Banbridge man to make second Ulster appearance

Don't stop me now! Murphy jinks his way through Scarlets.
Don't stop me now! Murphy jinks his way through Scarlets.
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Banbridge man Jonny Murphy is in line for his second Ulster appearance after being named on the bench for this Sunday’s match away to Cardiff Blues.

Murphy, 24, made his debut for Ulster in last weekend’s 21-20 loss to Scarlets.

'We've got the same hat on!' Discussing tactics in front of a packed Ravenhill.

'We've got the same hat on!' Discussing tactics in front of a packed Ravenhill.

There’s perhaps a certain de ja vu about that as Jonny Murphy followed almost perfectly in the footsteps left behind by Ireland skipper Rory Best.

The call-up was a welcome one for the 24 year-old, an Ulster Academy graduate who had been biding his time in the Ulster A side while also playing for Ballynahinch.

But as the Six Nations campaign took fellow Bann man Best out of the senior squad, he knew his time was coming close.

The ex-Banbridge RFC player performed well when called upon early in the second half against Scarlets and will be hoping to build on that on Sunday.

Ulster will want to return to winning ways against Cardiff and perhaps Murphy’s impact from the bench can help them do just that.