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Pro12 teams: Best starts for Ulster
27 Nov 2014 12:12
Rory Best will start for Ulster against Munster in tomorrow evening’s interprovincial match at Thomond Park (1935, Live commentary on 2fm's Game On).
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The international hooker’s inclusion is one of four changes to the side that beat Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium last Friday night.
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In the only change to the back line, Ian Humphreys starts at outhalf in place of the injured Paddy Jackson.
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Stuart Olding remains at fullback, with Louis Ludik on the right wing and Craig Gilroy on the left. Stuart McCloskey and Darren Cave continue their partnership in midfield with Paul Marshall starting at scrumhalf.
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Callum Black and Wiehahn Herbst start either side of Best in the front row with Alan O’Connor coming into the second row alongside Franco van der Merwe.
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In the back row, Nick Williams is named at Number 8 with Roger Wilson switching across the back row to blindside flanker. Sean Reidy continues at openside.
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Ulster team to play Munster: S Olding; L Ludik, D Cave, S McCloskey C Gilroy, I Humphreys, P Marshall: C Black, R Best (Capt), W Herbst, A O’Connor, F vd Merwe, R Wilson, S Reidy, N Williams;
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Replacements: R Herring, A Warwick, D Fitzpatrick, L Stevenson, R Diack, M Heaney, M Allen, P Nelson.
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Bolstered by a number of returning internationals, Anthony Foley has named a strong matchday squad to face Ulster. Five personnel changes are made to the starting line-up that earned a bonus point victory last weekend against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade, with centre Pat Howard set to make his first start for the province. One change in the front row sees BJ Botha promoted from the bench to start at tighthead alongside hooker Duncan Casey and loosehead John Ryan. Donncha O'Callaghan will once again captain the side and partner Billy Holland in the second row. In the back row, Robin Copeland moves to 6 with Paddy Butler switching to openside, while CJ Stander comes back into the starting line up at number 8. Duncan Williams is another returning to the starting 15 at scrum-half alongside Ian Keatley in the half backs. Having made his debut from the bench last weekend, centre Pat Howard will make his first start for as he lines up outside Denis Hurley in the midfield.
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Munste team to play Ulster : JJ Hanrahan, Gerhard van den Heever, Pat Howard, Denis Hurley, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Duncan Casey, BJ Botha; Donncha O'Callaghan - capt, Billy Holland; Robin Copeland, Paddy Butler, CJ Stander Replacements: Kevin O'Byrne, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Tommy O'Donnell, Sean Dougall, Neil Cronin, Andrew Smith, Felix Jones
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