# pack

This year
'Paulie said to me, ‘It’s box office’' - Irish forwards primed for RWC
Ireland are happy with the options they have up front for the World Cup.
Last year
'We didn't have the reputation as one of those big packs around Europe'
Sam Carter and Ulster will test themselves against Munster tomorrow in Limerick.
All time
O'Connell excited by 'dynamic' Ireland pack as coaching journey continues
This time a year ago, O’Connell wasn’t keen on being in involved in the professional game.
Dynamic, quick, skillful - Ireland's forward pack looks finely balanced
Andy Farrell is excited about what his ‘brilliant pack’ can do against Japan.
Ireland's pack of jackals well suited to the refocused breakdown interpretations
Andy Farrell was most pleased with his side’s defensive work in the big win over Italy.
Herring bristles at BOD's 'dog' remark
The Ulster hooker has had to wait patiently behind Rory Best over the past six years, but he will make his first Six Nations appearance on Saturday.
'He will become one of the greats' - Ryan central in Ireland pack primed to step up
Meanwhile, Rhys Ruddock put himself firmly in the mix with a big showing against Russia.
Analysis: How Ireland's forwards took Scotland apart in World Cup opener
A superb set-piece and ruthless streak broke the Scots in Yokohama.
Protests as Spain 'Wolf Pack' acquitted of gang raping woman but jailed for sexual abuse
The verdicts sparked protests outside the Pamplona courthouse in northern Spain.
Ireland U20s coach Carolan hoping to see more follow Ringrose's path
The latest U20 squad has several promising forwards.
Ireland pack making minor tweaks to solid foundations under Easterby
Joe Schmidt’s new forwards coach explains that small adjustments can help Ireland stay ahead of the opposition.
Gibbes confident that 'hungry, motivated and self-driven' Leinster will improve
The Kiwi forwards coach believes in Leo Cullen’s ability to replace him at the province next season.
Murray gives 'special mention' to his forwards after armchair ride against Toulouse
The Munster scrum-half says his pack ensured yesterday’s Heineken Cup clash was an enjoyable outing for Munster’s clinical backline.
'We've gathered some real respect from the other teams' - John Plumtree
The Ireland forwards coach is calling on his pack to finish off the Six Nations with two more powerful performances.
'I've been impressed with the standard': Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree
The New Zealander is excited about the challenge ahead, saying we have “world-class” players.
Call for 50c 'environmental levy' on packs of 20 cigarettes
ASH Ireland said the levy should be imposed on the tobacco industry, on the ‘polluter pays’ principle.
Inter-pro: 3 key battles to decide Leinster v Connacht
Joe Schmidt’s men will be keen to avenge a 34-6 defeat earlier in the season and end a losing run.
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.
They’re big, strong and they want to run over you – captain Heaslip on the Springbok science
He’s more concerned about post-match speeches than decoding the South Africans’ gameplan.
Mike Ross an injury doubt for Ireland's First Test against All Blacks
The tighthead prop’s injured hamstring may prevent him from lining up against New Zealand on Saturday.
Player ratings: We mark the Leinster players out of 10
It came down to a TMO and an amazing rearguard action but the Blues held on to set up a final with Ulster.