Tuesday 22 May 2018

Munster rest big guns as Craig Gilroy makes return from suspension for Ulster

16 September 2016; Craig Gilroy of Ulster is tackled by Jonathan Davies of Scarlets during the Guinness PRO12 Round 3 match between Ulster and Scarlets at the Kingspan Stadium in Ravenhill Park, Belfast. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
16 September 2016; Craig Gilroy of Ulster is tackled by Jonathan Davies of Scarlets during the Guinness PRO12 Round 3 match between Ulster and Scarlets at the Kingspan Stadium in Ravenhill Park, Belfast. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Johann van Graan has made 14 changes to the Munster side that lost to Racing 92 in the Champions Cup semi-final as Ulster visit Thomond Park in the Guinness PRO 14 regular season finale.

Outside centre Sammy Arnold is the only survivor from the team that was beaten 27-22 in Bordeaux, with van Graan opting to rest his star names ahead of the PRO 14 quarter-final next weekend.

Stephen Fitzgerald, Calvin Nash and Darren Sweetnam form a new back three, while Dan Goggin partners Arnold in the centre.

JJ Hanrahan starts at out-half and Duncan Williams gets the nod at scrum-half.

Mike Sherry captains the side at hooker in an all-new pack.

For Ulster, Rory Best captains a strong side that features fellow Grand Slam champions Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale.

Charles Piutau is unavailable, with Louis Ludik selected at fullback. Craig Gilroy returns to the side on the wing after a suspension.

The game kicks off at Thomond Park at 17.35 tomorrow evening.

Munster: Stephen Fitzgerald; Calvin Nash, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Mike Sherry (C), Brian Scott; Gerbrandt Grobler, Darren O’Shea; Dave O’Callaghan, Conor Oliver, Robin Copeland.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn, Jack O’Donoghue, James Hart, Bill Johnston, Shane Daly.

Ulster: L Ludik; C Gilroy, L Marshall, S McCloskey, J Stockdale, J McPhillips, D Shanahan; C Black, R Best (captain), R Kane, A O'Connor, I Henderson, C Ross, S Reidy, N Timoney;

Replacements: R Herring, A Warwick, T O'Toole, K Treadwell, C Henry, P Marshall, A Curtis, T Bowe.

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