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Career trajectory: James Hume is set to make his Champions Cup debut against Toulouse on Sunday

Career trajectory: James Hume is set to make his Champions Cup debut against Toulouse on Sunday

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Career trajectory: James Hume is set to make his Champions Cup debut against Toulouse on Sunday

For a man with the motto of his old school tattooed on his bicep, it is perhaps no surprise that James Hume was willing to spend lockdown studying.

Back in 2017, having played a starring role in RBAI's three consecutive Schools' Cup titles, the soon-to-be leaver was instructed by his then coach, Dan Soper, to write down where he wanted to be at the end of each of the next five years.

Soper, now the skills coach at Kingspan Stadium, reminded the 22-year-old of the list recently, most pertinently the entry for the end of 2020 - 'start consistently for Ulster at 13'.