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David Humphreys is bringing yet another Ulsterman over to Gloucester

Loosehead prop Paddy McAllister will head for Kingsholm at the end of the season.

McAllister [right] had some good times at Ulster.
McAllister [right] had some good times at Ulster.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

THE ULSTER REVOLUTION at Gloucester is picking up pace after the Premiership club confirmed the signing of prop Paddy McAllister.

The former Ireland U20 international will join director of rugby David Humphreys at Kingsholm from next season, while it has already been confirmed that Ulster’s defence coach Jonny Bell will move to Gloucester in the summer.

Kiwi tighthead prop John Afoa made the move from the northern province to the English club along with Humphreys for the start of the current campaign.

McAllister is currently on the books at Aurillac in the French Pro D2, where he works under former Ireland, Lions and Ulster lock Jeremy Davidson. The start of his season was ruined by injury, but he has recovered to make two starts and six further substitute apperances.

The ex-Ballynahinch clubman first burst into the senior Ulster set-up in 2010, going on to make a total of 17 starts before suffering a serious knee injury in 2012.

Still only 25, McAllister plays on the loosehead side of the front row and previously represented Ireland at Schools, U19 and U20 levels. He will hope to drive towards senior international honours under the guidance of Humphreys at Gloucester.

The Premiership side have also confirmed the signings of Harlequins’ Paul Doran-Jones and Nicky Thomas of the Ospreys for next season to further bolster their front-row ranks.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Aurillac’s Davidson is in the running for the forwards coaching position at Top 14 outfit Lyon next season.

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