Sunday 25 September 2016

Codling rings the changes as Ulster 'A' look to impress

Published 21/11/2015 | 02:30

Willie Faloon, right, retains the captaincy for Ulster A against Bedford Blues this afternoon
Willie Faloon, right, retains the captaincy for Ulster A against Bedford Blues this afternoon

Ulster 'A' stunned Bristol last weekend and they will be desperate to build on that positive start when they travel to take on Bedford Blues this afternoon (2.30).

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Alex Codling has made eight changes with Dave Shanahan, Luke Marshall, Sam Arnold and Rory Scholes coming into the backline.

Willie Faloon retains the captaincy and starts in the back-row and after three years with Connacht, the 29-year-old will be eager to impress enough to force his way back into the senior side.

Faloon was a try-scorer last week, as was Callum Patterson who is named amongst the replacements.

Bedford come into game on the back of an impressive opening result, a 35-6 hammering of Scarlets Select.

The English side currently sit in fourth position of the Championship and have lost just three games all season.

It will be another tough test for Ulster's youngsters but home advantage may tip what should be a close encounter in Bedford's favour.

Verdict: Bedford Blues

Ulster 'A' - J McPhillips; R Scholes, S Arnold, L Marshall, R Lyttle; S Windsor, D Shanahan; A Warwick, J Andrew, J Simpson; L Stevenson, P Browne; C Ross, W Faloon (capt), S Reidy. Reps: J Murphy, R Murphy, B Ross, A O'Connor, S Mulholland, P Rowley, C Patterson.

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