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List of Top 10 at Number 10: Irish Rugby Players at Out-Half

There is so much debate about the Out Half position for the Ireland rugby team, we look at the top ten players who could wear the number 10 shirt at the next world cup.

Jack Crowley

Jack Crowley, a 23-year-old representing Munster, is an emerging talent in Irish rugby. Despite limited international exposure with nine caps for Ireland, Crowley has showcased promising growth. He stepped in as Johnny Sexton’s backup during the recent World Cup, gaining valuable experience by coming off the bench three times, notably in a crucial pool-stage match against South Africa. Although he was unused in the quarter-final defeat to New Zealand, his trajectory suggests a future as a significant figure in Irish rugby. Crowley’s contribution to Munster, with 35 appearances and a pivotal role in their URC glory, highlights his potential. Known for his instinctive play, sharp footwork, and a physical presence reminiscent of Sexton, Crowley is considered a prime candidate to fill the void left by the retired legend.

Ross Byrne

At 28 years old, Ross Byrne from Leinster embodies patience and perseverance. Despite playing second fiddle to the legendary Sexton, Byrne has amassed a considerable 148 appearances, showcasing his commitment and dedication to his craft. His recent performances for Ireland depict a player eager to seize opportunities, albeit overshadowed by the rising talent of Jack Crowley. His injury ridden season has not helped his cause. Byrne’s consistency in stepping up for big games and his contributions during the Grand Slam campaign under Andy Farrell’s Ireland speak volumes about his potential to make a significant impact given the chance.

Ciarán Frawley

Ciarán Frawley, a versatile 24-year-old representing Leinster, stands out for his adaptability across multiple positions, including out-half, center, and fullback. Although he impressed Irish coaches during the New Zealand tour and secured his first cap at number 10 against Italy, Frawley faces limited opportunities in his preferred position at Leinster. His potential as an out-half is evident, but the challenge lies in securing regular playing time in the position to fully capitalize on his talent and convince the national selectors.

Joey Carbery

With 37 caps for Munster, 28-year-old Joey Carbery remains one of the most experienced out-halves available to Andy Farrell. Having previously featured prominently in Ireland’s victories, Carbery faced setbacks in 2023, missing out on the World Cup training squad and losing his place in Munster’s lineup. Determined to regain his former status, Carbery moves to France next season with a point to prove. His previous success and contributions to Ireland’s victories position him as a strong contender, aiming to reclaim his status as Sexton’s heir apparent.

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne, 24, represents Leinster and was once earmarked as a promising talent by the Ireland setup under Andy Farrell. Despite showcasing potential during international debuts in 2021, injuries hindered his subsequent appearances for the national team. His recent focus has been on overcoming these setbacks and asserting himself within the competitive Leinster squad, where he contends with his older brother Ross Byrne. Harry aims to fulfill the potential Farrell identified, striving to secure a consistent spot in both his club and national teams.

Jack Carty

Jack Carty, the 31-year-old Connacht captain, possesses valuable experience despite recent exclusion from Farrell’s training squads. He previously earned ten caps under Joe Schmidt, including appearances in the 2019 World Cup. Known for his creativity and tactical acumen, Carty’s leadership skills have been instrumental in Connacht’s growth. Despite recent omissions, Carty’s determination to prove his worth remains unwavering, especially with the addition of JJ Hanrahan to the Connacht squad. His 200th cap for Connacht signifies his extensive experience and desire to demonstrate his quality on the field.

Sam Prendergast

At just 20 years old, Sam Prendergast is viewed as a long-term prospect with immense potential at Leinster. He showcased his abilities prominently with the Ireland U20s, contributing to their Grand Slam victory and reaching the World Cup final. Although his focus currently lies on establishing himself at Leinster, Prendergast’s maturity and talent for his age make him an intriguing prospect for the national team. As he navigates his path at Leinster among competitors like the Byrne brothers, his development and potential could earn him a closer look from Farrell’s coaching staff.

Billy Burns

Ulster’s 29-year-old out-half, Billy Burns, previously featured in the early days of Andy Farrell’s tenure, securing seven Ireland caps. Despite starting a Six Nations game against France and displaying promise, his last appearance dates back to a summer Test against Japan in 2021. With the emergence of 24-year-old Jake Flannery at Ulster, Burns faces the challenge of reigniting his form while contending with rising competition. His focus remains on delivering consistent performances and catching the eye of the Ireland coaching staff amid a pool of talented out-halves vying for national selection.

JJ Hanrahan and Jake Flannery look highly unlikely to feature but would be 9/10 on the list

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