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Academy Players Included In Ulster Squad

Academy Players Included In Ulster Squad

The provisional Ulster squad has been named ahead of Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 7.35pm).

Hughes Insurance Academy players Alan O’Connor, James Simpson and Conor Joyce have been added to the province’s panel as have front rowers Ricky Lutton and Andrew Warwick.

Half-backs Paul Marshall and Niall O’Connor have also been included after missing last weekend’s bonus point victory over Zebre.

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The 27-year-old winger Neil Walsh, a late replacement in that game, may get another opportunity this Friday against the Scottish outfit.

Ulster remains top of the PRO12 table following the 26-3 home win over the Italians. Mark Anscombe’s men have a seven-point advantage over the second-placed Warriors going into round 16.

ULSTER Squad (v Glasgow Warriors) – Backs (11): Ruan Pienaar, Paul Marshall, Michael Heaney, Niall O’Connor, Stuart Olding, Paddy Wallace, Michael Allen, Andrew Trimble, Chris Cochrane, Neil Walsh, Ricky Andrew.

Forwards (14): Rob Herring, Nigel Brady, Ricky Lutton, Callum Black, Andrew Warwick, John Afoa, Neil McComb, Alan O’Connor, James Simpson, Dan Tuohy, Mike McComish, Conor Joyce, Ali Birch, Robbie Diack.