Interprovincial: Teams up for Connacht Eagles v Ulster A

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James McCormick is called into the Ulster A starting line up for the game against Connacht Eagles.

The teams were announced yesterday for the Academy/A Interprovincial between Connacht Eagles and Ulster A that takes place this afternoon at The Showgrounds. Kick off 13:00.

Ulster A have made a few changes since their last outing with Jude Postlethwaite coming into the back three and Nathan Doak starting at scrumhalf.

Up front Dalriada old boy James McCormick comes in at hooker, Andrew Warwick at loosehead and Azur Allison comes in at No. 8. In a good week for teams in the North East, Coleraine Grammar former pupil Oscar Egan is the only new face on the bench.

Connacht appear to have gone for a slightly more experienced side but in Dylan Tierney-Martin, Oisin Dowling, Charlie Ward, Cormac Daly and Peter Sullivan they have fairly recent and fairly useful Ireland U20 graduates who should all get a run out.

I’d predicted an exciting game last time out for Ulster A but, going by the score line and clips of the match, the excitement was only occasional. Postlethwaite in for Ethan McIlroy is pretty much a like for like exchange in the back three, both players having a little bit of maverick about them! The move does see Conor Rankin revert to full back where I feel he is more suited and it gives him a few more options for displaying his well timed runs into the line.

James McCormack’s elevation is an interesting move in a hugely competitive position. At the minute he is looking at Rob Herring, John Andrew, Adam McBurney and Tom Stewart in his development pathway and they are all excellent. However, for what we have seen from McCormack with Dalriada and Ulster Schools he is more than able for the challenge.

The FRU Predicts: This will be another tight one, especially with the expected weather. However Ulster have that deadly backline that will just keep their heads in front.

Oran McNulty15Conor Rankin
Diarmuid Kilgallen14Jude Postlethwaite
Shane Jennings13Ben Moxham
Sean O’Brien12Hayden Hyde
Colm de Buitlear11Aaron Sexton
Conor Fitzgerald10Bill Johnston
Colm Reilly9Nathan Doak
Matthew Burke1Andrew Warwick
Dylan Tierney-Martin2James McCormick
Dominic Robertson-McCoy3Ross Kane
Oisin Dowling4Cormac Izuchukwu
Darragh Murray5Conor McMenamin
Ciaran Booth6David McCann (C)
Oisin McCormack7Marcus Rea
Donncha Byrne8Azur Allison
Declan Adamson16Bradley Roberts
Charlie Ward17Callum Reid
Conor Kenny18Oscar Egan
Cormac Daly19Harry Sheridan
Joshua Dunne20George Saunderson
Stephen Kerins21Lewis Finlay
Cathal Forde22Bruce Houston
Peter Sullivan23
Conor Dunne24
Hubert Costello25
Eoin de Buitlear26
Hubert Gilvarry27
Matthew Devine28
Rory McClane.29

Last time they met.

the last time these two sides met was, I believe, back in the Celtic Cup match in September 2019 at Ballymena RFC. Seems a million years ago now! You can read the full report here or have a quick shufty through the video below.


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