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2 November 2020

Ulster impressed on Day 2 of the IRFU Academy 7s tournament, with the province winning three out of four games at the IRFU High Performance Centre on Saturday.

Ireland took the spoils with four wins out of four, but there was plenty of opportunity for the young Academy players from the four provinces to impress.

Ulster again looked sharp with Aaron Sexton providing some serious line breaking speed in a well-balanced side.

Kieran Campbell’s men kicked off with a 10-15 win against Leinster before racking up a 26-10 win against Munster. They also ran Ireland closest on the day with a 27-19 loss and narrowly edged Connacht 19-17 in the final round of matches.

Eric Elwood’s Connacht side impressed on the day, recovering from an early 24-5 loss to Ireland to record wins against Leinster and Munster and finish third on the day – losing out to a late try and conversion in their tussle with Ulster.

Speaking about the day, Campbell highlighted the importance of playing time for the young professionals.

“Like all the provinces, we’re training really hard, but it was starting to feel that the lads were professional trainers so it’s been great to get an opportunity to play some really competitive rugby.

Some of the players here today have just come through the Ireland U20s while others will be hoping to make it into the next squad, so it’s a chance for them to test themselves as well.”