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# openside - Monday 26 October, 2020

'I kept trucking away. I knew my time would come if I just kept at it'

24-year-old Will Connors was man of the match on his Ireland debut against Italy.

# openside - Friday 23 October, 2020

'We don't just see him as a chop tackler' - Ireland back Connors' attacking skills

Attack coach Mike Catt also believes newcomer Hugo Keenan has “a huge future.”

# openside - Monday 19 October, 2020

Leavy continues ‘bumpy journey’ to full fitness as he takes full part in Leinster training

The flanker has been close to making a return in recent weeks, but the path has not been a straightforward one.

# openside - Monday 31 August, 2020

How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster

The 24-year-old openside flanker was dogged and destructive in defence.

# openside - Saturday 9 May, 2020

'I'd love to have seen how the last two weeks of the Six Nations played out'

Leinster openside Will Connors earned an Ireland call-up thanks to his excellent season.

# openside - Thursday 4 April, 2019

Leavy's cruel injury opens the door for Deegan and Penny at Leinster

John Fogarty says reputation counts for nothing as the province assess their options at seven for the closing stages of the season.

# openside - Wednesday 13 March, 2019

Big call for Schmidt to make at openside with Leavy offering 'X-factor'

Sean O’Brien’s experience is tempting after Josh van der Flier was ruled out.

# openside - Saturday 9 March, 2019

'What actually changed my mindset was reading a bit of McCaw’s book'

Josh van der Flier is looking to make good decisions on both sides of the breakdown.

# openside - Wednesday 20 February, 2019

'I was only expecting to get maybe one cap this year but I'm delighted'

19-year-old openside flanker Scott Penny has already made four senior starts for Leinster.

# openside - Monday 11 February, 2019

'One of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make': London Irish confirm Sean O'Brien signing

The Tullow Tank has agreed to join London Irish from December.

# openside - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Leinster openside Van der Flier in impressive form as Six Nations looms

The 25-year-old is looking likely to be wearing Ireland’s seven shirt on 2 February.

# openside - Monday 17 September, 2018

'It's great to have him back' - Leavy returns to full fitness for Leinster

Sean O’Brien and Ciarán Frawley are still unavailable for selection.

# openside - Monday 26 February, 2018

Major blow for Munster as openside Chris Cloete fractures his forearm

The South African will miss three to four months of action.

# openside - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

James Ryan set to start for Ireland as McGrath and Carbery make the bench

Josh van der Flier appears to have won the race to start on the openside.

# openside - Thursday 11 January, 2018

Back from injury, brilliant Butler doesn't want to miss a beat for Connacht

‘The way they work rotation you never know when you are going to be in the 15 or the 23 so you just take the opportunities as you get them.’

# openside - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Opportunity knocks for O'Brien as Warburton sidelined with ankle injury

Warren Gatland confirmed the Wales openside has an ankle issue.

# openside - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

22-year-old Savea gets first All Blacks start for Springboks clash

The Hurricanes openside ripped up Super Rugby this year.

# openside - Thursday 19 May, 2016

Sean O'Brien set for surgery and facing 'considerable period' on the sidelines

The Tullow Tank suffered a massive setback in his rehab in the last weekend of the regular season and will miss Ireland’s tour to South Africa.

# openside - Wednesday 24 February, 2016

Van der Flier set for Ireland debut with McCloskey ready in midfield

Jared Payne is looking increasingly unlikely to feature against England in Twickenham.

# openside - Thursday 18 February, 2016

Chris Henry: 'I hope Joe knows I've done a job for him in the past and I'm still there'

Ireland’s head coach places huge value in familiarity when picking squads and Henry hopes to prove himself fit for Twickenham this Sunday.

# openside - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

Leinster's ambitious van der Flier aiming to match Armitage and the world's best opensides

The 22-year-old is not content merely to win Leinster caps; he wants to dominate games.

# openside - Saturday 12 December, 2015

Youghal man O'Callaghan showing international credentials for Munster

The 25-year-old back row has been in excellent form for Anthony Foley’s side.

# openside - Monday 31 August, 2015

Gatland willing to start without Warburton after Tipuric's 'best performance in a Welsh jersey'

There’s only room for one lucky seven at a time the starting line-up.

# openside - Monday 17 August, 2015

Sean O'Brien was an absolute beast at the breakdown against Scotland

These four turnovers from the Ireland captain showed his quality on the deck.

# openside - Friday 27 March, 2015

Ulster's Chris Henry will make his comeback from heart surgery tonight

The 27-year-old has been out of action since suffering a mini-stroke in November.

# openside - Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Pat Lam's Connacht have signed a Kiwi back row ahead of next season

Openside flanker Nepia Fox-Matamua will join the province on a two-year deal.

# openside - Friday 13 February, 2015

Boxing and bear crawls behind him, Jake Heenan ready to put his shoulder to the wheel

The Kiwi openside has come through two extensive runs to recovery, so knows plenty about shoulder rehab.

# openside - Tuesday 27 January, 2015

O'Donnell intent on nailing down Ireland's seven shirt for Six Nations

The Munster back row is keen to add to his collection of six international caps.

# openside - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

'All the players are thinking of him' - Ireland's best wishes to Chris Henry

The openside flanker suffered a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain.

# openside - Thursday 13 November, 2014

Ruddock ready for Georgian power after starring in Boks beating

The Leinster flanker turned 24 today and now feels a settled part of Joe Schmidt’s group.

# openside - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Openside O'Donnell living the Munster tradition of breakdown competition

The 27-year-old Tipp native discusses competing for steals and CJ Stander’s impact with ball in hand.

# openside - Saturday 27 September, 2014

Is Peter O'Mahony a 6,7 or 8 and does it even matter?

‘I’m not going to name myself down to a position at the moment,’ says the Munster captain.

# openside - Saturday 6 September, 2014

Heenan taking things slowly as Connacht look for rapid improvement

The 22-year-old openside flanker tells how he works on his breakdown skills.

# openside - Thursday 28 August, 2014

Sean O'Brien fitter, stronger and not the least bit concerned about his shoulder

The flanker is raring to go in a new season after playing only three times in 2014.

# openside - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Butterworth the latest in Lansdowne's line of professional converts

The 23-year-old has bolstered Ulster’s back row options after impressing in the Ulster Bank League.

# openside - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

Dominic Ryan made captain of Emerging Ireland as McCarthy withdraws through injury

With late call-ups to the senior squad, Stuart McCloskey, Ricky Lutton and Billy Holland are packing their bags for Romania.

# openside - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

'Honoured' Niall Ronan heading home, forced to retire after 104 Munster appearances

The number seven suffered a knee injury in October last year, and now hopes to be involved with Boyne RFC.

# openside - Monday 31 March, 2014

'New challenge, but the same principles': Jennings calls on Leinster to manage emotion on trip to Toulon

The flanker admits that the reigning champions could prove Leinster’s toughest opponent to date, but that will not mean a change in approach.

# openside - Saturday 15 February, 2014

Jake Heenan: 'Once I'm eligible, I want Joe Schmidt calling me to say I'm part of his Ireland plans'

The young Kiwi flanker will keep his international options open, but he will become a leader in Connacht’s pack long before that decision must be made.

# openside - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

'We want to be a team that delivers every week' - Ireland's Chris Henry

The Ireland flanker feels it’s time for Ireland to string wins together, with Wales next in their sights.

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