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Wolfhounds get boost as Horan ready for Scots tie

Marcus Horan will continue his comeback when the Ireland Wolfhounds, the rebranded A team, face Scotland A in Belfast tomorrow.

Horan, who started the 17-13 defeat by England Saxons, is back in action after two months out following heart surgery.

Ulster number eight Chris Henry leads the side at Ravenhill and his provincial colleague Ian Humphreys starts at fly-half.

Peter Stringer partners Humphreys at half-back while Sean Cronin is drafted in at hooker after Rory Best's promotion to the bench for the senior side's Six Nations opener at home to Italy.

Ryan Caldwell replaces Mick O'Driscoll at lock and partners Devin Toner. Ulster's Dan Tuohy is named at blindside flanker.

Darren Cave replaces Keith Matthews in the centre and Ryan Caldwell is in the second-row for Mick O'Driscoll.

Elsewhere, there are a couple of 'A' inter-provincial clashes tonight to whet the appetite for a weekend of international action, with Munster taking on Connacht at Thomond Park (6.30) and Leinster and Ulster locking horns in Navan (6.30).

IRISH WOLFHOUNDS: G Duffy (Connacht); J Murphy (Leicester), D Cave (Ulster), F McFadden (Leinster), I Dowling (Munster); I Humphreys (Ulster), P Stringer (Munster); M Horan (Munster), S Cronin (Connacht) T Buckley (Munster), R Caldwell (Ulster), D Toner (Leinster), D Tuohy (Ulster), S Jennings (Leinster), C Henry (Ulster, capt).

Replacements: N Brady (Ulster), M Ross (Leinster), E O'Donghue (Ulster), N Ronan (Munster), I Boss (Ulster), I Keatley (Connacht), K Matthews (Connacht).