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Ulster host Leinster in Kingspan Stadium

Mar 11, 2022 18:03 By Dave Hooper
Ulster host Leinster in Kingspan Stadium Ulster host Leinster in Kingspan Stadium
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Ulster host Leinster in Kingspan Stadium on Saturday night

Stuart McCloskey will make his 150th Ulster appearance as Ulster host Leinster at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday evening.

McCloskey starts in midfield with Stewart Moore who moves from full-back last week in the victory over Cardiff Rugby.

Mike Lowry and Robert Baloucoune are released from international duties to start at full-back and right-wing respectively. Craig Gilroy comes in to start on the left.

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Last Friday’s half-back pairing of Billy Burns and Nathan Doak has been retained.

Andrew Warwick is named at loosehead, with John Andrew starting at hooker and Marty Moore packing down at tighthead.

Alan O’Connor is named in the second row and will skipper the side. He will partner Sam Carter who comes in to start.

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Marcus Rea makes a switch to blindside flanker, with Nick Timoney returning from Ireland camp to be selected at openside. Duane Vermeulen comes in to complete the forwards at Number Eight.

Jordi Murphy could make his 50th Ulster appearance if called upon from the bench. Murphy is joined by Tom Stewart, Eric O’Sullivan, Gareth Milasinovich and Mick Kearney in the forward replacements. John Cooney, Ian Madigan and Ben Moxham provide the back line cover.

Ulster: Mike Lowry, Robert Baloucoune, Stewart Moore, Stuart McCloskey, Craig Gilroy, Billy Burns, Nathan Doak; Andrew Warwick, John Andrew, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor (Capt.), Sam Carter, Marcus Rea, Nick Timoney, Duane Vermeulen.

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Replacements: Tom Stewart, Eric O’Sullivan, Gareth Milasinovich, Mick Kearney, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Ian Madigan, Ben Moxham.

Ulster v Leinster

United Rugby Championship Round 9

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Saturday 12 March

Kingspan Stadium, 7.35pm

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