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Ulster Ravens Travel South With Young Squad

Ulster Ravens Travel South With Young Squad

Ulster Ravens head coach Gary Longwell has named his starting line-up and replacements to take on Leinster ‘A’ in Friday’s Interprovincial match at Donnybrook (kick-off 6pm).

Callum Black will start in the front row alongside Jonathan Burns and Adam Macklin as he begins his return to action following a neck injury suffered in a friendly.

Iain Henderson will partner Neil McComb in the second row, while Conor Joyce, David McGuigan and Ali Birch make up the back row combination.

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Ian Porter and Paddy Jackson, who have featured heavily for the senior squad since the start of the season, will direct affairs from half-back.

Phoenix Academy players Chris Farrell, Michael Allen, Chris Cochrane, Conor Gaston and Ricky Andrew complete the back-line.

Ulster Development players Niall Annett and James McKinney head the list of replacements, which also includes the promising Blane McIlroy and Peter Nelson.

Friday’s fixture will be a stern test for this young Ravens side ahead of their first British & Irish Cup pool game against Doncaster on Friday November 11.

ULSTER RAVENS (v Leinster ‘A’): Ricky Andrew; Conor Gaston, Michael Allen, Chris Farrell, Chris Cochrane; Paddy Jackson, Ian Porter; Callum Black, Jonathan Burns, Adam Macklin, Iain Henderson, Neil McComb (capt), Conor Joyce, David McGuigan, Ali Birch.

Replacements: Niall Annett, Kyle McCall, Ryan Jablonski, James Simpson, Sean O’Connell, Blane McIlroy, James McKinney, Peter Nelson.