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#John Cooney

# 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.

# john-cooney - Wednesday 9 March, 2016

Comeback trail boost as Connacht scrum-half Cooney extends contract

A Heineken Cup-winner with Leinster, Cooney went west on a loan deal last season.

# john-cooney - Sunday 9 August, 2015

'What they're doing is consciously controlling brain activity, which is incredible!'

Dr. Michael Keane of Actualise explains how neurofeedback training can benefit rugby players.

# john-cooney - Sunday 24 May, 2015

Lam's Connacht lose after extra time in thrilling Champions Cup play-off

There was high drama in Kingsholm this afternoon.

# john-cooney - Wednesday 28 January, 2015

Another inter-provincial switch in the books as John Cooney signs full-time for Connacht

The province have also committed academy products Jack Carty and Caolin Blade to new two-year deals.

# john-cooney - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Roux and Cooney join Connacht on loan deal from Leinster

The IRFU were involved in brokering the deal between the two provinces.

# john-cooney - Monday 10 June, 2013

Cooney handed start as Emerging Ireland prepare for South Africa

Emerging Ireland have made six changes for tomorrow’s Tbilisi Cup clash against the South Africa President’s XV.

# john-cooney - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Pro12: Isaac determined to boss his way back into Ireland contention

“You enjoy watching it,” said Boss, “but it’s always a little jab in the ribs because you want to be there and you’re not.”

# john-cooney - Monday 7 January, 2013

Ulster Bank League: Lansdowne unleash provincial stars to go top

Mike Ruddock’s side destroyed Dolphin while Young Munster handed Old Belvedere a heavy loss.

# john-cooney - Sunday 7 October, 2012

Schmidt calls on new faces to up intensity levels after Munster test

The Leinster coach also claimed to have been unsighted for the Casey Laulala try that was controversially ruled out.

# john-cooney - Friday 28 September, 2012

As it happened: Connacht v Leinster, RaboDirect PRO12 Minute-by-Minute This post contains videos

As it happened: Connacht v Leinster, RaboDirect PRO12

Joe Schmidt’s men could have gone top of the table with a win at the Sportsground tonight but reality often bites.

# john-cooney - Thursday 27 September, 2012

Fierce battle predicted between young Leinster and Connacht scrum-halves

Blues coach Guy Easterby, a vastly experienced Number 9, is delighted with the progress of John Cooney.

# john-cooney - Friday 10 August, 2012

Here we go again: Ulster win as provinces name starting XVs for friendly fare

Munster, Leinster, and Connacht have all named squads for their opening games of the season while Mark Anscombe was a winner in France.

# john-cooney - Monday 16 April, 2012

Leinster troops fit for Ulster derby

Gordon D’Arcy, Eoin O’Malley and Jamie Hagan are all fit for selection ahead of Leinster’s trip to Ravenhill on Friday evening.