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After last weekend's bruising defeat in Dublin, Ulster 'A' will bid to get their Celtic Cup campaign back on track today at the Dragons (kick-off 3pm).
After last weekend's bruising defeat in Dublin, Ulster 'A' will bid to get their Celtic Cup campaign back on track today at the Dragons (kick-off 3pm).

By Michael Sadlier

After last weekend's bruising defeat in Dublin, Ulster 'A' will bid to get their Celtic Cup campaign back on track today at the Dragons (kick-off 3pm).

Kieran Campbell's squad were very much on the wrong end of the 55-24 result at reigning champions Leinster as they shipped their first defeat following three bonus-point victories.

Indeed, to their credit, Ulster battled back to take what could be a key try bonus from Energia Park after trailing 45-0.

Today, though, Campbell and assistant Willie Anderson will have instilled the need for Ulster to bounce back - in their ultimate bid to achieve a top-two finish - against their hosts, who have won only one game from their four played.

Campbell has made a number of changes to his starting side and, interestingly, has switched Andy Warwick over to tight-head prop - an area the senior side are currently rather short of when it comes to cover.

Ethan McIlroy is moved from wing to full-back to allow Luke Pollock to come in on the wing.

Up front, Calum Reid is back at loose-head prop and Tom Stewart hooker.

JJ McKee is brought in to partner Jack Regan at lock and, in the back-row, Aaron Hall and Mattie Agnew start.

The retained David McCann leads the side in their quest for victory this week.

Nathan Doak and Bruce Houston, meanwhile, continue at half-back alongside the midfield of Ross Adair and Hayden Hyde.

Ulster 'A': E McIlroy, L Pollock, R Adair, H Hyde, G Curtis, B Houston, N Doak; C Reid, T Stewart, A Warwick, JJ McKee, J Regan, A Hall, Mattie Agnew, D McCann (capt).

Subs: Z McCall, T O'Hagan, P Mullen, J Dunleavy, A Allison, L Finlay, B Power, C Rankin.

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