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Giant search: Ulster stars Stephen Ferris, Johann Muller and Dan Tuohy help launch ‘Ulster’s Giant Challenge’

Giant search: Ulster stars Stephen Ferris, Johann Muller and Dan Tuohy help launch ‘Ulster’s Giant Challenge’

Giant search: Ulster stars Stephen Ferris, Johann Muller and Dan Tuohy help launch ‘Ulster’s Giant Challenge’

Are you a male aged between 15 and 25? Tall for your age? Competing in any team or individual sport and disciplined, competitive and ambitious?

If so, Ulster Rugby want to hear from you.

‘Ulster’s Giant Challenge’ is the brainchild of the IRFU, Ulster Rugby and Sport NI, and the aim is to provide tall, talented athletes with the chance of playing the game at professional level.

A screening day will be held on Saturday, June 25 at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

Applicants from all sporting backgrounds are invited to apply for assessment and successful candidates will enter the Ulster Rugby player development pathway, hopefully leading to a career in the professional game.

Ulster Rugby Talent ID Officer Darryl Callaghan explained: “We have identified a gap in certain playing positions in our talent identification network, particularly second row.

“This has provided us with the opportunity to develop and implement a height-specific talent search campaign.

“We are keen to assess tall young athletes from various sporting backgrounds with the potential and ambition to play professional rugby for Ulster — and even Ireland — in the future.”

Ulster stars Stephen Ferris, Dan Tuohy and Johann Muller — 6ft 4ins, 6ft 5ins and 6ft 7ins respectively — expressed their approval of the new talent-seeking venture undertaken by the branch.

“It’s great to see Ulster being pro-active in searching for new players. I came through the Ulster Rugby player development programme and this is a superb opportunity for a young athlete to prove they are capable of playing professional rugby,” Ferris explained.

Applications — which can be downloaded from http://www.ulsterrugby.com/news/9374.php — should be returned via email to rugbydevelopment@ulsterrugby.com.

The closing date for entry is Friday, June 17.

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