Sunday 17 December 2017

Boost for Ulster as fit-again Olding returns

Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ulster have been handed a major boost with the news that Stuart Olding will line out for the 'A' team in their final British and Irish Cup pool game against Bristol this evening (7.45).

The hugely talented centre has been out since March when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Cardiff.

Stuart McCloskey and Luke Marshall have struck up an excellent midfield partnership this season, and the return of Olding will only strengthen Les Kiss' hand.

Olding, whose career has been hampered with injury problems, has twice been capped by Ireland and he will wear the No 13 jersey at Ashton Gate.

Australian Sam Windsor hasn't quite made the impact he was hoping for since joining Ulster last year and he will partner Olding in an exciting looking midfield duo.

Olding is one of four new faces in the side: Connor Young starts at scrum-half, while in the pack, Ross Kane has replaced Bronson Ross at tighthead prop with Stephen Mulholland coming in at blindside flanker.

Ulster are four points behind Bristol, who still harbour ambitions of advancing to the knockout stages.

Ulster will be eager to finish the campaign on a high but all eyes will be on Olding as he looks to bounce back from his spell out.

Verdict: Bristol

Ulster 'A' - R McBurney; R Lyttle, S Olding, S Windsor, J Stockdale; J McPhillips, C Young; A Warwick, J Andrew, R Kane; J Donnan, P Browne; S Mulholland, C Joyce, L Dow. Reps: J Murphy, J Simpson, M Lagan, A Thompson, C Boomer, L Free, A Magrath.

Irish Independent

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