Ulster head coach Brian McLaughlin has named a 26 man squad, for Ulster's next Magners League home match, against Scarlets on Friday (KO 7.05pm).
Commenting on the squad's development to date, McLaughlin said: "We are making progress and are starting to play good, strong rugby, but we have a bit of distance to go yet. There are still improvements to be made and skills to be perfected, but we will continue to work and improve and fight our corner every week.
"It's about learning from your mistakes and continuing to make improvements after each game. I think we are making good headway. The players are working extremely hard and buying into the ideas that I and the other coaches; Jeremy Davidson and Neil Doak, are bring to them. We are pleased and positive about how things have gone to date."
Ryan Caldwell returns to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury. Tamaiti Houra, Niall O'Connor, Mark McCrea and Academy player Ian Porter, all receive call-ups. While; Simon Danielli, Dan Tuohy, Rory Best, David Pollock, Bryn Cunningham, Matt McCullough and Cillian Willis were not available for selection, due to injury.
ULSTER FORWARDS Nigel Brady, Brendon Botha, Bryan Young, Ed O'Donoghue, Andy Kyriacou, Chris Henry, Stephen Ferris, Willie Faloon, Thomas Anderson, Neil McComb , Tom Court, Declan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Caldwell, Tamaiti Houra
ULSTER BACKS Timoci Nagusa, Darren Cave, Andrew Trimble, Ian Whitten, Paul Marshall, Isaac Boss, Ian Humphreys, Paddy Wallace, Clinton Schifcofske, Ian Porter, Niall O'Connor, Mark McCrea
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Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
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Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.