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Ulster captain Rory Best returns to the team to face Munster at Thomond Park

Ulster captain Rory Best returns to the team to face Munster at Thomond Park

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Ulster captain Rory Best returns to the team to face Munster at Thomond Park

Rory Best returns to the Ulster team that will take on Munster at Thomond Park tomorrow night.

Neil Doak and Anthony Foley have named their respective sides that will do battle in round nine of the Guinness PRO12 encounter in Limerick.

Foley makes five changes to the side that earned a bonus point victory last weekend against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade, with BJ Botha, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, Pat Howard and Gerhard van den Heever all handed starts.

After making his debut off the bench, it will mark Howard's first start for the province.

Best's inclusion is one of four changes to the side that beat Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium last Friday night.

Callum Black and Wiehahn Herbst start either side of Best in the front row with Alan O’Connor coming into the second row alongside Franco van der Merwe.

In the back row, Nick Williams starts at Number 8 with Roger Wilson switching across the back row to blindside flanker. Sean Reidy continues at openside.

Bolstered by a number of returning internationals, Anthony Foley has named a strong matchday squad to face Ulster tomorrow night at Thomond Park in Round 9 of the Guinness PRO12. Five personnel changes are made to the starting line-up that earned a bonus point victory last weekend against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade, with centre Pat Howard set to make his first start for the province.

Munster team to play Ulster, Guinness PRO12, Thomond Park, Friday 28th November, 19:35:

JJ Hanrahan, Gerhard van den Heever, Pat Howard, Denis Hurley, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Duncan Casey, BJ Botha; Donncha O'Callaghan - capt, Billy Holland; Robin Copeland, Paddy Butler, CJ Stander.

Ulster: S Olding; L Ludik, D Cave, S McCloskey C Gilroy, I Humphreys, P Marshall; (1-8): C Black, R Best (Capt), W Herbst, A O’Connor, F vd Merwe, R Wilson, S Reidy, N Williams.

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