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Classy Will Addison has only shown fraction of what he can do for Ulster: Peel


By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster backs coach Dwayne Peel has hailed the early impact made by new signing Will Addison, but knows from experience that the utility back has even more to offer.

The 26-year-old has made a strong first impression on Ulster fans in the first two weeks of the season, impressing against both Scarlets and Edinburgh despite dealing with bruised ribs.

Having trained with Ireland on two separate occasions since signing for the province, there is even a feeling that the former Sale man, who qualifies thanks to his Fermanagh-born mother, could be called up by Joe Schmidt for the four November Tests.

Peel was an instrumental figure in setting up the switch having been both his coach and team-mate at Sale and recognised his talents early on.

"I thought he was very good, if I'm honest," he said of Addison's most recent outing. "He's a constant threat with ball in hand and he's a silky runner. I played with him when he was a young guy and you could see he had some good qualities then.

"I was really keen to get him here because I knew he could add to our squad. Speaking from personal experience and from what I've seen, I think he's doing an excellent job.

"I don't know what you guys are seeing in him, but he looks like a classy footballer to me."

In these early days of the campaign, Addison seems to have struck up a good rapport with his back three colleagues, linking especially well with Craig Gilroy against Edinburgh on Friday night when both men scored tries.

"He's a good rugby player, you put him in any team and he's going to show his qualities," said Peel of the apparently seamless transition.

"I don't think we've seen half of what he can do yet. He's got a good kicking game, good distribution and he looks like a classy runner. He shows good desire as well across the board.

"He's a tough guy, gets up for balls well, chases kicks. I think he's done really well."

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