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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Nine

Last year
2022
# Nine
Patterson making home away from home after switch from Leinster to Munster
The 23-year-old scrum-half initially joined on a short-term loan but now has a full senior deal.
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# Fitness
'Having a fit Conor Murray for the last two games would be brilliant'
The 31-year-old is expected to be back in action with Ireland this weekend.
# Competition
Murray coming straight back at 9 for Ireland shouldn't be a foregone conclusion
The latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra features discussion of Jamison Gibson-Park’s impact.
# Nine
'It’s down to me to keep playing well and hold on to the jersey' - Murray
The 31-year-old continues as the first-choice for Munster and Ireland.
# Nine
'He's such a hard-working lad on and off the pitch' - Casey in fine form for Munster
The 21-year-old has started four consecutive games for the southern province.
# Cover
Leinster sub-academy scrum-half Murphy set to join Munster on a short-term basis
With Conor Murray away and Neil Cronin injured, the 19-year-old adds another option at nine.
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Gibson-Park concentrates on Leinster battle before worrying about Ireland caps
The 28-year-old scrum-half is heading into his fifth season with the province.
# Close Call
Farrell explains his decision to pick Conor Murray ahead of John Cooney
The Ireland boss feels the Munster scrum-half is in great form.
# Nine
Osborne caps dream week with first try and hard-earned Leinster contract
The scrum-half will remain with the province for the rest of the season after impressing on trial.
# Nine
Leinster's McGrath eager to stake his claim against Italy after missing Six Nations
The scrum-half hopes to start Saturday’s warm-up game at the Aviva Stadium.
# Nine
Leinster back 21-year-old O'Sullivan for Champions Cup final
Jamison Gibson-Park is unlikely to be fit, so the academy scrum-half looks set for a place on the bench this weekend.
# Options
Marmion or Blade? Big call for Andy Friend in Connacht's nine jersey
The Connacht boss says ‘it will be tough’ to make a decision at scrum-half.
# Nine
Analysis: How has Conor Murray been playing in the Six Nations?
The 29-year-old is not quite at his best but the concern around him has been exaggerated.
# Class Act
Analysis: Murray's arc-running influence vital in guiding Munster over the line
The 29-year-old scrum-half provided two assists in the southern province’s win over Castres.
# Nine
'Hopefully we can get girls into clubs and playing from a younger age'
Ireland Women scrum-half Ailsa Hughes is looking to take her game to the next level.
# audition
'Hopefully I've put my hand up but that's for Joe and the coaches to decide'
Kieran Marmion hopes he gets the chance to start against the All Blacks next weekend.
# Leader
Machenaud blow a major one for Racing's Champions Cup hopes against Leinster
Teddy Iribaren is expected to take over in Racing’s number nine shirt in Bilbao.
# 9
'The injury has come on leaps and bounds': McGrath on track for Champions Cup final
The Leinster scrum-half is set to return to full team training at the start of next week.
# Nine
McCarthy pushing to be picked on merit, not because of selection rules
The scrum-half is enjoying more game time with Leinster this season.
# 9
He's back! A welcome sight as Conor Murray makes injury return for Munster
The scrum-half replaced Angus Lloyd shortly after the interval at Thomond Park.
# Nine
Kieran Marmion explains how his Ireland and Connacht roles are different
Passing, sniping, kicking, defending and organising are all key parts of playing at nine.
# Interview
Ireland's Murray looking to perfect fine art of the scrum-half at World Cup
We sat down with the Munster man to discuss some of the core skills involved in his position.
# playmaker
No extra pressure on fit-again Conor Murray despite Sexton's absence
The 25-year-old says he is ‘feeling good again’ and is ‘fit to play’ against Italy on Saturday.