Ulster A retain only five of the starting XV that were put to the sword by Leinster in last weeks Celtic Cup clash, with only three retaining their original starting position.

Centre pairing James Hume and Jack Owens remain in place, as does hooker Peter Cromie. Aaron Sexton swaps wings and Iwan Hughes moves from wing to full back.

Graham Curtis moves from the bench to take the starting scrum half berth, where he will partner new start Michael Lowry and the inclusion of Ireland 7s squad member Robert Baloucoune on the wing is the last change in the back line.

Up front Peter Cromie is joined by Peter Cooper, who picked up the MotM award last week after replacing Schalk vd Merwe at loose head, and Paul McGookin comes in at tight for Rodney Ah You. Matthew Dalton and Bradley Luney come in at second row and the back row is made up of Clive Ross, Matthew Agnew and Joe Dunleavy.

Marcus Rea, Michael Stronge and Bruce Houston maintain their bench spots with Stronge and Houston the only replacement backs and the rest of the replacements is made up of Claytan Milligan ,Tommy O’Hagan, Michael Cromie, Jack Regan and Aaron Hall, Michael Cromie joining his brother Peter in the squad for the second week running.

Celtic Cup results and standings can be viewed here. 

In Hume, Lowry, Cooper, Dalton, Agnew, Dunleavy, Regan, Rea and Hall the squad features nine players capped at Ireland U20 level in the last two seasons and it’s shaping up to look more like the sort of team I like to see at this level. With a party of 30 away to South Africa with the senior team there are few senior players in the squad and I think this helps the cohesion of the squad.

After last weeks defeat against Leinster at Malone RFC, the team are already on the back foot in this competition  and they face a strong Scarlets side who recorded a high scoring win away to Ospreys last weekend. It’ll be  a difficult encounter at Shaws Bridge but it should be an entertaining high scoring game.

The match kicks off at Shaws Bridge at 19:00 tonight, well worth a visit.

Ulster A  Scarlets A
Iwan Hughes 15 Morgan Williams
Robert Baloucoune 14 Tomi Lewis
Jack Owens 13 Corey Baldwin
James Hume 12 Steff Hughes
Aaron Sexton 11 Steff Evans
Michael Lowry 10 Angus O’Brien
Graham Curtis 9 Kieran Hardy
Peter Cooper 1 Rhys Fawcett
Peter Cromie 2 Marc Jones
Paul McGookin 3 Simon Gardiner
Matthew Dalton 4 Josh Helps
Bradley Luney 5 Lewis Rawlings
Clive Ross 6 Lewis Ellis-Jones
Matthew Agnew 7 Shaun Evans
Joe Dunleavy 8 Tom Phillips
Claytan Milligan 16 Jamie Hughes
Tommy O’Hagan 17 Dafydd Hughes
Michael Cromie 18 Javan Sebastian
Jack Regan 19 Morgan Jones
Marcus Rea 20 Chris Long
Aaron Hall 21 Declan Smith
Michael Stronge 22 Ryan Conbeer
Bruce Houston 23 Jac Price

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