Tuesday 20 August 2019

Pro14 team news: Stockdale and Marshall start for Ulster while Munster ring the changes

Ulster's Jacob Stockdale in action against Adam Byrne of Leinster. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Ulster's Jacob Stockdale in action against Adam Byrne of Leinster. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jacob Stockdale and Luke Marshall will both start for Ulster in tomorrow night's Guinness PRO14 tie against Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 7.35pm).

Ulster will be without Ireland duo Iain Henderson and Rory Best, the captain missing out through the ankle injury that threatens to rule him out for up to six weeks.

Also sitting out are Robert Baloucoune and Nick Timoney while Darren Cave drops to the bench as Dan McFarland makes five changes to his starting side.

Marshall, who made a try-scoring impact on his return from a long-term injury lay-off last weekend, replaces Cave to start his first game of the season at outside centre while Stockdale is straight back in as he aims to bounce back from his missed chance in the European quarter-final defeat to Leinster.

He will be partnered on the wings by Rob Lyttle, who deputises for Baloucoune, while Michael Lowry completes the back three. Marshall is joined in the midfield by Stuart McCloskey.

The half-back pairing of John Cooney and Billy Burns is retained once more but there are three changes in the pack.

Rob Herring, as expected, takes Rory Best's place at hooker and Alan O'Connor returns to captain the side in Henderson's second-row berth. Eric O'Sullivan and Marty Moore complete the front row with Treadwell partnering O'Connor in behind.

In the back line, Sean Reidy joins Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee with Timoney making way.

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The province are aiming to secure a home quarter-final by finishing second in conference B and currently sit in the runners-up spot, four points ahead of Benetton and seven clear of Edinburgh with three games to go.

John Andrew, Andy Warwick and Tom O’Toole will cover the front row on the bench, with Ian Nagle and Matthew Rea named as the additional forward replacements. David Shanahan, Cave and Angus Kernohan will provide the backline options.

Meanwhile, former Ulster winger Tommy Seymour returns from a rib injury to start for Glasgow at 14 opposite fellow winger Niko Matawalu as the hosts make six changes following their European defeat to Saracens. Scotland star Stuart Hogg holds his place at full-back.

Adam Ashe and Chris Fusaro come in to the back line while Rob Harley and Jonny Gray form a new lock pairing.

Meanwhile, Peter O'Mahony captains the side with six changes to the team that started last week's Champions Cup quarter-final win over Edinburgh.

Mike Haley, Tyler Bleyendaal, Kevin O’Byrne, Billy Holland, Chris Cloete and Arno Botha all come into the starting XV.

Haley starts at full-back with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on either flank as Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell continue their centre partnership.

Conor Murray and Bleyendaal team up in the half-backs.

Dave Kilcoyne, O'Byrne and John Ryan pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Holland in the engine room.

A back-row of O'Mahony, Cloete and Botha complete the side.

Sammy Arnold returns from injury to take his place among the replacements and is set to make his first appearance since January.

Ulster team to play Glasgow Warriors

(15-9): M Lowry, R Lyttle, L Marshall, S McCloskey, J Stockdale, B Burns, J Cooney;

(1-8): E O’Sullivan, R Herring, M Moore, A O’Connor (Capt), K Treadwell, S Reidy, J Murphy, M Coetzee.

Replacements: J Andrew, A Warwick, T O’Toole, I Nagle, M Rea, D Shanahan, D Cave, A Kernohan.

Glasgow Warriors  team to play Ulster

(15-9): Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Kyle Steyn, Sam Johnson, Niko Matawalu, Adam Hastings, Ali Price;

(1-8): Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Rob Harley, Jonny Gray, Adam Ashe, Chris Fusaro, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: Grant Stewart, Jamie Bhatti, Siua Halanukonuka, Scott Cummings, Tevita Tameilau, George Horne, Pete Horne, Robbie Nairn.

Munster team to play Cardiff Blues

Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O’Byrne, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Tadhg Beirne, CJ Stander, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Sammy Arnold.

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