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# playmaker - Monday 15 May, 2017

Boost for Munster as Bleyendaal set to feature in Pro12 semi-final

Meanwhile, Alex Wootton has also recovered from injury ahead of the Ospreys clash.

# playmaker - Monday 20 March, 2017

Analysis: Jared Payne adds another dimension to Ireland's attack

The Ulsterman showed his attacking quality from fullback against England.

# playmaker - Thursday 12 January, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

# playmaker - Tuesday 10 February, 2015

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# playmaker - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

# playmaker - Thursday 4 September, 2014

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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