Tuesday 16 July 2019

Addison back training in bid for World Cup berth

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Will Addison's World Cup hopes have been handed a major boost as the versatile back returned to Ulster training this week, writes CIAN TRACEY.

The 26-year-old (right) was left out of Ireland's training squad after undergoing back surgery in April, prematurely ending his season.

Although he faces an uphill battle to force his way back into the reckoning after he also missed the entire Six Nations, Joe Schmidt is a keen admirer of Addison's and knows that his ability to play all across the back-line would be extremely beneficial when he comes to whittle down his extended squad.

It remains to be seen if Addison can earn a call-up before Ireland's warm-up games next month, but if he can prove his fitness over the coming weeks, he won't be far from Schmidt's thoughts.

Addison, who joined Ulster from Sale Sharks last summer, is Ireland-qualified through his Fermanagh-born mother, and he made his senior international debut against Italy last November before also going on to play against Argentina and USA.

Such was the extent of his back problem, Addison is unlikely to be rushed back, but he is currently on schedule in terms of his comeback.

In a further boost for Ulster, both Marty Moore (ankle) and Craig Gilroy (back) are also back in training.

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