Faddes hit by season KO
Ulster have been hit by the news Matt Faddes has been ruled out of the rest of the season as he requires shoulder surgery.
The New Zealand ace only joined the Irish province at the start of the season, but has now seen his campaign cut short because of the injury, which was sustained at the weekend.
Faddes started at full-back during the Pro14 defeat to Ospreys and scored a try before being withdrawn because of the injury. Ulster have now confirmed the severity of the problem.
"Due to a shoulder injury which requires surgery, Matt Faddes will not be available for selection for the remainder of the season," a statement on Ulster's website read.
Meanwhile prop Kyle McCall is also facing a spell out due to a foot injury, but there is better news concerning James Hume, who is back in full training after recovering from a hamstring problem.
"Kyle McCall sustained a foot injury in training last week, and is currently unavailable for selection," the statement added. "James Hume has resumed full training following a hamstring injury – and is available for selection."
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