Monday 26 September 2016

Ireland trio back in to boost Ulster charge

Jonathan Bradley

Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30

Paddy Jackson has returned from Ireland duty to help Ulster take on n Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Paddy Jackson has returned from Ireland duty to help Ulster take on n Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

Ulster will again be boosted by the return of Paddy Jackson, Stuart McCloskey and Rob Herring from Ireland duty when they take on Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12 tonight (7.35).

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The trio spent the early part of the week at Carton House as Ireland prepare to take on France but will be back in their province's colours at the Kingspan Stadium tonight.

There is a return for another Irish international in the form of Chris Henry, who comes onto the bench after his shoulder injury. Herring starts at hooker and again captains the side in the absence of Rory Best, while McCloskey comes into the midfield alongside Darren Cave after starting on the bench last week. Alan O'Connor, off the back of another encouraging outing last time, is joined in the engine room by the returning Franco van der Merwe.

Robbie Diack is over the effects of last week's suspected concussion to take his place in the back-row where he is again joined by Sean Reidy, with Nick Williams taking the place of Roger Wilson.

Verdict: Ulster

Ulster - S Olding; C Gilroy, D Cave, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; S Windsor, R Pienaar; C Black, R Herring (capt), R Lutton; A O'Connor, F van der Merwe; R Diack, S Reidy, N Williams. Reps: J Andrew, K McCall, B Ross, C Henry, R Wilson, P Marshall, P Jackson, S Arnold.

Glasgow - P Murchie; L Jones, G Bryce, S Johnson, R Hughes; G Hunter, A Price; R Grant, P MacArthur, S Puafisi: G Peterson, L Nakarawa: R Harley, S Favaro, R Wilson (capt). Reps: J Malcolm, A Allan, D Rae, J Strauss, C Fusaro, G Hart, P Horne, T Naiyaravoro.

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