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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# back row

Last year
2022
# hopes
CJ Stander believes Ireland will 'peak at the perfect time' for World Cup
The former Munster man has been impressed by Ireland’s growth under Andy Farrell.
# Maeve Óg
22-year-old O'Leary learning from 'unbelievable' back rows with Ireland
‘From my own club, Hannah O’Connor and Dorothy Wall are just huge.’
# trophy hunt
Conan ready to finish on a high after Covid effects and 'stop-start' Six Nations
The 29-year-old made three starts as Ireland won the Triple Crown.
# West Cork
Tractor-driving Hodnett looking to take his game up a gear with Munster
The Rosscarbery man has bounced back well this season after a year out of the game through injury.
All time
# back row
Doris and van der Flier complete outstanding autumn series for Ireland
Meanwhile, Andy Farrell was pleased with Joey Carbery’s impact.
# Debut
'My brother literally flew in from France on the morning of the game'
Maeve Óg O’Leary was impressive on her first cap for Ireland on Friday night.
# Selection
Farrell has intriguing options in Ireland's back row and back three
Johnny Sexton could win his 100th Ireland cap this weekend in Dublin.
# Footballer
Leinster confident Max Deegan can pick up where he left off
‘He’s a proper footballer. He’s got great skills but also he has put on a bit of size.’
# hand up
Ireland's Jack Conan keen to take his chance in last Lions Test audition
Warren Gatland says up to 70% of his Test side remains undecided.
# Contender
Beirne out of isolation and back on the scoresheet for the Lions
The Munster and Ireland man is pushing for a Test start at blindside flanker.
# Analysis
Conan and Beirne step up to showcase their skills in Lions back row
The Irish pair were impressive as Warren Gatland’s side beat Japan.
# on fire
Munster star Gavin Coombes primed to take his chance with Ireland
‘I would have always backed myself, I knew what I could do.’
# Potential
Prolific try-scorer Penny set to resume superb season against Munster
The 21-year-old flanker is aiming to improve his defensive chat and breakdown skills.
# legacy
'From the day he arrived he did his best to buy in to our culture, now he's creating culture'
Peter O’Mahony is hoping to create a few special memories before CJ Stander bids farewell to Munster.
# back row
Van der Flier set to start for Ireland in Six Nations clash with Wales
The 27-year-old is set to team up with CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony.
# Irish Abroad
Irish back row prospect Hickey set to sign for the Ospreys in Wales
The 19-year-old captained the Leinster at U19s and has played for the province’s A team.
# Options
Doris injury leaves Ireland with crucial call in the back row for visit to Wales
Head coach Andy Farrell has a range of skillsets to choose from for his side’s Six Nations opener.
# mentality
Dan Leavy's successful return is good news for Leinster and Ireland
The 26-year-old impressed as he got through 57 minutes of action for the province last night.
# Ambition
'If you’re playing well enough for Connacht, you’re going to get picked for Ireland'
23-year-old back row Paul Boyle has been in strong form for the westerners in recent seasons.
# Papa
Connacht excited about potential of 'big and physical man' Abraham Papali'i
The Kiwi number eight only moved into professional rugby union last year.
# Options
POM provides Ireland back-up but van der Flier 'doing nothing wrong'
Will Connors will make his Test debut at openside flanker against Italy on Saturday.
# Boost
Return of 'world-class' Molloy adds experience to Ireland's exciting young squad
Emerging stars like Beibhinn Parsons and Dorothy Wall showed their promise earlier this year.
# hotshot
'He was a devastating ball-carrier and having played in the backs, had good skills'
Ulster’s Dan Soper was instrumental in David McCann making the move from centre to the back row.
# Depth
'It's always easier to have 10 than two' - Leinster's back row riches
With Jack Conan and Dan Leavy back in the mix, the province will have serious depth.
# 6 Nations
'Sky is the limit' for U20 lock Thomas Ahern
Forwards coach Colm Tucker also says the young side took huge benefit from their brush with the seniors.
# Irish Abroad
'It's something new, something very different... I thought it would be cool to be part of'
Former Munster and Pau back row Paddy Butler has joined Japanese club Yamaha Júbilo.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
'We've got lads who can do both and I just don't think Stander is one of them'
Andy Dunne wants to see Ireland look for more from their back row forwards.
# Son of Deise
O'Donoghue looks to nail down Munster spot before chasing more Ireland caps
The 25-year-old made his most recent Test appearance in Japan in 2017.
# Injury Update
Murphy staying with Ireland in Japan while Carbery is 'in a great place'
The Ulster back row won’t be heading home after picking up a rib injury.
# response
'I have got a bit of a lashing from people outside' - CJ Stander steps up
The Ireland back row was busy after moving to blindside flanker against Wales.
# adaptable
POM prepping to cover openside with versatility key at World Cup
The 29-year-old started a game in the seven shirt for Ireland in Australia last summer.
# Homegrown
'Just a country boy from Glarryford': Marcus Rea poured his all into Ulster debut
The 21-year-old was the surprise hero of Ulster’s win over Leinster.
# Rising stock
'Without any hesitation that was the biggest game of my career by miles'
Jack Conan took his opportunity on Saturday in Sydney as Ireland won their series Down Under.
# Depth
Big opportunity for Conan as Schmidt resists temptation to make change at 9
Conor Murray will be at scrum-half against the Wallabies tomorrow.
# Crime and Punishment
Wales' Moriarty gets 4-week ban for choke-hold as committee note 'mitigating factors'
The back row will miss only one Pro14 match after sustaining a hold on the neck of Argentina out-half Nicolas Sanchez.
# final push
Back row a tricky pick for Leinster as Cullen's key leaders passed fit
Johnny Sexton and Isa Nacewa are fit to start the Pro14 final against the Scarlets.
# Eighthman
Analysis: Faletau sets the Lions standard that CJ Stander has to match
The Welsh number eight was outstanding against the NZ Provincial Barbarians.
# Irish Abroad
Son of former Leinster captain Pim thriving in Australian club rugby
Sam Pim is part of a small Irish contingent at University of Queensland.
# natural 7
Wales' omission of 'world class' James Davies increasingly baffling
Rassie Erasmus will have to contend with multiple threats to his ruck this weekend.
# No Billy
Stander starts Lions tour as an 8, while Gatland praises Haskell's personality
With Billy Vunipola missing, Stander will compete with Taulupe Faletau for the eight shirt.