The Hughes Insurance Ulster Academy

Based at the Newforge Training Ground along with the Senior Ulster Squad, the aim of the Hughes Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy is to provide a continuous flow of indigenous rugby talent to perform to Interprovincial, European and International standards. All Academy players must have the ability to play rugby for Ireland, and player potential for a place in the programme is assessed under the following areas; skills and positional competence, fitness, tactical and game awareness, and personal attitude.

Hughes Insurance Ulster Academy Players are aged between 18 and 22 years old; however, the identification process of this young talent begins as early as U16/Medallion level through both the Youth and the School systems.


Allen Clarke

Michael Black

Brian McLaughlin

David Drake

Amy Davis

Matthew Maguire

David Minion

Hughes Insurance Ulster Academy Squad 2012-13

John Andrew

Jake Caulfield

John Donnan

Conor Joyce

Stuart McCloskey

Kyle McCall

Jonny Murphy

Alan O'Connor

David Shanahan

James Simpson

Rory Scholes

Andrew Warwick