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Hinch provide seven for Ulster Academy's test against Leinster

By Ronnie Ingram

Seven players from Ballynahinch are included in the Ulster Academy team that faces Leinster in the Inter-Provincial at Shaw's Bridge this evening (5.30pm).

This competition, which was previously the under-20s, has been arranged to give much needed game time to the Academy players in limbo between the Age Related Grade Rugby and the PRO 12 Championship.

There are three Hinch forwards with prop Craig Trenier being given a contract following his performances in the AIL while second row John Donnan is fit again following injury.

Lorcan Dow at wing-forward made his name with Queen's two seasons ago, but the most interesting recruit is at scrum-half where Angus Lloyd is a great prospect.

Interestingly, he played for Trinity College last season and had a big part to play when the Dublin side defeated Hinch 18-9 in the play-offs which resulted in the Ballymacarn Park outfit being relegated.

Winger Aaron Cairns has shown his ability after being picked for the Irish Sevens Squad, out-half Johnny McPhillips has moved from Quins and the seventh is centre David Busby. Queen's supply four forwards and full-back Conor Kelly while Ballymena have prop Michael Lagan and two replacements.

Ulster: M Lagan ( B'mena), Z McCall (Queen's), C Trenier (B'hinch), A Thompson (Q), J Donnan (B'hinch), N Timoney (Queen's), L Dow (B'hinch), M Rea ((Queen's), A Lloyd (B'hinch), J McPhillips (B'hinch), A Cairns (B'hinch), T Stapley (Exiles), D Busby (B'hinch), C Field, C Kelly (Queen's). Replacements: A McBurney, T O'Hagan, P Cooper, A Burke, C Smyth, J Stewart, A Magrath, C Smith, Z Jordan, A Lupari

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