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Dublin: 3°C Saturday 28 November 2020


# forwards - Sunday 6 September, 2020

McFarland's Ulster keep the faith in collective speed and ball-handling skill

The northern province stuck to their philosophy as they mounted a dramatic comeback last night.

# forwards - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

'If Murray is playing that first half for England, he's probably man of the match'

Ireland lock James Ryan says the forwards need to make life easier for Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.

# forwards - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

Healy 'annoyed' about scrum penalties as Ireland's forwards strive for more

The Irish maul struggled to get going against Scotland last weekend.

# forwards - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

'He will become one of the greats' - Ryan central in Ireland pack primed to step up

Meanwhile, Rhys Ruddock put himself firmly in the mix with a big showing against Russia.

# forwards - Sunday 22 September, 2019

Analysis: How Ireland's forwards took Scotland apart in World Cup opener

A superb set-piece and ruthless streak broke the Scots in Yokohama.

# forwards - Monday 19 November, 2018

Analysis: Joe Schmidt's Ireland beat the All Blacks at their own game

The Ireland forwards showed off their handling skills to go along with the physicality.

# forwards - Friday 16 October, 2015

Irish descendent Ayerza and the Pumas are coming for Ireland's scrum

‘They haven’t dominated many teams. We’re planning to really take it to them.’

# forwards - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

T Minus 400 to the Rugby World Cup, time to look at the likely squad

Put on the kettle, roll out the biscuits and help us pick the 17 forwards Joe Schmidt should take to the World Cup.

# forwards - Tuesday 11 November, 2014

Analysis: Ireland's intelligent maul defence frustrates the Boks

Simon Easterby and Paul O’Connell came up with a smart way to stop the South Africans.

# forwards - Wednesday 29 October, 2014

Ireland pack making minor tweaks to solid foundations under Easterby

Joe Schmidt’s new forwards coach explains that small adjustments can help Ireland stay ahead of the opposition.

# forwards - Wednesday 21 May, 2014

We'll learn a hell of a lot being in the cauldron of Argentina - Greg Feek

Ireland’s scrum coach is happy with the progress made this season, but recognises that more growth is required.

# forwards - Thursday 15 May, 2014

Gibbes confident that 'hungry, motivated and self-driven' Leinster will improve

The Kiwi forwards coach believes in Leo Cullen’s ability to replace him at the province next season.

# forwards - Saturday 10 May, 2014

Ex-Wallaby Marco Caputo set to replace Feek as Leinster scrum coach

The five-times capped former hooker previously played alongside Matt O’Connor for the Brumbies.

# forwards - Sunday 6 April, 2014

Murray gives 'special mention' to his forwards after armchair ride against Toulouse

The Munster scrum-half says his pack ensured yesterday’s Heineken Cup clash was an enjoyable outing for Munster’s clinical backline.

# forwards - Thursday 27 March, 2014

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POLL: Who are the Premier League's best ever strike partnership?

Suarez and Sturridge hit their 48th league goal last night but how do they compare to the great combos?

# forwards - Thursday 6 March, 2014

'We've gathered some real respect from the other teams' - John Plumtree

The Ireland forwards coach is calling on his pack to finish off the Six Nations with two more powerful performances.

# forwards - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Ireland's maul 'not a nuclear bomb yet' but the signs are good

Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree gives a little insight into the theory behind the maul.

# forwards - Sunday 2 February, 2014

The 4 vital areas for Ireland’s forwards to dominate this afternoon

Forwards coach John Plumtree discusses his men’s prospects at the breakdown, scrum, line-out and in the last 20 minutes.

# forwards - Thursday 21 November, 2013

‘Less talk and more action’ for Ireland against the All Blacks

Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree says his pack has promised to do their talking on the pitch.

# forwards - Thursday 3 October, 2013

Archer ready for forward battle with strong Leinster pack

The Munster tight head knows how important the set piece contest will be at Thomond Park on Saturday.

# forwards - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

'I've been impressed with the standard': Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree

The New Zealander is excited about the challenge ahead, saying we have “world-class” players.

# forwards - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Elwood pays tribute to 'immense' McSharry ahead of Biarritz tilt

The Connacht backline is looking its most dangerous in recent memory.

Heineken Cup: Biarritz suspend coaches ahead of Connacht rematch

Jack Isaac and Serge Milhas have been put on a month’s leave by club president Serge Blanco.

# forwards - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

November tests: The only way is up for Foley

The Ireland forwards coach has personal experience of grinding out victories over Argentina.

# forwards - Tuesday 20 November, 2012

November tests: Sexton misses training but back row set to stay intact

The Irish out-half may not train until Thursday morning.

# forwards - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

'There's nothing wrong with the confidence' - Gert Smal

It’s those niggly little details that have tripped Ireland up for the past 18 months, explained the Irish coach.

# forwards - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

O'Dwyer leads the way in the U21 hurling scoring charts

The Tipperary forward is in pole position to land the accolade for contributions in front of goal.

# forwards - Monday 9 July, 2012

No place for Robbie Keane in All-Star team voted for by MLS fans

The Irish striker has missed out on the starting XI most American supporters would like to see face Chelsea on 25 July.

# forwards - Monday 28 May, 2012

No strikers please, we're German: Joachim Loew names 23-man squad for Euro 2012

The three-time European Championship winners are short on forwards but brimming with goalscoring midfielders.