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Campbell keen to continue Cup journey

By Michael Sadlier

It could have all fallen better for Ulster 'A' as they prepare for their first British and Irish Cup quarter-final in five years.

After all, tomorrow's clash with Munster 'A' at Cork's Irish Independent Park (kick-off 3pm), happens to be on a weekend when Ulster's senior team have their rearranged fixture with Zebre.

And then there's the matter of meeting unbeaten pool winners Munster. This is only the third time that Ulster 'A' have made the knockout stages and their two previous ventures this far in the B&I Cup - 2010's semi-final and the last eight game five years ago - have both ended in heavy defeats at, yes, Munster.

Not that head coach Kieran Campbell pays much attention to that though the 'A' team's away form in their pool games this season has only brought one win in three games, though losing bonuses were collected in close games at Jersey and London Scottish to help get them to this point as a best runner-up.

Campbell, who is assisted by Willie Anderson, said: "The ambition this year was to turn a corner in the competition and we would like to think we've done that and put a bit of pride into the jersey.

"What we would like to do is not let the journey finish here."

Selection-wise, Campbell has the experience of Ricky Lutton and Peter Browne in the pack - Ross Kane is on the bench - for what should be quite a battle with Munster's Robin Copeland.

Brett Herron is at out-half for Ulster with David Busby - benched for tonight's senior game - named at full-back and Aaron Cairns on the right wing.

Inside centre Mark Best leads the side and Jack Owens, at outside centre, will be up against former Ulster player Sam Arnold in a game likely to be another home win.

Ulster 'A': D Busby, A Cairns, J Owens, M Best (Capt), C Kelly, B Herron, D Shanahan; T O'Hagan, J Murphy, R Lutton, P Browne, A Thompson, N Timoney, C Joyce, M Rea.

Subs: Z McCall, R Kane, J Donnan, C Boomer, A Magrath, M Keane, J Jordan

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