Hughes Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy squad announced

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Hughes Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy squad announced

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[tag=image] ... dax_80.jpg[/tag][tag=content]Ulster Rugby have announced their Hughes Insurance Academy squad for the 2016/17 season.

There are ten players in the squad that have been kept on from last season: David Busby, Peter Cooper, Ross Kane, Michael Lagan, Rob Lyttle, Andy Magrath, Jack Owens, Nick Timoney, Alex Thompson and Craig Trenier.

They have been joined by eight new inductees: Conall Boomer, Rory Butler, Aaron Hall, Adam McBurney, Zack McCall, Tommy O'Hagan, Marcus Rea and Jonny Stewart.

All of the Academy players are Irish qualified, with most of them having already represented Ireland at underage level. New players Boomer and McBurney were both part of the squad that reached the final of the U20 World Championship in Manchester over the summer.

Ulster Rugby are delighted to announce that several Academy players from last season have been upgraded to the senior squad after successful stints in the underage system.

Johnny McPhillips and Jacob Stockdale, who were both part of the Ireland U20 set-up over summer as well, have been promoted to development contracts along with John Donnan, Lorcan Dow and David Shanahan.

Matthew Rea has been promoted directly from the sub-Academy to the senior squad on a development contract.

Head of the Academy Kieran Campbell commented: "I am delighted that Hughes Insurance have continued their support of the Ulster Rugby High Performance Academy Programme. Their sponsorship is essential to ensuring Academy players experience world class service provision enabling them to strive for excellence and perform to the high standards demanded at Ulster Rugby.

"The success of the partnership with Hughes is already evident with the quality of players achieving recognition with the Ulster Senior squad and we intend to build on this in the forthcoming season.”

Brian McDowell, Chief Executive of Hughes Insurance, added: "I have supported Ulster Rugby for many years and am very proud to sponsor the Hughes Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy. It was great to meet the players, many of whom hope to get the call up to the first team in the coming season.

"Ulster Rugby and Hughes Insurance share the same philosophy in developing talent and performing to high standards of excellence. I would like to wish all the Hughes Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy players the very best of luck for the season ahead.”

Hughes Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy Squad 2016/17
Conall Boomer (20) - Back Row - Ballymena RFC
David Busby (22) - Back Three - Ballynahinch RFC
Rory Butler (19) - Centre - Queen's RFC
Peter Cooper (19) - Prop - Belfast Harlequins RFC
Aaron Hall (18) - Back Row - Ballynahinch RFC
Ross Kane (21) - Prop - Ballymena RFC
Michael Lagan (20) - Prop - Ballymena RFC
Rob Lyttle (19) - Wing - Queen's RFC
Andy Magrath (19) - Out Half - Banbridge RFC
Adam McBurney (19) - Hooker - Ballymena RFC
Zack McCall (21) - Hooker - Queen's RFC
Tommy O'Hagan (22) - Prop - Rainey OB RFC
Jack Owens (19) - Back Three - Malone RFC
Marcus Rea (18) - Back Row - Queen's RFC
Jonny Stewart (18) - Scrum Half - Queen's RFC
Alex Thompson (20) - 2nd Row - Queen's RFC
Nick Timoney (21) - Back Row - Queen's RFC
Craig Trenier (22) - Prop - Ballynahinch RFC

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Willie Anderson
Assistant Coaches: Kieran Campbell, Jamie Turkington
Team Manager: Hugh McCaughey

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