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# flanker - Saturday 9 March, 2019

'What actually changed my mindset was reading a bit of McCaw’s book'

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

# flanker - Tuesday 19 January, 2016

Clermont flanker gets 14-week ban for pushing Wayne Barnes

The openside felt the referee was blocking his route to a tackle on Friday.

# flanker - Saturday 9 January, 2016

Munster were awful, but at least neutrals were treated to a wonder-try from this 20-year-old flanker

It’s not even the first time Sekou Macalou has carved open an Irish defence.

# flanker - Monday 26 October, 2015

'Dark days' of rehab and recovery long behind Stephen Ferris

The flanker can look back with pride on a career with many more highs than lows.

# flanker - Tuesday 13 October, 2015

Sean O'Brien handed one-week ban for Papé punch, will miss Argentina clash

The Tullow Tank will be hoping to fight for his place again if Ireland reach the semi-final.

# flanker - Friday 21 August, 2015

'As long as the hunger is there, I'll keep playing on' -- John Muldoon

The Connacht captain’s current contract ends at the end of the season, but he intends on signing a new one.

# flanker - Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Pat Lam's Connacht have signed a Kiwi back row ahead of next season

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

# flanker - Monday 23 February, 2015

Promising ex-Leinster back row Gilsenan signs new contract with London Irish

The 22-year-old left Leinster last summer to join the Premiership club.

# flanker - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

'All the players are thinking of him' - Ireland's best wishes to Chris Henry

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

# flanker - Saturday 8 November, 2014

Late blow for Ireland as Chris Henry ruled out of Springboks clash

The openside flanker has been replaced by Rhys Ruddock, with Tommy O’Donnell coming onto the bench.

# flanker - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

What would Simon Easterby bring to the Ireland coaching set-up?

The Scarlets head coach has been linked with a move to join Joe Schmidt’s backroom staff.

# flanker - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

'I think I just need a break from rugby' - Stephen Ferris on his retirement

The Ulster flanker has thanked the province’s fans and backroom staff on the day he officially hung up his boots.

Dominic Ryan made captain of Emerging Ireland as McCarthy withdraws through injury

With late call-ups to the senior squad, Stuart McCloskey, Ricky Lutton and Billy Holland are packing their bags for Romania.

# flanker - Friday 30 May, 2014

This Legends League star could be facing Ireland at the Women's World Cup

Former gridiron player Chloe Butler should make her Australia debut against New Zealand or Canada next month.

# flanker - Sunday 27 April, 2014

Munster need to explode over the gainline today and CJ is the man they need to fire Analysis This post contains videos

Munster need to explode over the gainline today and CJ is the man they need to fire

Toulon’s back row represented one of Europe’s most feared units but the South African is capable of taking the fight to them.

# flanker - Monday 17 March, 2014

Chris Henry: 'I think there's a lot more to come from this group of players'

Ireland’s openside flanker had an outstanding championship as he thrived under Joe Schmidt’s coaching.

# flanker - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Stephen Ferris back on the bench for Ulster after injury layoff since November 2012

Great news for the Ireland international.

# flanker - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Henderson hopeful of Ireland start as he learns the donkey work from O'Connell

The Ulsterman has underlined his preference for playing six, and there may be an opening in that position against Italy.

# flanker - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

O'Donnell ready for another taste of 'addictive' Six Nations rugby

The Munster flanker has highlighted the danger of Wales’ back row ‘threats’ on Saturday.

# flanker - Friday 17 January, 2014

Justin Tipuric: 'No better way of bouncing back than beating Leinster'

The Ospreys flanker is determined to end a disappointing Heineken Cup campaign on a high.

# flanker - Monday 6 January, 2014

Ireland openside option Henry feels there's 'plenty more' to come

The Ulster flanker returned for Friday night’s win against Munster and was happy with his display.

# flanker - Thursday 2 January, 2014

Connacht targeting revenge after RDS heartbreak - Andrew Browne

The Galwegian flanker feels his team is capable of producing a similar performance to last season’s 34-6 home win over Leinster.

# flanker - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

Who should replace Sean O'Brien in Ireland's back row? Openside This post contains a poll

Who should replace Sean O'Brien in Ireland's back row?

With the Tullow Tank looking set to miss the Six Nations, we run the rule over the candidates to fill in.

# flanker - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

'With Sean out, I've an opportunity to stake my claim' - Chris Henry

The Ulster flanker is hoping to show Ireland coach Joe Schmidt what he can do after returning from a hamstring injury.

# flanker - Thursday 21 November, 2013

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McCaw leading All Black search for satisfying perfection

Richie McCaw is at the centre of New Zealand’s never-ending drive to improve.

# flanker - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

Analysis: O’Mahony surges into leading role for Ireland

We break down the blindside flanker’s best performance in an Ireland jersey, play-by-play.

# flanker - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Destructive Chris Henry happy to be Joe Schmidt's problem solver

The Ulster back-row believes beating Samoa at the breakdown will be half the battle on Saturday.

# flanker - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Irish rugby star lines up for Christchurch with All Blacks legend Richie McCaw

Diarmuid McMahon is plying his rugby trade in New Zealand and has played alongside some of the country’s top talents.

# flanker - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Stephen Ferris signs 6-month contract extension with Ireland and Ulster Fez

Stephen Ferris signs 6-month contract extension with Ireland and Ulster

The flanker will hope to prove his fitness to win an improved deal by the end of the year.

# flanker - Monday 24 June, 2013

Ghost of Lions tours past is back to haunt Heaslip and O'Driscoll

“The tight jerseys [are new],” remarked Aussie flanker George Smith. “The fashion has changed.”

# flanker - Saturday 1 June, 2013

Tommy O'Donnell ready for Ireland debut after outstanding Munster season

The flanker is hoping to start against the US Eagles next Saturday after impressing for his province.

# flanker - Friday 31 May, 2013

'We'd love to see him stick around' - Henry urges Ferris to fight on

The emergence of young blindsides Iain Henderson and Peter O’Mahony may see the IRFU balk at his contract demands.

# flanker - Sunday 19 May, 2013

'Ulster have done a job on us twice already this season. They are favourites'

Flanker Shane Jennings tells that there is no room for sentiment in Leinster dressing room.

# flanker - Wednesday 8 May, 2013

Lions hopefuls Ashton and Robshaw left out of England summer tour

Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care has also been omitted from the two-Test trip to Argentina.

# flanker - Sunday 5 May, 2013

Lion O'Brien ready for back row battle Down Under

The Leinster and Ireland flanker has some Welshmen to displace if he wants a starting role against the Wallabies.

# flanker - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

When Cheika left there were doubts but we pushed on - McLaughlin

The flanker is hoping his Leinster teammates can give Joe Schmidt the perfect send-off.

# flanker - Monday 22 April, 2013

Open thread: Who do you want as your Lions back row?

Warburton, Robshaw, O’Brien, Tipuric, Faletau, Heaslip, Croft…. this will be a tough choice for Warren Gatland.

# flanker - Sunday 21 April, 2013

O'Driscoll for Lions captain but he may not play each Test - Lewis Moody

The former England and lions flanker believes Paul O’Connell’s return has provided a leadership boost.

# flanker - Wednesday 10 April, 2013

Sayonara Stephen! Ferris ready for Japan adventure as Ulster admit defeat

Head coach Mark Anscombe admitted that the province’s inspirational flanker is set to leave this summer.

# flanker - Monday 1 April, 2013

1972, the year 'The Troubles' wrecked Ireland's Grand Slam hopes

Ireland and Lions flanker Fergus Slattery reflects on politics and sports mixing to ill-effect.

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