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John Afoa returns to the Ulster team to play Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12 final

Updated: Friday, 24 May 2013 17:28 | Comments

John Afoa returns as Ulster go for glory at the RDS Leinster have home advantage against Ulster on Saturday i
John Afoa returns as Ulster go for glory at the RDS Leinster have home advantage against Ulster on Saturday i

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Tight-head prop John Afoa will start for Ulster against Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12 final at the RDS (kick-off 4.45pm) in the only change from the side that beat Scarlets in the semi-final.

The All Blacks forward missed the semi-final with a hamstring strain but has been passed fit for the Dublin clash. 

Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe said: "John and players like Ruan (Pienaar) and Johann (Muller) have been part of World Cup-winning squads. When the big moments come, they are cool heads under pressure and you can’t put a price on that."

Ulster: J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, S Olding, T Bowe, P Jackson, R Pienaar; T Court, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller (c), D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams.

Replacements: R Herring, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, I Henderson, M McComish, P Marshall, M Allen, P Nelson.

Live television coverage of Ulster v Leinster from 16:15 on Saturday 25 May on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage on Saturday Sport from 15:00 on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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