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# playmaker

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2022
# playmaker
'He has loads of ability' - Munster impressed by Crowley's stint at centre
Denis Leamy gives his verdict on Sunday’s defeat to Toulouse and looks ahead to this weekend’s trip to Northampton.
# playmaker
Leinster set for Russell's 'full box of tricks' for Racing 92
Hugo Keenan is expecting a big challenge in the backfield this Saturday.
# rugby weekly extra
'He helps Munster get to places they have struggled to get without him'
Antoine Frisch came in for praise on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# playmaker
Carbery set to start at 10 for Ireland as Farrell makes changes for Fiji
Stuart McCloskey looks likely to continue at inside centre after overcoming an injury.
# Team news
Frawley starts at 10 in strong Leinster team for Benetton clash
Leo Cullen has brought back a big crop of Ireland frontliners.
# playmaker
Ireland see Frawley as 'a guy who can lead from the front at 10'
Emerging Ireland boss Simon Easterby also explained why Andy Farrell won’t be touring.
# playmaker
Kinghorn starts at 10 for Scots as Russell drops to bench for Ireland clash
The 25-year-old Edinburgh man makes just his second Test start at out-half.
# Number 10
'He was excellent' - Carbery steps up for Ireland in Sexton's absence
The 26-year-old Munster man impressed his head coach, Andy Farrell.
# playmaker
'It definitely helps us that we're not just relying on our 9s and 10s to run it'
Robbie Henshaw is happy to step up as a distributor for Leinster and Ireland.
All time
# The Jukebox
'He's definitely up there in the top two or three in the world'
Tadhg Furlong’s brilliant form drew praise on today’s edition of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# playmaker
Prime opportunity for Carbery to push Ireland career on against Argentina
The 26-year-old is set for his chance with Johnny Sexton out injured.
# ballplayer
Leinster believe Frawley can 'start knocking on the door' with Ireland
The 23-year-old is an intelligent presence at inside centre.
# Potential
'I'd love to see him play Test rugby' - Michael Lowry continues to shine
The 22-year-old Ulster playmaker scored a cracking try against Harlequins on Sunday.
# second receiver
Leinster 15 Keenan's influence against Munster shows his growing skillset
The 24-year-old has been encouraged to get involved as a distributor.
# playmaker
'Joey is a world-class player, he'll take Munster's attack to another level'
Carbery is expected to start at out-half for Munster in the Pro14 final.
# playmaker
Henry Slade emerges as a doubt for England's clash with Ireland
The Exeter centre won’t train today after picking up a leg injury.
# Fitness
Playmaking 12 Frawley 'developing nicely' as he gets set for Leinster return
The 23-year-old Skerries man has had a frustrating time with injury.
# playmaker
'I'd be really hungry to get back in the squad and be starting for Ireland'
28-year-old Jack Carty is determined to add to his 10 Ireland caps.
# playmaker
George Ford back in England team for Wales clash
The out-half made his comeback from an Achilles injury as a replacement in last weekend’s win over Ireland.
# Midfield
McCloskey impatient to get Ireland career going again with cap number four
The Ulster centre hasn’t played Test rugby since November 2018.
# playmaker
'Look at Damien McKenzie and Beauden Barrett, they can play multiple positions'
Ulster’s 22-year-old Michael Lowry is comfortable at either out-half or fullback.
England include Umaga in squad for title chase
The Wasps 10 is the nephew of All Black legend Tana.
# Talent
22-year-old Lowry's classy touches a bright note in a tough fortnight for Ulster
The talented playmaker showed his promise after moving to out-half against Toulouse.
# playmaker
'He’s that second pair of hands' - Ciarán Frawley shines at 12 for Leinster
The 22-year-old Skerries man was excellent in Leinster’s victory over Ulster.
# playmaker
Connacht's Jack Carty has the tools to break back into the Ireland mix
The 27-year-old out-half had his struggles post-World Cup but remains a classy operator.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
'Joey is still the key man. If Joey gets fit, then there's a lot you can do'
Bernard Jackman says the out-half can help get the best out of Munster’s new signings.
# Staying Put
All Blacks goal on hold as league sensation Kalyn Ponga signs new NRL deal
The 22-year-old has agreed a new four-year contract with the Newcastle Knights.
# RISE UP
'Connacht as champions, the weeks that followed were just unbelievable'
Second row Aly Muldowney will retire from professional rugby this summer.
# playmaker
Fresh perspective keeping Billy Burns on upward curve with Ulster
Ulster’s 10 is playing a huge role in the province’s form under Dan McFarland.
# playmaker
Cooney's match-winner years in the making
Head coach Dan McFarland admits he was not initially confident his 9 had made the right call to go it alone.
# playmaker
Friend thrilled to see Fitzgerald's 'immense skill-set come to the fore'
The 22-year-old out-half is making the most of Jack Carty’s absence.
# understudy
O'Driscoll: Carbery not a 'genuine threat' to Sexton as Ireland's starting RWC 10
Joe Schmidt’s chief playmaker is ‘vital to Ireland’s success at the World Cup’,
# playmaker
€75-million man swayed by Barcelona's 'key player' promise
Frenkie de Jong impressed as Ajax won the Eredivisie title and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.
# playmaker
'I felt when I came back my skills were probably better than when I got injured'
Luke Marshall hit the ground running after his long injury lay-off and is intent on helping Ulster get back to Glasgow in a week’s time.
# playmaker
Days on the big stage leave 20-year-old Ulster star Lowry wanting more
After a debut delayed by injury, Lowry has proven why he is one of the brightest prospects in the northern province this season.
# 10
Analysis: How has Johnny Sexton been playing in the Six Nations?
The 33-year-old has provided quality at times but has been frustrated overall.
# primary goal
'We're well able to match any Pro14 team,' says Carty as he targets a higher grade of European rugby
The in-form out-half has sampled two runs through the Champions Cup pool stage and wants to double that during his new contract.
# playmaker
Out-half Frawley's favoured position, but he'd 'play anywhere in the blue jersey'
The 20-year-old starred for Leinster in their big win over Ospreys on Friday night.
# POTY
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.
# playmaker
Carbery set to steer the Ireland ship from 10 after settling in at Munster
The out-half turns 23 today in Chicago as Joe Schmidt’s side prepare to face Italy.