Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Sunday 4 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Back three

Last year
# 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.