Thursday 19 October 2017

Connacht and Ulster name teams with Cian Kelleher and Stuart McCloskey both set to return

Cian Kelleher of Connacht scores his side's fourth try during the Guinness PRO12 Round 6 match between Connacht and Ulster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cian Kelleher of Connacht scores his side's fourth try during the Guinness PRO12 Round 6 match between Connacht and Ulster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Connacht and Ulster have both named their sides for the penultimate round of the Pro 12 season with Connacht coach Pat Lam making 10 changes to his side that lost to Leinster a fortnight ago, while Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has made just three changes to his starting XV for Saturday's trip to the Ospreys.

Connacht winger Cian Kelleher makes his return to the wing after spending the last two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The former Ireland underage star is set to join fellow absentee Darragh Leader in the back three with Leader set to make his first appearance in over 18 months after sitting out the majority of the last two seasons with various hand and finger injuries.

Meanwhile for Ulster, Les Kiss has made just three changes to his starting XV with Ireland centre Stuart McCloskey set to join fellow international Luke Marshall in the centres, while at the back, Ireland utility Craig Gilroy will make his return to the starting side after being named at full-back alongside Charles Piutau and captain Andrew Trimble.

Meanwhile Robbie Diack is the only change in the Ulster pack with the South African born number eight set to partner Sean Reidy and Iain Henderson in the back-row.

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