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Henderson To Captain Ulster In Crucial Glasgow Clash

Henderson To Captain Ulster In Crucial Glasgow Clash

The Ulster team to play Glasgow Warriors in Saturday’s final GUINNESS PRO14 regular season home game at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 6.05pm) has been named by head coach Jono Gibbes.

The rearranged round 17 tie, which was postponed last month due to adverse weather, will be another crucial challenge as the Ulstermen continue to fight for a place in the PRO14 final series, while also aiming to solidify fourth place in Conference B.

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Supporters are reminded that tickets purchased for the original fixture remain valid. Ulster v Glasgow Warriors tickets are still available from ulsterrugby.com/buytickets.

As the team strive to follow up on wins over Edinburgh and the Ospreys, Jono Gibbes has confirmed that Iain Henderson will captain the province from the second row, with Alan O’Connor given the nod for the number 4 jersey.

In the front row, loosehead prop Andrew Warwick and hooker Rob Herring come into the starting line-up alongside Ross Kane. Matthew Rea, who was man-of-the-match last week, is ruled out by injury so Nick Timoney starts at blindside flanker, with Sean Reidy and Jean Deysel continuing at openside and number 8 respectively.

There is just one change in the back-line as Luke Marshall joins Stuart McCloskey in midfield. The back-three of Jacob Stockdale, Louis Ludik and Charles Piutau remains in place, as does the half-back pairing of Johnny McPhillips and John Cooney, who is the PRO14’s top scorer so far this season with 144 points.

Paul Marshall and Tommy Bowe, who are to retire at the end of the season, could make their final home appearances from the bench, with Ireland Under-20 starlet Angus Curtis in line to make his debut. Rory Best is among the forward replacements along with Kyle McCall, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell and Clive Ross.

ULSTER (v Glasgow Warriors): Charles Piutau; Louis Ludik, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny McPhillips, John Cooney; Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson (capt), Nick Timoney, Sean Reidy, Jean Deysel.

Replacements: Rory Best, Kyle McCall, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Clive Ross, Paul Marshall, Angus Curtis, Tommy Bowe.