Unfamiliar names in Ulster side heading to Thomond Park
Published 28/12/2012 | 16:30
ULSTER will have a much-changed line-up for tomorrow’s game against Munster after coach Mark Anscombe rang the changes.
His side are looking to make it a dozen games unbeaten in the RaboDirect Pro 12 at Thomond Park but he has made 11 changes to his team
Only Craig Gilroy and Luke Marshall in the backs, and Neil McComb and Robbie Diack in the forwards, will start from the team which beat Leinster 27-19 last Friday night at Ravenhill.
The changes will see Adam D'Arcy make his first start of the season at fullback and will be joined in the back three by speedy youngsters Chris Cochrane and Gilroy. Michael Allen will partner Luke Marshall in midfield, with Paul Marshall and Niall O’Connor forming a new halfback combination.
Up front, Callum Black, Rob Herring and Adam Macklin make up an all new frontrow, while Lewis Stevenson has returned from an eight-week injury lay off to partner McComb in the secondrow. R
Meanwhile Munster have also major alterations to their line-up from the last time out.
They make eight changes from the side that beat Connacht in Galway, with the international trio of Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Simon Zebo set to start.
Outhalf Ronan O’Gara is named on the bench with Ian Keatley retaining the number 10 jersey.
There's a return from injury for Damian Varley at hooker, while Felix Jones returns on the bench.
MUNSTER: D Hurley; D Howlett (capt), C Laulala, J Downey, S Zebo; I Keatley, C Murray; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha; Donncha O’Callaghan, B Holland, P O’Mahony, T O’Donnell, P Butler.
Replacements: M Sherry, M Horan, S Archer, Dave O’Callaghan, J Coughlan, P Stringer, R O’Gara, F Jones.
ULSTER: A D'Arcy; C Cochrane, M Allen, L Marshall, C Gilroy; N O'Connor, P Marshall; C Black, R Herring, A Macklin, L Stevenson, N McComb, R Diack, M McComish, R Wilson.
Replacements: N Annett, R Lutton, T Court, A O'Connor, A Birch, M Heaney, S Olding, R Andrew.