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Cardiff Blues v Ulster


An Tarbh

Originally posted by RTÉ Sport
Ulster head coach Brian McLaughlin has named an extended thirty man squad, ahead of Ulster's Magners League away match, against Cardiff Blues, Friday 26 March, kick off 7.05pm.

The squad welcomes back Irish internationals; Paddy Wallace, Tom Court, Stephen Ferris, Rory Best and Andrew Trimble, plus Scottish winger Simon Danielli, after the Six Nations.

Ulster head into the game two points clear of the Blues, who currently occupy 8th position on the league table, with Ulster residing in 7th place. After Friday, the Blues will then travel to Ravenhill, for the return leg on Saturday 3rd April, kick off 7.30pm.

Ulster squad to play Cardiff Blues in the Magners League of Friday 26 March:

Backs: Jamie Smith, Paul Marshall, Simon Danielli, Darren Cave, Ian Whitten, Timoci Nagusa, Ian Humphreys, Niall O'Connor, Isaac Boss, Paddy Wallace, Andrew Trimble, Michael Heaney, Jonny Shiells, Mark McCrea.

Forwards: Declan Fitzpatrick, Bryan Young, BJ Botha, Nigel Brady, Andi Kyriacou, Ed O'Donoghue, Dan Tuohy, Ryan Caldwell, Chris Henry, Tom Court, Stephen Ferris, Robbie Diack, TJ Anderson, Neil McComb, David Pollock, Rory Best

RTÉ Sport

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(1-8) Tom Court, Rory Best, Brendan Botha, Dan Tuohy, Ryan Caldwell, Stephen Ferris, David Pollock, Chris Henry (Capt)

(9-15) Paul Marshall, Niall O'Connor, Simon Danielli, Paddy Wallace, Darren Cave, Andrew Trimble, Jamie Smith


(16-22) Nigel Brady, Declan Fitzpatrick, Ed O'Donoghue, Robbie Diack, Michael Heaney, Ian Humphreys, Timoci Nagusa

Ulster's scrumhalf options are seriously depleted with both Cillan Willis and Ian Porter out for the season. Isaac Boss may have a hamstring injury also. Paul Marshall is reportedly out at the end of the season but he's starting because Michael Heaney, the u20s backup scrumhalf, is the only other option..


Swap Molitika for Powell, Williams for Thomas, Roberts for Shanklin and Davies from Morgan and you've got the Blues strongest team. Even then, Powell and Shanklin are both Wales regulars and by no means bad people to have on your team, and Thomas' lineout throwing is better than Williams'.

Should be a good game.


9-3 half time, Ben Blair's got all the Blues points and has looked the only real dangerman. It's his birthday as well. Happy birthday, Ben!