19 Jun, 06:50
A single point separated the sides as a hard-fought 5th-8th place play-off finished in France's favour at Stade Henri Desgrange on Tuesday night. Check out some photos from Ireland's fourth IRB Junior World Championsip match.
The strength in depth of this Ulster squad augers well for the coming season and has allowed Solomons rotate his players. McWhirter, injured for the Bedford game, takes over from Mark Blair who played against Bedford in the second row. Brosnihan will play at No 7 and Kempson at prop.
The only change in the backline from that game sees Sheldon Coulter in in place of Jan Cunninhgham while Kieran Campbell has been declared fit to play despite picking up a slight rib injury last weekend.
Ulster captain Andy Ward is fulluy aware that this game represents a big step up from last weekend. " Of course the challenge is different but I'm confident we can rise to it." he said. "There's still a lot of work to be done and that's why these early games are so important for us. Now is the time to get things right, to try out in match situations what we've worked on in practice. Getting things right this Friday is very important because the folowing weekend we're into the Celtic League."
Ulster: Bryn Cunningham; James Topping, Ryan Constable, Johnny Bell, Sheldon Coulter; Adam Larkin, Kieran Campbell; Justin Fitzpatrick, Matt Sexton, Robbie Kempson; Tony McWhirter, Jeremy Davidson, Andy Ward (capt), Warren Brosnihan, Russell Nelson. Replacements: Clem Boyd (16), - Paul Shields (17), Mark Blair (18), Rob Brink (19), Reece Spee (20), Shane Stewart (21), Jan Cunningham (22).