Ulster team to face Bayonne announced
Mark Anscombe has named his match day squad for Ulster’s first pre-season friendly.
The side will face Bayonne at the Parc des Jean Dauger this evening with a 7pm kick-off time.
In his first match in charge, Anscombe has selected a team with a mix of youth and experience, and gives the coach a chance to look at some interesting combinations.
The fixture will see Australian-born open side flanker, and new signing, Sean Doyle make his debut for Ulster in the back row. He is joined by Robbie Diack and Mike McComish.
Ulster favouite, Johann Muller, will captain the team and is partnered at lock by Neil McComb.
Up front, Callum Black and youngsters Niall Annett and Adam Macklin have been given the nod to start. This is the first time the players will be starting a game together.
The half-back combination for the friendly sees former Methodist College classmates Blane McIlroy and Patrick Jackson partnering up, while Academy player Chris Farrell will play alongside Jared Payne in midfield. Payne is starting the game at outside centre, in what is his first outing since injuring his Achilles against Cardiff last September.
Lastly, Chris Cochrane, Craig Gilroy and Peter Nelson will be providing plenty of attacking intent from the back three.
Thursday’s match is part of a four day training camp, preceding Ulster’s two home friendlies against Leicester (18th August) and Newcastle Falcons (24th August).
15-9: Peter Nelson, Craig Gilroy, Jared Payne, Chris Farrell, Chris Cochrane, Paddy Jackson, Blane McIlroy
1-8: Callum Black, Niall Annett, Adam Macklin, Johann Muller (C), Neil McComb, Mike McComish, Sean Doyle, Robbie Diack
Replacements: Rob Herring, Ricky Lutton, John Afoa, Lewis Stevenson, Ali Birch, Michael Heaney, Niall O