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The men fighting for the back three


Ireland's Rob Kearney

Ireland's Rob Kearney

Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Ireland's Rob Kearney

Rob Kearney

Two tries in two games, but a glute injury threatens to derail his charge. Failure to train early on in the week would open the door to Simon Zebo, who impressed on Sunday.

Dave Kearney

Trained his way into the team and was effective against Canada, but Bowe's return to form leaves him in a battle for the No 14 shirt.

Keith Earls

Assuming he comes through his final head test, Earls is virtually assured of starting. Has gotten over the gainline 12 times in two games, carrying for 171 metres and beating six defenders.

Simon Zebo

Brings creativity and passing ability to the party, laying on two tries last Sunday. Perceived defensive weaknesses but hasn't missed a tackle yet.

Tommy Bowe

Nightmare in Twickenham is fading into memory after two good finishes and a couple of high catches at Wembley. Back in the frame and growing in confidence.

Luke Fitzgerald

Harsh to think he might not be involved against Italy after impressing in the centre against Canada, but Robbie Henshaw's return and others' form could squeeze him out.

Irish Independent