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My dream is to play for Ireland, says Ulster new boy Addison

 

By Adam McKendry

New Ulster back Will Addison has revealed that his ambition of playing rugby for Ireland was the biggest motivating factor in making the move to Belfast.

The English-born utility back agreed a two-year deal with the province to join from English side Sale Sharks earlier this summer and will add plenty of depth to an Ulster back line that been vastly depleted by injuries to Luke Marshall and Louis Ludik, the departure of Charles Piutau and the retirements of Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble.

The 25-year old is a former England Under-20s international but never broke into the senior squad despite being a regular for the Sharks in the Premiership.

Although he was club captain, Addison has no regrets at leaving Sale and admits he wants to get another taste of international rugby after being called in to train with Ireland on their summer tour of Australia.

"It was nice to get a feel for what that kind of intensity brings," Addison said of his time with the Ireland squad.

"You can see from the group of guys we have at Ulster, there are a lot of guys aspiring to get to that level, myself included, so it was a nice taster but I'd like more in the future."

Addison, who is qualified for Ireland through his mother, added: "I had a clause in my contract that if an Irish team came calling then I'd the option to leave Sale.

"Hopefully I can push myself to international honours at some point, but I think with the group we have here, there's an exciting time coming and we're all excited for the first game of the season."

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