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Ireland's attack flourishes as it becomes less reliant on Johnny Sexton
With ball-playing forwards and new playmakers in the backline, Ireland are more unpredictable.
'He's all class' - Barrett still full of admiration for Sexton 100 caps on
The All Blacks out-half made his debut against Ireland back in 2012.
Casey forming a halfback bond with the 'class' Carbery in Munster
The 22-year-old scrum-half is part of Ireland’s squad for the November Tests.
Gatland excited by Lions' 10/12 combination of Russell and Farrell
The Scot and the Englishman will play together against the Lions on Saturday.
Leinster lose 'enormous experience' as La Rochelle halfbacks return to training
Jono Gibbes believes Leinster have the depth to deal with Sexton’s absence.
Russell and Ntamack return for Six Nations finale
The Six Nations will finally be decided by Friday night’s postponed game.
Leinster's playmaking duo of Byrne and Frawley continue to impress
The Leinster pair’s latest showing was up for discussion on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
'That's what Ireland need, multiple first receivers and an unpredictability'
Ireland’s attack came in for praise on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
Loss of Carbery leaves door slightly ajar for bright new generation of Munster 10s
The Athy man will sit out an indeterminable amount of time to recover from his ankle issue.Munster have a wealth of homegrown, but raw, options.
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.
Barrett moves to 15 as All Blacks bring in Crusaders star Mo'unga at 10
Steve Hansen has named his two best out-halves to start against the Springboks.
Cipriani swapped into England squad in place of Marcus Smith
Eddie Jones’ side will train for another week without Owen Farrell.
Scannell and Carbery settling into a rhythm to ignite Munster attack
The centre played most of his youth rugby as an out-half and knows how to bring the best conditions for Carbery.
Analysis: Sexton-Farrell axis makes the difference against All Blacks
The 10-12 combination was integral in the key attacking moments of the second Test win.
Pairing up Sexton and Farrell is a bold call from Warren Gatland
The two playmakers will start alongside each other in the second Test against the All Blacks.
Analysis: Sexton-Farrell combination can unlock the All Blacks
The playmaking pair linked superbly against the Crusaders last weekend.
'You can't make a great player have a poor game': Wales wary of 'astute' Murray and Sexton
“They are two outstanding players who we have to be really on our guard against.”
From Ireland's most effective and underrated to the great DC: Tony Ward's top 10s
One of Ireland’s finest out-halves talks us through some of his favourite rugby protagonists.
Can he kick it? Does he have to? The makings of a perfect 10
We speak with Tony Ward about what he looks for when identifying potential out-halves before they take on schools rugby.
7 achingly beautiful RWC passes too good not to watch over and over again
Here’s to the playmakers.
Analysis: Two of the Premier League's most creative players last weekend were Irish
Both Stephen Ireland and Wes Hoolahan were instrumental for their clubs on Saturday.
No concern over Sexton's hamstring but Ian Keatley travels with Ireland
Joe Schmidt also explained why Ian Madigan was not released back to Leinster last weekend.
Shaqiri's treble fires Switzerland into second round tie with Messi's Argentina
The Bayern Munich man linked superbly with Josip Drmić to put Honduras to the sword.