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# playmaker - Thursday 12 January, 2017

In-form Munster midfielder Rory Scannell hopeful of getting Ireland call
# Robust
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# Robust

In-form Munster midfielder Rory Scannell hopeful of getting Ireland call

Jan 12th 2017, 8:00 AM 19,463 Views 26 Comments

The 23-year-old centre was involved during the November Tests and is hungry for more.

# playmaker - Thursday 5 January, 2017

'Rassie always preaches 'play what you see', even if it's on your own try-line' -- Keatley
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

'Rassie always preaches 'play what you see', even if it's on your own try-line' -- Keatley

Jan 5th 2017, 6:15 AM 7,156 Views 25 Comments

The Munster out-half backed his skill-set on a tough night in Galway.

# playmaker - Saturday 15 October, 2016

'It never crossed my mind to stop' - Bleyendaal fit and eager to fire for Munster
# Tactician
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# Tactician

'It never crossed my mind to stop' - Bleyendaal fit and eager to fire for Munster

Oct 15th 2016, 7:00 AM 5,000 Views 4 Comments

The 26-year-old New Zealander is enjoying linking up with Conor Murray.

# playmaker - Thursday 6 October, 2016

Bowe and Ronaldson back in starting slots as Connacht welcome unbeaten Ulster
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Bowe and Ronaldson back in starting slots as Connacht welcome unbeaten Ulster

Oct 6th 2016, 11:27 AM 6,123 Views 13 Comments

Pat Lam’s side are hoping to build on last week’s win over Edinburgh.

# playmaker - Saturday 17 September, 2016

Murray's return a boost with Munster eager to rebound from Cork defeat
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Murray's return a boost with Munster eager to rebound from Cork defeat

Sep 17th 2016, 7:00 AM 4,304 Views 9 Comments

Keith Earls is at 13 in an exciting backline, while Munster have picked a muscular pack for the Dragons.

# playmaker - Sunday 21 August, 2016

Ankle injury means Matt Giteau has probably played his last game for the Wallabies
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Ankle injury means Matt Giteau has probably played his last game for the Wallabies

Aug 21st 2016, 12:27 PM 8,216 Views 4 Comments

The Toulon star fractured his ankle in as the Wallabies were trounced in Sydney.

# playmaker - Thursday 16 June, 2016

Paddy Jackson aiming to get familiar faces outside him firing in Johannesburg
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Paddy Jackson aiming to get familiar faces outside him firing in Johannesburg

Jun 16th 2016, 4:20 PM 7,538 Views 11 Comments

Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw are the only non-Ulster backs named for Ireland this weekend.

# playmaker - Tuesday 14 June, 2016

Millwall scout said Wes Hoolahan was 'too small'
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Millwall scout said Wes Hoolahan was 'too small'

Jun 14th 2016, 12:10 AM 8,873 Views 9 Comments

The former-Shelbourne-player-turned-Ireland-hero has spent a large portion of his career in the lower leagues

# playmaker - Thursday 2 June, 2016

'We have to move on' - Schmidt backs Jackson to fill Sexton's shoes
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

'We have to move on' - Schmidt backs Jackson to fill Sexton's shoes

Jun 2nd 2016, 2:24 PM 9,690 Views 21 Comments

The Ulster out-half is now favourite to wear Ireland’s 10 shirt in South Africa.

# playmaker - Thursday 5 May, 2016

Clontarf playmaker Carbery showing Leinster quality in Ulster Bank League
# Talent
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# Talent

Clontarf playmaker Carbery showing Leinster quality in Ulster Bank League

May 5th 2016, 6:30 AM 9,889 Views 9 Comments

The 20-year-old is hoping for further playing opportunities under Leo Cullen next season.

# playmaker - Friday 15 April, 2016

Hurricanes 10 Barrett in impressive All Blacks audition against the Rebels
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Hurricanes 10 Barrett in impressive All Blacks audition against the Rebels

Apr 15th 2016, 3:37 PM 6,228 Views 5 Comments

Barrett is up against Aaron Cruden and Lima Sopoaga for the Kiwis’ 10 shirt.

# playmaker - Tuesday 8 March, 2016

'He cracks the whip': Trimble backs Jackson to threaten Sexton in Ireland shirt
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

'He cracks the whip': Trimble backs Jackson to threaten Sexton in Ireland shirt

Mar 8th 2016, 8:00 AM 13,492 Views 33 Comments

It’s been another frustrating tournament for Jackson, but Joe Schmidt might just feel the need to test an alternative to his starting 10 before bigger Tests come back around.

# playmaker - Thursday 11 February, 2016

No Bastareaud coming down the tracks, but Sexton fit and ready for France and Danty
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

No Bastareaud coming down the tracks, but Sexton fit and ready for France and Danty

Feb 11th 2016, 2:38 PM 6,604 Views 1 Comment

‘I probably felt the way front-rowers feel every day, but as a soft out-half I just didn’t hide it as well.’

# playmaker - Thursday 21 January, 2016

Quade Cooper has signed on with Australia for the Rio Olympic 7s
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Quade Cooper has signed on with Australia for the Rio Olympic 7s

Jan 21st 2016, 1:29 PM 6,009 Views 1 Comment

Toulon have granted the 27-year-old permission to pursue his Olympic ambition.

# playmaker - Saturday 26 September, 2015

Madigan undaunted by prospect of playing scrum-half for Ireland
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Madigan undaunted by prospect of playing scrum-half for Ireland

Sep 26th 2015, 6:00 AM 7,025 Views 9 Comments

The Leinster man starts in the 10 shirt against Romania, fulfilling a World Cup dream.

# playmaker - Tuesday 25 August, 2015

Foley feels Bleyendaal can bring 'a bit more variety' to Munster's game
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Foley feels Bleyendaal can bring 'a bit more variety' to Munster's game

Aug 25th 2015, 10:14 AM 8,621 Views 21 Comments

The New Zealander may pressure Ian Keatley at 10, while also offering an interesting option at inside centre.

# playmaker - Saturday 1 August, 2015

Maturing Paddy Jackson trusting his instincts ahead of World Cup
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# Vision

Maturing Paddy Jackson trusting his instincts ahead of World Cup

Aug 1st 2015, 8:15 AM 6,240 Views 19 Comments

The Ulster out-half says the game is slowing down more for him as he gains experience.

# playmaker - Wednesday 17 June, 2015

Emre Can showed the value of playing him in midfield tonight
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Emre Can showed the value of playing him in midfield tonight

Jun 17th 2015, 8:15 PM 12,185 Views 6 Comments

The German showed his quality, creating space for a precise finish, for his country tonight.

# playmaker - Tuesday 16 June, 2015

Ireland can beat 'hungover' Germany, insists Eamon Dunphy
# Hope
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# Hope

Ireland can beat 'hungover' Germany, insists Eamon Dunphy

Jun 16th 2015, 9:50 AM 12,509 Views 42 Comments

“Anyone who thinks we don’t have the players should look at the teamsheet of Northern Ireland.”

# playmaker - Wednesday 3 June, 2015

21 reasons Andrea Pirlo is the ultimate midfield boss
# Bearded Gent
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# Bearded Gent

21 reasons Andrea Pirlo is the ultimate midfield boss

Jun 3rd 2015, 8:30 PM 9,576 Views 8 Comments

This is Pirlo’s game face. He’s THAT cool.

# playmaker - Saturday 30 May, 2015

Watch out, England: Quade Cooper is back and he's tearing defences apart
# Feelin' 22
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# Feelin' 22

Watch out, England: Quade Cooper is back and he's tearing defences apart

May 30th 2015, 12:13 PM 5,657 Views 2 Comments

The scored two tries on his return from injury for the Reds this morning.

# playmaker - Saturday 16 May, 2015

Everything Leinster fans wanted to see from Ian Madigan at 10 this season was on show today
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Everything Leinster fans wanted to see from Ian Madigan at 10 this season was on show today

May 16th 2015, 5:28 PM 8,621 Views 18 Comments

He kicked well, he sniped shrewdly and he put team-mates into space.

# playmaker - Tuesday 10 February, 2015

Mesut Özil pulls the strings for Arsenal while QPR move out of the bottom three
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Mesut Özil pulls the strings for Arsenal while QPR move out of the bottom three

Feb 10th 2015, 10:15 PM 9,291 Views 12 Comments

There was also a valuable win for Hull City that put Aston Villa into the relegation zone.

# playmaker - Tuesday 3 February, 2015

No extra pressure on fit-again Conor Murray despite Sexton's absence
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

No extra pressure on fit-again Conor Murray despite Sexton's absence

Feb 3rd 2015, 2:27 PM 4,544 Views 9 Comments

The 25-year-old says he is ‘feeling good again’ and is ‘fit to play’ against Italy on Saturday.

# playmaker - Thursday 22 January, 2015

Ireland ambitions drive JJ Hanrahan's decision to exit Munster
# Interview
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# Interview

Ireland ambitions drive JJ Hanrahan's decision to exit Munster

Jan 22nd 2015, 7:00 AM 7,160 Views 19 Comments

The 22-year-old tells The42 about the many factors that led to him signing for Northampton Saints.

# playmaker - Saturday 20 December, 2014

Reid stands out as Leinster's attack progresses in win over Connacht
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Reid stands out as Leinster's attack progresses in win over Connacht

Dec 20th 2014, 8:00 AM 8,777 Views 4 Comments

The 24-year-old centre was named man of the match after the inter-pro clash at the RDS.

# playmaker - Monday 15 December, 2014

Hanrahan's promising display in Clermont underlines his Munster potential
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Hanrahan's promising display in Clermont underlines his Munster potential

Dec 15th 2014, 8:00 AM 8,001 Views 12 Comments

The 22-year-old was lively at Stade Marcel-Michelin, bringing his teammates into the game with clever passing.

# playmaker - Saturday 25 October, 2014

Instinctive Olding looks to make the difference for Ulster against Toulon
# Loves The Game
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# Loves The Game

Instinctive Olding looks to make the difference for Ulster against Toulon

Oct 25th 2014, 8:00 AM 6,649 Views 2 Comments

The 21-year-old has played a variety of positions throughout his young career.

# playmaker - Friday 19 September, 2014

Marmion happy to lead Connacht's young backline after first Ireland caps
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Marmion happy to lead Connacht's young backline after first Ireland caps

Sep 19th 2014, 7:00 AM 2,472 Views 0 Comments

June’s tour to Argentina saw the scrum-half getting up to speed with Joe Schmidt’s heavy demands.

# playmaker - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

Raheem Sterling is England's David Silva, says Jamie Redknapp
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Raheem Sterling is England's David Silva, says Jamie Redknapp

Sep 9th 2014, 3:15 PM 3,232 Views 16 Comments

Not Literally.

# playmaker - Thursday 4 September, 2014

Keatley comfortable calling the shots in Munster's fresh game plan
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Keatley comfortable calling the shots in Munster's fresh game plan

Sep 4th 2014, 7:00 AM 3,936 Views 10 Comments

The 27-year-old has an ongoing issue with osteitis pubis, but says it did not hinder his pre-season training.

# playmaker - Wednesday 14 May, 2014

Simon Hick column: Will the real Ian Madigan please stand up?
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Simon Hick column: Will the real Ian Madigan please stand up?

May 14th 2014, 12:00 PM 15,097 Views 46 Comments

Leinster fans, Matt O’Connor and Joe Schmidt will be hoping to see a strong performance from the out-half on Saturday.

# playmaker - Saturday 19 April, 2014

O'Connor excited by playmaking potential of Leinster centre Noel Reid
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# Distribution

O'Connor excited by playmaking potential of Leinster centre Noel Reid

Apr 19th 2014, 7:30 AM 5,302 Views 2 Comments

The 23-year-old delivered an excellent attacking display in the nine-try hammering of Treviso yesterday.

# playmaker - Friday 4 April, 2014

Murray highlights Munster's need for strong kick chase against Toulouse footwork
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Murray highlights Munster's need for strong kick chase against Toulouse footwork

Apr 4th 2014, 8:00 AM 7,811 Views 5 Comments

The Ireland international will play a key role in sweeping defensively, as well as directing attacking play at Thomond Park.

# playmaker - Sunday 16 February, 2014

Forest crash out of FA Cup despite Ireland international Andy Reid's efforts
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# Playmaker

Forest crash out of FA Cup despite Ireland international Andy Reid's efforts

Feb 16th 2014, 5:05 PM 5,264 Views 7 Comments

The midfielder set up a goal for the visitors, but Sheffield United powered home thanks to three second half strikes.

# playmaker - Sunday 12 January, 2014

Gopperth targets home quarter final after inspiring Leinster comeback
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# Vindicated

Gopperth targets home quarter final after inspiring Leinster comeback

Jan 12th 2014, 4:37 PM 7,899 Views 18 Comments

The Kiwi scored 21 points for the three-time European Cup champions as they fought back to beat Castres.

# playmaker - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Xabi Alonso puts his feet up at Madrid with new two-year deal
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Xabi Alonso puts his feet up at Madrid with new two-year deal

Jan 9th 2014, 8:15 AM 4,142 Views 13 Comments

The midfielder took to Twitter to gloat about the extension.

# playmaker - Sunday 29 December, 2013

Sexton gains revenge over Wilkinson as Racing see off Toulon
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# Playmaker

Sexton gains revenge over Wilkinson as Racing see off Toulon

Dec 29th 2013, 10:22 PM 8,968 Views 4 Comments

The Irish out-half kicked nine points for the Parisians in their home win over the European champions.

# playmaker - Saturday 23 November, 2013

Coutinho 'didn't think twice' about Liverpool move
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

Coutinho 'didn't think twice' about Liverpool move

Nov 23rd 2013, 10:10 AM 4,170 Views 7 Comments

“As a footballer all you ever want is the chance to play, and show people how well you can play,” says the Anfield favourite.

# playmaker - Thursday 7 November, 2013

'We've lost control' - Joe Schmidt on Jonny Sexton's heavy workload
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'We've lost control' - Joe Schmidt on Jonny Sexton's heavy workload

Nov 7th 2013, 8:34 PM 10,339 Views 13 Comments

Paddy Jackson is the man entrusted with the 10 jersey as Sexton sits out the Samoa game with a hip problem.