Thursday 16 August 2018

PRO14 team news: Jono Gibbes and Kieran Keane ring the changes for away trips

Connacht head coach Kieran Keane. Photo: Sportsfile
Connacht head coach Kieran Keane. Photo: Sportsfile

Max Ryan

Ulster and Connacht have announced their match-day squads ahead of tomorrow night’s Guinness PRO14 action.

Jono Gibbes welcomes back Rory Best for Ulster’s encounter with Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday night.

Best will wear the number two jersey as he returns to captain the side, while young tight-head Tom O’Toole will debut alongside the Ireland skipper in the front row.

Meanwhile Kieran Keane has made a number of changes to his Connacht team, as they take on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.

A single point separates the two sides in Conference A of the competition and the winners of this clash will put themselves in pole position to reach a Champions Cup play off.

Flanker Jarrad Butler will captain the side for the first time with usual skipper John Muldoon named among the list of replacements.

Conor Carey comes into the front row at tight-head while Shane Delahunt will start at hooker.

Inside centre Peter Robb returns from injury to play alongside Eoin Griffin but the back three of Niyi Adeolokun, Matt Healy and Tiernan O’Halloran remains unchanged.

Ulster: (15-9) C Piutau, L Ludik, D Cave, S McCloskey, J Stockdale, J McPhillips, J Cooney; (1-8) A Warwick, R Best (C), T O'Toole, M Dalton, I Henderson, M Rea, N Timoney, J Deysel.

Replacements: (16-23) R Herring, T O'Hagan, R Ah You, A O'Connor, S Reidy, D Shanahan, A Curtis, T Bowe.

Connacht: (15-9) T. O’Halloran, N. Adeolokun, E. Griffin, P. Robb, M. Healy, J. Carty, K. Marmion; (1-8) D. Buckley, S. Delahunt, C. Carey, U. Dillane, J. Cannon, S. O’Brien, J. Butler (C), E. McKeon

Replacements: (16-23) Dave Heffernan, Peter McCabe, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Gavin Thornbury, John Muldoon, Caolin Blade, Craig Ronaldson, Darragh Leader

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