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Sunday 4 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Halfbacks

Last year
# standouts
Patterson and Healy impress for Munster as Frisch shows his class
Graham Rowntree was also delighted with new signing Kiran McDonald.
# Halfbacks
'It’s like a sixth sense' - Wallaby legend on what makes Murray and Sexton two of the greats
George Gregan sees fellow nine Conor Murray as ‘one of the great scrum-halves in world rugby’.
# Leaders
'We don’t want to see them too excited, we want them nice and calm'
The Emerging Ireland coaches are hoping for a decisive performance from their halfbacks.
All time
# Halfbacks
'He was one of the most gifted players I ever played with' - Perenara
The All Blacks scrum-half knows Jamison Gibson-Park from the Hurricanes.
# Halfbacks
Murray strives to keep number nine shirt as Biggar battles to lead from 10
Owen Farrell can’t be discounted as a key man in this Lions squad.
# Influential
Sexton and Murray set to be back from injury for Ireland's clash with Italy
Head coach Andy Farrell stressed the need for Ireland to make sure of a win in Rome.
# tough day
Ireland's new-look combinations learn about top-level Test rugby in Twickenham
The inexperienced halfback pairing didn’t get anything like an armchair ride.
# Halfbacks
Sexton is 'a role model for me,' says 21-year-old France out-half Ntamack
Meanwhile, Antoine Dupont is a major threat to Andy Farrell’s Ireland.
# depth chart
Who starts alongside Sexton? - Ireland's halfbacks for the Six Nations
Conor Murray is under pressure from John Cooney and Luke McGrath at scrum-half.
# Halfbacks
Analysis: Diminutive de Klerk and Davies making decisive defensive plays
The South Africa and Wales scrum-halves are small players but often make a big impact without the ball.
# Halfbacks
'Those two guys are not the reason we lost' - Schmidt on Sexton and Murray
The Ireland boss only replaced his starting halfbacks in the closing 10 minutes in Cardiff.
# Halfbacks
Sexton 'angry' and Murray 'frustrated' after stuttering Ireland display
Joe Schmidt warned that ‘there’s a real danger when you start trying too hard.’
# Halfbacks
Precious opportunity for Carbery and McGrath shows they're still learning
Joe Schmidt felt his halfbacks played ‘a little bit conservatively’ in the first half in Chicago.
# Halfbacks
McGrath and 'fierce competitor' Carbery to run the Ireland show
Joe Schmidt is keen to see his halfbacks and others stand up against Italy tomorrow.
# Halfbacks
Two of Warren Gatland's key Lions finally pair up on Saturday
Conor Murray and Owen Farrell start in the halfbacks against the Crusaders.
# Halfbacks
World-class Murray and Sexton underline their importance to Ireland
Numbers nine and 10 were at their very best as Ireland saw off the Springboks in Dublin.
# Reshuffled
Australia drop Beale as Waratahs halfback duo Phipps and Foley start
The Wallabies’ head coach, Ewen McKenzie, has gone for an entirely new playmaking pairing to face South Africa.