The Irish MVP, who is the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Ireland?

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) is not necessarily the best player in the team, but if you’re playing a World Cup Final tomorrow, who is the single player most important to the gameplan and outcome. Will the Irish MVP change during the Six Nations?

Conor Murray

This scrum-half has all the qualities a great pivotal player needs. He is the glue that holds this Ireland team together. He brings physical attributes, leadership skills and a clear head when it comes to decision making. Murray was the go-to player on the 2017 Lions tour with his kicking being all important for executing their game plan. He is also that man for the Irish. A key component to Joe Schmidt’s plans.

For us, Conor Murray is the Irish MVP. Check out our video to see why.
For us, Conor Murray is the Irish MVP. Check out our video to see why.
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Jared Payne

From playing Super Rugby in New Zealand to representing Ireland to being part of the 2017 Lions tour, Payne has seen to have covered a lot of ground. His original position being fullback has given him the skill to penetrate the line and make quick decisions. He’s transferred these skills over to a more upfront position – centre. You can’t look past Payne’s versatility and how well he executes these positions. He has also been instrumental in a lot of Ireland’s recent success.

Jonathan Sexton

Sexton is a World Class operator. He has started 5 of the last 6 Lions tests as their 10 and is virtually irreplaceable in this Irish side. With Sexton at the helm, being fed by Murray at 9 Ireland have arguably the best half-back pairing in the world. He is incredibly important to the Irish game plan; his looping runs, visionary decision making and experience have elevated him to the very top echelons of flyhalfs.

The 1014 review how they see the Irish MVP

Don’t miss any of the previous Six Nations MVP videos – Italian MVP, French MVP and Scottish MVP.

Let us know what you think? Have we missed something? Is there a blatant omission?


Author: Taylor Curtis

I have always shared a passion for rugby whether it is on or off the field.
Experiencing both forms of code from fifteens to sevens, my rugby season well and truly never ends. When I’m not playing, I’m studying towards my double degree in media communications and psychology.


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