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Ulster and Leinster name sides for RaboDirect clash

Updated: Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 13:12 | Comments

Andrew Trimble starts at No 14 for Ulster
Andrew Trimble starts at No 14 for Ulster

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe has made three personnel and two positional changes to the side that lost to Northampton for Friday's RaboDirect Pro 12 game against Leinster at Ravenhill.

Following Tommy Bowe’s knee injury, Andrew Trimble switches to the right wing, with Craig Gilroy named on the left.

Second-row Dan Tuohy suffered a torn calf muscle last weekend and his place is taken by Neil McComb. Nick Williams moves from blindside flanker to No 8 with Roger Wilson dropping to the bench. Robbie Diack starts at 6, with Chris Henry continuing at openside.

For Leinster, Kevin McLaughlin returns to the back-row alongside fellow internationals Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien, while tight-head prop Michael Bent will make his second start for the province after being named alongside hooker Sean Cronin and Cian Healy in the front row.

Former CBS Naas back Adam Byrne is named on the bench and is in line to make his senior bow after impressing with two tries for the British & Irish Cup side last weekend..

Byrne features on a replacements bench alongside the likes of Isaac Boss and Rhys Ruddock.

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Ulster XV: 15 J Payne; 14 A Trimble, 13 D Cave, 12 L Marshall, 11 C Gilroy; 10 P Jackson, 9 R Pienaar; 1 T Court, 2 R Best, 3 J Afoa, 4 I Henderson, 5 N McComb, 6 R Diack, 7 C Henry (c) 8 N Williams

Leinster XV: 15 N Reid, 14 Conway, 13 B Macken, 12 G D’Arcy, 11 F McFadden, 10 I Madigan, 9 E Reddan 1 C Healy, 2 S Cronin, 3  Bent, 4 L Cullen (capt), 5  Toner, 6 K McLaughlin, 7 S O’Brien, 8 J Heaslip 

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