# Prop

Last month
February 2023
# Wave Goodbye
Ex-Ireland and Lions prop Jack McGrath announces retirement at 33
The Dubliner has been without a club since being released by Ulster at the end of last season
Last year
# Prop Stocks
'I've not seen him in as good a condition as he is now' - Kilcoyne set for return
Meanwhile, Graham Rowntree believes his young tightheads can step up this season.
# u-turn
New Zealand-born prop Robertson-McCoy agrees new deal at Connacht
The province announced in May that the 28-year-old would be departing this summer.
# Setback
Key All Blacks prop Moody out for the year
The star ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament during the Crusaders’ 27-23 loss to the Auckland Blues.
All time
# Debut
O'Sullivan 'extremely proud' after road to Ulster leads on to first Ireland cap
The 25-year-old prop came off the bench in the win over Scotland.
# Homegrown
Birr men making an impression as Leinster's Dooley gets back into swing of things
The 26-year-old loosehead was in excellent form last season before the lockdown.
# 100 club
'I got away with murder when I was younger' - Healy set for 100th Ireland cap
The 33-year-old nearly retired from rugby in 2015 but battled his way back to the top.
# Depth
Leinster backing 20-year-old prospect Clarkson to step up at tighthead prop
Meanwhile, there is excitement about 21-year-old hooker Dan Sheehan’s potential.
# Moving West
Leinster academy tighthead Aungier set to make switch to Connacht
The 21-year-old made five senior appearances for the eastern province this season.
# Prop
Hawaiian tighthead Salanoa set for switch from Leinster to Munster
The 22-year-old prop played for Leo Cullen’s side three times this season.
# freddie
'Without the Munster fans, we are nothing. Without them, we play for nothing'
Freddie Pucciariello won two Heineken Cups and a Magners League with the southern province.
# Irish Abroad
Irish prop Jager gets second consecutive Super Rugby start for Crusaders
The 24-year-old has been involved with the Kiwi franchise since 2017.
# alternative interests
All Blacks seek to drag kids from 'PlayStation and soccer'
Rugby is commonly held to be like a religion in New Zealand, but studies have shown participation rates falling.
# Loyalty
Buckley set to sign new Connacht deal despite interest from Ulster
The 28-year-old loosehead is a key player for the western province.
# prop life
Denis Buckley focuses on Connacht form after featuring in Ireland camp
The 28-year-old was superb as Connacht’s pack took Zebre apart in the scrum on Saturday.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Munster prop Mullen and outgoing Ulster stalwart Black a step closer to Test debut with USA
Mullen moved to America to study in Texas A&M in 2011.
# Wave Goodbye
All Blacks legend announces international retirement
35-year-old Wyatt Crockett has earned 71 Test caps since his debut in 2009.
# 6 Nations
Hamstrung Sinckler another chunk out of England's prop stocks
Eddie Jones’ list of absentees now stands at 15.
# convert
A Hawaiian former American footballer is part of Leinster's sub-academy
Old Belvedere tighthead prop Roman Salanoa played for the USA U20 team in 2016.
# true grit
'The days I thought I wouldn't play again, they were the toughest'
Leinster prop Ed Byrne wasn’t able to run for a year, let alone play rugby.
# prop star
Mike Ross, cornerstone of Ireland and Leinster, to retire from rugby at 37
The tighthead is a two-time winner of the Six Nations, Heineken Cup and Pro12.
# front man
Ulster add beef to pack with signing of South African prop for next season
Schalk van der Merwe joins the province as a project player.
# love to scrum
Tracy hungry to emulate Rory Best's set-piece power
With a little help from a lamp-post.
# Red mist
Gone 'til November: Munster prop Cronin gets four-week ban for stamping
The loosehead will miss his province’s opening two Champions Cup fixtures and and inter-pro clash with Ulster.
# Red mist
Munster's James Cronin cited for stamping incident in loss to Leinster
A disciplinary committee will convene on Wednesday to judge the incident involving the prop and Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park.
# project
Munster close in on South African prop Kebble for next season
The 24-year-old is being viewed as a project player who could qualify for Ireland.
# Bitter Pill
Mike Ross: 'Most of us will be in a bad mood until the weekend'
The prop will hope to vent his frustrations at losing on the Ospreys when he goes back to play for his province this weekend.
# Irish Abroad
Munster man Ryan propping up Agen's bid to stay in the Top 14
The Highfield man is relishing the dark arts battle at scrum time in the French league.
# Number 1
Hurling background gives Offaly's Dooley solid footing as he seeks first Leinster start
The 21-year-old has eight caps to his name, but is hoping to add European starts to that tally this month.
# New Zealand
Injury puts All Blacks prop out of the World Cup and into international retirement
The 34-year-old Tony Woodcock has played his last test due to a hamstring problem.
# Wexford Beef
Tadhg Furlong 'a very proud representative of New Ross' after Ireland debut
Furlong’s first cap was also a first for his club.
# Even Keel
'Conor Murray came from nowhere and got a spot on the plane'
Mike Ross says Ireland are measured in their World Cup confidence but are focused only on the warm-up fixtures.
# Transfer
Welsh legend Jones signs for Conor O'Shea's Harlequins
The Irish director of rugby has secured the services of a vastly experienced tighthead prop.
# Church
'Cian is a special athlete' - Leinster boosted by Healy return for Zebre clash
Matt O’Connor welcomes a number of international players back into his side to face the Italians.
# suftum
David Humphreys is bringing yet another Ulsterman over to Gloucester
Loosehead prop Paddy McAllister will head for Kingsholm at the end of the season.
# Psychology
'The intensity is at ridiculous levels under Schmidt and it's 24/7'
32-times capped Ireland prop Tom Court continues to march to his own unique beat at London Irish.
# Cornerstone
Mike Ross extends IRFU contract until 2016
The new deal will bring the prop beyond his 36th birthday.
# New Face
South Africa U20 prop Van Dyk set for Leinster debut against Connacht
The on-loan Cheetahs front row has been named on Matt O’Connor’s bench for tomorrow’s tie at the RDS.
# killer
Kilcoyne picks the brains of BJ Botha ahead of powerful Boks test
The loosehead prop made his Ireland debut against South Africa two years ago.
# white out
Nathan White pulls out of Ireland squad as surgery rules prop out for 16 weeks
The Connacht prop ruptured a tendon in his arm and won’t be available to Pat Lam or Joe Schmidt until February.