It’s here at last, the start of another season of thrills, spills and excitement on the happy train with Ulster Rugby. Let’s all hope that our huge expectations are met this season. 🙄
None of our main Irish internationals have been released yet, but it’s still a strong looking team.
Charles Piutau, Brett Herron and Ross Kane, who gets promoted from the academy, will make their competitive debuts, as should Robert Lyttle who is on the bench following his impressive run out against Northampton last week.
I’m particularly pleased by the starting front five, and their replacements on the bench, so the pack should provide enough of a platform to provide the sparkling back line with plenty of ball. However the forwards can’t take anything for granted as it’s an honest enough looking Dragons team who will be looking to claim a “big scalp” at the start of the season.
The FRU Predicts: There’s just two much class on the Ulster side to predict anything other than a bonus point win for the home side.
And if that back line doesn’t get you excited nothing will! ?? #SUFTUM
|Charles Piutau||15||Carl Meyer|
|Craig Gilroy||14||Adam Warren|
|Stuart Olding||13||Sam Beard|
|Stuart McCloskey||12||Jack Dixon|
|Jacob Stockdale||11||Pat Howard|
|Brett Herron||10||Nick Macleod|
|Ruan Pienaar||9||Sarel Pretorius|
|Callum Black||1||Sam Hobbs|
|Rob Herring||2||T R Thomas|
|Ross Kane||3||Craig Michell|
|Pete Browne||4||Cory Hill|
|Franco vd Merwe||5||Rynard Landman|
|Clive Ross||6||Ollie Griffiths|
|Sean Reidy||7||Nic Cudd|
|Roger Wilson||8||Ed Jackson|
|John Andrew||16||Rhys Buckley|
|Kyle McCall||17||Tom Davies|
|Andrew Warwick||18||Lloyd Fairbrother|
|Alan O’Connor||19||Nick Crosswell|
|Robbie Diack||20||Lewis Evans|
|Paul Marshall||21||Charlie Davies|
|Sam Windsor||22||Angus O’Brien|
|Robert Lyttle||23||Tyler Morgan|