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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Pienaar, Henderson and Henry back for Ulster's clash with Leinster

Ulster's Ruan Pienaar in action during squad training
Ulster's Ruan Pienaar in action during squad training

Ulster's South African scrum-half, Ruan Pienaar, and backrow forwards Iain Henderson, Chris Henry and Roger Wilson have recovered from injury and available to face Leinster at the RDS on Saturday evening (Kick Off 18.15).

Ulster Head Coach, Mark Anscombe, can also call upon Ireland internationals Rory Best and Craig Gilroy who return to the Provincial set-up following the RBS 6 Nations.

The game will see Ulster take on the new leaders of the RaboDirect PRO12 following Leinster's victory over Glasgow at the weekend and Ulster's defeat to Edinburgh.

Ulster are third in the table, level on points with second placed Glasgow and a point behind top-side, Leinster.

When Ulster beat Leinster at Ravenhill earlier in the season they were 16 points ahead of them in the PRO12 table and well clear at the top. After last weekend's defeat to Edinburgh at Murrayfield they slipped to third, a point adrift of Irish rivals Leinster.

"I hope we can get it right in the coming weeks. It did look a little disjointed at times out there," admitted Anscombe in the wake of his side's defeat to Edinburgh.

"Sometimes when you get players back, especially your top players, there is the expectation that things will just happen. It just not happen like that unfortunately.

"Everyone involved must take responsibility for their own performance and how they prepare for a match. For some of our players it was their first game back in six weeks and you cannot expect them to be right up there."

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