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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# 15

Last year
# Ballplayers
'There's a bit of competition' - Lowry's rise drives Keenan to next level
Ireland assistant coach Mike Catt is pleased with their attacking development.
# quarantine
'There was an element of frustration being stuck in a room for 24 hours a day'
Munster fullback Mike Haley was one of the 14 players and staff who had to quarantine in South Africa.
All time
# Going Strong
Ireland's first LGBT+ inclusive club celebrates turning 15
The Dublin Devils have enjoyed good growth since starting out as a casual kickabout.
# Resolve
Confidence shaken, but still strong for Jacob Stockdale
The under-fire Ireland fullback admits he moved to shut out the ‘noise’ of social media after last year’s World Cup. But he has still examined his mental approach.
# Analysis
Stockdale shows kicking quality but errors prove costly on tough night in Paris
The 24-year-old made his second start in the number 15 shirt as Andy Farrell’s side came up short.
# 15
'We think Jacob has all the attributes to push forward at fullback' - Farrell
The 24-year-old Ulsterman has been picked in Ireland’s number 15 shirt against Italy.
# Back three
'He's got amazing work-rate' - Leinster's Hugo Keenan continues to impress
Leinster’s back three depth will be tested by international call-ups and injuries in the coming months.
# Settled In
Fullback Haley happy in Munster and hopes to push back into Ireland contention
The 26-year-old former Sale man earned his Test debut last year against Italy.
# 15
O'Shea returns and Spillane rewarded with start as Kerry shuffle pack for trip to Tyrone
Tadhg Morley also starts with Peter Keane making three changes.
# Inter-pro
All eyes on Rob Kearney and Leinster's production line as they welcome Ulster to RDS
Ulster will have to deliver a major shock to upset the pace-setters in Europe and the Pro14 this evening.
# 15
Kearney and Larmour working closely and 'learning from each other'
‘If I can take a few things from his game and add them to mine then that is definitely a plus,’ says Larmour.
'Irrepressible' Larmour shines for Ireland with man-of-the-match display
The 22-year-old shone at fullback in a big win over Samoa.
# Attack
Watching Tuisova, Radradra and Kolbe the RWC highlights for elusive Larmour
The 22-year-old starts at fullback for Ireland against Samoa today.
# Prodigy
Dream continues for 15-year-old Gauff after epic Wimbledon comeback
The teenage star overcame Polona Hercog today.
# stepping up
Larmour slots in seamlessly to underline his credentials at fullback
The 21-year-old was excellent against France after being drafted in to replace the injured Rob Kearney.
# Injury Update
Kearney 'a good chance' for Wales but Ireland uncertain on van der Flier
Robbie Henshaw won’t be coming back into the mix as his dead leg lingers.
# 15
Late change for Ireland as Kearney ruled out of France clash
Jordan Larmour is promoted from the bench to start at fullback.
# like mike
Van Graan backs Haley for Ireland honours after finding his feet at Munster
The 24-year-old has been in impressive form for the province in recent times.
# honesty
'You want your mates to go well but you have to be a little bit selfish about it'
32-year-old Rob Kearney returned to make a strong impression for Ireland against Scotland in the Six Nations.
# position
Henshaw endures tough evening after Schmidt opts for fullback switch
England’s sublime kicking game saw them toy with the Leinster man.
# 15
'I think it's a good fit... Robbie will go really well' - Simon Zebo on Henshaw's fullback selection
The Racing 92 star has no worries about his former teammate.
# Irish-Qualified
'Not a perfect' debut but Munster fullback Haley is an exciting addition
The 24-year-old was part of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland camp earlier this week.
# best in the west
O'Halloran targeting more Test caps as a Connacht man after November omission instilled doubt
The brilliant fullback was linked with moves outside his home province that, in theory, might have improved his chance of challenging for Ireland honours.
# 15
'There's a fair bit of faith put in me and a fair bit of pressure to repay the coach' -- Rob Kearney
The fullback said Saturday’s match was a more nerve-wracking prospect than usual.
# versatile
10 or 15? Leinster just happy to see Carbery continuing to improve
The Ireland international is learning with every game as he manages two positions.
# community spirit
Generations come together to celebrate 50 years of Ballymun
It’s all thanks to Axis Ballymun, which has put on a programme of arts events to mark its 15th birthday.
# best foot forward
Payne's 'experience and freshness' key to fullback call - Joe Schmidt
The Ireland head coach is confident Paddy Jackson will step up in Johnny Sexton’s absence.
# 15
Rob Kearney a doubt for Ireland's clash with Italy as Payne moves into contention for fullback slot
A hamstring issue kept the Leinster man out of training today.
# 15
Zebo gets nod at fullback as Schmidt stresses that Rob Kearney is fit
It had been expected that Kearney would line out at the back for Ireland against England.
# Missing Out
15 of the best players never to have played in the World Cup*
*Not including players who will likely play for the first time this year.
# insight
What goes into being a professional fullback? Munster's Felix Jones explains...
Kick chase, counter-attacking, one-on-one tackling and painting pictures to the opposition out-half are on the agenda.
# roll it there
15 Shades of Gay... a look back at Uncle Gaybo through the years
There’s more to him than just The Late Late Show you know…
# Mad Skills
Cullen and Schmidt endorse converted fullback Madigan for Ireland role
The 23-year-old out-half could make yet his international debut in an unfamiliar role.
# Going Viral
YouTube Top 10: because Cristiano Ronaldo and co can't stop scoring
Featuring Man United versus Barcelona, Katie Taylor at 15 and a tribute to Timmy McCarthy of basketball commentary fame.
# player diary
Provincial matters: Ulster's Adam D'Arcy with his take on pre-season prep
“Everyone is determined to continue on the success of last season and hopefully bring some trophies back to Ravenhill,” says the full back.
# Going south
Here comes the cavalry: Duffy in the air as Earls' tour hangs in the balance
The Connacht full-back is jetting to Christchurch while Paddy McAllister and Tony Buckley are keeping their phones charged and ready.