim at Zebre and play-off spot
# Team-sheets
# Team-sheets

Holland starts among returning internationals as Munster take aim at Zebre and play-off spot

Mar 24th 2016, 12:29 PM 8,406 Views 16 Comments

Simon Zebo, Keith Earls, Donnacha Ryan and Tommy O’Donnell start after returning from Ireland duty.

# first-xv - Monday 8 February, 2016

CJ Stander and the rest of The42's Six Nations Team of the Week
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# First XV

CJ Stander and the rest of The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

Feb 8th 2016, 12:00 PM 24,542 Views 42 Comments

There was the tightest of tight calls at number eight, while we found room for five Irishmen after the draw against Wales.

# first-xv - Thursday 5 November, 2015

Henshaw at fullback as AJ MacGinty prepares to make Connacht debut from the bench
# Best In The West
# Best In The West

Henshaw at fullback as AJ MacGinty prepares to make Connacht debut from the bench

Nov 5th 2015, 12:32 PM 9,962 Views 13 Comments

All aboard. This is Connacht’s last stop before the 12,000 KM round trip to Krasnoyarsk.

Just the 15 changes for Leinster mean starts for Ringrose and Kelleher with returning internationals
# Wholesale
# Wholesale

Just the 15 changes for Leinster mean starts for Ringrose and Kelleher with returning internationals

Nov 5th 2015, 12:21 PM 11,173 Views 23 Comments

Leinster can move to within a point of the league leaders if everything goes to plan tomorrow night.

# first-xv - Sunday 25 October, 2015

Here's The42's Team of the RWC semi-finals
# Top XV
# Top XV

Here's The42's Team of the RWC semi-finals

Oct 25th 2015, 7:59 PM 10,329 Views 15 Comments

Who were your top performers in this weekend’s two games?

# first-xv - Monday 19 October, 2015

One Ireland player made our Team of the RWC quarter-finals
# Knockout Kings
# Knockout Kings

One Ireland player made our Team of the RWC quarter-finals

Oct 19th 2015, 1:13 PM 22,388 Views 14 Comments

Scotland are well represented after their heartbreaking exit.

# first-xv - Monday 28 September, 2015

Our RWC Team of the Weekend is heavy on opensides, wings and Welsh warriors
# Top Men
# Top Men

Our RWC Team of the Weekend is heavy on opensides, wings and Welsh warriors

Sep 28th 2015, 11:02 AM 10,991 Views 12 Comments

There’s also a man who played his way in before being forced to retire prematurely.

# first-xv - Friday 24 April, 2015

Jack Carty leads exciting Connacht backline with Henshaw and Aki paired again
# Team-sheets
# Team-sheets

Jack Carty leads exciting Connacht backline with Henshaw and Aki paired again

Apr 24th 2015, 12:08 PM 5,559 Views 9 Comments

Pat Lam has made three changes to the side that lost to Ulster.

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