Adam D’Arcy eager to grab Ulster chance at Ravenhill
Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin will give Australian Adam D’Arcy his chance to shine tomorrow, after he was named in the squad to play Leeds at Ravenhill (7.30).
The Manly rugby league full back is currently on trial with Ulster, and will play alongside returning Irish internationals Rory Best and Stephen Ferris.
They make their first appearances of the season and under IRFU regulations are permitted to play up to 40 minutes against the Premiership side.
D’Arcy, (23), linked up with with Ulster last week and is a potential signing for the upcoming season.
“We have one full contract left for the 2010-11 season and we're looking at Adam as a potential player for that place,” said operations director David Humphreys.
“Should he get some game time on Thursday it will be a huge opportunity for him to show us what he can potentially do for Ulster.”
Prop Paddy McAllister has also been named in the squad, despite suffering injuries to his neck and back following a heavy collision in the friendly against Bath on August 13.
Having lost both pre-season friendlies, McLaughlin will be looking for a win.
“We were very disappointed with the 24-0 defeat against Quins last weekend but we were happy with areas of the overall performance, particularly our defence and how our younger players performed,” he said.
“The team we put out against Leeds is fairly close to who we are aiming to select for the Magners League opener against the Ospreys at Ravenhill on September 3.
“We're very keen to get a win, not only for ourselves, but for the Ravenhill crowd as well.
“It's been a mixed pre-season period to date. It’s been frustrating because we've not had all our players available, but at the same time that means we've had the opportunity to play some of the younger guys and we've been really impressed by how they've handled themselves.
“Leeds are a Premiership side who will provide us with some really good quality opposition ahead of our first competitive game in the League.”
FORWARDS: B Young, R Best, D Fitzpatrick, N Brady, P McAllister, A Macklin, J Muller, T Barker, R Caldwell, S Ferris, W Faloon, P Wannenburg, R Diack, TJ Anderson.
BACKS: I Porter, M Heaney, N O'Connor, I Humphreys, J Shiels, D Cave, I Whitten, C Gilroy, T Seymour, D McIlwaine, A D'Arcy.