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Ulster bolstered by double swoop

By Ciaran Donaghy

Ulster have strengthened their pack for next season by signing loose head prop Callum Black and back row Michael McComish.

Black is currently plying his trade in the English Championship with leaders Worcester Warriors beside former Ulster favourite Neil Best.

He is Irish qualified and has represented his country at under-18, under-19 and under-21 level.

Black has set his sights high when he comes to Ravenhill in the summer.

“This is a new and exciting challenge for me and I'm really looking forward to playing in the Magners League and the Heineken Cup,” said Black.

“My goal is to establish myself in the Ulster team and then try to force my way into the Ireland set up.”

Warriors coach Richard Hill is very disappointed to lose the 25 year old prop.

“Callum is very much the modern-day loose-head prop,” said Hill. “He has clear aspirations to play international rugby and we would never stand in the way of someone who wants to play for their country.”

McComish is a former pupil of Campbell College and joins Ulster from Connacht.

He helped Ballymena to All Ireland League glory before joining Rotherham in National League One. A brief spell followed at Otley before McComish secured a contract with Connacht.

McComish played for the Ireland 7s at the 2005 World Cup and at under-21 level and can play in any of the back row positions.

Meanwhile, fly-half Ian Humphreys is a major doubt for Ulster's Magners League clash against the Dragons on March 18 due to injury,

The in-form Humphreys tweaked a hamstring in training last Tuesday and remains doubtful after missing last Friday's victory over Italian side Aironi.

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