The squads have been announced for Saturday afternoon’s trial game between Leinster and Ulster at Navan RFC in the scenic Boyne Valley. Kick off 3:00pm.

I don’t think the lodges will be commemorating this battle in 300 years time as it appears it’ll be a fairly low key affair with both teams giving their “bubbling unders” a run out before finalising their senior and academy squads for the season.

Ulster’s Conall Boomer, Johnny McPhillips and Jacob Stockdale, who all appeared for Ireland in the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship, have made the squad but Adam McBurney, who made the World Rugby Dream Team misses out, which is a surprise. Leinster have only called up two of their young Ireland U20’s stars in props Andrew Porter and Vakh Abdalaze.

Also included in the Ulster squad are Ireland 7’s players Aaron Cairns and Nick Timoney though it’ll probably be the performances of Rodney Ah You, Brett Herron and Angus Lloyd that attract most attention.

Aside from that I don’t think there is a lot more to say, it’s a chance to get match fit for some, a chance to impress for others and last chance saloon, as far as senior appearances are concerned, for a fair few!

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Peter DooleyKyle McCall
James TracyAndy Warwick
Michael BentMichael Lagan
Ross MolonyJohn Andrew
Hayden TriggsJohnny Murphy
Dominic RyanZack McCall
Dan LeavyJohnny Simpson
Jack ConanRodney Ah You
Bryan ByrneRoss Kane
Sean McNultyConnor Smyth
Andrew PorterAlex Thompson
Vakh AbdalazeJohn Donnan
Ian NeagleAlan O’Connor
Pedar TimminsStephen Mulholland
Josh vd FlyerClive Ross
Josh MurphyConall Boomer
Nick Timoney
Matthew Rea
Niall MorrisDave Shanahan
Adam ByrneAngus Lloyd
Rory O’LoughlinAaron Cairns
Tom DalyAndrew Magrath
Barry DalyJohnny McPhillips
Ross ByrneBrett Herron
Nick McCarthySam Windsor
Luke McGrathMark Best
Charlie RockRory Butler
Joey CarberryJacob Stockdale
Cathal MarshDavid Busby
Zane KirchnerConor Kelly
Fergus McFaddenRobert Lyttle
Billy DardisLouis Ludik

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