Ulster A know they have to keep their foot on the gas when they face Cardiff Blues A on Saturday evening at Malone RFC in the second round of the Celtic Cup. Kick off 19:30

With only seven games in this competition, before the finalists are determined, any slip ups at the beginning are hard to recover from and Ulster will want to record two solid home wins before they travel down to, tournament favourites, Leinster on 14th September.

Interestingly, the FRU’s AIL Player of the Year, Ross Adair comes into the starting line up. Adair was easily the most exciting player on view in AIL 1B last season so it’s worth the trip to Malone to see how he gets on.

The form of Ross Adair was instrumental in the Hinch push for promotion.

Adair adds to a youthful side who are yet to lose this season. David McCann continues as captain.

Ulster A: Conor Rankin, Ethan McIlroy, Ross Adair, Hayden Hyde, Graham Curtis, Bruce Houston, Nathan Doak, Callum Reid, Tom Stewart, Peter Cooper, Matthew Dalton, Jack Regan, Joe Dunleavy, David McCann (C), Azur Allison. Replacements: Claytan Milligan, Paul Mullen, Jonny Blair, JJ McKee, Matthew Agnew, Aaron Hall, Lewis Finlay, Greg Hutley.

Current Standing.

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB PTS
Leinster A 1 1 0 0 47 28 19 6 4 1 0 5
Ulster A 1 1 0 0 35 32 3 4 4 1 0 5
Connacht A 1 1 0 0 24 19 5 2 3 0 0 4
Munster A 1 0 1 0 20 20 0 3 3 0 0 2
Ospreys A 1 0 1 0 20 20 0 3 3 0 0 2
Scarlets A 1 0 0 1 32 35 -3 4 4 1 1 2
Dragons 1 0 0 1 19 24 -5 3 2 0 1 1
Cardiff Blues A 1 0 0 1 28 47 -19 4 6 1 0 1

Upcoming matches.

Scarlets 32-35 Ulster A – Saturday 24th August, 2.30pm at Llandovery RFC
Ulster A v Cardiff – Saturday 31st August, 7.30pm at Malone RFC
Ulster A v Connacht – Friday 6th September, 4.00pm at Ballymena RFC
Leinster v Ulster A – Saturday 14th September, 3.00pm at Energia Park, Donnybrook
Dragons v Ulster A – Saturday 21st September, 2.30pm at Venue TBC
Ulster A v Ospreys – Friday 27th September, 5.00pm at Malone RFC
Ulster A v Munster – Friday 4th October, 5.00pm at Shaw’s Bridge
Celtic Cup Final – Saturday 12th October

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