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Wilson To Set New Ulster PRO12 Record Against Munster

Wilson To Set New Ulster PRO12 Record Against Munster

Roger Wilson will become Ulster’s most-capped PRO12 player when he lines out for the province against Munster at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 2.40pm).

Roger Wilson will play his 132nd game in the GUINNESS PRO12 and takes over from Paddy Wallace as the Ulster player to have made the most league appearances.

The 33-year-old will start at number 8 for the game which is sold out and which will see Ulster aim to complete the regular PRO12 season unbeaten at home.

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The team sees just one change to the side that defeated Leinster in Belfast a fortnight ago. Winger Craig Gilroy picked up a hamstring strain in training this week and is replaced on the left wing by Peter Nelson.

Louis Ludik and Tommy Bowe join him in the back-three, with Jared Payne and Darren Cave continuing together in the centre. Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar will both play their 15th games of the season when they line out alongside each other at half-back.

Up front, the pack is unchanged, with Callum Black and Wiehahn Herbst starting either side of captain Rory Best in the front row. Dan Tuohy will represent Ulster for the 90th time in the PRO12 when he starts alongside Franco van der Merwe in the second row.

The man-of-the-match from the Leinster game, Iain Henderson, is selected at blindside flanker, Chris Henry continues at openside with record breaker Wilson at the base of the scrum.

Forwards Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Bronson Ross, Robbie Diack and Clive Ross join backs Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys and Stuart McCloskey, the BT Ulster Young Player of the Year, on the replacements bench.

ULSTER (v Munster): Louis Ludik; Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Darren Cave, Peter Nelson; Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar; Callum Black, Rory Best (capt), Wiehahn Herbst, Dan Tuohy, Franco van der Merwe, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Roger Wilson.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Bronson Ross, Robbie Diack, Clive Ross, Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys, Stuart McCloskey.