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Trimble Set For 200-Cap Ulster Milestone

Trimble Set For 200-Cap Ulster Milestone

Andrew Trimble will become the first player to make 200 appearances for Ulster when he lines out against Munster at a sold-out Kingspan Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Andrew Trimble made his provincial debut back in September 2005, starting in a 25-22 win over Cardiff at the Arms Park, and has gone on to score 67 tries in his 199 games to date.

The Ireland winger is part of an unchanged back-line from the one that helped Ulster to secure a 10-3 away triumph over Connacht last weekend – their fourth successive win.

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Louis Ludik and Rory Scholes continue in the back-three for this important GUINNESS PRO12 derby encounter, with Stuart McCloskey and Luke Marshall named in midfield together and Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar included in the half-back positions.

Rory Best will return to captain the side from hooker, in one of four changes up front. Director of rugby Les Kiss has also recalled loosehead prop Kyle McCall to the front row alongside Wiehahn Herbst, who remains at tighthead.

Lewis Stevenson has earned a start in the second row where he is partnered by Franco van der Merwe, while Chris Henry has overcome a slight shoulder injury. He is selected at openside flanker, with Robbie Diack and Nick Williams retaining their places at blindside and number 8 respectively.

Rob Herring, Callum Black, Ricky Lutton, Alan O’Connor and Roger Wilson are back-up for the forwards, while Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys and Sam Arnold again provide backline cover.

ULSTER (v Munster): Louis Ludik; Andrew Trimble, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Rory Scholes; Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar; Kyle McCall, Rory Best (capt), Wiehahn Herbst, Lewis Stevenson, Franco van der Merwe, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Nick Williams.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Callum Black, Ricky Lutton, Alan O’Connor, Roger Wilson, Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys, Sam Arnold.