The Ulster A team, sponsored by CD Group, has been named for the Province’s Cara Cup game against New England Free Jacks on Sunday (Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth, USA, 6.30pm local time / 10.30pm UK time).
There are five personnel changes to the starting XV that lost Wednesday’s opening game to Connacht Eagles. Ireland U20 Grand Slam stars Callum Reid and David McCann, Corrie Barrett, Bruce Houston and Ben McCaughey have been promoted from the replacements bench by coaches Kieran Campbell and Willie Anderson.
Props Reid and Barrett are introduced to the front row alongside Zack McCall, while JJ McKee and Jack Regan began are retained in the second row. Captain Marcus Rea and number 8 Joe Dunleavy will form the loose forward combination with McCann.
Graham Curtis, who scored two tries in the match against Connacht, is given an opportunity at scrumhalf and he will be joined at half back by fellow Abbey Insurance Academy player Bruce Houston.
Ben Power and Stewart Moore will continue their centre partnership, with Jack Owens, Iwan Hughes and McCaughey completing the backline.
The replacement bench consists of Claytan Milligan, Caleb Montgomery, Bradley Luney, Lewis Finlay, Charlie Clarke and Michael Stronge.
Ross Kane, Peter Cooper and Johnny McPhillips are unavailable for selection after picking up injuries.
Ulster A team to play New England Free Jacks, Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth, (6.30pm local time / 10.30pm UK time):
(15-9): Jack Owens; Iwan Hughes, Stewart Moore, Ben Power, Ben McCaughey; Bruce Houston, Graham Curtis;
(1-8): Callum Reid, Zack McCall, Corrie Barrett, JJ McKee, Jack Regan, Marcus Rea (captain), David McCann, Joe Dunleavy;
Replacements: Claytan Milligan, Caleb Montgomery, Bradley Luney, Lewis Finlay, Charlie Clarke, Michael Stronge.
2019 CARA CUP ROUND ROBIN RESULTS/FIXTURES:
Saturday 16th March
New England Free Jacks 7 Connacht Eagles 38
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth
Wednesday 20th March
Connacht Eagles 44 Ulster A 21
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth, 7.00pm local time / 11.00pm UK time
Sunday 24th March
New England Free Jacks v Ulster A
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth, 6.30pm local time / 10.30pm UK time
Saturday 6th April
New England Free Jacks v Munster A
Irish Cultural Centre, Canton, 4.00pm local time / 9.00pm UK time
Wednesday 10th April
Munster A v Leinster A
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth, 7.00pm local time / 12 midnight UK time
Sunday 14th April
New England Free Jacks v Leinster A
Harvard Mignone Field, Boston, 5.00pm local time / 10.00pm UK time