Young Ul­ster side face sea­soned in­ter­na­tion­als

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RUGBY -

Benet­ton v Ul­ster Sta­dio Co­mu­nale di Monigo, 3.0pm, Premier Sports

The fact that the Ital­ian team to face Ire­land in Chicago isn’t a front­line se­lec­tion means that a young Ul­ster team face sev­eral sea­soned in­ter­na­tion­als in Tre­viso.

Benet­ton coach Kieran Crow­ley in­cludes Jay­den Hay­ward, Tom­maso Ben­venuti, Tom­maso Al­lan, Alessan­dro Zanni and Dean Budd in the start­ing line-up while there are sev­eral more Ital­ian in­ter­na­tion­als on the bench.

Ire­land squad mem­bers, Stu­art McCloskey and Rob Her­ring start for an Ul­ster side that also con­tains former Ire­land Un­der-20 in­ter­na­tional, Jack Hume, who is mak­ing his first se­nior ap­pear­ance for the prov­ince.

Ire­land Sevens in­ter­na­tional Robert Baloucoune gets his sec­ond cap after an im­pres­sive de­but last week while Billy Burns re­turns at out­half.

There is a slightly more sea­soned look to the pack con­tain­ing Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­als, Her­ring, Marty Moore, Kieran Tread­well and Sean Reidy, along­side Spring­bok Mar­cell Coet­zee. Num­ber eight Nick Ti­money has been one of the prov­ince’s stand­out per­form­ers but the sus­pi­cion is that Tre­viso might just have too much strength in depth.

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