Abbey Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy Squad Announced

Abbey Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy Squad Announced

Abbey Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy Squad Announced

The Abbey Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy squad for the upcoming season has been confirmed, with 6 new entrants named among the roster of 19.

Joining the programme are Malone RFC star Matthew Agnew, who played for Ireland in the recent U20 World Cup, and the Ballymena Academy trio of fly-half Bruce Houston, centre Stewart Moore and back row Azur Allison, who captained Ireland U19s last year. Double Schools’ Cup winner with RBAI, David McCann, will be another familiar face to followers of schools’ rugby. The final place in the Academy is awarded to Iwan Hughes, a pace-laden Irish-qualified outside back who joins the Ulster setup from Bristol.

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Robert Baloucoune and Graham Curtis will also both be looking forward to their first full season in the Academy, after joining later in the season last year. Baloucoune, who developed his game at Portora Royal School and Enniskillen RFC was part of the Ireland team that won the Challenge Trophy at the Rugby World Cup Sevens last weekend, while scrum-half Graham Curtis will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of his brother Angus who made his senior debut last season.

Four players, who have all made notable impressions at PRO14 and Champions Cup level, have been rewarded with upgraded senior contracts – Greg Jones, Adam McBurney, Jonny Stewart and Nick Timoney.

It has also been confirmed that Rory Butler, Peter Cooper, Alexander Clarke and John McCusker have all departed the full-time Academy programme to pursue other opportunities.

Commenting on the announcement of the Academy squad, Kieran Campbell, Head of the Abbey Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy, said:

“It is always an exciting time of the year when we welcome in the new crop of young Academy players and, once again, we are delighted with the level of quality coming in. Our player development pathway from U16 through to Academy is going from strength to strength, evidenced by 36% of Ulster representation on Irish National Talent Squads and 46 Ulster senior caps won by Academy players last season.”

“The quality of players and their level of application is driving competition within the pathway and the current crop are full of enthusiasm and keen to get stuck into the programme, so we’re all really looking forward to seeing how they progress over the season.”

ABBEY INSURANCE ULSTER RUGBY ACADEMY 2018/19

Year 3:

Angus Curtis   

Position: Fly Half / Centre

DOB: 26/03/1998

Height: 176cm

Weight: 89kg

Club: Malone

Aaron Hall

Position: Back Row

DOB: 26/06/1998

Height: 193cm

Weight: 98kg

Club: Ballynahinch

Zack McCall

Position: Hooker

DOB: 10/02/1995

Height: 180cm

Weight: 100kg

Club: Ballynahinch

Marcus Rea

Position: Back Row

DOB: 08/09/1997

Height: 189cm

Weight: 105cm

Club: Ballymena

 

Year 2:

Robert Baloucoune

Position: Back Three

DOB: 19/08/1997

Height: 193cm

Weight: 89kg

Club: Ballymena

Graham Curtis

Position: Scrum Half

DOB: 12/09/1999

Height: 174cm

Weight: 85kg

Club: Malone

Matthew Dalton

Position: 2nd Row / Flanker

DOB: 16/11/1998

Height: 197cm

Weight: 112kg

Club: Malone

Joe Dunleavy

Position: Flanker

DOB: 22/12/1998

Height: 190cm

Weight: 101kg

Club: Malone

James Hume

Position: Centre

DOB: 07/09/1998

Height: 184cm

Weight: 95kg

Club: Banbridge

Michael Lowry

Position: Fly Half

DOB: 20/08/1998

Height: 170cm

Weight: 81kg

Club: Banbridge

Eric O’Sullivan

Position: Prop

DOB: 30/11/1995

Height: 186cm

Weight: 115kg

Club: Banbridge

Tom O’Toole

Position: Prop

DOB: 23/09/1998

Height: 185cm

Weight: 116kg

Club: Ballynahinch

Jack Regan

Position: 2nd Row

DOB: 09/05/1997

Height: 197cm

Weight: 112kg

Club: Ballynahinch

 

Year 1:

Matthew Agnew

Position: Back Row

DOB: 20/11/1998

Height: 180cm

Weight: 95kg

Club: Malone

Azur Allison

Position: Back Row

DOB: 19/04/1999

Height: 192cm

Weight: 99kg

Club: Ballymena

Bruce Houston

Position: Fly Half

DOB: 16/08/1999

Height: 192cm

Weight: 92kg

Club: Ballymena

Iwan Hughes

Position: Back Three

DOB: 06/04/1999

Height: 173cm

Weight: 77kg

Club: Ballynahinch

David McCann

Position: Back Row

DOB: 13/06/2000

Height: 190cm

Weight: 94kg

Club: Banbridge

Stewart Moore

Position: Centre

DOB: 08/08/1999

Height: 183cm

Weight: 91kg

Club: Malone

 

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