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# stepping-up - Friday 25 October, 2019

Lying in wait - Where do Ireland's second string stand after a year to forget?

We take a look at the players hoping to earn more time on the pitch under incoming Ireland head coach Andy Farrell.

# stepping-up - Friday 27 September, 2019

'I’m not going to try to be Johnny or Joey' - Carty set for biggest test yet

The 27-year-old Connacht man has improved many aspects of his game in the past two seasons.

# stepping-up - Saturday 21 September, 2019

Larmour set for aerial test from Scotland in Ireland's World Cup opener

The 22-year-old starts at fullback in the absence of Rob Kearney.

# stepping-up - Thursday 19 September, 2019

'If it's a case that Rob's not there, we'd be very happy with the guys'

Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour could have important roles against Scotland.

# stepping-up - Monday 9 September, 2019

'I have got a bit of a lashing from people outside' - CJ Stander steps up

The Ireland back row was busy after moving to blindside flanker against Wales.

# stepping-up - Sunday 1 September, 2019

'Everyone wrote us off' - Lennon defiant after Old Firm win

The Scottish champions produced a faultless performance to move three points clear of their Glasgow rivals.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 2 July, 2019

Ex-Leinster and Munster back row Coghlan earns Tigers move

The 26-year-old becomes the third Irish player to sign for Leicester this summer.

# stepping-up - Sunday 10 March, 2019

Larmour slots in seamlessly to underline his credentials at fullback

The 21-year-old was excellent against France after being drafted in to replace the injured Rob Kearney.

# stepping-up - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Vunipola backs Farrell to 'lead by example' in solo leadership role after Hartley absence

Billy Vunipola believes Owen Farrell can thrive as captain in the absence of Dylan Hartley during the Six Nations.

# stepping-up - Monday 26 November, 2018

IRFU back Andy Farrell for daunting task of succeeding Joe Schmidt

Ireland’s current defence coach will step up to the top job next year.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

Ruddock to captain Ireland as Chicago clash offers important opportunities

The halfback positions are one of the most interesting areas ahead of the clash against Italy.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 15 August, 2018

Gundogan ready to step up in absence of injured De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly in danger of a three-month injury lay-off, but Ilkay Gundogan is hoping to kick on and step up in his absence.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

Monaghan teenager McKenna to fight live-dog opponent in California on Thursday

‘The Silencer’ returns to Fantasy Springs on Thursday night for his third professional bout.

# stepping-up - Thursday 22 February, 2018

'Chris's temperament tells me that he won't get spooked by all of that'

Bernard Jackman knows Ireland centre Chris Farrell better than most, having worked with him in Grenoble.

# stepping-up - Monday 22 January, 2018

Leading the charge! Westmeath name football and hurling captains for 2018

John Heslin will captain the footballers while Tommy Doyle is set to lead the hurlers.

# stepping-up - Thursday 7 December, 2017

2017 Dublin minor boss takes charge of talented Sky Blues U20s side for next season

Tom Gray led Dublin to the Leinster minor football title earlier this summer.

# stepping-up - Monday 26 June, 2017

9 All-Ireland minor winners in Kerry squad for Munster junior football final against Cork

Páirc Uí Rinn hosts tomorrow’s game.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

All-Ireland club and Dr Harty Cup wins the springboard for the start of a Limerick senior career

Peter Casey enjoyed a memorable 2016 and is now focused on Limerick’s senior campaign.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 23 May, 2017

Leinster and Saracens players link with Lions to take NZ prep to next level

Warren Gatland has been keeping a close eye on New Zealand’s Super Rugby teams.

# stepping-up - Thursday 22 September, 2016

Cork selector to take over as coach of county senior hurling squad for 2017

Sarsfields’ Pat Ryan is to fill the position.

# stepping-up - Saturday 30 July, 2016

Irish defender O'Connell ready to nail down place at Celtic after 'special' night against Barcelona

The Cork-born centre-half insists he is focused on his club career right now amid talk of a call-up to Ireland’s senior squad.

# stepping-up - Saturday 25 June, 2016

Ireland ready for penalties but at least three players banned as they 'haven't hit the target too often'

Sunday’s Euro 2016 knockout tie with France could potentially go to a shootout and Martin O’Neill has been discussing such a situation.

# stepping-up - Thursday 9 June, 2016

4 players from Cork's All-Ireland U21 final team to start in Munster junior semi-final

Cork face Tipperary in Sunday’s curtain-raiser in Thurles.

# stepping-up - Friday 6 May, 2016

Conway hopes a Munster revival can lead to Ireland honours

The Dubliner has made a return to the wing recently after spending much of the season at 15.

# stepping-up - Friday 30 October, 2015

'I couldn't put myself through that again, I found it difficult' - O'Connor

Jack O’Connor was tempted to take up a third year with the Kerry minor footballers but is making the step-up to the U21 ranks.

# stepping-up - Monday 31 August, 2015

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# stepping-up - Thursday 20 August, 2015

Girvan Dempsey out to prove coaching credentials during short-term stint

The interim backs coach tells us what to expect from the province under his watch at the start of the upcoming season.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

Four goals help Mayo win in Connacht U21FC as Leitrim player suffers serious neck injury

The home side won out in Castlebar tonight while Derry beat Down in Ulster.

# stepping-up - Monday 9 February, 2015

Analysis: Munster's O'Donnell announces Ireland arrival with superb try

The openside flanker was on the end of a sweeping Ireland attack to seal victory for Joe Schmidt’s side in Rome.

# stepping-up - Sunday 21 September, 2014

How Paul Geaney has overcome struggles to make his mark for Kerry

The Dingle club man has emerged as a key asset in the Kingdom forward line.

# stepping-up - Sunday 3 August, 2014

Zebo invites the pressure ahead of new senior role with Munster

The 24-year-old is hopeful that his brittle feet won’t stunt his season for the third time in-a-row.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Pollard goes straight from U20s into Springboks' number 10 shirt

The 20-year-old recently helped South Africa into the final of the Junior World Championship.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

Here are the three players that delivered for Ireland this November

Many Irish players had two decent performances but not many made an impact in all three outings.

# stepping-up - Sunday 20 October, 2013

Macken confident he walked tall in O'Driscoll's Heineken Cup shoes

Jimmy Gopperth, meanwhile, endeared himself to Castres ahead of the 2014 rematch.

# stepping-up - Saturday 24 August, 2013

Fitzgerald and Macken ready to lighten O'Driscoll's Leinster load

Matt O’Connor may yet bring in an extra body but the current playing staff feel they are ready to step up.

# stepping-up - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

6 Nations: Marshall set to take centre stage after shaking off injury

Ulster’s rising star has been backed to make his debut in place of Gordon D’Arcy this Sunday.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 23 January, 2013

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Slideshow: 6 Irish players that made the 'A' grade on Wolfhounds duty

Some big names plyed their trade with the A team for years before making the international breakthrough.

# stepping-up - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

November tests: Cave wants to be centre of attention against Fiji

The Ulsterman’s sights are also on the number 13 jersey for the crucial tie against Argentina next weekend.

# stepping-up - Saturday 3 November, 2012

Pro12: Connacht coach Millard 'still tossing and turning' about replacing Elwood

The Australian has taken a number of calls from southern hemisphere coaches about the soon to be vacant post.

# stepping-up - Monday 7 May, 2012

Every cloud: Kearney hopes to fill Fitzgerald void

The 22-year-old prospect could benefit from Luke Fitzgerald’s injury trouble for both club and country.