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Stellar Performance From Ulster's Will Addison Leaves English Fans Raging

Stellar Performance From Ulster's Will Addison Leaves English Fans Raging

On a very impressive night for Ulster in Llanelli, it was the English-born, Irish international Will Addison who perhaps left the most lasting impression.

Signed by the Irish province earlier this year from the English Premiership club Sale Sharks, the 26-year-old has had a memorable year in Ireland; earning his first international cap from Joe Schmidt against Italy in November.

Returning to Champions Cup duty tonight, Ulster sat third in Pool 4 going into their first of two consecutive games against the Scarlets. Coming out on the right end of a 25-24 scoreline in Wales, Will Addison's performance was sufficiently impressive to see him named man of the match.

Earning praise from viewers across the board, Addison was instrumental in opening up some ground for Jacob Stockdale to grab Ulster's opening try of the night. When he later chipped in with one of his own, even those with the highest standards couldn't get over his wonderful line.

Overall, his match-winning performance was a major talking-point post-match.

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However, not everyone was best pleased to see the new Ulster man thriving in such conditions.

Born in England, Will Addison appeared to have flown well under the radar of Eddie Jones' scouting network.

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Having never appeared likely to break into the England set-up, performances like tonight would appear to suggest that when Joe Schmidt comes to select his panel of players for next year's World Cup in Japan, it isn't entirely inconceivable that the 26-year-old may be within range of inclusion.

Speaking post-match, Will Addison outlined what sets Ulster apart, and why he has found it so easy to slip right into the swing of things.

See Also: Watch: Lightening Quick Jacob Stockdale Try Leaves Scarlets In Ribbons

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