# Passing

This week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
Paedophile former football coach Barry Bennell dies in prison
The ex-Crewe Alexandra coach was serving a 34-year sentence after being convicted of a number of child sex offences.
Last year
Furlong's stunning pass and Beirne's sleight of hand show point of difference
The multi-skilled Ireland forwards picked up where they left off in November.
'It definitely helps us that we're not just relying on our 9s and 10s to run it'
Robbie Henshaw is happy to step up as a distributor for Leinster and Ireland.
All time
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
'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?
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.
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.
'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.
Largest asteroid in over a century flies by Earth
Scientists had planned to study the asteroid up close when it passes.
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.
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.
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.
Analysis: Connacht's decision-making and skill pays dividends in Limerick
Pat Lam has pushed his players hard to improve their core skills.
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.
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.
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.
Some government buildings are flying their flags at half mast today
This was to mark the passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.