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Six World Cup Players Named In Ulster Squad

Six World Cup Players Named In Ulster Squad

Six Rugby World Cup players have made a welcome return to the Ulster squad ahead of their RaboDirect PRO12 match against the Scarlets on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Ulster head coach Brian McLaughlin has included Tom Court, Paddy Wallace, Andrew Trimble, Johann Muller, Ruan Pienaar and Simon Danielli in his provisional squad as they prepare for the crunch encounter at Parc y Scarlets.

Ireland’s Rory Best and Stephen Ferris are being rested as part of a player management programme implemented post-World Cup.

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Court, Wallace and Trimble received limited game-time as Ireland exited at the quarter-final stage and returned to training with their province this week.

South Africa were knocked out over the same weekend, with Pienaar and Muller playing periphery roles towards the end of their campaign.

Muller has recovered from a hamstring injury sustained during the tournament and is likely to take the Ulster captaincy for Saturday’s game in Llanelli.

Young centre Luke Marshall has been ruled out after fracturing his jaw in a club game two weeks ago, while prop Jerry Cronin has sustained a neck injury and is due to get a scan.

The international players return at the perfect time for Ulster, who have tasted defeat in their previous three league games. The leadership of Muller will be vital in improving Ulster’s recent discipline and set piece difficulties.

ULSTER Squad (v Scarlets) Backs (15): Paul Marshall, Ruan Pienaar, Ian Porter, Ian Humphreys, Paddy Jackson, Paddy Wallace, Nevin Spence, Ian Whitten, Darren Cave, Craig Gilroy, Simon Danielli, Andrew Trimble, Conor Gaston, Peter Nelson, Adam D’Arcy.

Forwards (17): Paddy McAllister, Callum Black, Tom Court, Adam Macklin, Declan Fitzpatrick, Andi Kyriacou, Nigel Brady, Lewis Stevenson, Johann Muller, Dan Tuohy, Tim Barker, Neil McComb, Mike McComish, Pedrie Wannenburg, Willie Faloon, Chris Henry, Robbie Diack.