Saturday 15 December 2018

Ulster make three changes for trip to face Racing 92 as John Cooney misses out

John Cooney of Ulster. Photo: Sportsfile
John Cooney of Ulster. Photo: Sportsfile

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Ulster Head Coach Dan McFarland has made three changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's trip to France to take on Racing 92 as scrum-half John Cooney misses out.

Marty Moore, who impressed on his debut as a first half replacement in the victory over Leicester Tigers last Saturday, comes in for his first competitive Ulster start in place of Ross Kane.

Kieran Treadwell has been brought into the second row in place of Alan O'Connor and the third change sees David Shanahan replacing Cooney, who suffered a AC joint injury during Ulster's opening Champions Cup win.

Rory Best will captain the side from the front row, alongside Moore and Andy Warwick. Iain Henderson will partner Treadwell in the engine room, and the back row of Marcell Coetzee, Jordi Murphy and Nick Timoney is retained.

Apart from Shanahan, the backline remains unchanged with Billy Burns at fly-half, Jacob Stockdale and Craig Gilroy on the wings, Stuart McCloskey and Will Addison in midfield, and Abbey Insurance Ulster Academy prospect Michael Lowry at full-back.

Adam McBurney, Eric O’Sullivan and Kane cover the front row from the bench, with O’Connor and Sean Reidy included as the additional forward options.

Jonny Stewart is in line for his European bow if called upon as he joins Johnny McPhillips and Angus Kernohan among the backline replacements.

Ulster Rugby team to play Racing 92

(15-9): M Lowry; C Gilroy, W Addison, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; B Burns, D Shanahan;

(1-8): A Warwick, R Best (captain), M Moore, I Henderson, K Treadwell, M Coetzee, J Murphy, N Timoney;

Replacements (16-23): A McBurney, E O’Sullivan, R Kane, A O’Connor, S Reidy, J Stewart, J McPhillips, A Kernohan.

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