Saturday 25 February 2017

Ulster wing Allen set to make switch to Scotland

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Michael Allen has found his way into the Ulster team blocked blocked by a trio of Ireland internationals in Tommy Bowe, Andrew Trimble and Craig Gilroy and has played just eight times this season
Michael Allen has found his way into the Ulster team blocked blocked by a trio of Ireland internationals in Tommy Bowe, Andrew Trimble and Craig Gilroy and has played just eight times this season

Emerging Ireland winger Michael Allen looks set to move to Edinburgh at the end of this season and undergo the process of qualifying for Scotland through residency.

The highly-rated 24-year-old has found his way into the Ulster team blocked by a trio of Ireland internationals in Tommy Bowe, Andrew Trimble and Craig Gilroy and has played just eight times this season.

With All Black recruit Charles Piutau joining the northern province next season, the Irish Independent understands the former Ireland U-19 international, who played for Emerging Ireland in the Tbilisi Cup in 2013, is set to try and earn a place in the Scottish set-up after playing with his new club for three seasons in a deal set to be confirmed in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Connacht prop Denis Buckley has warned his side that they need to cut out their errors if they are to fulfil their ambition of a top-six finish in the Guinness Pro12.

The westerners remain in control of their own destiny despite losing to Ulster last weekend but have a tough run-in to come.

Wrecked

"We were wrecked by mistakes, these are tiny, tiny mistakes. Obviously they are easy to fix but they just have to be fixed and it just goes to show in a game to that standard," he said.

"Ulster are as good as possibly an international team. They have so many caps in that team, one mistake against the quality of opposition like that and they punish you like they showed. We have to learn from that and we have to take it and use it now going forward.

"Ospreys are coming here, Glasgow is up next here but we thrive that the Sportsground is a fortress and we need that massively.

"You look at how loud the fans were on Saturday because it has been a fortress for us this year. That is our second loss in the league, but we have massive belief in the group and we are looking forward to it. Hopefully we can get three wins with three games left."

Former Ireland kicking coach Mark Tainton has secured a job as Wasps' kicking coach next season.

Irish Independent

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