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# passing - Sunday 6 September, 2020

McFarland's Ulster keep the faith in collective speed and ball-handling skill

The northern province stuck to their philosophy as they mounted a dramatic comeback last night.

# passing - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

Why numbers on jerseys matter less than ever as rugby progresses

The return of rugby in New Zealand underlined that Eddie Jones might have been ahead of the curve again.

# passing - Thursday 16 January, 2020

Cooney's try the latest example of the Ulster forwards' ever-improving skills

Dan Soper, formerly an AIL coach with Ballynahinch and Banbridge, is having a big impact.

# passing - Thursday 18 April, 2019

Scannell keen for Munster's passing progress to pay off against Sarries

The inside centre says Johann van Graan’s men have been working hard on their attacking game.

# passing - Tuesday 26 February, 2019

Analysis: How has Conor Murray been playing in the Six Nations?

The 29-year-old is not quite at his best but the concern around him has been exaggerated.

# passing - Wednesday 16 January, 2019

'It's a small bit unfair... I would probably like to see the rule changed'

Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park is set to take over from Luke McGrath in the nine shirt.

# passing - Monday 19 November, 2018

Analysis: Joe Schmidt's Ireland beat the All Blacks at their own game

The Ireland forwards showed off their handling skills to go along with the physicality.

# passing - Saturday 17 November, 2018

'Hopefully we can get girls into clubs and playing from a younger age'

Ireland Women scrum-half Ailsa Hughes is looking to take her game to the next level.

# passing - Monday 28 May, 2018

Analysis: Johnny Sexton's combative class shines for Leinster once again

The 32-year-old was superb as his side claimed their Guinness Pro14 title.

# passing - Monday 21 May, 2018

Analysis: Conan's Lowe-assisted try shows Leinster at their basic best

The eastern province’s basic skills were superior to Munster’s in the Pro14 semi-final.

# passing - Saturday 7 April, 2018

'Always being the little kid, you have to try and find a way not to get hit too hard’

Instinct, intelligence, analysis: What makes Joey Carbery the player he is?

# passing - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

CJ Stander pushes passing skills as opposition analyse his ball-carrying

The number eight says Munster boss Johann van Graan has helped him to develop.

# passing - Saturday 3 February, 2018

Video analysis: Schmidt's set-piece strikes and the "new breed" of Irish forward

The November Tests were extremely encouraging for Ireland from an attacking point of view.

# passing - Friday 19 January, 2018

'It's just pure work rate. In a tight game, it can nearly win you a game'

Robbie Henshaw is happy that he’s showing a rounded game in midfield for Leinster.

# passing - Friday 1 September, 2017

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Largest asteroid in over a century flies by Earth

Scientists had planned to study the asteroid up close when it passes.

# passing - Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Analysis: Aaron Smith and Morgan Parra find creative scrum-half solutions

Both nines have produced triple skip passes to cut defences apart in recent weeks.

# passing - Friday 28 April, 2017

Kieran Marmion explains how his Ireland and Connacht roles are different

Passing, sniping, kicking, defending and organising are all key parts of playing at nine.

# passing - Thursday 17 November, 2016

Video analysis: Ireland's expansive ideas excite at start of World Cup year

Tom Tierney’s side were ambitious with their use of the ball against England last weekend.

# passing - Tuesday 1 December, 2015

Analysis: Connacht's decision-making and skill pays dividends in Limerick

Pat Lam has pushed his players hard to improve their core skills.

# passing - Monday 26 October, 2015

Peter Stringer: The smallest man in the World Cup final might have the biggest say

Our World Cup columnist looks at the All Blacks’ brilliant scrum-half, Aaron Smith.

# passing - 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.

# passing - Friday 24 July, 2015

Analysis: Retallick epitomises why All Blacks are best in the world

The 24-year-old second row has already been named the best individual player in the game.

# passing - Friday 23 January, 2015

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Some government buildings are flying their flags at half mast today

This was to mark the passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

# passing - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Leinster coaches put onus on players to start delivering the goods

‘At the end of the day, we can’t play the game for the guys,’ says skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy.

# passing - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Ireland cap Noel Reid ready to add playmaking quality to Leinster midfield

The 24-year-old centre, set for his comeback from injury this weekend, tells us about his rugby journey so far.

# passing - Thursday 10 July, 2014

36-year-old Peter Stringer is still ripped and has a slick pass

The Bath scrum-half is looking in good shape ahead of the new season.

# passing - Thursday 13 February, 2014

Rugby technique: Pass selection is the key, not spinning

The creative Bath duo of George Ford and Kyle Eastmond are showing how rugby league can influence union again.

# passing - Monday 27 August, 2012

Patrick Kelly: "Most people wouldn't be fans of it but they're revolutionizing tactics."

The Ballincollig club man believes that Donegal have to be credited for their winning display in Croke Park yesterday.

Murph’s Sideline Cut: "Tomás Ó Sé said last week that you can’t train yourself for a match against Donegal – you have to experience it."

The composure, athleticism and hunger of the Donegal players proved critical in seeing off Cork yesterday, writes Ciaran Murphy.