Andrew Trimble on course to play in Ospreys clash

Player set to make first competitive outing for Ulster since October’s season-ending injury

Andrew Trimble:  can expect quite a welcome when he trots out at the Kingspan Stadium to make up one part of a pretty decent back three which should be completed by Craig Gilroy and Louis Ludik. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Andrew Trimble: can expect quite a welcome when he trots out at the Kingspan Stadium to make up one part of a pretty decent back three which should be completed by Craig Gilroy and Louis Ludik. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

 
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Trimble is on course to play – a week after he scored in the friendly defeat at Edinburgh – and make his first competitive outing in an Ulster shirt since last October’s season-ending toe injury struck him down.

He can expect quite a welcome when he trots out at the Kingspan Stadium to make up one part of a pretty decent back three which should be completed by Craig Gilroy and Louis Ludik against an Ospreys side missing a dozen front-liners to World Cup commitments.

“Trimby’s a true pro,” Ulster head coach Neil Doak said yesterday.

“I thought he did pretty well for his 35 minutes coming straight back into international rugby [against Wales] and I suppose 80 minutes last week [in Edinburgh was pleasing, but maybe that lack of rugby was the deciding factor [for Ireland]. “He’s got a couple of games now to get more time under his belt.”

Robust

Ian Humphreys

“It’s highly unlikely he’ll feature,” Doak said of Humphreys who was expected to cover while Paddy Jackson is at the World Cup.

Humphreys was pulled out of last week’s Edinburgh friendly with a hamstring problem while Doak remained coy about new signing Windsor’s issue while still appearing hopeful that the Australian might yet make it. If not, Ulster will be really struggling at 10, and for a placekicker, with the coach quipping that second row Dan Tuohy had actually been striking the ball well in training.

There was more hope surrounding Roger Wilson who might be in action after missing both warm-ups with what is believed to be a foot injury while, on a much more positive note, Nick Williams will return to the mix following his eight-week suspension at the back end of last season.

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