# Niall Scannell

Last year
# Hold my pint
On holiday in Portugal on Sunday - facing the haka on Wednesday: Niall Scannell's mad week
The Munster and Ireland hooker was enjoying a beer when his phone rang on Sunday. Within three days he was facing the Maori All Blacks.
# Plenty to play for
'It can’t be the peak' - Munster must rebound for next trip to Dublin
Johann van Graan’s side have a huge URC clash against Leinster in two weekends’ time.
# just short
'We played some unbelievable rugby and we left it all out there'
Munster hooker Niall Scannell took some pride in his side’s performance in defeat to Toulouse.
# Injury Update
De Allende remains sidelined as Munster send Scannell for scan
Jason Jenkins, Chris Cloete, and Calvin Nash are all back in team training.
All time
# Munster
Munster to go through official channels after allegation Niall Scannell received a bite
Munster beat Stormers at Thomond Park tonight.
# front up
'We're definitely going to come out swinging... That's what Munster do'
Niall Scannell is relishing going up against a heavyweight Toulouse pack on Saturday.
# Signed Up
Munster confirm 8 players have agreed new contracts with the province
Six players have signed new two-year deals, with two players signing one-year extensions.
# Injury Update
Earls sidelined by back injury as Munster rule Scannell out for two months
Ireland boss Andy Farrell already had several injury concerns ahead of the autumn campaign.
# Paying Tribute
Scannell says late Munster CEO Fitzgerald put him on the straight and narrow
Niall Scannell on the influence the late Garrett Fitzgerald had on him.
# Competition
'A lot of people have been asking questions about John Cooney today'
Andy Farrell continues to underline the importance of competition, but is tight-lipped over selection for next week’s Six Nations opener.
# number two
Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs
The 27-year-old is keen to go to another World Cup with his country.
# November Tests
'That's where the bar is': Ireland players strive to emulate standards set against All Blacks
Niall Scannell was unfortunate to miss out on the big Test in this window, but he is determined to put his own marker down against the USA.
# dynamic
Cronin hopes to move on with Ireland call after Leinster's slip in Toulouse
The Limerick man scored a try in Leinster’s disappointing defeat to Toulouse on Sunday.
# November Tests
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
'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.
# Fit Again
Earls and Scannell return to Munster training ahead of Ulster's visit
However, hooker Rhys Marshall has been sidelined with a calf injury.
# hooker
'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.
Scannell to start for Ireland after Cronin ruled out with hamstring injury
The Leinster hooker has been cruelly ruled out but it means a big chance for the Munster man.
Australia v Ireland, June series second Test
We went minute-by-minute as Joe Schmidt’s men set out to avoid a second straight defeat and keep their series alive against the Wallabies.
# scans
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.
# Down Under
The Rugby Show: Reaction to Ireland's team news as Schmidt makes eight changes to the side
Murray Kinsella joins us from Melbourne with all the latest news from the Irish camp.
Schmidt backs 'good scrummaging hooker' Scannell, with Cronin missing out
The Leinster hooker is absent from the matchday 23 for the second Test against the Wallabies.
# success
Munster earn bonus-point win in South Africa
Niall Scannell, Calvin Nash, CJ Stander, Dan Goggin, Rhys Marshall and Dave Kilcoyne all crossed over for the visitors.
# Ready to go
Munster hooker focusing on Pro14 but ready for Ireland call
Niall Scannell knows from this time last year that it might only take an injury or two for him to be propelled into Six Nations duty.
# Injury Update
Injury setback for Munster and Ireland as Scannell undergoes thumb surgery
The hooker faces an extended period on the sidelines.
# brothers grin
'Great day for the family,' but whirlwind tour leaves little time for Scannell brothers to celebrate
Staving off jet-lag is the first job for Joe Schmidt’s squad after arriving in Japan yesterday.
# mindset
'We can be too critical of ourselves, overly humble': Munster take confidence from their journey
Niall Scannell looks back to the ‘worst weeks of the year’ when he and his team-mates had nothing to train for.
# continuity
'It's hugely reassuring that Rassie's staying' -- Scannell
Munster’s director of rugby has told his players that he is staying despite interest back home.
# Progress
O'Mahony's Munster 'forging our own way' as confidence grows in Europe
Rassie Erasmus’ group are being increasingly comfortable in setting their own standards.
# too good
Scannell stars as Munster secure comprehensive win over Zebre
It was a game in which the outcome was rarely in doubt with the Irish side taking a 24-7 half-time lead.
# happy hooker
'It was great to see how happy my parents were and I was obviously very happy to get it'
Niall Scannell is loving every minute of his first Six Nations experience and is hoping to win his second cap this weekend.
# first cap
'I put the phone on 'Do Not Disturb'. You just have to knuckle down'
24-year-old Munster hooker Niall Scannell made his Ireland debut against Italy on Saturday.
# ill
Ireland call on Tracy as cover after captain Rory Best hit by stomach bug
Niall Scannell will make his debut in the starting team if Best does not recover.
# Possible XV
Munster's Scannell set for first Ireland cap off bench against Scotland
Joe Schmidt names his first Ireland team of 2017 tomorrow afternoon.
# Explosive
'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.
# Memories
Munster aim to pay tribute to Foley with performance on return to Paris
Hooker Niall Scannell says Axel remains at the forefront of his mind, even during games.
# Reaction
Scannell delighted after Munster grind out win, plays down talk of 'weak' Leinster selection
The 24-year-old hooker was proud to play in front of a record crowd at Thomond Park on St Stephen’s Day.
'We all have to try and pick up the slack together and try and fill the void that Axel has left'
Hooker Niall Scannell views tonight’s inter-pro clash with Ulster as a welcome distraction after a tough two weeks.
# smash hits
'I can see why they love smashing us so much now' - Munster relishing South African influence
Niall Scannell on the “different and exciting” new approach in Munster.
# Wily Operator
Munster secure BJ Botha until after World Cup on new six-month contract
The province have also announced deals for Niall Scannell and Kevin O’Byrne.