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Ulster's new signings just can't wait to get their kit on


Ready: (l-r) John Andrew, Matt Faddes and Sam Carter
Ready: (l-r) John Andrew, Matt Faddes and Sam Carter
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's newest southern hemisphere recruits can't wait for the new Guinness PRO14 season to begin, even after landing in Belfast off the back of full seasons in Super Rugby.

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Matt Faddes and Sam Carter, who have arrived from the Highlanders and Brumbies respectively, will both be expected to play a big role for their new side when the PRO14 kicks off on September 27, even more so with a handful of the side's most experienced campaigners set to be absent due to the World Cup.

"It's obviously a pretty long pre-season," said Kiwi Faddes at the launch of Ulster's new home and away kits.

"We've only done a few weeks here ourselves but you get the sense that everyone is keen to get out on the field.

"It's a bit of a different situation for us, coming straight from a season, but I know Sam and I are pretty keen to get out there and play a bit.

"Going from December last year (in Super Rugby) into what will hopefully be June next year, it's a fair old chunk of footie, but the body feels quite fresh which is nice."

Faddes and Australian Carter are set to debut next week when the province host Glasgow in a friendly (Saturday 7 September, 1.30pm).

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