# depth chart

This year
Who is second-in-line to Sexton after a crazy year in Ireland's depth chart?
Jack Crowley’s upward trajectory continues but Ross Byrne had a big Six Nations this year.
Sexton hopes to return before end of season as Leinster assess 10 options
The province’s captain was injured as Ireland claimed the Grand Slam last weekend.
Aussie-qualified Frawley looks to pick up where he left off with Ireland
There has been a rather remarkable turn of events in Ireland’s out-half pecking order.
Liverpool recall defender Rhys Williams from loan spell at Blackpool
Defender returns to Anfield to cover potential transfer activity.
Which players have played the most for Ireland under Andy Farrell?
The Ireland boss has handed out 30 debuts since his tenure began in 2020.
Last year
The Ulster depth chart: Under-the-radar signings and Stockdale's return
Youngsters like Nathan Doak will be pushing for first-choice status this season.
The Connacht depth chart: Back three boost and arrivals from Leinster
The western province had hoped to sign a new tighthead prop ahead of this season.
The Leinster depth chart: Jenkins adds size and is Frawley a 10?
Charlie Ngatai has come in to provide another experienced option in midfield.
The Munster depth chart: Fekitoa's impact and Snyman's second return
Graham Rowntree has interesting options in the halfback positions.
All time
The Ulster depth chart: A World Cup winner and the thrilling back three
Dan McFarland’s men are aiming to be in trophy contention this season.
The Leinster depth chart: Three Test tightheads and another back row battle
Leo Cullen’s squad features plenty of midfield options and some exciting young talent.
The Connacht depth chart: A new Tongan lock and dealing with Buckley injury
Andy Friend has a 43-man senior squad coming into the new season.
The Munster depth chart: Zebo's return and the promising young guns
Johann van Graan has seen five senior forwards depart during the summer.
Beirne, Henderson and Conan looking to force way into Lions Test spots
The second row and back row combination will be pivotal for Warren Gatland’s side.
Tadhg Furlong set to be a key man in the Lions front row again
Warren Gatland will have some big calls to make at loosehead prop and hooker.
Connacht happy with depth for next season but Buckley injury a concern
Mack Hansen and Leva Fifita will join the province this summer.
Tigers the focus for Connacht as they prepare to rotate in Pro14
Andy Friend and Denis Buckley have their eye on European silverware.
'The problem is the backlog... Some of these lads should be moved on loan'
Bernard Jackman put forward his theory on Ireland’s succession planning at out-half.
The Ireland depth chart: Big names back and two exciting prospects
Andy Farrell has a few players short of game time in his 36-man squad for the Six Nations.
Scannell rates this Munster squad the best he has played in
Munster centre excited by talent coming through as the province heads to Glasgow tonight seeking a sixth straight win this season.
Furlong's injury frustration continues as Leinster's tighthead stocks run low
The Wexford man last played in February, while Ciaran Parker has now been ruled out.
Gibson-Park gets starting chance as Farrell welcomes competition for Murray
The Ireland boss is also set to give Billy Burns a debut off the bench against Wales.
The alternative XV Andy Farrell could pick for Ireland
If Ireland were hit with an injury or Covid crisis this autumn would they be able to cope? The answer is a resounding yes.
Munster back promising academy locks after 'devastating' RG Snyman injury
Stephen Larkham says the province won’t look for a short-term signing with Jean Kleyn also sidelined.
The Munster depth chart: Big-name signings and fascinating selection battles
Johann van Graan’s 43-man senior squad looks well set to push on this season.
The Ulster depth chart: Madigan and Mathewson add experience
Dan McFarland has some exciting young players in his squad.
The Leinster depth chart: How do you pick from those back row options?
Leo Cullen’s men will be looking to pick up where they left off when rugby resumes.
The Connacht depth chart: Andy Friend's 43-man senior squad
The western province have several new faces in their squad ahead of next month’s restart.
Who starts alongside Sexton? - Ireland's halfbacks for the Six Nations
Conor Murray is under pressure from John Cooney and Luke McGrath at scrum-half.
POM under pressure and three fresh faces - Ireland's back row for the Six Nations
Head coach Andy Farrell’s selections in this area against Scotland will be telling.
James Ryan plus one - Toner returns to compete in Ireland's lock stocks
Iain Henderson and Ultan Dillane are the other two second rows in Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad.
A new hooker and props applying pressure - Ireland's front row for the Six Nations
Who would you like to see Andy Farrell pick in jerseys number one to three in a week’s time?
Connacht's Marmion sets out to ensure he's not Ireland's forgotten man at 9
The scrum-half returns to the Connacht team for the first time since November against Montpellier today.
Step up, Ross Byrne? Carbery's cruel blow has ramifications for Munster and Ireland
The 24-year-old Athy man has had a torrid time with injuries in the past year.
Have Ireland built better depth? Comparing the 2019 RWC squad to 2015
We’ve broken down Joe Schmidt’s squad position-by-position.
Retiring Cave captains Ulster against Leinster as both provinces hold stars back for big games ahead
Ulster have a Pro14 quarter-final against Connacht to come next weekend, while Leinster are resting up for Saracens.
Six Nations and RWC loom large as Schmidt sees flexibility and confidence built in November
Ross Byrne has complicated the tussle for the back-up 10 slot and that suits the head coach just fine.
Growth of scrum-half depth in Murray's absence a major positive for Ireland
Kieran Marmion got two big starts this month, while Luke McGrath and John Cooney have had exposure too.
Grand Slam-winner Leavy in Leinster line-up to face Kings
Dave Kearney has recovered from injury to take a starting berth, while Scott Fardy captains the tourists in South Africa.
Scannell and Herring impress as Ireland's depth continues to grow
Joe Schmidt and his coaching staff are pleased that they now have options across the pitch.