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Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar back for Ulster

Updated: Friday, 16 May 2014 13:52 | Comments

The return of playmaker Ruan Pienaar is a big boost for Ulster
The return of playmaker Ruan Pienaar is a big boost for Ulster

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Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar have recovered from injury and have been selected in the Ulster starting XV for tomorrow 's RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final against Leinster at the RDS (7pm, live on RTÉ Two).

They are two of 11 internationals in the team and two of 13 changes to the side that beat Munster at Thomond Park last weekend.

Craig Gilroy keeps his place at fullback and is joined in the back three by Tommy Bowe on the right wing and IRUPA Players' Player of the year, Andrew Trimble, on the left.

Jared Payne is selected at outside-centre, with Darren Cave starting the match at 12. Paddy Jackson is named at outhalf alongside the returning Pienaar.

Up front, Callum Black is retained at loosehead, with Best starting the game at hooker and Ricky Lutton, who missed last month's game against Leinster with a toe injury, back at tighthead.

Ulster captain Johann Muller, starts in the second row and is partnered by Iain Henderson who will wear 5.

Robbie Diack has recovered from the ankle injury that he sustained against Connacht and joins Chris Henry and Roger Wilson in the back row.

Forwards Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Adam Macklin, Dan Tuohy and Sean Doyle are named on the bench, alongside backs, Paul Marshall, James McKinney and Luke Marshall.

Ulster: C Gilroy; T Bowe, J Payne, D Cave, A Trimble; P Jackson, R Pienaar; C Black, R Best, R Lutton; J Muller (capt), I Henderson; R Diack, C Henry, R Wilson.

Replacements: R Herring, A Warwick, A Macklin, D Tuohy, S Doyle, P Marshall, J McKinney, L Marshall.

Watch live Television coverage of Leinster v Ulster, RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final, kick-off 7pm (Saturday 17 May, RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie, 6.30pm, Ireland only). Listen to live Radio commentary of Leinster v Ulster, RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final, kick-off 7pm (Saturday 17 May, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie, 6.45pm).

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