SAM CARTER: AUSSIE LOCK IS READY FOR NEW CHALLENGE
New Ulster lock Sam Carter is raring to go for his first competitive outing in white and red – but perhaps only the most eagle-eyed rugby follower will be aware that this evening’s game will be the Australian’s third appearance at Kingspan Stadium.
Carter made an explosive debut for the Province three weeks ago in the 50-19 pre-season defeat of Glasgow Warriors, coming on as a half-time replacement and marking an impressive performance with a well-worked try off a pass from Matty Rea.
However, the 16-times-capped Wallaby first ran out on the Kingspan Stadium turf back in November 2016, representing the Barbarians against Fiji alongside the likes of All Blacks Luke Whitelock and Andy Ellis, fellow Ulster new recruit Matt Faddes, and former fan favourites Tommy Bowe and Ruan Pienaar.
The 30-year-old thoroughly enjoyed his first appearance in Ulster colours, but is markedly modest in the assessment of his performance.
“I played here once before back in 2016,” he begins, “but to get back out here on a really nice day was great. In the second half we played a good bit of footy, and it was great to play in front of the Ulster crowd for the first time.”
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