Donegal’s Joe Dunleavy has been named in the travelling party for the Ulster A squad’s first two games in the inaugural Cara Cup, which takes place in Massachusetts.

Ulster will play Connacht Eagles on Wednesday (20th March) at Union Point Sports Complex in Weymouth, before taking on the New England Free Jacks at the same venue on Sunday (24th March).

Those two teams played each other on Saturday, with the Irish side prevailing 7-38 against the Major League Rugby outfit.

Nine members of the Abbey Insurance Ulster Academy are among those named in the squad; Zack McCall, Jack Regan, Joe Dunleavy (the former Letterkenny RFC member who plays with Malone), David McCann and Marcus Rea in the forwards, and Graham Curtis, Bruce Houston, Stewart Moore and Iwan Hughes in the backs.

McCann and Callum Reid join the panel after helping Ireland U20s secure a Six Nations Grand Slam triumph on Friday evening.

Senior Ulster squad players Ross Kane, Caleb Montgomery, Johnny McPhilips and Jack Owens are also selected by coaches Kieran Campbell and Willie Anderson.

ULSTER A SQUAD FOR CARA CUP FIXTURES

Forwards (14)

Claytan Milligan, Zack McCall, Callum Reid, Corrie Barrett, Peter Cooper, Ross Kane, Jack Regan, Bradley Luney, JJ McKee, Charlie Clarke, Joe Dunleavy, David McCann, Marcus Rea, Caleb Montgomery.

Backs (10)

Michael Stronge, Lewis Finlay, Graham Curtis, Bruce Houston, Johnny McPhilips, Jack Owens, Ben Power, Stewart Moore, Iwan Hughes, Ben McCaughey.

CARA CUP FIXTURES

(All times EST)

Free Jacks 7 Connacht Eagles 38

Saturday 16th March

Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA

Connacht Eagles v Ulster A

Wednesday 20th March, 7.00pm

Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA

Free Jacks v Ulster A

Sunday 24th March, 6.30pm

Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA

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