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Hall calling on 'A' team to make theirs a double

By Michael Sadlier

Ulster 'A' begin their back-to-back rounds of the British and Irish Cup with a trip to Gloucestershire for a first meeting with Hartpury College tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm).

Ulster's reserve side need to produce results in both games against the English side - who are bottom of Pool Five without a win and struggling in their domestic Championship - to mount a serious challenge towards making the knockout stages of the competition.

With two games gone, Ulster have one win under their belts and are in third, currently five points behind leaders Cornish Pirates, where they lost last time out.

As usual, the side is a mix of experience and youth, with lock Peter Browne and flanker Clive Ross being very much part of the former.

Also in the pack, flanker Aaron Hall, No.8 Greg Jones and lock Matthew Dalton have all made their senior bows recently and ought to bring extra edge to proceedings.

A notable selection for tomorrow is prop Tom O'Toole, who makes his debut for the A squad, while in the backline, Jonny Stewart and Johnny McPhillips are at half-back with the strong-running Rory Butler and Jack Owens at centre and full-back respectively.

Rob Lyttle and David Busby are on the wings and will bring decent pace and finishing power.

Hall has played in both B&I Cup rounds for Ulster and he is eager to keep the squad in the mix for a potential quarter-final.

"It's an important game for us and we need to get the win," he said. "So we're hoping to beat them over there and then likewise next week."

Ulster 'A': J Owens, D Busby, C Patterson, R Butler, R Lyttle, J McPhillips, J Stewart; T O'Hagan, A McBurney, T O'Toole, P Browne, M Dalton, C Ross, G Jones. Replacements: Z McCall, E O'Sullivan, J McCusker, M Rea, A Cairns, D Shanahan, A Kernohan.

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