# second row

Last month
February 2023
# lock
Toulouse move unlikely as Henderson remains key man in Ireland
The Ulster second row just turned 31 and has some of his best rugby ahead.
Last year
# Cheese
Ryan can remind everyone of his quality as Leinster clash with Connacht
The 26-year-old makes his first start of the new season in Galway this evening.
# locks
Second row pair Ahern and McCarthy shine in Emerging Ireland's win
The Munster and Leinster men had already signalled their potential in recent times.
# Analysis
Analysis: How Jason Jenkins has made an immediate impact at Leinster
Much of the towering lock’s best rugby comes in the darker corners of games: mauls, scrums and rucks.
Kieran Treadwell's stock rises for Ireland in excellent win over the Māori
The Ulster man was one of several players who put their hands up for Andy Farrell’s side.
# locks
Ryan returns from concussion as McCarthy takes 'huge step up' for Leinster
The 21-year-old is highly rated by both Leinster and Ireland.
# Run Ryan Run
'Rugby is going to be a small part of my life... I want to make it as meaningful as possible'
Ryan Baird has unique athleticism and a unique view of his career in rugby.
# Tighthead Lock
Leinster set to sign lock Jenkins from Munster ahead of next season
The 26-year-old has only made one appearance for the southern province so far this season.
All time
# locks
Farrell feels Henderson 'better suited' to All Blacks as Beirne benched
Jamison Gibson-Park retains his spot at scrum-half after impressing against Japan.
# lock
Ryan looks for next level having moved past Lions disappointment
The 25-year-old Leinster and Ireland second row is aiming to push on as a player.
# IQ
Meath's Monaghan eager for another shot after Ireland debut
The second row started playing rugby in Brighton.
# locks
'If you’re picking on form, it’s Itoje and Henderson' - Rory Best
The ex-Ireland captain also believes Johnny Sexton should have been called up.
# Lions Lock
'It’s a massive opportunity. It’s the last game before the first Test selection'
Wales lock Adam Beard has impressed since getting a late call-up to the Lions tour.
# second row
Connacht confirm signing of Tongan international lock Leva Fifita
The 31-year-old will join from Grenoble this summer to replace Quinn Roux.
# Potential
'Athletically, he is phenomenal. We really don't produce guys like him in Ireland'
21-year-old Ryan Baird made his Ireland debut last weekend and looks set for further Six Nations involvement.
Top carrier, tackler, passer, and jackler - Tadhg Beirne's best game yet for Ireland
The Munster lock was superb as Ireland came up short against Wales last weekend.
# form
'His athleticism is ridiculous but he can also pack a scrum' - Beirne pushes for Ireland start
The Munster lock has been in excellent form in recent months.
# Irish Abroad
Irish lock Regan earns training contract with Super Rugby's Highlanders
The 23-year-old was formerly part of the Ulster academy.
# Pride of Skerries
Stalwart lock Alan O'Connor keeps getting better for McFarland's Ulster
The 28-year-old second row has been in strong form for Ulster in recent seasons.
# Physical
Roux proud to play part for Ireland with family watching on from South Africa
The Connacht lock is hopeful he has done enough to keep his place against England.
# Fronting Up
Beirne shows up strongly alongside immense Ryan in Ireland's second row
The Munster man showed he can win the gainline against France last weekend.
# Boost
France lock le Roux free to play against Ireland after avoiding ban at hearing
The Racing 92 second row had been cited for allegedly striking Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones.
# Stop Gap
Masterson moves to second row as Connacht's lock stocks run very low
Andy Friend has reshuffled his team for tomorrow’s visit to Edinburgh in the Pro14.
# locks
Beirne's 'dream game' sees him work well with Wycherley in Munster pack
The 22-year-old Bantry man was quietly impressive alongside the Ireland international last weekend.
# depth chart
Munster back promising academy locks after 'devastating' RG Snyman injury
Stephen Larkham says the province won’t look for a short-term signing with Jean Kleyn also sidelined.
# test rugby
'I am lucky Munster are allowing me to play for the Springboks'
RG Snyman will remain an important part of South Africa’s plans moving forward.
# Key Man
James Ryan's injury a big blow but Leinster have second row depth to cope
21-year-old Ryan Baird will be hoping for opportunities when rugby gets back underway.
# Irish Abroad
Irish lock O'Shea signs for French Pro D2 club after leaving Munster
The 27-year-old has agreed to a two-year deal with Vannes.
# Déise Man
'I can't wait to learn off RG Snyman... It's like man against boys in some of the clips'
Waterford native Thomas Ahern made a big impression for the Ireland U20s this year.
# hotshot
The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Niall Murray
The 20-year-old second row has featured for Connacht in the Pro14 and Champions Cup.
'Connacht as champions, the weeks that followed were just unbelievable'
Second row Aly Muldowney will retire from professional rugby this summer.
# hotshot
The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Ryan Baird
The 20-year-old Leinster second row possesses remarkable athleticism.
# big dev
'To see the support that the country gave me was really good' - Toner
33-year-old Devin Toner was warmly received by Ireland fans on his return.
# The Big Cheese
'He just keeps getting better and better, and I don’t see it stopping'
23-year-old James Ryan is already on his way to being an Ireland great.
# locks
Henderson and Ryan at the heart of Ireland's dominant outing up front
The Irish second rows were superb as Joe Schmidt’s side bullied Scotland.
# auditions
Game time for Kleyn a 'priority' as Beirne gets another bench chance
Joe Schmidt has pushed his Ireland squad hard at their training camp in Portugal.
# enforcer
Ruck-hitting, hard-scrummaging Kleyn comes into the mix for Ireland
The South African native will be eligible in time for the World Cup warm-up games.
# Irish Abroad
'It came as a shock because South African rugby is famous for second rows'
26-year-old Jerry Sexton has earned a contract in the Pro14 with the Southern Kings.
# Grafter
'One week you're not in and the next week you're starting against Scotland'
Quinn Roux delivered a busy performance for Ireland in Edinburgh.
# second row
Ryan pairs up with Roux as Ireland look for 'variation' around ball-carriers
Ireland’s forwards were hammered in the tackle last weekend against England.