Tale of the Threes
In 75 championship matches as Kilkenny manager between 1999 and 2014, Brian Cody has only ever started five full-backs:
Canice Brennan (1999)
Cody's first full-back played all four games in 1999.
Sean Meally (2000)
Started at full-back for the first game in 2000 when Noel Hickey was listed at left corner-back.
Noel Hickey (2000-12)
One of the most trusted lieutenants of the Cody era, playing 39 championship games at full-back. His absence was sorely felt in 2005.
John Tennyson (2005)
Stand in full-back for two games in 2005. Better suited to centre-back.
JJ Delaney (2006-14)
The consummate defender first played full-back in 2006 and played 29 games there over the next nine seasons.