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Connacht's Willie Faloon in action during squad training

Connacht's Willie Faloon in action during squad training

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Connacht's Willie Faloon in action during squad training

CONNACHT flanker Willie Faloon could be set to return to Ulster at the end of this season.

The 28-year-old openside has been at the western province since moving from Ravenhill in 2012 and has proven a solid option for both Eric Elwood and Pat Lam during his time at the Sportsground.

Ulster are looking to strengthen their back-row options as they prepare for the arrival of Les Kiss as director of rugby after the World Cup, and Faloon appears to fit the bill.

His departure would be a blow to Connacht, who are set to lose second-row Mick Kearney to Leinster.

Meanwhile, Wasps flanker Ashley Johnson has been suspended for three weeks after appearing before a disciplinary committee yesterday.

The South African was shown a yellow card for tackling Leinster's Dave Kearney in the air in the opening minute of the sides' Champions Cup meeting on Saturday, but was later cited for the incident and the committee found that the tackle merited a red.

Munster's Dave Foley was on the receiving end of a warning from the EPCR for a tackle during their game against Sale.

Irish Independent