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# Influence

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2022
# Influence
Michael Carrick reveals Alex Ferguson advice before taking Middlesbrough job
The 41-year-old played under Ferguson at Manchester United.
# lanny
Leinster bracing for loss of Lancaster as Top 14 side Racing swoop
The Englishman has been with the Irish province since 2016.
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Sexton and O'Mahony lead the way again on another historic day for Irish rugby
The two most experienced players in Ireland’s team were to the fore during a famous win in Dunedin.
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'I hope he is proud' - Praise for the man who helped instigate Ireland's youth football rejuvenation
A number of promising youngsters have emerged of late and Vera Pauw says Ruud Dokter deserves credit.
# Key Man
McCloskey a doubt for Ulster's massive URC clash with the Sharks
The influential centre is still nursing a groin injury.
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'Mack has really stepped up as a leader. The Six Nations was unbelievable for him'
Connacht hooker Dave Heffernan and co. enjoyed a crucial win in Italy ahead of their Leinster clashes.
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'He was immense' - Hugo Keenan shines again for Ireland in Twickenham win
The 25-year-old continues to grow as a force in Test rugby.
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Zebo has no complaints over Ireland omission as he adds energy to Munster
The 31-year-old hasn’t played a huge amount of rugby this season but has signed a new contract.
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'Rashford had helped raise around £20million for FareShare, shattering his initial target of £100,000'
Read an extract from ‘The Dream Factory’.
# CONNECTION
'She has been incredible' - Munster's Kilcoyne hails influence of Currid
The performance psychologist has also had great success with the Limerick hurlers.
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'I spoke to him before the game' - One Lagos-born Irish youngster is aiming to follow in the footsteps of another
Joshua Kayode on being inspired by Chiedozie Ogbene.
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Ireland U21 international grateful for departing Mick McCarthy's assistance
Joel Bagan has been getting plenty of game time with Cardiff in the Championship this season.
# hot prospect
An Ireland player of the past on guiding one being tipped to star in the future
Stephen Carr believes Inter Milan’s Kevin Zefi has the potential to go ‘all the way’ in the game.
# Influence
Lionel Messi brought 'calmness' to PSG on debut
The Argentina international’s arrival was greeted with enthusiastic cheers from the 6,000 travelling fans.
# Key Man
Furlong looks a certainty but plenty of Irish hopes for Lions' Test 23
Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw were pre-tour favourites to start.
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'He's top class' - Praise for Ireland's Champions League-winning coach
John Egan and Stephen Kenny have both hailed the impact of Anthony Barry.
# Skipper
Farrell hails Sexton's enduring influence after Ireland captain's return in Rome
‘His performance was excellent but it’s more than that.’
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Former Tottenham boss makes swift impact as Schalke end 30-match winless run
Christian Gross oversaw their first Bundesliga victory in just under a year.
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England's Itoje seeks solace from 'The Lion King' as Ireland await
The animated children’s film is providing the England star with unusual inspiration.
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250-cap lock Devin Toner continues to 'nurture' Leinster's young guns
The 34-year-old remains a key part of the set-up alongside fellow veteran Scott Fardy.
# Influence
James Ryan went to Paris as 'a kid' in 2018 but returns as an Ireland leader
The 24-year-old has enjoyed taking responsibility for running the Ireland lineout.
# Influence
More touches, more influence for Stockdale from fullback
The Ireland wing has been getting test runs at 15 for his province.
# Influence
Rooney hopes Irish teen starlet and other youngsters can learn from Man United defeat
The Derby County player-coach praised Jason Knight for his performance against Manchester United.
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'We lost 2-0 and Roy had a pop off the players. I took a bit off him. But I was thinking: this is what I want'
David Meyler on being the son of an All-Ireland winner, life after football and signing for his hero.
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'I think he's going to be a big, big player for us this season'
Ian Morris reserved high praise for Gary Deegan after his eye-catching performance against Dundalk on Friday.
# Influence
'Milner asked if he could come along' - Critchley
The Reds veteran was quick to offer his support despite being stuck on the sidelines during Liverpool’s FA Cup win last night.
# Influence
Van Persie on Greenwood: 'Every game he tries to copy me'
A former Old Trafford favourite has been impressed with the in-form teenager.
# Influence
The Augustinian brother who became a pioneering figure for women's soccer in Ireland
Bernard Twomey on devoting much of his life to the beautiful game.
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'Joe has changed the outlook on rugby for young generations'
Peter O’Mahony says that Joe Schmidt’s impact on Irish rugby will be felt all the way down to primary school level.
# Influence
Hazard pulls strings as Real Madrid earn vital win
Elsewhere, there were victories for Bayern Munich, PSG and Juventus.
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The All Blacks have always loomed large for Kiwi native Joe Schmidt
The Ireland head coach and Steve Hansen have had some great battles since 2013.
# Influence
Fabinho reveals the role 'agent' Firmino played in Liverpool transfer
The versatile Brazilian completed a switch to Anfield in the summer of 2018, with a fellow countryman helping to put a big-money move in place.
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Van der Flier takes inspiration from Nacewa's injury mindset
The Leinster flanker says Nacewa’s attitude around setbacks and rehab opened his eyes.
# mentor
Leinster keen to keep influential Scott Fardy beyond end of season
The 34-year-old is in superb form and has a strong influence within the squad.
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'He's definitely different to how he played' - The Irish striker thriving under Joey Barton
Paddy Madden on how a move to League One outfit Fleetwood Town has reignited his career.
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'The Derry Pele' pulls the strings as Finn Harps advance in First Division play-off
Paddy McCourt was imperious as he prolonged his playing career for two more weeks.
# Praise
'We are still possibly learning the system, to get it to exactly how we want'
Richard Keogh has suggested it will take Ireland time to adapt to the 3-5-2 formation.
# Influence
Snapchat lost €1 billion in value just after Kylie Jenner tweeted she doesn't use it anymore
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star said it to her 24.5 million Twitter followers.
# expertise
Leinster coach Lancaster takes guest session with Ireland U20s
The Englishman has invested into the local coaching scene since moving to Ireland.
# Influence
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It’s easy once you know.