ULSTER could have Andrew Trimble and Paul Marshall arriving at their Parma training camp on Thursday after they were released from the Irish camp on Wednesday.
Ulster head coach, Mark Anscombe, revealed on Wednesday the duo may be released to play in Friday’s PRO12 game against Benetton Treviso.
It will come as a huge boost to Ulster as they travelled to Italy for the double away fixtures against Zebre and Treviso, with a weakened side, particularly in the backline.
But it is a bitter blow for Trimble who was hoping to follow in his team mate, Tommy Bowe’s footsteps, and registered his 50th appearance for Ireland when they play Argentina on Saturday. Bowe hit the half century mark two weeks ago in the 16-12 loss to South Africa in Dublin.
Trimble’s place on the Irish team looks certain to be filled by another team mate, Craig Gilroy, whose three tries against Fiji made many sit up and take notice.
The international winger’s return would give Anscombe several options as the back three last week of Ricky Andrew, Chris Cochrane and Michael Allen seemed to struggle at times during the last gasp 27-25 win over Zebre in Parma.
However, his later arrival would probably be too late to consider him in the centre, which would allow Jared Payne to move to fullback.
Young Academy and Malone backrow, Conor Joyce – who has made one previous appearance for the club - was the only other addition to the squad from last week.
Ireland prop, Tom Court was expected to start this week, possibly along with fellow Irish prop, Declan Fitzpatrick in the front row.
]There are no changes expected elsewhere pack given the limited options available to the coach.
Anscombe is due to name his matchday panel on Thursday at lunchtime.
Forwards: Rob Herring, Nigel Brady, Callum Black, Declan Fitzpatrick, Tom Court, John Afoa, Neil McComb, James Simpson, Robbie Diack, Conor Joyce, Mike McComish, Ali Birch, Roger Wilson, Nick Williams.
Backs: Michael Heaney, Blane McIlroy, Niall O’Connor, Stuart Olding, Paddy Wallace, Jared Payne, Michael Allen, Chris Cochrane, Ricky Andrew, Peter Nelson, Paul Marshall, Andrew Trimble (both subject to Irish release).