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

Ulster   Dragons
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