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Taming the beasts

Still just 23, Cian Healy has proved himself against some of the foremost tight-heads in the game.

Martin Castrogiovanni

The Argentinian-Italian No 3 is renowned as one of the most destructive scrummagers in the game, but Healy has kept him quiet in Leinster's Heineken Cup clashes with Leicester and for Ireland in the Six Nations.

Nicolas Mas

One of the major fears going into last February's clash with France at Lansdowne Road was the damage the Perpignan technician could do to the Irish scrum -- it never happened.

Dan Cole

Another young prop with an excellent future, Cole was predictably hyped up by the English media ahead of their supposed Grand Slam coronation in Lansdowne, only to find himself on the back foot.

Martin Scelzo

The ultimate 'don't want to meet in a dark alley' prop. The Clermont No 3 was expected to wreak havoc on a troubled Irish scrum for Argentina last November, but Healy coped admirably.

Irish Independent