# Michael Bent

Last year
# Cinderella Story
The Taranaki farmer who answered Ireland's SOS call
Michael Bent thought his Ireland days were over – but a prop crisis led to him getting an unexpected call on his New Zealand farm.
All time
# Leaving bash
Respect was hard won but departing Leinster man Michael Bent got there in the end
The tighthead arrived to sneers in 2012 but bowed out of professional rugby last night as a much loved figure in the Leinster dressing room.
# great scott
'I just feel lucky to play my final game in front of fans - they were amazing'
Michael Bent and Scott Fardy signed off their careers in front of 1200 fans as life began to return to normal tonight.
# Heading Home
'I couldn’t have imagined I'd play for this long for Leinster'
Michael Bent is in the final weeks of his time as a Leinster player.
# Heading Home
Leinster's Michael Bent confirms retirement at end of the season
The 34-year-old tighthead won four Ireland caps after arriving in 2012.
# bent over backwards
'I've had to be patient but those days in Europe are what it's all about'
After making his first Champions Cup appearance since 2017 last weekend, Michael Bent is hoping to play a part in Leinster’s run-in.
# Ready to go
Bent set for 100th appearance as Leinster name one debutant in XV to face Edinburgh
Youngster Will Connors has been handed a chance to impress at openside flanker.
# 100 club
After a difficult start to life with Leinster, Bent set for 'proud' milestone in blue
The prop will make his 100th appearance for the province in Friday’s clash with Edinburgh.
# Conundrum
Madigan as 9 cover 'wouldn't be beyond our decision making process' - Schmidt
Meanwhile, Ireland’s coach pointed to several versatile options in the front row.
# Options
Gordon D'Arcy and Michael Bent sent out to impress on Leinster duty
The centre and prop will hope to force their way in to Joe Schmidt’s squad plans over the weekend.
# positives
'I think he could put serious pressure on Mike Ross' - Paul Wallace on Nathan White
Despite injury concerns elsewhere, Wallace feels Nathan White’s return is a big positive for Ireland.
# front row union
On the plane or out in the cold? We assess Ireland's World Cup front row options
11 front rows vying for 9 places in the final squad.
# chance to impress
5 Irish players who have a big opportunity to impress against the Barbarians
A big performance will see these guys back in the hunt for a World Cup spot.
# extended
Schmidt adds three players to Ireland squad as Gordon D'Arcy dropped
Michael Bent, Tadhg Furlong and Dan Tuohy have been called to Carton House this week.
# no fuss
Versatile Ireland-capped prop Bent proving his value to Leinster
The 28-year-old has proven himself at loosehead in the absence of Cian Healy and Jack McGrath.
# starting XV
O'Driscoll and D'Arcy back for Leinster as Bent starts at loose-head
The Pro12′s top two meet at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow evening.
# Team news
Fitzgerald and Reid start at centre for Leinster, three changes for Connacht
Mata Fifita, Tiernan O’Halloran, Gavin Duffy are all set to play for the visitors.
# 6 Nations
Michael Bent fails his audition as 10-minute wonder gets the nod
Ireland coach Declan Kidney revealed that the New Zealander’s rough outing in Galway did him no favours.
# hounds of war
Henshaw and Coughlan named in Ireland Wolfhounds starting XV
The final audition for places in the Six Nations squad for Wales takes place in Galway tomorrow night.
# Redemption
Poll: Should Ireland call up Tom Court for the Six Nations?
The versatile prop has been in excellent form for Ulster this season.
# full pack
Pro12: We wanted to use our scrum as a weapon says victorious Court
The Ulster prop feels the 27-19 win over Leinster proves his side are genuine trophy contenders.
Leinster v Zebre, RaboDirect Pro12
Leinster were hoping for a confidence-boosting romp ahead of a gigantically difficult Heineken Cup double-header against Clermont.
# Forward Thinking
'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.
Guinness Series: Leinster front-row ready to answer Ireland's call thanks to some insider trading
“Are you going to change your name to Richardt O’Strauss?” asked a South African reporter. We copyrighted that joke last month.
# Ireland v SA
Heaslip to lead Ireland into Bok challenge
Richardt Strauss makes his Ireland debut as Declan Kidney names his starting XV for Saturday’s Guinness Series test against South Africa.
# unpalatable
'How in the name of Jesus are we getting to this point' - Wood blasts Bent call-up
The former Irish captain also touted Jonny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony as future leaders.
# autumn internationals
The Ireland squad gathered for training today, here's how they look
Have a gander at how the team is shaping up. Plus, Michael Bent hurls.
# Paperwork
Feelin' blue: D'Arcy commits his future to Leinster
D’Arcy, Isa Nacewa and Heinke van der Merwe were among 18 extensions announced by Leinster this morning.