Ulster A-team hope plans come together for Leinster match-up
Ulster A will be hoping for a rather more favourable outcome from their second outing of the season when they host their Leinster counterparts at Ballymacarn Park, Ballynahinch, in an interprovincial friendly today (kick-off 5.00pm and admission free).
After being on the wrong end of the 36-17 scoreline with Connacht Eagles just under two weeks' ago, Ulster A coach Alex Codling will be looking for a notable improvement from his side which, this time around, contains precious few senior squad members.
Bronson Ross along with his namesake Clive and Rory Scholes are the only familiar names involved, though new singing Sam Windsor gets his first run-out in an Ulster jersey, after breaking down in the pre-season friendly with Edinburgh, and the out-half also gets to lead the team.
Paul Rowley, one of Ulster's other new signings - but who has been largely been playing at club level - also gets a run-out at scrum-half.
Other than that, it is largely a mix of Development and Academy players along with those called up from clubs.
Indeed, Ballymena's good start to the AIL has been recognised through the involvement of Rodger McBurney, Callum Patterson and Mattie Rea who join their Eaton Park colleague Stephen Mulholland in the starting side.
Ulster A: R McBurney; D Busby, C Patterson, M Best, R Scholes; S Windsor (capt), P Rowley; K McCall, J Murphy, B Ross, M Rea, A Thompson, C Ross, C Joyce, S Mulholland. Replacements: A McBurney, R Murphy, C Trenier, C Smyth, L Dow, F Taggart, C Young, J McPhillips, K Joyce, A Kane, R Lyttle