# out-half

Last year
# 10
Madigan gets his shot to show Ulster that class is permanent
The 33-year-old has had a rollercoaster of a career with some huge highs and tough lows.
# Team news
Frawley starts at 10 in strong Leinster team for Benetton clash
Leo Cullen has brought back a big crop of Ireland frontliners.
# playmaker
Ireland see Frawley as 'a guy who can lead from the front at 10'
Emerging Ireland boss Simon Easterby also explained why Andy Farrell won’t be touring.
# Talent
Ireland's newest Tullow star has 'something very special' at just 18
Dannah O’Brien starts at 10, as part of a very young backline, against Japan on Saturday.
# Composed
Ciarán Frawley's promising showing at 10 bodes well for Ireland's options
The 24-year-old Leinster man delivered a composed display in tough conditions in Wellington.
# Fitness
Ireland hope key players Monaghan and Cronin will be fit for Scotland clash
There was a boost for Ireland with Sene Naoupu’s red card being rescinded.
# Number 10
'Ronan and David's rivalry was as intense as the one with Johnny Sexton'
A new documentary on Ireland’s out-halves airs on BBC One Northern Ireland tomorrow night.
# Jack Is Back
'I was so hell-bent on the end goal, maybe off the field I was a disaster to be around'
Jack Carty is enjoying his rugby and has returned to the Ireland squad a better player than before.
All time
# kick connoisseur
Mind-boggling hours and maturity: Munster man Healy kicking on to next level
The 22-year-old Tipperary man has been working hard to round out his game.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
'If he doesn't leave Leinster, he'll still end up playing a lot of good rugby'
Ross Byrne is out of contract with his native province next summer.
# playmaker
Prime opportunity for Carbery to push Ireland career on against Argentina
The 26-year-old is set for his chance with Johnny Sexton out injured.
# Succession
Farrell challenges Carbery and Byrne to knock Sexton 'off his perch'
The 36-year-old remains clear first-choice at out-half for Ireland.
# 10
Stacey Flood settling into key out-half role with Ireland Women
The 25-year-old has shown her quality over the course of five caps so far.
# Tactician
'We’ll be ready' - Return of influential Pollard a huge boost for the Boks
The 27-year-old out-half is out of Covid isolation ahead of the first Lions Test.
# Potential
Lions call up 22-year-old Marcus Smith as out-half cover for injured Russell
Warren Gatland has added the Harlequins star to his squad.
# Calm head
Leinster will have utmost faith in Byrne's ability to step up in La Rochelle
The 26-year-old was superb last time out against Exeter.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
'The problem is the backlog... Some of these lads should be moved on loan'
Bernard Jackman put forward his theory on Ireland’s succession planning at out-half.
# Irish Abroad
Glasgow confirm signing of Ian Keatley until end of the season
The experienced 33-year-old recently left Italian club Benetton.
# Prospects
Crowley and Flannery hope for Munster chances over festive inter-pro season
The academy out-halves could be set for opportunities after Ben Healy’s injury.
# playmaker
'I'd be really hungry to get back in the squad and be starting for Ireland'
28-year-old Jack Carty is determined to add to his 10 Ireland caps.
# Positive
'I’m hungry to get more opportunities' - Burns aims to build on first Ireland start
The 26-year-old Ulster out-half had some nice touches before being forced off injured.
# Number 10
'I don’t want to be a guy who plays once and then disappears' - Billy Burns
The 26-year-old made his Ireland debut against Wales on Friday night.
'Putting my stamp on playing my game - that's been the biggest difference'
At the age of 28, JJ Hanrahan is comfortable in knowing what his game is all about.
# 10
'He's a deep thinker on the game. Mentally he's very strong'
JJ Hanrahan is set to resume the season as Munster’s starting out-half.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
'There's potentially an embarrassment of riches for Munster in that position'
Ben Healy, Jack Crowley, and Jake Flannery will all be hoping for senior team action next season.
# hotshot
The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Harry Byrne
The 20-year-old Leinster out-half trained with Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad before the Six Nations.
# Toll
Spate of previous injuries means Carbery can benefit from lay-off
The out-half will hope to hit the ground running in pre-season and make up for lost time.
# 10
Hanrahan in line to make return for Munster for massive Racing clash
The Kerry man’s fitness is vital with Joey Carbery and Tyler Bleyendaal out injured.
'My biggest issue is that I probably put too much pressure on myself as an individual'
JJ Hanrahan is having a strong season for Munster as the influence of Stephen Larkham shines through.
# Frustrated
'We've got things in our own hands' - Sexton ready to rally against Russia
The 34-year-old found it very difficult to watch on from the sidelines as Ireland were beaten by Japan.
# stepping up
'I’m not going to try to be Johnny or Joey' - Carty set for biggest test yet
The 27-year-old Connacht man has improved many aspects of his game in the past two seasons.
# in the zone
Ireland confident that 'calm' Jack Carty will step up against Japan
The 27-year-old has been handed a huge starting opportunity at the World Cup.
# playmakers
Ireland have 'utmost faith' in Carbery and Carty if Sexton sits out Japan game
The 34-year-old out-half sustained what Ireland called a ‘bang to the quad’ against Scotland.
# Frustration
Ireland's shortcomings limit Byrne's chance to show his qualities
The 24-year-old Leinster man started well but struggled more as Ireland crumbled.
# Options
'We can’t go into a World Cup with a situation where we’ve only got Johnny'
Jack Carty and Ross Byrne now have opportunities with Joey Carbery sidelined through injury.
# Irish Abroad
'The dream is to get a professional contract, whether it be here or at home'
Irish out-half Seán Kearns has been in excellent form in the Shute Shield in Australia.
# Homecoming
'I love it down here' - Carbery happily settled in Munster ahead of RDS trip
The 23-year-old out-half was wearing Leinster’s 15 shirt in this fixture a year ago.
# resilience
'He's incredibly intelligent' - Bleyendaal primed to guide Munster from 10
The 28-year-old New Zealand native has been through a torrid time with injuries.
# Composed
'Tyler did brilliantly' - Bleyendaal steps up after Carbery injury in Edinburgh
The 28-year-old slotted a crucial conversion after Keith Earls’ second try.
# JC10
'He's a special player. He's a special footballer' - Carbery shines for Munster
Johann van Graan was pleased with how his out-half has settled with the province.