Michael Allen

[main pic: Inpho/Russell Cheyne]

In April 2015 the club signed Ulster winger Allen for season 2015/16 and he made his Edinburgh debut off the bench against Dragons in the November 2015 win at BT Murrayfield. His first try came on Irish soil, against Leinster at the RDS towards the end of season 2015/16 [pic below: credit Sportsfile]

The 25-year-old, credited with pace, strength and a massive work rate, had played all his professional rugby with the Belfast club prior to moving across the Irish Sea.

A former pupil of Methodist College Belfast, his peers included Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackson who also joined Ulster’s Academy straight from school.

Allen said: “I got into the game through my dad who’s a big rugby man, a big club man."

In fact Allen attended his first game at two weeks old, his dad turning out for the now Belfast Harlequins team whom Allen jnr went on to play for.

With Methodist College he won the Ulster Schools’ Cup in 2008 and 2009, and continued to represent Ulster at under-18, under-19 and Academy levels. He played for Ireland Schools at under-19 level, made his debut for Emerging Ireland in 2013 and has accrued four caps for the representative side.

Making his senior Ulster debut against Leinster in 2012, he really came to the fore when injuries to Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble saw him taking his chance on the wing.

He said: “I’ve always been in the centre, played centre all through school and then moved over to the wing to try to get more game time, but I’m happy doing both.”

His rugby heroes are equally split over the two field positions.

“My first real rugby memory was Jonah Lomu in that World Cup where he ran over the English and I remember thinking he’s pretty class; and Jonny Wilkinson, whenever he was playing, he was unbelievable."

Stats

Caps
30
Tries
6
Starts
18
Conversions
0
Replacements
5
Penalty goals
0
Points
30
Drop goals
0

Appearances

2015/16: Dra(r) Uls(r) LonI LonI Gla Gla Tre FCG Car Sca Osp Sca Dra Zeb Lei(r)(1T)
Position: 
Wing/centre
D.O.B.: 28/11/90
Place of birth:
Belfast
Height: 6ft (1.83m)
Weight: 15st 5lb (97.6kg)
Twitter: @MichaelAllen13

Ireland Schools
Emerging Ireland (2013)