The teams were announced earlier his afternoon for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO12 clash between Ulster and Leinster at the RDS, kick off 3:00 pm. Live on Sky Sports 2.
There has been a bit of jigging about in the Ulster side, the most noticeable changes being the inclusion of Andrew Trimble on the wing and Ruan Pienaar moving to out half, Paddy Jackson rested under the IRFU protocol.
Rory Best is also rested, with Rob Herring stepping up as replacement, but perhaps the most telling change is that Wiehahn Herbst is not available after picking up an injury in training.
Leinster have made ten changes to the team that lost heavily to Munster last time out but they are still someway short of what would be their strongest team. If Herbst had been available to throw down an anchor in the scrum I’d have been fairly optimistic, but now I think that Ulster will struggle.
I’m certainly not expecting much joy for Ulster at the breakdown,with Leinster fielding the impressive back row of O’Brien, van der Flyer and Heaslip, so it’s difficult to see where our boys are going to get ball from.
It’s a pity as Ulster certainly have the back line to do some damage, I’m sure big McCloskey is relishing the chance to have a run at Ringrose.
The FRU Predicts. Ulster’s backs to keep Ulster in this one for a considerable period but Leinster should have sufficient ball to keep their noses in front.
|Isa Nacewa||15||Charles Piutau|
|Adam Byrne||14||Andrew Trimble|
|Garry Ringrose||13||Darren Cave|
|Noel Reid||12||Stuart McCloskey|
|Rory O’Loughlin||11||Tommy Bowe|
|Ross Byrne||10||Ruan Pienaar|
|Luke McGrath||9||Paul Marshall|
|Jack McGrath||1||Andrew Warwick|
|Sean Cronin||2||Rob Herring|
|Michael Bent||3||Rodney Ah You|
|Devin Toner||4||Kieran Treadwell|
|Hayden Triggs||5||Franco vd Merwe|
|Sean O’Brien||6||Clive Ross|
|Josh van der Flier||7||Sean Reidy|
|Jamie Heaslip||8||Roger Wilson|
|Richardt Strauss||16||John Andrew|
|Andrew Porter||17||Callum Black|
|Jeremy Loughman||18||Jonny Simpson|
|Mick Kearney||19||Pete Browne|
|Jack Conan||20||Chris Henry|
|Jamison Gibson-Park||21||Brett Herron|
|Tom Daly||22||Louis Ludik|
|Zane Kirchner||23||Jacob Stockdale|