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Jacob Stockdale's settled role to Billy Burns' promise: Five things for Andy Farrell to mull over before the 2021 Six Nations

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Jacob Stockdale looks set to stay in the number 15 shirt for Ireland.

Jacob Stockdale looks set to stay in the number 15 shirt for Ireland.

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Jacob Stockdale looks set to stay in the number 15 shirt for Ireland.

The 2020 schedule has come to an end for Ireland after a lengthy autumn international window.

So just what can relatively new boss Andy Farrell take from the last few months as he plots a route towards the 2021 Six Nations and, ultimately, the 2023 World Cup?

1. Jacob Stockdale's role seems settled at number 15

Similar to the back-row, the back three picture has altered over the course of this window.  Jacob Stockdale now seems Farrell’s pick to fill the full-back jersey. The Ulsterman showed he can still offer plenty in attack from the new position, scoring against both France and England. Hugo Keenan hasn’t been as eye-catching as Doris but has slotted in well at this level while Keith Earls is now Ireland’s second highest scorer ever. Jordan Larmour should be fit by the Six Nations though and James Lowe is another new option.


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