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Trimble To Lead Ulster In Limerick Derby

Trimble To Lead Ulster In Limerick Derby

Director of rugby Les Kiss has named the Ulster team that will travel to Thomond Park to take on Munster in round 20 of the GUINNESS PRO12 on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The province’s starting XV shows just three changes from last Friday’s disappointing draw with Cardiff as they aim to extend their run of seven games unbeaten and push towards a spot in the Championship play-offs.

There are two changes in the back-three as Jacob Stockdale, Ulster’s top try scorer in the PRO12 this season with eight, comes in at full-back to replace the injured Jared Payne. Andrew Trimble, who made his return from a hand injury in a second half appearance last weekend, is preferred to fellow Ireland international Craig Gilroy on the right wing with Charles Piutau retaining the number 11 jersey.

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Stuart Olding and Luke Marshall will continue their centre partnership, while Stuart McCloskey will provide strong midfield cover from the bench as he is in line to make his first senior appearance since the home win over Edinburgh, having fully recovered from a calf injury.

Paddy Jackson, who contributed a try and four successful kicks at goal against Cardiff, once again pairs up with Ruan Pienaar at half-back.

Chris Henry is the sole change in the pack as he comes in at openside flanker, with Sean Reidy shifting to number 8 and Iain Henderson continuing at blindside. The front five remains unchanged as props Andrew Warwick and Wiehahn Herbst are retained alongside Rory Best in the front row, with Kieran Treadwell and Alan O’Connor once again selected in the engine room.

Paul Marshall, Gilroy and McCloskey are the back-line options among the replacements, while Rob Herring, Callum Black, Rodney Ah You, Robbie Diack and Clive Ross will provide the forward cover in Limerick.

ULSTER (v Munster): Jacob Stockdale; Andrew Trimble (capt), Luke Marshall, Stuart Olding; Charles Piutau, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar; Andrew Warwick, Rory Best, Wiehahn Herbst, Kieran Treadwell, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Sean Reidy.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Callum Black, Rodney Ah You, Robbie Diack, Clive Ross, Paul Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Craig Gilroy.