# Jack McGrath

Last month
February 2023
# Wave Goodbye
Ex-Ireland and Lions prop Jack McGrath announces retirement at 33
The Dubliner has been without a club since being released by Ulster at the end of last season
Last year
# Jack's Back
Jack McGrath set for first start of the season after overcoming injury nightmare
The Lions prop made his comeback off the bench last month – and is now set for the Interpro at Thomond Park.
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# Jack McGrath
Jack McGrath returns to Ulster squad after injury lay-off as Gilroy gets set for 200th cap
Ulster play Ospreys tomorrow with a record of five wins and one defeat from their six games this season.
# Road To Recovery
'His attitude is that of a serial winner' - McFarland hails Jack McGrath's response to injury blow
McFarland’s Ulster gear up for Challenge Cup semi-final against Leicester Tigers on Friday night.
# New Deal
Ireland international Jack McGrath agrees new contract with Ulster
The 30-year-old was back in the Ireland squad for this year’s Six Nations.
# Under the knife
Ulster pair McGrath and Carter to undergo surgery
Rob Lyttle and Marcus Rea are also set for spells on the sidelines, while Billy Burns has signed a contract extension with the province.
# Tighthead
O'Toole grateful for McGrath and 'guru' McFarland as he looks for an edge in the scrum
The young prop could play an important role with Ireland in the years ahead after moving back from Australia to Drogheda.
# fresh start
McGrath out to prove that Ireland's loss is very much Ulster's gain
The prop makes his debut for the northern province in tonight’s Pro14 opener against Ospreys.
# player movement
McGrath's Ulster switch leaves Cullen with 'mixed thoughts, depending on the day'
The prop will leave Leinster at the end of the season after deciding to pursue greater opportunities in Belfast.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
'We need to get away from the days of signing bit-part players from other teams'
Rory Best has described the acquisition of Jack McGrath as a statement signing from Ulster.
# interprovincial
'We'll definitely miss him' - McGrath's Ulster move driven by Ireland ambition
The 29-year-old is making the move north from Leinster this summer.
# Heading north
IRFU confirm Jack McGrath will join Ulster from Leinster next season
The 29-year-old has struggled for form and fitness this season with his native province.
# Setbacks
McGrath fights for Ireland spot while Ruddock and Leavy have injury frustrations
Leinster’s loosehead has had to watch on as Dave Kilcoyne has moved up the pecking order.
# Stung
Ross Byrne to sit out Leinster's Pro14 clash with Scarlets
Dan Leavy will hope to overcome a calf injury in time for the clash.
# looseheads
'It's up to me to pry the jersey from him': McGrath eyes his chance
With Cian Healy maintaining his excellent form, McGrath knows the onus is on him to perform every time he steps on the field.
# Injury Update
Leinster lose McGrath to injury but welcome back more Ireland internationals
The Ireland international prop suffered a knee injury in training last week.
# pro14
Carbery's rare chance at 10 an exciting backdrop to Leinster's big-game rehearsal
The province can take a big step towards a home Pro14 semi-final tonight.
# mental skills
'When you're not able to do something, it becomes mental': McGrath ready to roar again
The loosehead prop took a look at his game in order to get back to enjoying himself on the field again.
# Ready to go
Jack McGrath to lead Leinster as Rory Best returns for Ulster
Meanwhile, Academy player Josh Murphy makes just his second start for the hosts.
# prop life
New Year, new focus: McGrath puts November behind him to regain form and fitness
2017 proved to be a mixed bag for the prop but he is now looking forward rather than back at a difficult end to last year.
# Team news
Jack McGrath to captain Leinster for first time in Stephen's Day Munster clash
The 28-year-old St Mary’s man will captain Leinster for the very first time as they make the trip to Thomond Park on Tuesday.
# Edge
'Nugget found it straight away': Leinster ready for bump from fired-up front rows
Leinster have a loosehead and a hooker eager to prove a point before the Six Nations rolls around.
# November Tests
'I struggled with the selection': McGrath gearing up for return to number 1 after rare absence
Missing out on a big Test match was a new experience for McGrath.
# fit and ready to go
Five Lions set to return for Leinster in Friday's clash with Edinburgh
Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong, Sean O’Brien, Jack McGrath and Robbie Henshaw could make their seasonal debuts this week.
# Big Jack
Jack McGrath must start the third Test, but not merely due to Vunipola's Wellington nightmare
Vunipola conceded four penalties, but that may not be too large a factor in McGrath’s inclusion.
# Injury Update
McGrath all clear for Lions tour after x-ray and Sean O'Brien passes scan too
Johnny Sexton had a HIA after Leinster’s Pro12 semi-final defeat but will train tomorrow.
# blooper reel
'I'm not sure Jack will be trying that again any time soon!'
Tadhg Furlong admits his fellow front rower has received plenty of stick over his botched kick to touch on Friday night.
# Heavyweights
Analysis: Ireland and England's scrum battle bodes well for the Lions
It was a true back-and-forth contest in Dublin on Saturday evening.
# feed the scrum
Analysis: Ireland and Wales showed the way forward for the scrum in Cardiff
Both teams used the scrum for the right reasons on Friday night.
# Scrum Analysis
Analysis: Ireland's scrum came good in the end after a very messy start
McGrath and Slimani’s tussle must have been a nightmare to referee.
# eye of the tadhg-er
Analysis: Ireland's scrum dominance bodes well for trip to Rome
Saturday’s battle between Andrea Lovotti and Tadhg Furlong has the potential to be messy.
# round four
'You're playing Australia, it's not time for rest': Ireland shaking off pain of defeat
Jack McGrath admits bodies are still sore all across Carton House, but promises the squad will be ready to go again on Thursday.
# true belief
Ireland out to avoid more 'blasphemy' in second meeting with All Blacks
Jack McGrath is in superb form for Joe Schmidt’s side.
# sponsored by aware
'Rugby players are seen as macho, but we're all human': Ireland's Jack McGrath on opening up
The Leinster and Ireland player describes his journey with mental health.
# Silly Season
Ireland prop McGrath the victim of mistaken identity in Chicago
Yesterday’s press conferences threw up some odd moments.
# Test Class
Leinster boosted by return of four Ireland internationals for Edinburgh
Jamie Heaslip, Devin Toner, Jack McGrath and Sean Cronin are available.
# Shave or Dye
Leinster rugby stars go blonde and bald in bid to raise funds for departing coach McQuilkin
Cian Healy, Mike Ross, Jack McGrath and Noel Reid were among those to embrace the Shave or Dye concept.
# Analysis
Irish scrum couldn't cope with raw Bok power, but McGrath unlucky not to reap more reward
It was a dream debut for loosehead Steven “Red Bull” Kitschoff.
# pure wexford beef
Analysis: Tadhg Furlong got a handle of The Beast, but just how legal was it?
On the other side, Jack McGrath was an exemplary powerhouse and Ireland can build on him again this weekend.
# Ruck Stats
Analysis: Who did what for Ireland in the rucks against South Africa?
Jack McGrath was superb post-tackle for Ireland, but many others dug in too.