Silky smooth Charlie Simpson in Ballymena's successful Schools Cup campaign in 2010.

We’ve been remiss with our Under 20’s this season what with our involvement with the Women’s side but it’s a real pity these fixtures didn’t get a bit more publicity as hat’s a cracking little back line that Ulster cn put out even with teh absence of the injured Olding.

Ulster U20s coach Derek Suffern has named his side to play Leinster away on Friday evening at Donnybrook (kick off 7pm).

The team lost their opening game to Connacht but defeated a quality Munster side 17-9 at Deramore Park, Belfast Harlequins, last week to resurrect their title chances.1. Rory Harrison (UCD)
2. Dan Kerr (Bristol University)
3. Kyle McCall (Ballynahinch)
4. Sean O’Connell (Instonians)
5. John Donnan (Ballynahinch)
6. James McMahon (Dungannon)
7. Michael Shiels (Rainey)
8. Conor Joyce (Malone)
9. Conor Spence (Queens)
10. John Creighton (Malone)
11. Rory Scholes (Belfast Harlequins)
12. Peter Nelson (Dungannon)
13. Chris Farrell (Dungannon)
14. Andrew Morrison (Banbridge)
15. Charlie Simpson (Ballymena)

Ryan Jablinski (Instonians)
John Andrew (Ballymena)
Ali Andress (Instonians)
Neil Faloon (Armagh)
Aaron Cairns (Ballynahinch)
Jamie Kirk (Ballynahinch)

Scholes, Nelson, Farrell and Simpson are the one’s to watch in the back line and if Ulster can get some parity up front they should do well. Unfortunately at the minute I don’t have much information on the forwards though Exiles enticed to the Ulster Academy over the summer, Sean O’Connell and Ryan Jablinski, will be worth a look.

I’m particlularly pleased to see Charlie Simpson and John Andrew in the squad having followed their progress a few season’s ago as Ballymena Academy swept all before them in their successful Schools Cup campaign.


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