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# Influence

Last month
November 2023
American dream: The US-born quartet at the heart of Athlone's FAI Cup success
Dana Scheriff, Madie Gibson, Jesi Rossman and Lauren Karabin all played together in college in New Jersey.
'Mark, like his brother, is a fiery character' - Connacht legend hails impact of coach Sexton
Tiernan O’Halloran says new assistant attack and skills coach has been a revelation since stepping up from academy.
This year
'That call literally did change my life' - Leinster's Goodman on his debt to Joe Schmidt
Leinster attack coach Andrew Goodman talks about the influence of Joe Schmidt, and his recent World Cup experience with Samoa.
Spurs boss Postecoglou reveals inspiration from rock star Nick Cave
The new man in the Tottenham hotseat was this week reminded of football’s significance to supporters when he listened to a podcast.
'The All Blacks are back... this has Joe Schmidt's stamp all over it'
New Zealand had an impressive 35-20 win over South Africa last weekend.
Playing for Ange Postecoglou ‘makes me feel alive’
Joe Hart was full of praise for his manager.
Arteta praises impact of January signings as Arsenal prepare for Liverpool test
Champions League winner Jorginho arrived from Chelsea along with Leandro Trossard from Brighton.
'It drives you to be the best' - Treadwell hoping Ireland experience can help Ulster
The second row came on from the bench in the Grand Slam clincher against England.
The former Ireland international guiding a potential future one
Sean Roughan on how Mark Kennedy has helped shape his career.
Last year
Michael Carrick reveals Alex Ferguson advice before taking Middlesbrough job
The 41-year-old played under Ferguson at Manchester United.
Leinster bracing for loss of Lancaster as Top 14 side Racing swoop
The Englishman has been with the Irish province since 2016.
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.
'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.
McCloskey a doubt for Ulster's massive URC clash with the Sharks
The influential centre is still nursing a groin injury.
'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.
'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.
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.
All time
'Rashford had helped raise around £20million for FareShare, shattering his initial target of £100,000'
Read an extract from ‘The Dream Factory’.
'She has been incredible' - Munster's Kilcoyne hails influence of Currid
The performance psychologist has also had great success with the Limerick hurlers.
'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.
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.
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.
Lionel Messi brought 'calmness' to PSG on debut
The Argentina international’s arrival was greeted with enthusiastic cheers from the 6,000 travelling fans.
Furlong looks a certainty but plenty of Irish hopes for Lions' Test 23
Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw were pre-tour favourites to start.
'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.
Farrell hails Sexton's enduring influence after Ireland captain's return in Rome
‘His performance was excellent but it’s more than that.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
More touches, more influence for Stockdale from fullback
The Ireland wing has been getting test runs at 15 for his province.
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.
'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.
'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.
'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.
Van Persie on Greenwood: 'Every game he tries to copy me'
A former Old Trafford favourite has been impressed with the in-form teenager.
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.
'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.
Hazard pulls strings as Real Madrid earn vital win
Elsewhere, there were victories for Bayern Munich, PSG and Juventus.
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.