Sunday 23 September 2018

Ulster make three changes to the starting pack for Southern Kings tie

Dan McFarland. Photo: Sportsfile
Dan McFarland. Photo: Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ulster have made three changes to their starting side for the first match of their South African trip.

Ulster face Southern Kings on Sunday  at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Kick-off 2.15pm SA time / 1.15pm BST).

There are three changes to the starting team as Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor and Sean Reidy are all recalled to the starting pack, while the backline remains in situ for the third consecutive game. Iain Henderson, Ross Kane and Jordi Murphy drop out.

O’Toole has recovered from a concussion suffered against Scarlets in Round 1 and takes his place in the front row alongside Andy Warwick and skipper Rob Herring. O’Connor joins Kieran Treadwell in the engine room, with Reidy, Marcell Coetzee and Nick Timoney selected in the back row.

John Cooney and Billy Burns continue in the half back positions, while Stuart McCloskey and Darren Cave are again paired in midfield.

Craig Gilroy, who became Ulster’s record try-scorer in PRO14 Rugby last weekend, is named on the right wing and Henry Speight is on the opposite flank.

Will Addison, who made 28 carries in last week’s win over Edinburgh, a historical record for an Ulster player, will line out at fullback.

Adam McBurney, Eric O’Sullivan and Wiehahn Herbst will provide front row cover, with Jean Deysel and Matthew Rea listed as the other forward replacements.

The trio of David Shanahan, Angus Curtis and Angus Kernohan, who have been on bench duty for the opening two rounds, will again provide cover for the backs.

Ulster: (15-9): W Addison; C Gilroy, D Cave, S McCloskey, H Speight; B Burns, J Cooney; (1-8): A Warwick, R Herring (captain), T O’Toole, A O’Connor, K Treadwell, M Coetzee, S Reidy, N Timoney.

Replacements (16-23): A McBurney, E O'Sullivan, W Herbst, J Deysel, M Rea, D Shanahan, A Curtis, A Kernohan.

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