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#hooker

# hooker - Saturday 24 August, 2019

'We can’t keep thinking, ‘We need to be like 2018.' We need to be better'

Ireland captain Rory Best believes his team can overcome this year’s Six Nations disappointment.

# hooker - Saturday 18 May, 2019

Family at the forefront for Sherry as he looks forward to new horizons beyond Munster

With a new baby in the house, the hooker has been travelling back and forth from Gloucester during his loan stint in the Premiersip.

# hooker - Friday 26 April, 2019

Ex-France captain Ibañez to be les Bleus manager after World Cup

The 98-times capped hooker has been lined up by Bernard Laporte.

# hooker - Tuesday 5 March, 2019

Sean Cronin set to miss out on Ireland squad for final Six Nations games

Ulster’s Rob Herring is set to come into Joe Schmidt’s extended training squad.

# hooker - Wednesday 23 January, 2019

'Sometimes there's no explanation for form... all you can do is try your best'

Leinster hooker James Tracy is searingly honest about his search to rediscover top form.

# hooker - Friday 23 November, 2018

'Words can't explain how truly thankful I am to be here'

Eagles hooker Dylan Fawsitt moved to the US in 2014 and is now set to face his native Ireland.

# hooker - Monday 22 October, 2018

JVG hopeful Niall Scannell will play for Ireland next month, but ankle injury 'will take time to settle'

The hooker missed out on the Gloucester win after sustaining a training ground knock.

# hooker - Thursday 18 October, 2018

'Rory is number one... the rest of us are probably fighting for that second spot'

Munster’s Niall Scannell has started his season in excellent form.

# hooker - Friday 31 August, 2018

Ex-Ireland U20 captain Annett gets first Premiership start since 2016

The former Ulster hooker has suffered greatly with injuries in the last year and a half.

# hooker - Saturday 28 July, 2018

'I have a brother and I don't want him getting the farm either!'

Connacht hooker Shane Delahunt is still balancing farming and professional rugby.

# hooker - Sunday 24 June, 2018

'Representing Ireland, representing that badge, it's pretty special'

Ulster front row Rob Herring was one of the big winners on Ireland’s tour Down Under.

# hooker - Saturday 16 June, 2018

Munster's Scannell sprung into starting role to salvage frustrating season

The Cork man was only called up after Rory Best’s injury but now finds himself in the starting XV.

# hooker - Wednesday 13 June, 2018

The former binman and theology student who has cracked the Wallabies

Brandon Paenga-Amosa had a remarkable rise over the last year.

# hooker - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

Cheika calls Latu into Wallabies squad ahead of first Ireland Test

With two uncapped hookers left in his squad, Cheika has turned to the four-times capped Waratah.

# hooker - Saturday 17 February, 2018

Dundalk man McElroy excels with Saracens after U20s World Cup dream was shattered

The 20-year-old hooker is thriving in his first season with the Premiership giants.

# hooker - Tuesday 23 January, 2018

Munster's Casey set for loan move to aid Grenoble's promotion push

The injury-plagued hooker has fallen down to fifth in the Munster pecking order and will hope to get a run of games in ProD2.

# hooker - Thursday 28 September, 2017

Mike Sherry thankful for another chance at rugby after year out with injury

‘I did pretty much every single session besides the day that I got married. That was the one day I had off over the summer.’

# hooker - Monday 28 August, 2017

Sean Cronin bouncing back with renewed appetite after neck injury lay-off

“It puts things into perspective,” says the hooker after suffering two injuries since the birth of his twin boys.

# hooker - Saturday 3 June, 2017

Munster hooker Moloney joins Ireland U20 squad in time for Scotland clash

Ronan Kelleher is one of six changes for Ireland as they target a big response to defeat against Italy.

# hooker - Sunday 30 April, 2017

'In pro rugby, you're in a bit of a bubble. It's nice to come out of it for a while'

Jason Harris-Wright will look to help Clontarf to AIL glory before joining Pat Lam at Bristol.

# hooker - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

'I would back myself' - Cronin believes he's still in the Lions frame

The Leinster hooker is positive about making a full recovery from his hamstring injury.

# hooker - Wednesday 20 January, 2016

A dozen rock solid reasons why Rory Best was the perfect choice to be Ireland captain

The hooker has been inspirational throughout his 89 caps for his country.

# hooker - Friday 15 January, 2016

Isa Nacewa: The expression on James Tracy's face is all the motivation Leinster could need

“With so many young guys coming in it’s been bloody exciting this week”.

# hooker - Saturday 2 January, 2016

This Ireland international front row hits the west coast waves to clear his mind

Ulster’s back-up hooker wants to be more than just Rory Best’s apprentice.

# hooker - Wednesday 9 December, 2015

Flowing-locked Szarzewski follows France captain Dusautoir into Test retirement Fin

Flowing-locked Szarzewski follows France captain Dusautoir into Test retirement

The Racing 92 hooker joins the likes of Michalak, Papé and Mas in international retirement.

# hooker - Wednesday 18 November, 2015

IRFU block Munster's move to sign Australia captain Stephen Moore

The southern province were close to finalising a deal with the 102-times capped Australian.

# hooker - Thursday 5 November, 2015

'If we're not prepared, they'll beat the crap out of us' -- Rory Best

The Ulster skipper can’t afford to dwell on the World Cup. But he can build on his personal display.

# hooker - Friday 2 October, 2015

'It's nice that some of the unseen work is now getting noticed' - Ireland's Best

Ireland hooker Rory Best sat down with The42 to chat lineout plays, defensive mauls and refereeing trends.

# hooker - Wednesday 9 September, 2015

21 months later: Ambition still burning in Mike Sherry after shoulder nightmare

For a long time, a comeback looked doubtful for Mike Sherry, but he made an emotional return to the field of play last month.

# hooker - Tuesday 8 September, 2015

'It was great to have Joe there to deflect the attention onto him!'

Hooker Richardt Strauss is now officially an Irishman.

# hooker - Saturday 30 May, 2015

'It's the first time in professional rugby I found it and I found it in Munster'

Munster hooker Eusebio Guiñazú tells The42 about feeling at home 11,000km from his native Mendoza.

# hooker - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

Ruck speed remains Leinster's lifeblood but wastefulness in 22 is an issue

Hooker Sean Cronin details how Matt O’Connor’s side can be more prolific in the ‘red zone’.

# hooker - Friday 7 November, 2014

Cronin eager for 'massive opportunity' as key ball-carrier against the Boks

The 28-year-old has started only six of his 35 caps in Ireland colours so far.

# hooker - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

Ireland and Schmidt dealt blow as Rory Best is ruled out of Boks clash

The 32-year-old hooker has succumbed to the calf injury that has hindered his training all week.

# hooker - Wednesday 29 October, 2014

Ulster and Herring keen to swiftly move on from Toulon disappointment

The 24-year-old hooker is hoping to impress Joe Schmidt in Saturday’s clash with the Dragons in Belfast.

# hooker - Thursday 9 October, 2014

20-year-old Delahunt gets first start in Connacht's crucial Italian test

Head coach Pat Lam has made five changes as the westerners look to get back to winning ways.

# hooker - Monday 15 September, 2014

Leinster preparing to bring Strauss back 'banging bodies' in time to face Munster

The hooker appeared to be still doing non-contact training today, but that’s all about to change.

# hooker - Friday 12 September, 2014

Connacht's late bloomer Heffernan won't be pushed aside

Connacht’s hooker is building himself into a recognised front-line player as Pat Lam’s side reach for the top.

# hooker - Monday 1 September, 2014

Argentinian international Guinazu joins Munster on short-term contract

The 36-times capped hooker will provide cover in a position where the province have been injury-hit.

# hooker - Monday 26 May, 2014

Irish hooker Fogarty misses out on Top 14 after Agen play-off defeat

The former Munster forward and his teammates were beaten by a Sireli Bobo-influenced La Rochelle.

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