# Midfield

This month
December 2023
Aki on top as young guns aim to break established order
The Irish midfield has a settled look but there are others intent on shaking it up.
Top-end prospects mean Irish back row depth is in good order
Crop of exciting young Irish locks can add to Farrell's frontline trio
Last month
November 2023
Leinster's Osborne continues to show why Andy Farrell rates him
The uncapped 22-year-old has had a good start to the season in midfield.
This year
'Hopefully I've shown I can really achieve and perform at this level'
Stuart McCloskey knows he’s in a battle to make the World Cup squad.
Music man Henshaw hoping for better luck in third World Cup
The 30-year-old has been injured the week before the last two tournaments.
Jordie Barrett a growing force at 12 for the All Blacks
The 26-year-old shone against Argentina but faces a real test from the Springboks.
Fekitoa's season of two halves ends on a glorious high with Munster
The Tongan centre will move on to Benetton this summer after a rollercoaster year.
How instinctive, creative Antoine Frisch has become a key man for Munster
The France native has helped to transform the southern province’s attack this season.
McCloskey starts for Ireland as Ringrose ruled out of Italy clash
Jimmy O’Brien comes into the number 23 shirt.
Last year
'Stu has done exceptionally well' - McCloskey makes Ireland chances count
The Ulster man will start his third consecutive Test tomorrow against Australia.
'I didn’t expect to be in the squad or the team, so it was a shock'
19-year-old Aoife Dalton enjoyed a promising Ireland debut last weekend.
Ulster centre McCloskey called up to Ireland squad in New Zealand
His provincial team-mate James Hume suffered an injury against the Māori All Blacks.
Breen keen on England test after 'unbelievable' experience in Musgrave Park
The 22-year-old UL Bohs centre could come into the starting XV this weekend.
Wales 'really healthy' as Halaholo ticks boxes for Ireland game
The Cardiff centre is set to be available for selection for the clash in Dublin.
Ireland midfielder Ronan's strike enough for St Mirren to see off Aberdeen
It was a third victory of 2022 for Jim Goodwin’s side.
'He's definitely an x-factor player' - Munster linked with Fekitoa
The former All Black centre was discussed on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
Munster still in market for a centre with Morris set to renew Sarries contract
Damian de Allende is out of contract at the end of the season and currently expected to leave.
Ulster's thrilling centre combination is an increasingly key weapon
Stuart McCloskey and James Hume have built a strong understanding.
Munster make move to sign Irish-qualified centre Morris from Saracens
The 24-year-old centre could join the Irish province ahead of next season.
All time
Criminology student Higgins solving the challenges of playing 13
The 22-year-old impressed for Ireland against Italy last weekend.
Henshaw primed to play a central role in a dangerous Lions backline
20-year-old Louis Rees-Zammit has been included among the Lions’ back three options.
Jones names Daly at 13 as Slade ruled out of England's clash with Ireland
Joe Marchant comes onto the bench for the trip to Dublin but England are unchanged otherwise.
Munster will look to impact of 'world-class' centre De Allende in Europe
The Springboks midfielder has settled into life in Limerick very well.
McCloskey impatient to get Ireland career going again with cap number four
The Ulster centre hasn’t played Test rugby since November 2018.
'Ireland v England, it doesn't come any bigger than that. I'd love a crack at it'
Chris Farrell hopes to retain his place but Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw are also in contention.
Chris Farrell relishing overdue reunion with Henshaw
The Munster centre is also enthusiastic about playing with rather than against the ‘fiery’ James Lowe.
Henshaw and Aki set for titanic midfield battle against Fickou and Vakatawa
The Leinster man was sharp off the bench against Italy last weekend.
22-year-old Hume shining for Ulster as he knuckles down to show potential
The outside centre scored an excellent try in last weekend’s Pro14 final against Leinster.
Ex-Connacht man Ahki wary of threat Ulster's McCloskey poses to Toulouse
The New Zealander enjoyed his time in Galway but has thrived with the Top 14 club.
Everton complete new-look midfield by signing Frenchman Doucoure
The 27-year-old arrives at Goodison Park from relegated Watford, following moves for Allan and James Rodriguez.
Ireland U19 midfielder Joe Hodge named Man City's Scholar of the Year
The 17-year-old scored a superb goal on his Republic of Ireland U19 debut last summer.
Scarlets confirm Wales centre Parkes' exit ahead of expected Japan move
The 32-year-old will be ineligible for the Welsh if he heads abroad.
'I really think Ringrose is a strong option' - Picking the 2021 Lions centre pairing
The latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly saw the lads choose their midfields and back threes.
Ringrose nailed on at 13, so who plays 12? - Ireland's midfield for the Six Nations
Chris Farrell and Stuart McCoskey are also vying for centre places under Andy Farrell.
'A lot of countries would choose Stuart McCloskey in their Six Nations squad'
Ulster boss Dan McFarland said the centre is ‘really disappointed’ after missing out.
Henshaw and Ringrose the more tested midfield combo against All Blacks
The All Blacks have plenty of experience but some relatively new combinations.
'Robbie is a big player for us' - Ireland feel Henshaw is worth the World Cup wait
The Leinster centre hasn’t featured in Japan yet due to a hamstring injury.
Still no Henshaw - Ireland carrying the centre shows his importance to Schmidt
The 26-year-old has played just 80 minutes of rugby since 25 May.
'People have their own opinions' - Aki proud to represent Ireland at the World Cup
The Connacht man says he has been embraced by the Irish rugby public since moving to Galway in 2014.
'I thought the dream had gone' - Farrell earns World Cup spot with Ireland
The Munster midfielder will be competing with Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw in Japan.
Aki and Henshaw make impact as Ireland's midfield competition heats up
Joe Schmidt has strong options, with Garry Ringrose and Chris Farrell also in his World Cup squad.