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# Back three

Last year
2022
# quick
Farrell has picked an undeniably exciting Ireland team to take on Italy
The back three of Lowry, Hansen, and Lowe will do some damage against Italy.
All time
# 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.
# Back three
Vegas trip with Furlong chief among Watson's fond Lions memories
The 27-year-old started all three Tests last time
# Options
Henshaw primed to play a central role in a dangerous Lions backline
20-year-old Louis Rees-Zammit has been included among the Lions’ back three options.
# Wide men
Keenan, Larmour and Kearney look sharp in Leinster's back three
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Ethan McIlroy continues to show his promise for Ulster.
# consistent
Keenan keen to kick on after starting all six of Ireland's autumn games
The Leinster man was uncapped before this busy run of Tests for Andy Farrell’s side.
# Show Time
Keenan excited to link with Lowe and Stockdale in Ireland's new-look back three
The Leinster man will win his third cap against Wales in Dublin this evening.
# Blow
France wing Thomas ruled out of Ireland clash with fullback Bouthier a doubt
The Racing 92 man scored a superb try against Wales last weekend.
# form
'I think my game is coming along really nicely, to be honest' - Stockdale
The 24-year-old has been playing at fullback for Ulster in recent times.
# Back three
Ireland 'gutted' for Larmour but newcomers Keenan and Daly settling into camp well
Garry Ringrose has also welcomed the addition of James Lowe to the set-up.
# 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.
# Options
A new fullback and big wing calls - Ireland's back three for the Six Nations
Will Addison and Jordan Larmour both impressed at 15 for their provinces.
# Back three
Addison, Stockdale, and The Cat impress as 'very happy' Ulster advance to quarters
Tom O’Toole suffered a rib injury in his side’s 22-15 win over Bath.
# Back three
Kearney and Earls eager for returns after Conway and Larmour impress
The Leinster fullback is expecting Japan to pose a tougher test than Scotland.
# Back three
'They're threats but we'll try to exploit them' - Scots on Larmour and Conway
Scotland feel they have a good grip on what to expect from Ireland.
# Back three
Calf niggle derails Addison's late push for World Cup selection
Joe Schmidt opted for Munster’s Chris Farrell in his squad for Japan.
# big calls
Test favourites emerging but back three a major concern for the Lions
Murray Kinsella picks his Lions squad for the opening Test against the All Blacks.
# Test Proven
Joe Schmidt rejects notion he is picking Ireland players on reputation
The Kiwi explained that implementing a Connacht-esque game plan would be difficult.
# Back three
Schmidt: 'Some of those hours Trimble was coming to the World Cup with us'
The Ireland head coach said Felix Jones and Fergus McFadden also just missed out on inclusion.
# Back three
'It's unbelievably competitive' - A LOT of talented wings are fighting for Schmidt's attention
Leinster’s Dave Kearney is hoping strong club form can get him some more international recognition.
# 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.
# insight
'Their back three is a deadly mix' - Les Kiss on Scotland's threats
The Ireland coach expects Stuart Hogg to offer danger, while he says the breakdown battle will be key.
# Utility
Plight of Keith Earls: The man who would be BO'D is now playing back-up to Kearney
The Munster winger was identified as O’Driscoll’s heir apparent but is being shunted around the Irish backline.