Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin is set to give youth a chance as he has named a young side for his provinces match against Neath this Friday at The Gnoll (kick off 19.15).
With the likes of Stephen Ferris, Rory Best and Andrew Trimble away on Ireland duty Brian McLaughlin has taken this game to introduce some fresh faces into the Ulster setup.
Senior debuts have been handed to eighteen-year-old Phoenix Academy players Peter Nelson and Christopher Farrell, along with 20-year-old Michael Allen. Both Nelson and Farrell, who play fullback and outside centre respectivly, have both had a strong pre seasons with the under 20’s and have earned the chance to impress at senior level.
There is also a youthful look to the forward line with Lewis Stevenson who will captain the side from second row where Neill McComb will join him. New signing Mike McComish will start at blindside with Willie Faloon occupying the openside role and Robbie Diack at the base of the scrum.
Ulster (15-9):Peter Nelson; Michael Allen, Christopher Farrell, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy; Patrick Jackson, Ian Porter (1-8): Paddy McAllister, John Burns, Jerry Cronin, Lewis Stevenson (capt), Neil McComb, Michael McComish, Willie Faloon, Robbie Diack
Replacements (16-23): Andrew Warwick, Callum Black, Adam Macklin, James Simpson, Ali Birch, Blane McIlroy, Stuart Olding, Conor Gaston.