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Ulster Name Extended Squad For Ospreys Game

Ulster Name Extended Squad For Ospreys Game

Ulster head coach Mark Asncombe has named an extended squad ahead of Friday’s sold-out RaboDirect PRO12 fixture against the Ospreys at Ravenhill (kick-off 7.05pm).

Ulster have been boosted by the return of lock Dan Tuohy and captain Johann Muller, who signed a one-year contract extension yesterday.

Ballymena front rower Andrew Warwick has been included in the preliminary squad for the first time. The 21-year-old has previously represented Ulster at Schools, Under-20 and Ravens levels and may now get an opportunity to line out for the senior side this weekend.

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Luke Marshall has returned from injury and should play some part on Friday night, while Ireland Under-20 starlet Stuart Olding has also been included among the backs.

Ulster still hold an 11-point gap at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 after suffering just one defeat in the opening 13 rounds of the competition – a 24-10 loss away to Munster in December.

The Ospreys have now gone four successive matches without a win in all competitions. However, in the league, the Welshmen have suffered just one reversal in their last ten encounters.

Ulster have already beaten the Ospreys in Swansea in round 2 this season and are going for a first ever season’s double over the Welsh region.

ULSTER Squad (v Ospreys) – Backs (11): Ruan Pienaar, Paul Marshall, Niall O’Connor, Stuart Olding, Paddy Wallace, Luke Marshall, Darren Cave, Michael Allen, Andrew Trimble, Chris Cochrane, Ricky Andrew.

Forwards (14): Nigel Brady, Rob Herring, Niall Annett, Callum Black, Ricky Lutton, Andrew Warwick, Tom Court, Lewis Stevenson, Dan Tuohy, Neil McComb, Johann Muller (capt), Mike McComish Robbie Diack, Ali Birch.