# Tighthead

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February 2023
# Tighthead
'I'll be settling in Galway post-rugby... it's a beautiful place'
Finlay Bealham is moving to the next level with Ireland and enjoying life off the pitch.
# Big man
Munster prop Salanoa links up with Ireland as tighthead cover
The Hawaii native was part of the Emerging Ireland tour earlier this season.
# Tighthead
A long way from Canberra: Bealham gets big chance to shine
The 31-year-old Connacht man gets his first Six Nations start for Ireland on Saturday.
Last year
# Tighthead
'I finished my final school exams two weeks before I flew over here'
Five years after moving to Munster from South Africa, Keynan Knox is keen to take his chances.
# no scrum no win
Connacht comb market for new tighthead as they announce departing players
Centurion back row Eoghan Masterson is among the players leaving this summer.
# Tighthead
Ireland prop O'Toole gaining wisdom from Vermeulen's influence in Ulster
Ulster are away to Northampton Saints in the Champions Cup tomorrow.
All time
# Prop Stocks
Munster boosted by return of tighthead Salanoa ahead of Wasps clash
The 24-year-old has yet to start a game for the southern province.
# The Jukebox
'He's definitely up there in the top two or three in the world'
Tadhg Furlong’s brilliant form drew praise on today’s edition of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Tighthead
O'Toole 'focusing on the here and now' with Ulster as path with Ireland opens up
Tom O’Toole has delivered three strong performances in succession for Dan McFarland’s side.
# theme
Furlong and the Lions pack set for another Rumble in the Jungle
The Irish tighthead was pleased with his side’s set-piece effort in the first Test.
# Tighthead
Tadhg Furlong promoted to Lions starting XV after injury to Fagerson
The Scotland prop has been ruled out of Saturday’s game due to a back spasm.
# Tighthead
Leinster have signed Samoa prop Michael Alaalatoa ahead of next season
The 29-year-old tighthead will join from the Crusaders in New Zealand.
# Sidelined
Furlong's injury frustration continues as Leinster's tighthead stocks run low
The Wexford man last played in February, while Ciaran Parker has now been ruled out.
# Injury Update
More frustration for Leinster's Furlong as he picks up new calf injury
Meanwhile, Dan Leavy won’t be making his return on Friday night against the Dragons at the RDS.
# prop life
Furlong back scrummaging as Porter's strong form for Leinster continues
The Wexford man has been sidelined with a back issue in recent weeks.
# Frustration
'I don't know what sort of pressure he was under in the background'
Leo Cullen expressed his displeasure with the circumstances of Roman Salanoa’s move to Munster.
# prop life
'That competitiveness between two world-class tightheads is great'
Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is close to returning from a minor back issue.
# 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.
# irlandais
21-year-old Daniel Brennan promoted to Montpellier's senior squad
The former France U20 international has already played in the Top 14 and Champions Cup.
# 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.
# 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.
# Tighthead
O'Toole grateful for McGrath and 'guru' McFarland as he looks for an edge in the scrum
The young prop could play an important role with Ireland in the years ahead after moving back from Australia to Drogheda.
# prop life
Tighthead prop Ryan set for World Cup debut in all-Munster tight five
‘It’s something you dream of. I’ve had my wait like no other man in the team.’
# prop star
Full circle and a stiff neck for Porter as he stakes claim as utility prop
Three years after starring for Ireland U20 as a loosehead, the Leinster prop returned to the position.
# unforgiving
'You don't see much bollocking anymore': Welsh legend Jones on tough sessions with Schmidt and Sexton
Adam Jones was taken aback at the intensity brought by Joe Schmidt and ‘coach’ Johnny Sexton.
# Tighthead
'I've exceeded a few of my own expectations over the last few years'
Andrew Porter starts for Ireland against Italy today in Chicago.
# moore the merrier
'A lot changes in a couple of years': Marty Moore eager to impress in Ulster and get back in Ireland pecking order
Ulster’s new signing will enjoy a sooner-than-expected reunion with his old club Wasps this evening.
# starter
Munster man Ryan gets major opportunity in Ireland's number three shirt
The 29-year-old played a part in the Grand Slam success and now starts against the Wallabies.
# 6 Nations
Hamstrung Sinckler another chunk out of England's prop stocks
Eddie Jones’ list of absentees now stands at 15.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Ireland U20s prop Betts playing in Australia but will return to Leicester
The 20-year-old prop is gaining experience on the other side of the world.
# prop life
'Plenty of encouraging signs' from Leinster's Porter after switch to tighthead
The 21-year-old first burst onto the scene as a loosehead prop.
# Memories
Mike Ross wants to be remembered as 'someone who made the most of himself'
The tighthead prop will move into a new line of work after retiring this summer.
# 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.
# furgone conclusion
'It’s unbelievably proud for me and my family' - Furlong the Lion
The Leinster man will head to New Zealand with a strong chance of being the Test tighthead.
# Irish Abroad
Irish tighthead Oli Jager in line for second Super Rugby cap for Crusaders
The 21-year-old made his debut last month against the Reds.
# good skin
Furlong keeps feet on the ground ahead of first Six Nations start for Ireland
The 24-year-old already looks like a veteran of Joe Schmidt’s set-up.
# Tighthead
Bealham ready for shot at first Ireland start after facing down the haka
The 25-year-old was delighted to be part of the win over New Zealand.
# 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.
# Cornerstone
Mike Ross on Connacht link: 'I'd never rule it out'
The veteran tighthead is confident that he has another season at the highest level in him.