# Josh Van der Flier

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# that winning feeling
'It's an unbelievable feeling, just so much pride to play for this country'
Ireland’s Josh van der Flier and Mack Hansen reflect on a special day at Aviva Stadium.
# jvdf
'They've taken me training since I was five... it’s nice to have them there'
World Rugby player of the year Josh van der Flier makes his team-mates look good.
# Milestone
'He's goal-kicking this weekend' - Van der Flier set to hit 50 mark
The Ireland flanker made his debut against England back in 2016.
# Darts
'When I was in the academy, I was given out to for doing hooker throws'
Josh van der Flier took on lineout throwing duties with aplomb in Murrayfield yesterday.
This year
# Work to do
'We need to improve all the time' - Scrum and maul high on Leinster's agenda
The province are unbeaten this season but have had issues around the setpiece.
Last year
# book extract
'I bring my passion for sport and connect that with my passion for God'
In this book extract, Irish rugby star Josh Van Der Flier talks about faith and sport.
# Analysis
Mr Reliable: Why Josh van der Flier won World Player of the Year
Ciarán Kennedy breaks down some of Van der Flier’s standout moments in green this year.
# proud province
'He's taken it to the next level' - Leinster praise for world's best JVDF
Luke McGrath, Scott Penny and Robin McBryde wax lyrical about Josh van der Flier.
'Two years ago, I wasn't getting picked for some Irish games' - World POTY van der Flier
Josh van der Flier is now the World Rugby men’s player of the year.
# passing it on
World Player of the Year nominee Josh van der Flier continues to grow as a leader for Ireland
The flanker says he has become increasingly focused on trying to help players around him improve.
# Injuries
Henshaw and Carbery ruled out of Ireland's clash with Wallabies
Johnny Sexton, James Ryan, Andrew Porter, Josh van der Flier, and Hugo Keenan hope to return.
# jvdf
'If you're at the top, everyone wants to knock you down' - Van der Flier
Josh van der Flier was named the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland men’s player of the year.
# big game player
Tadhg Beirne went to a phenomenal place to help Ireland seal the series
The Munster man delivered some massive moments in the endgame.
# Take a Bow
Leinster's Josh van der Flier wins European rugby player of the year award
The Ireland back-row forward follows in the footsteps of Sean O’Brien (2011) and Rob Kearney (2012).
# standouts
Leinster trio make shortlist for European player of the year
Grégory Alldritt and Antoine Dupont have also been nominated.
# contact skills
'He has been brilliant' - VDF hails the impact of Denis Leamy in Leinster
The former Munster man became Leinster’s contact skills coach last summer.
# Work to do
'We needed to be a lot more clinical' - Van der Flier acknowledges room for improvement
Ireland looked off-colour despite running up a big score against 13-man Italy.
# Boost
Josh van der Flier signs new contract with Leinster
It was announced earlier today that both Ed Byrne and Ciarán Frawley were also extending their stays.
# Chip off the old block
'My grandfather used to cycle from Waterford to Kilkenny to play rugby - it is in the blood'
Josh van der Flier’s work ethic is renowned across the rugby world – but given his background, no one should be surprised.
# Ban
Dakuwaqa gets three-week suspension for his reckless tackle on Van der Flier
The Fijian was sent off in Montpellier’s 89-7 drubbing to Leinster.
# workrate
Van der Flier continues to shine in Leinster's all-action back row
The flanker had a typically productive outing against Montpellier on Sunday.
All time
# levelling up
How Josh van der Flier became a more explosive ball-carrier
The Leinster flanker has worked hard on improving his carrying game.
# back row
Doris and van der Flier complete outstanding autumn series for Ireland
Meanwhile, Andy Farrell was pleased with Joey Carbery’s impact.
# Analysis
Lowe's tackle, Ringrose and Conway's save, and Gibson-Park's rescues
Some of Ireland’s big defensive plays against the All Blacks will live long in the memory.
# dynamic
Hard work paying off as Josh van der Flier grows as an attacking option
The flanker says Ireland will look to play with the same attacking intent on display against Japan when New Zealand visit Dublin this weekend.
The making of Josh van der Flier, the newest member of Leinster's 100 club
The flanker is set to win his 100th cap for the province when they play the Dragons on Sunday.
'He was exceptionally good and picked up where he left off'
Josh van der Flier was named player of the week on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra podcast.
# putting in the work
'I'm definitely aware that I need to take every chance I get' - Van der Flier
The Ireland flanker has made an effort to improve his ball carrying threat.
# Impact
Van der Flier outstanding for Ireland after missing out on Lions call-up
Ireland boss Andy Farrell praised the openside’s contribution against Japan.
# Victory
'Shizuoka was a bit of a motivation for us' - Ryan's delight at Ireland win
Josh van der Flier was named man of the match in Dublin.
# doubt
Warburton: Injury struggles could hurt Sexton's Lions chances
The two-time Lions captain thinks a spot in the starting team may be too big an ask for the out-half.
# Awards
Leinster quartet nominated for European Player of the Year
Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Furlong, Josh van der Flier and Hugo Keenan make the 15-strong list.
# form
Has Josh van der Flier played himself into the Lions conversation?
The Leinster openside’s form was discussed on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Impact
Lancaster and POC encourage Van der Flier's ball-carrying progress
The Leinster flanker will hope to show his quality against Toulon tomorrow.
# the next step
Ireland's win was impressive but they need to back it up to leave a legacy
Great teams are defined by championships not one-off victories.
# toto
'In France they say: 'Il pue le rugby'... Dupont stinks of rugby'
Ireland are coming up against arguably the world’s form player in Antoine Dupont on Sunday.
# stepping up
'Every time I go out I have something to prove' - Van der Flier making most of latest opportunity
The flanker also discussed the need for accuracy at the breakdown following Peter O’Mahony’s red card against Wales.
# Time to shine
'There’s a hunger there' - Farrell confident Ireland can make progress in Six Nations
The Ireland head coach has also backed Josh van der Flier to step up in the absence of Caelan Doris.
# back row
Van der Flier set to start for Ireland in Six Nations clash with Wales
The 27-year-old is set to team up with CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony.
# appreciation
Recalling schooldays admiring Kearney's prowess, and 'frustrating' Leinster selection battles
Josh van der Flier pays tribute to Rob Kearney as he prepares to join Australian side Western Force.