Ulster out in force for Exeter Chiefs pre-season clash

Ulster out in force for Exeter Chiefs pre-season clash

27 days ago


Dan McFarland’s men will be putting their pre-season preparations to the test against the Premiership side in this Friday’s Bank of Ireland Pre-Season Friendly (7pm, Kingspan Stadium).

With both sides keen to make an impression ahead of the resumption of their United Rugby Championship and Gallagher Premiership campaigns, Ulster and Exeter will face each other for the first time since they met in the 2016/17 Heineken Champions Cup.

The Ulster faithful will be treated to a first-look at the province’s latest signings with Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Frank Bradshaw-Ryan, Sean Reffell, Michael McDonald, and Jake Flannery all lining out as starters.

Looking ahead to his first run-out for Ulster, Toomaga-Allen, said:

“I'm excited to run out in front of our supporters and for the hype around playing at Kingspan Stadium under the Friday night lights. I want to show my teammates and the coaches what I can do to earn their respect. That will be a big thing for me tomorrow night against Exeter Chiefs.”

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Extended Squad Named

McFarland has named an extended match-day squad which includes a blend of youth and experience, with Jordi Murphy leading the team out as captain at number eight. Murphy will be joined in the back row by Academy flanker Harry Sheridan and new signing Sean Reffell. In the front row, Callum Reid packs down with Declan Moore, who made his move from Munster official this season, and Jeff Toomaga-Allen. Another summer signing, Frank Bradshaw-Ryan, and Sam Carter are paired together in the second row.

Behind the pack, new half-backs Michael McDonald and Jake Flannery will get their first outing for Ulster. Ian Madigan and Angus Curtis are paired in midfield, with Rob Lyttle, Aaron Sexton, and Shea O’Brien, who has been awarded an Ulster contract after impressing for City of Armagh, named in the back three.

Included among the raft of replacements who will be hoping to test their legs and lungs ahead of the first URC game against Connacht at home on Saturday 17 September are Jacob Stockdale and Cormac Izuchukwu, who will both be making a welcome return from injury layoff.

Ulster team to play Exeter Chiefs, Bank of Ireland Pre-Season Friendly, Friday 2 September at Kingspan Stadium (KO 7pm), live on BBC 2 NI and BBC iPlayer (UK only) and Ulster Rugby Recast channel (outside UK):

(15-9): Shea O’Brien, Aaron Sexton, Angus Curtis, Ian Madigan, Rob Lyttle, Jake Flannery, Michael McDonald;

(1-8): Callum Reid, Declan Moore, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Frank Bradshaw-Ryan, Sam Carter, Harry Sheridan, Sean Reffell, Jordi Murphy (Captain).

Replacements from: Eric O’Sullivan, Tom Stewart, John Andrew, Marty Moore, Gareth Milasinovich, Alan O’Connor, Cormac Izuchukwu, Matty Rea, Marcus Rea, Greg Jones, Nathan Doak, Conor McKee, Billy Burns, Jacob Stockdale, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy, Stewart Moore, Rory Telfer.

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