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Clotworthy's return is a boost for Ulster Juniors

Ulster Juniors have seven of last season's team back in action for the first of their Inter-Provincials games against Connacht at Larne this afternoon (2.30pm).

"The nucleus of the squad is all new players, although we are also glad to see the return of centre Gary Clotworthy of Ballyclare from long-term injury and Phil Cartnill from Cooke on the wing," commented manager John Todd.

"We have managed to blend youth and experience and one of the latter is Kiwi Jason Morgan.

"He formerly played AIL rugby for Ards and currently coaches Bangor Grammar and will form a formidable partnership with Clotworthy. Once again Ballymoney scrum-half Scott Nelson is the captain."

The Ulster team appear to be a well-balanced outfit but Connacht will be expected to be formidable up front. With Ophir's Kenny Morton in the second row and Bangor's James Clegg, son of Ireland's Roger, at wing-forward, the home team will be hoping to match them.

Once again the progressive Larne club are organising the game.

"It is a privilege for us to host an Inter-Pro at Glynn. Last season's was a big success and we expect another large turnout to support the boys in red and white," stated Larne captain Stephen Johnston.

Ulster: J Blair (Enniskillen), P White (Bangor), C Nash (Academy), K Morton (Ophir), G Fitzpatrick (Dromore), G McCoy (Portadown), J Clegg (Bangor), J Johnston (Enniskillen), S Nelson (Ballymoney), N Lawther (Ballyclare), P Cartmill (Cooke), G Clotworthy (Ballyclare),, J Morgan (Bangor), A Hodgen (CIYMS), A Finlay (Cooke).

Belfast Telegraph