Sunday 22 April 2018

Wilson mixes it with Ulster young guns

Ulster's veteran back-row, Roger Wilson (SPORTSFILE)
Ulster's veteran back-row, Roger Wilson (SPORTSFILE)

With young players making an impact in the Ulster team this season, the elder statesman has become something of a dying breed at Kingspan Stadium.

Last week, Jacob Stockdale (20) and Lorcan Dow (21) were the latest academy products to make their senior bow in a season where Kyle McCall, Alan O'Connor, Rory Scholes and the now injured Peter Nelson have all made an impact.

One exception is the 34-year-old Roger Wilson who, having made 16 appearances this season, starts again at No 8 against Newport Gwent Dragons tonight at Kingspan Stadium (7.35pm). Wilson says that age is not something often forgotten in the changing room. "I get enough stick about it to be reminded every day anyway," he joked.

"I'm the oldest in the squad now. They look after us but it keeps you as competitive as you ever were. You don't want to use (age) as an excuse to ease off." Verdict: Ulster

Ulster (v Dragons) - L Ludik; C Gilroy, D Cave, S Olding, J Stockdale; I Humphreys, R Pienaar; C Black, R Herring (capt), R Lutton, A O'Connor, P Browne, R Diack, S Reidy, R Wilson. Reps: J Andrew, K McCall, B Ross, C Ross, N Williams, P Marshall, P Jackson, R Scholes.

Ulster v NG Dragons, Live, TG4/BBC 2, 7.35

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