The teams have been announced ahead of Ulster Rugby preparations for their friendly match against Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens which kicks off at 19:30 today.
Ulster Rugby will field a strong side with summer signing from Connacht, John Cooney making his debut at scrum half alongside Pete Nelson at out half.
Marcell Coetzee is welcomed back to the bench for the first time since March in preparation for next week’s Pro14 opener against Toyota Cheetahs
There’s no sign of the latest recruit, Christian Lealiifano, who flew into Belfast earlier in the week. Tommy Bowe lines up in outside centre, a throwback to his Ospreys’ days, with Stuart McCloskey inside him. Ulster’s back three contain serious pace with Charles Piutau starting at fullback while Louis Ludik and David Busby occupy the wing jerseys.
In the pack, FRU Player of the Season, Sean Reidy is the only notable absentee. Jean Deysel wins his first start at No.8, flanked by Chris Henry and workhorse, Clive Ross. Impressive against Wasps, Alan O’Connor retains his spot and is joined by Robbie Diack in the second row. Callum Black, Rob Herring and Wiehahn Herbst complete the front row with Schalk van der Merwe still injured..
Ulster will be facing a strong Saints side featuring England captain Dylan Hartley. Exciting prospect Harry Mallinder starts at outside half with returning Lions star, Courtney Lawes named on the bench. England internationals Ben Foden, Luther Burrell and Teimana Harrison all start.
|Saints Select XV||Ulster Rugby Select XV|
|Ahsee Tuala||15||Charles Piutau|
|Ben Foden||14||:Louis Ludik|
|Luther Burrell||13||Tommy Bowe|
|Rory Hutchinson||12|| |
|Tom Collins||11||David Busby|
|Harry Mallinder||10||Peter Nelson|
|Nic Groom||9||John Cooney|
|Alex Waller||1||Callum Black|
|Dylan Harley (c)||2||Rob Herring|
|Kieran Brookes||3||Wiehahn Herbst|
|David Ribbans||4||Robbie Diack|
|Christian Day||5||Alan O’Connor|
|Teimana Harrison||6||Clive Ross|
|Lewis Ludlam||7||Chris Henry|
|Mitch Eadie||8||Jean Deysel|
|Campese Ma’afu||16||Zack McCall|
|MIkey Haywood||17||Kyle McCall|
|Paul Hill||18||Rodney Ah You|
|Courtney Lawes||19||Peter Browne|
|James Craig||20||Marcell Coetzee|
|Jamie Gibson||21||David Shanahan|
|Sam Dickinson||22||Brett Herron|
|Ben Nutley||23||Andrew Trimble|
|Alex Mitchell||24||Andy Warwick|
|James Grayson||25||Jonny Simpson|
|Ken Pisi||26||Matthew Rea|
|Tom Stephenson||27||Nick Timoney|
|Nafi Tuitavake||28|| |
|Jamie Elliot||29||Paul Marshall|
|George Furbank||30||Jack Owens|
|Juan Pablo Estelles||31|| |