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#number eight

# number-eight - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Jack O'Sullivan

The 21-year-old number eight returned from a long-term knee injury at the start of this season.

# number-eight - Thursday 20 February, 2020

Doris starting against Scotland 'subconsciously kick-started' Stander's best form

Ireland’s number eight will be opposite a new face for England in Tom Curry.

# number-eight - Friday 31 January, 2020

'I was joking that he's going to take my spot' - Stander on Ireland debutant Doris

The Munster man has shifted to blindside flanker to make way for the 21-year-old Leinster back row.

# number-eight - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

JVG excited by O'Sullivan's potential after long-awaited Munster debut

The number eight is hoping to make a big impression this season after a serious knee injury.

# number-eight - Sunday 12 May, 2019

'What we needed from him was to do his talking on the field, not off the field'

Billy Vunipola was excellent as Saracens claimed the Champions Cup against Leinster.

# number-eight - Sunday 5 May, 2019

'That's what your foreign players should be, big players that have big moments'

South African back row Marcell Coetzee continues to stand out for Ulster.

# number-eight - Tuesday 2 April, 2019

Analysis: Conan continues to press Ireland claims with sensational showing

The Leinster number eight was man of the match against Ulster in the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

# number-eight - Saturday 23 February, 2019

'This is a big opportunity and I plan on taking it with both hands'

Ulster’s Jordi Murphy gets a shot in Ireland’s number eight shirt against Italy tomorrow.

# number-eight - Wednesday 20 February, 2019

20-year-old Doris keeps head down as Leinster back Mayo man's talents

A former Ireland U20s captain, the number eight is highly-rated.

# number-eight - Friday 4 January, 2019

Wales hooker Ken Owens redeployed at number eight for Scarlets

The 32-year-old has been forced into a major positional change due to injuries.

# number-eight - Tuesday 4 September, 2018

'He's definitely got a big future ahead of him' - Leinster excited about Doris

The 20-year-old made his first start for the province in last weekend’s win over Cardiff Blues.

# number-eight - Friday 22 June, 2018

Big opportunity for Conan as Schmidt resists temptation to make change at 9

Conor Murray will be at scrum-half against the Wallabies tomorrow.

# number-eight - Monday 26 February, 2018

Heaslip was often under-appreciated but his professionalism set new standards

The 34-year-old confirmed his retirement from the game after a superb career.

# number-eight - Saturday 20 January, 2018

'I love to have the chance to run at the halfbacks, so it's great for me!'

Jack Conan has excelled in Leinster’s number eight shirt this season.

# number-eight - Sunday 4 June, 2017

Analysis: Faletau sets the Lions standard that CJ Stander has to match

The Welsh number eight was outstanding against the NZ Provincial Barbarians.

# number-eight - Monday 22 May, 2017

Stander starts Lions tour as an 8, while Gatland praises Haskell's personality

With Billy Vunipola missing, Stander will compete with Taulupe Faletau for the eight shirt.

# number-eight - Sunday 27 November, 2016

Billy Vunipola in doubt for Six Nations after undergoing knee surgery

The bruising number eight tore cartilage during the win against Argentina.

# number-eight - Thursday 23 June, 2016

Ireland's Deegan nominated for U20 Player of the Tournament award

The Lansdowne man needs your vote.

# number-eight - Saturday 19 March, 2016

Heaslip underlines importance to Ireland with complete display against Scots

The 32-year-old was man of the match in a 35-25 victory in Dublin.

# number-eight - Tuesday 28 July, 2015

Leinster underage product Timoney heads north to join Ulster

The Ireland U20 international back row has signed an academy contract with the northern province.

# number-eight - Monday 6 July, 2015

One of the best back rows in the game may miss the Rugby World Cup

South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen will have surgery on a neck injury.

# number-eight - Tuesday 28 April, 2015

Dumbbells, tackle bags and books: A day in the life of Munster tyro Jack O'Donoghue Deise This post contains videos

Dumbbells, tackle bags and books: A day in the life of Munster tyro Jack O'Donoghue

The 21-year-old has had an impressive debut season at senior level.

# number-eight - Monday 16 February, 2015

Fractures to three vertebrae mean Jamie Heaslip is out of the England game

The Ireland number eight may also miss the clash with Wales later next month.

# number-eight - Tuesday 3 February, 2015

Injury doubt Heaslip on track to feature for Ireland against Italy

The 31-year-old number eight is recovering from a shoulder injury.

# number-eight - Monday 5 January, 2015

Heaslip injury relief for Leinster as Marty Moore gets set for comeback

The Leinster captain was forced off in the first half against Ulster last weekend.

# number-eight - Wednesday 31 December, 2014

22-year-old Conan learning the ropes from Heaslip at Leinster

The powerful number eight credits his swift rise to formative years with Old Belvedere in the AIL.

# number-eight - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Ulsterman Roger Wilson named at No. 8 in star-studded World XV

The once-capped Ireland international will be playing with some world-class talent in Cape Town.

# number-eight - Thursday 24 April, 2014

Robin Copeland given two-week ban for stamp on Liam Williams

The Welsh fullback was also suspended for tackling Alex Cuthbert in the air.

# number-eight - Monday 25 November, 2013

Kieran Read reflects on 'proud moment' after beating Ireland

The world class No. 8 says the All Blacks will be focused on getting even better next year.

# number-eight - Wednesday 23 January, 2013

‘I still outrank you, son’: Heaslip born for leadership role

The new Ireland captain has been groomed for a job like this for longer than he could hold an oval ball.

# number-eight - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Heaslip and D'Arcy ruled out of final Test against the All Blacks

The Leinster duo are returning to Ireland after sustaining a fractured finger and calf strain in Saturday’s narrow loss to New Zealand.