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# Perfect 10

Last year
# Showstopper
Cooney on soccer: The majesty of Lionel Messi
Our correspondent finally gets to witness the extraordinary player and the fervour he inspires.
# linchpin
Analysis: What makes Johnny Sexton such a difficult out-half to defend against?
A lack of cues, exquisite decision making and an ability to scan effectively contribute to the 10′s prowess.
All time
# Perfect 10
'It's a proud moment to get a hat-trick for my country. To give that football to my nephew was really special'
Tuesday night’s record-breaking win was one to remember for hat-trick hero Denise O’Sullivan.
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'People see this Roy Keane side to him but he's probably the kindest guy in a dressing room'
Johnny Sexton’s story is a quintessential Irish one where perseverance eventually brought success to a man who will win his 100th Ireland cap today.
# Perfect 10
Hakan Calhanoglu to cross the Milan divide by defecting to Inter
The Turkey star has addressed his club future following his country’s elimination from Euro 2020.
# Perfect 10
The Football Family on Euro 2020: Mbappe impresses as France signal their intent
A free clip from the latest episode in our series of Euro 2020 podcasts.
# Perfect 10
Seventh heaven as Peamount United striker scoops Player of the Month award
Eleanor Ryan-Doyle was on fire with seven goals in May.
# Perfect 10
All Blacks legend Dan Carter announces his retirement from rugby
The 38-year-old won two World Cups during a hugely successful 12-year spell with New Zealand.
# Perfect 10
Messi turns on the style to help Barcelona close the gap in La Liga
Victory over Athletic Bilbao pushes Barca up to third.
# Perfect 10
'Ben Healy's transformation over the last six months has gone through the roof'
Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham has hailed the impact Ben Healy and JJ Hanrahan have had on the team this season.
# Perfect 10
Balancing college, work and Champions League football, while looking towards a bright future
Eleanor Ryan Doyle will lead the Peamount charge in their European clash against Glasgow City tomorrow.
# walks like rianna
Ireland's Brighton star eyeing another memorable night in green to cap big year
As the dream of reaching a first-ever major tournament edges closer to reality, Rianna Jarrett is ready for Ireland’s biggest test yet.
# Perfect 10
Wolves back Ireland U21 playmaker Connor Ronan with new four-year deal
The talented midfielder is spending the 2020-21 season on loan with Swiss club Grasshoppers.
# Perfect 10
English loan move to ensure O'Sullivan's availability for crucial Ireland games
Ireland boss Vera Pauw has revealed that the midfielder will leave North Carolina Courage temporarily.
# Perfect 10
Ireland U21 star Connor Ronan makes loan move to Swiss side Grasshoppers
The diminutive playmaker has made a temporary switch to Zurich from Premier League club Wolves.
# Perfect 10
Ronan produces man-of-the-match display in home debut for League One side
The Ireland U21 playmaker recently joined Blackpool on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
# Perfect 10
Blow for Stephen Kenny as Ireland U21 star looks doubtful for upcoming qualifiers
Connor Ronan has suffered a fractured rib on club duty.
# Perfect 10
One more year as David Silva confirms plans to leave Manchester City
City icon Silva, a four-time Premier League winner, will play his final season at the English club in 2019/20.
# Perfect 10
Roy Keane's advice stopped Liverpool skipper from asking for Messi's shirt
Instead, Jordan Henderson exchanged tops with former team-mate Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou.
# Perfect 10
Ireland U21 playmaker rewarded with new contract at Wolves
Connor Ronan has had his deal with the Premier League club extended for a further two years.
# grade a
'It felt like I was cramming for an exam': Sexton makes seamless return to Leinster jersey
The 10 made his first provincial appearance in 2019, but his influence on Leinster is relentless.
# Perfect 10
Russell returns and Laidlaw left out as Scots bid to scupper Welsh Grand Slam
Racing 92 out-half Finn Russell is back after missing the defeat to France with a head injury.
# 10 out of 10
'It was greasy and cold, but I still wanted us to be ambitious'
Ulster coach Dan McFarland hailed his side’s second-half effort in yielding a perfect 10 from back-to-backs against the Scarlets.
2018 the year when Johnny Sexton showed his permanent class
The Ireland and Leinster out-half was crowned World Rugby Player of the Year on Sunday evening.
# the perfect 10
Johnny Sexton crowned World Rugby Player of the Year
What an achievement.
# 42 plus 10
Join The42 for a special Ireland v All Blacks preview event with Ronan O'Gara
The New Zealand-based coach will join Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey, in association with Aldi.
# Perfect 10
Auckland snap Canterbury's stranglehold on New Zealand rugby in extra-time thriller
Leon Fukofuka’s try sealed the Mitre 10 Cup title.
# Perfect 10
Master of his craft Sexton on the verge of greatest season yet
Leinster’s playmaker-in-chief is relentless in the pursuit of perfection and a first medal with his native province since 2013.
# Perfect 10
Incredible Portlaoise score 10 goals in 40-point thumping of county rivals
# Perfect 10
'I'm honest enough to admit I wasn't good enough to be playing for Aston Villa in the Premier League'
One of the League of Ireland’s great goalscorers reflects on his career.
# Perfect 10
Major coup for Wasps as three-year deal for All Black out-half is confirmed
Lima Sopoaga has announced he will leave New Zealand later in 2018 and sign for the Premiership side.
# Perfect 10
Why Man Utd should make Arsenal an offer they can't refuse for Ozil
The attacker has been in fine form over recent weeks, and United could do worse than to snap him up in January to aid their fading title challenge.
# Final Countdown
Plotting Colm Cooper's remarkable career through his 10 All-Ireland finals
‘The Gooch’ made a habit of producing the goods when the Sam Maguire was on the line.
# Perfect 10
England head coach Jones believes Ford can be better than Barrett
“People rave about Beauden Barrett, but I don’t. I’ll leave it at that.”
# Perfect 10
Limerick make it 10 wins from 10 with defeat of spirited Cobh
Shane Tracy, Lee-J Lynch and Sean Russell were on target for the First Division leaders.
# Perfect 10
Paul Flynn learning to listen to his body but 'big performances' are still ahead
The four-time Allstar turns 30 this year but doesn’t believe he’s entering the latter stages of his career.
# Perfect 10
Patriots defy 'ghost' whistle to stay perfect
James White scored the first two touchdowns of his Pats career.
# Perfect 10
Was Sunday's win against France a turning point in Ian Madigan's career?
We asked Leinster’s Isa Nacewa.
# Perfect 10
One change for Dublin, while Cork include 6 players chasing a 10th All-Ireland title
The Rebels meet Dublin again in Croke Park on Sunday.
# perfectionist 10
Schmidt on Sexton: ' He'll probably chastise himself for errors, that's the way he's driven'
The Kiwi pointed out a misplaced pass that the out-half might want to work on.