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20 March 2019

The Ulster A team, sponsored by CD Group, has been named for the Province’s opening game in the Cara Cup on Wednesday evening (kick-off 7pm local, 11pm UK/Irish time).

The Ulster men will take on inter-provincial rivals Connacht A, who defeated hosts New England Free Jacks in the competition’s opening game on Saturday.

The Union Sports Complex in Boston will host the meeting between the Irish Provinces, and Ulster coaches Kieran Campbell and Willie Anderson have selected a youthful side for the challenge.

Marcus Rea will captain the side from openside flanker, and he is one of seven Abbey Insurance Academy players named in the starting XV. Caleb Montgomery and Joe Dunleavy will join Rea in the back row, with JJ McKee and Jack Regan in the second row. Props Peter Cooper and Ross Kane will scrum down either side of hooker Zack McCall.

Senior player Johnny McPhillips will direct the play from fly-half, with sub-Academy scrum-half Michael Stronge alongside him. Ben Power and Stewart Moore are paired in midfield, with Jack Owens, Graham Curtis and Irish 7s fullback Iwan Hughes selected in the back three.

Prop Callum Reid and back row David McCann, who helped Ireland U20s to their Six Nations Grand Slam title are included among the replacements. Claytan Milligan, Corrie Barrett, Bradley Luney and Charlie Clarke are the additional forward options, with Lewis Finlay, Bruce Houston and Ben McCaughey providing the backline cover.

Ulster A team to play Connacht A:

(15-9): Iwan Hughes, Graham Curtis, Stewart Moore, Ben Power, Jack Owens, Johnny McPhillips, Michael Stronge;
(1-8): Peter Cooper, Zack McCall, Ross Kane, JJ McKee, Jack Regan, Caleb Montgomery, Marcus Rea (Capt), Joe Dunleavy.

Replacements: Claytan Milligan, Callum Reid, Corrie Barrett, Bradley Luney, David McCann, Charlie Clarke, Lewis Finlay, Bruce Houston, Ben McCaughey.


Saturday, March 16

New England Free Jacks 7 Connacht Eagles 38
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth

Wednesday, March 20

Connacht Eagles v Ulster A
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth, 7pm local time/11pm UK/Irish time

Sunday, March 24

New England Free Jacks v Ulster A
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth, 6.30pm local time/10.30pm UK/Irish time

Saturday, April 6

New England Free Jacks v Munster A
Irish Cultural Centre, Canton, 4pm local time/9pm UK/Irish time

Wednesday April 10

Munster A v Leinster A
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth, 7pm local time/12am UK/Irish time

Sunday, April 14

New England Free Jacks v Leinster A
Harvard Mignone Field, Boston, 5pm local time/10pm UK/Irish time