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#John Cooney

# john-cooney - Thursday 21 May, 2020

'Missing World Cup was heartbreaking and I didn’t agree with the reasons'

John Cooney lifts the lid on his exclusion from Ireland’s World Cup squad and says he wasn’t given the chance he deserved.

# john-cooney - Thursday 27 February, 2020

5 players we would love to see get their chance for Ireland

There is a growing appetite for Andy Farrell to give opportunities to some of the less-experienced members of his Guinness Six Nations squad.

# john-cooney - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Ulster confirm signing of former Munster scrum-half Alby Mathewson

The 34-year-old New Zealander will join in July.

# john-cooney - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

Out with the dreaded Monday review, Andy Farrell's are 'fun'

Ireland’s new training base in Abbottstown has allowed for tweaks too.

# john-cooney - Monday 3 February, 2020

Cooney and Murray side-by-side and content to keep challenging each other

The two scrum-halves were presented for media duty simultaneously today and it wasn’t awkward at all.

Cooney impresses in Ireland cameo but Murray 'will be happy enough'

Both Ireland scrum-halves contributed impressive moments against Scotland.

# john-cooney - Wednesday 29 January, 2020

'He’s brimming at the minute. We’re expecting good things from Conor'

Andy Farrell has opted to keep John Cooney on the Ireland bench for the Scotland clash.

# john-cooney - Monday 27 January, 2020

Ringrose on long-list for European player of year prize

Garry Ringrose, Jordan Larmour, Tadhg Furlong, John Cooney and Marcell Coetzee all nominated for European player of the year prize.

# john-cooney - Friday 24 January, 2020

Who starts alongside Sexton? - Ireland's halfbacks for the Six Nations

Conor Murray is under pressure from John Cooney and Luke McGrath at scrum-half.

# john-cooney - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

'A lot of people have been asking questions about John Cooney today'

Andy Farrell continues to underline the importance of competition, but is tight-lipped over selection for next week’s Six Nations opener.

# john-cooney - Saturday 18 January, 2020

'I'd like to think I am' - Cooney feels ready for a Six Nations start for Ireland

The Ulster scrum-half is brimming with energy and belief in a superb run of form with Ulster.

# john-cooney - Thursday 9 January, 2020

Munster satisfied with Murray's form as pressure comes on for Ireland spot

Johann van Graan says the scrum-half has been ‘really good’ in the red jersey recently.

# john-cooney - Monday 6 January, 2020

Cooney not the only Ulster player pushing for Six Nations shot under Farrell

The likes of Will Addison, Stuart McCloskey and Rob Herring are also putting their hands up.

# john-cooney - Friday 3 January, 2020

Ulster and Munster meet again after paths diverged for Europe

The performance of the scrum-halves will undoubtedly draw the eye during tonight’s inter-pro.

# john-cooney - Saturday 14 December, 2019

'It's one week after another' - Cooney continues to shine for McFarland's Ulster

The scrum-half’s superb form rolled on last night in London.

# john-cooney - Thursday 12 December, 2019

'The amount of scanning he does before he gets to the breakdown is phenomenal' The42 Rugby Weekly This post contains videos

'The amount of scanning he does before he gets to the breakdown is phenomenal'

Ulster’s John Cooney has been a class apart this season.

# john-cooney - Friday 6 December, 2019

In-house criticism and The Obstacle guiding John Cooney to peak form

The Ulster scrum-half has been among the stand-out performers in the opening rounds of Europe.

# john-cooney - Friday 22 November, 2019

Cooney's match-winner years in the making Playmaker This post contains videos

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.

# john-cooney - Friday 1 November, 2019

50 not out as Ulster's Cooney focuses on positives following World Cup cut disappointment

The 29-year-old will earn his 50th cap from the bench at Kingspan Stadium tonight.

# john-cooney - Friday 3 May, 2019

'We just had a bet on for the regular season. He just won it... Fair play to him'

John Cooney and Jack Carty, close friends off the pitch, face each other in the Pro14 quarter-finals tomorrow.

# john-cooney - Friday 22 February, 2019

Cooney proud of overcoming struggles and potholes to make international mark

The scrum-half had a nightmare journey to meet with Ulster before his switch from Connacht.

# john-cooney - Monday 4 February, 2019

'I was pretty emotional on the bus coming to the game, it meant a lot to my family'

It was a night to forget for Ireland, but one John Cooney and his family will always remember.

# john-cooney - Monday 14 January, 2019

Connacht's Blade an option for Schmidt as scrum-half injuries mount

Could the 24-year-old be in line for a first international call-up this week?

Concern for Ulster as half-back pair doubts for Leicester trip

The loss of John Cooney and Billy Burns would be a blow for the northern province.

# john-cooney - Thursday 10 January, 2019

McFarland taking leaf from Schmidt's attention to detail to raise Ulster standards

Scrum-half John Cooney says Ulster are feeling the benefit of a trickle down effect after Ireland’s success.

# john-cooney - Saturday 1 December, 2018

Cooney's penalty gives Ulster much-needed win against Cardiff

Ulster join the Scarlets in second place in Conference B (for now, at least).

# john-cooney - Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Growth of scrum-half depth in Murray's absence a major positive for Ireland

Kieran Marmion got two big starts this month, while Luke McGrath and John Cooney have had exposure too.

# john-cooney - Friday 19 October, 2018

Cooney misses out as McFarland rings trio of changes for Racing clash

Marty Moore makes the tomorrow’s starting line-up.

# john-cooney - Sunday 9 September, 2018

'He'll get better and better': Nerveless Cooney an indispensable figure for Ulster

The scrum-half has continued his excellent form into the new season after delivering another match-winning performance on Friday night.

# john-cooney - Thursday 6 September, 2018

Cooney's brilliant debut season at Ulster earns him new three-year deal

The scrum-half has developed into a key player for the northern province.

# john-cooney - Saturday 1 September, 2018

McFarland era starts with a bang as dramatic Cooney penalty seals last-minute win for Ulster

Dan McFarland got off to a winning start despite a nail-biting finish against Scarlets.

# john-cooney - Tuesday 22 May, 2018

Cooney looking forward to either Tests or Thailand after delivering on personal promise

The scrum-half has put in an exceptional first season with Ulster, but Ireland’s remain well-stocked for nines.

# john-cooney - Wednesday 20 December, 2017

'You need to keep believing in yourself. I had my family telling me it was going to happen'

John Cooney is unquestionably the signing of the season so far, and the Ulster scrum-half says he always believed his chance would come.

# john-cooney - Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Ulster sweating over the fitness of half-back pairing ahead of Leinster inter-pro

Christian Lealiifano and John Cooney are both doubts for Saturday.

# john-cooney - Thursday 24 August, 2017

Marcell Coetzee set for Ulster return as Cooney and Deysel start after inter-pro switch

The northern province take on Northampton in their final pre-season match tomorrow night.

# john-cooney - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

'I'd rather fill big boots than small ones. It's a big challenge but that's what I'm here for'

John Cooney has no fear of taking on Ruan Pienaar’s role at the Kingspan stadium.

# john-cooney - Monday 26 June, 2017

Journey continues for Cooney as he finally makes Irish debut

The 27-year-old came off the bench in Saturday’s win over Japan.

# john-cooney - Friday 19 May, 2017

'Now he needs to use that and when he gets his chance to play, to nail it'

Tiernan O’Halloran has been saving up lots of lessons with Ireland in recent times.

# john-cooney - Thursday 27 April, 2017

Homegrown stalwart Loughney and Fox-Matamua among 11 bound for Connacht exit this summer

Kieran Keane will take over a squad after some considerable personnel turnover.

# john-cooney - Tuesday 29 November, 2016

'I'd play for Terenure if I could': Cooney desperate for game-time after long lay-off

The scrum-half has returned from a shoulder injury suffered in the Grand Final and is hoping to get another run-out against Treviso.

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