IN FULL: Ulster Rugby playing squad for 2017-18 season

Ulster Rugby's senior playing squad for the 2017-18 season has been confirmed.

Wednesday, 5th July 2017, 3:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th July 2017, 3:18 pm
Ulster's Director of Rugby, Les Kiss

The panel features 46 fully-contracted and development players.

Forty-two of the players named in the panel will be Irish-qualified next season, while 29 have progressed through Ulster's player development pathway. The squad includes 23 players capped at international level, with Jacob Stockdale, Kieran Treadwell and new signing John Cooney becoming the latest players to earn international caps during Ireland's recent tour of the USA and Japan.

The majority of the squad commenced pre-season training on Monday 3rd July, while the six players who toured with Ireland, and the three players currently on Lions duty will join the group at later stages.

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Ulster squad

Rodney Ah You (18 ULS appearances, 3 IRE caps)

John Andrew (27 ULS)

Rory Best (198 ULS, 104 IRE)

Callum Black (128 ULS)

Tommy Bowe (150 ULS, 69 IRE)

Peter Browne (31 ULS)

David Busby (2 ULS)

Aaron Cairns (1 ULS)

Darren Cave (193 ULS, 11 IRE)

Marcell Coetzee (4 ULS, 28 SA)

John Cooney (0 ULS, 1 IRE)

Jean Deysel (0 ULS, 4 SA)

Robbie Diack (193 ULS, 2 IRE)

Craig Gilroy (149 ULS, 10 IRE)

Iain Henderson (74 ULS, 32 IRE)

Chris Henry (165 ULS, 24 IRE)

Wiehahn Herbst (54 ULS)

Rob Herring (120 ULS, 1 IRE)

Brett Herron (7 ULS)

Paddy Jackson (123 ULS, 25 IRE)

Ross Kane (11 ULS)

Louis Ludik (54 ULS)

Robert Lyttle (8 ULS)

Luke Marshall (104 ULS, 11 IRE)

Paul Marshall (195 ULS, 3 IRE)

Kyle McCall (36 ULS)

Stuart McCloskey (58 ULS, 1 IRE)

Johnny McPhillips *

Peter Nelson (37 ULS)

Alan O'Connor (39 ULS)

Tommy O'Hagan *

Stuart Olding (62 ULS, 4 IRE)

Jack Owens (1 ULS)

Callum Patterson *

Jared Payne (78 ULS, 20 IRE)

Charles Piutau (23 ULS, 16 NZ)

Matthew Rea *

Sean Reidy (58 ULS, 2 IRE)

Clive Ross (52 ULS)

David Shanahan (13 ULS)

Jonny Simpson (4 ULS)

Jacob Stockdale (24 ULS, 2 IRE)

Kieran Treadwell (21 ULS, 2 IRE)

Andrew Trimble (217 ULS, 70 IRE)

Schalk van der Merwe *

Andrew Warwick (74 ULS)

Players developed through the Abbey Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy or Ulster club system are in italics, while internationals are highlighted in bold. Caps are included in brackets.

*indicates uncapped players.