Edinburgh’s Michael Allen ready for Ulster return

Centre Michael Allen admits there is a danger he may lose his bearings if he returns to his home city on Friday evening in the colours of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh's Michael Allen will face former club Ulster on Friday. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU
Edinburgh's Michael Allen will face former club Ulster on Friday. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

The 25-year-old Belfast boy signed for Alan Solomons’ side back in April but only made his debut at BT Murrayfield off the bench in last Friday’s win over the Dragons after suffering a shoulder injury early in pre-season. This week Edinburgh travel to Allen’s old club Ulster in the Guinness Pro12 and the player joked: “I’m sure I’ll make it into the right dressing room but when I run down the tunnel I will have to remember to run right to the away benches and not the home ones.”

Allen was delighted to finally get on the pitch for his new club for the last eight minutes of Friday’s 32-13 victory over the Welshmen and then played a club game for Hawick against Heriot’s the following day.