PADDY WALLACE (BALLYMENA/ULSTER)
PADDY WALLACE has established himself as Ireland's back-up out-half over the past season, but he added another string to his bow on the 2008 summer tour when he slotted in superbly well at centre alongside Brian O'Driscoll.
An attack-minded and multi-skilled back who can play at number 10, 12 or 15, Wallace has been in Ireland senior squads since 2002 but only made his debut as a replacement against South Africa in November 2006.
The Belfast man has been with Ulster since 2001 and has turned himself into a utility back, owing to David Humphreys' long stranglehold on the number 10 berth.
He has played for Ireland at Under-19, Under-21, 'A', Sevens and senior levels. In undoubtedly one of his best performances in an Irish jersey, he scored 20 points against the All Blacks in an 'A' international at Ravenhill in 2001.
Along with Brian O'Driscoll and Donncha O'Callaghan, he was a member of the Declan Kidney-coached Irish team that won the Under-19 FIRA/World Youth Championship in France in 1998.
PETER STRINGER (SHANNON/MUNSTER)
The winner of two Heineken Cups and three Triple Crowns, PETER STRINGER has had a stellar provincial and international career and his ultra competitive nature has him wanting more.
Having lost his grip on the Munster and Ireland number 9 jerseys, Stringer has battled back (starting against Australia last June) and shown that he still has a lot to offer.
His accurate passing and almost telepathic understanding with half-back partner Ronan O'Gara has helped him be an indispensable member of Irish squads stretching back to 2000.
Testament to his fitness and form, the Corkman very rarely misses an international. He is Ireland's most-capped scrum half and was a pivotal member of those Triple Crown-winning sides.
He started last year's Rugby World Cup as Ireland's first choice number 9, only for Eoin Reddan to edge past him by the tournament's end. Will likely be most remembered for scoring 'that' try against Biarritz in the 2006 Heineken Cup final.
SHANE HORGAN (BOYNE/LEINSTER)
A powerfully-built winger who has developed into a world class finisher, SHANE HORGAN has been a regular on Ireland's right wing since starting against Scotland in February 2000.
His run of four tries in seven outings in the green jersey between 2006 and 2007, including that memorable cross-field scored against England, rubber-stamped Horgan's reputation as a top quality wide man.
He initially climbed the international ladder with appearances for the Ireland Youths and Under-21s.
Horgan also boasts an impressive Heineken Cup strike rate of 24 tries in 65 games and has become a cornerstone of the Leinster side in recent years.
During the 2005 Lions tour, he made two Test appearances against New Zealand and scored some vital tries for Ireland in their 2006 and 2007 Triple Crown-winning campaigns.
A knee injury hampered his build-up to the 2007 Rugby World Cup but he regained full fitness and toured New Zealand and Australia last summer, starting both games.