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! 




Peter Dooley   Kyle McCall
James Tracy   Andy Warwick
Michael Bent   Michael Lagan
Ross Molony   John Andrew
Hayden Triggs   Johnny Murphy
Dominic Ryan   Zack McCall
Dan Leavy   Johnny Simpson
Jack Conan   Rodney Ah You
Bryan Byrne   Ross Kane
Sean McNulty   Connor Smyth
Andrew Porter   Alex Thompson
Vakh Abdalaze   John Donnan
Ian Neagle   Alan O’Connor
Pedar Timmins   Stephen Mulholland
Josh vd Flyer   Clive Ross
Josh Murphy   Conall Boomer
    Nick Timoney
    Matthew Rea
Niall Morris   Dave Shanahan
Adam Byrne   Angus Lloyd
Rory O’Loughlin   Aaron Cairns
Tom Daly   Andrew Magrath
Barry Daly   Johnny McPhillips
Ross Byrne   Brett Herron
Nick McCarthy   Sam Windsor
Luke McGrath   Mark Best
Charlie Rock   Rory Butler
Joey Carberry   Jacob Stockdale
Cathal Marsh   David Busby
Zane Kirchner   Conor Kelly
Fergus McFadden   Robert Lyttle
Billy Dardis   Louis Ludik