Ulster Ravens coach Neil Doak has named a 25-man squad ahead of the province’s opening British & Irish Cup clash with the Bedford Blues at Ravenhill on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm).
Neil Doak’s selected squad boasts a blend of youth and experience, with the Ulster Ravens looking to mount a serious challenge in this new cross border competition
Recent Ireland ‘A’ debutants Andy Kyriacou and Dan Tuohy have been included in the Ravens panel, along with fit-again flanker David Pollock and hooker Nigel Brady, who was a try scorer for Dungannon at the weekend.
Ian Humphreys, Isaac Boss and Bryan Young, who all featured in the Ireland ‘A’ side’s 48-19 win over Tonga last Friday, are also in contention to be named in the Ravens starting line-up which will be confirmed on Thursday.
The British & Irish Cup involves 24 teams drawn from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and divided into four pools of six.
Alongside Bedford, the Ulster Ravens will also face Moseley (away), London Welsh (home), Aberavon (home) and Llanelli (away) in their pool during the months of November, February and March, aiming to secure top spot and progress to the semi-final stage in April.
Tickets for the Ulster Ravens v Bedford Blues game on Friday are available to purchase here, from the Ravenhill Ticket Office or over the telephone ticketline on 028 9049 3222. Tickets will also be available on the gates which open from 6pm.
ULSTER RAVENS Squad (v Bedford Blues) – Backs (11): Jamie Smith, Chris Cochrane, Tommy Seymour, Niall O’Connor, Ian Whitten, Paul Marshall, Isaac Boss, Ian Humphreys, Jonny Shiels, Cillian Willis, Clinton Schifcofske.
Forwards (14): Nigel Brady, Paddy McAllister, Bryan Young, Ed O’Donoghue, Andy Kyriacou, Dan Tuohy, Neil McComb, Willie Faloon, Tamaiti Horua, Declan Fitzpatrick, David Pollock, Ryan Caldwell, Justin Fitzpatrick, Thomas Anderson.