Ulster Welcome Back Henderson And Addison – Irish Rugby

The Ulster crew to play provincial rivals Connacht in Friday’s opening spherical of the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup has been named. The derby kicks off at 8.15pm at Kingspan Stadium.

Iain Henderson, who has recovered from a shoulder harm, makes his return to guide the facet and can be partnered by Kieran Treadwell within the second row.

Andrew Warwick joins Rob Herring and Tom O’Toole within the entrance row, whereas Matthew Rea is added to the unfastened forwards, combining with Sean Reidy and Nick Timoney, at quantity 8.

Jacob Stockdale, who turned 25 earlier this month, reverts to full-back, linking up with Ethan McIlroy and Robert Baloucoune in a back-three filled with attacking risk.

James Hume and Stewart Moore get the nod collectively in midfield, exterior the acquainted half-back pairing of Billy Burns and John Cooney, who was chosen on this season’s PRO14 Dream Group.

On the bench, Will Addison makes his long-awaited return from harm – he has not performed for the province since January 2020 because of again and calf issues. David Shanahan and Michael Lowry are the opposite alternative backs.

John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor and Greg Jones are the ahead choices, in a robust matchday 23 at Dan McFarland’s disposal.

Ulster expertise coach Dan Soper commented: “Regardless of the competitors is, whenever you play an interpro, that brings a carry in depth, so we’re anticipating that this week.

“Sure, there’s the Problem Cup semi-final subsequent week however our eyes are firmly on Connacht this week. It’s truly fairly good prep with a very good hit-out on Friday evening towards considered one of our nearest and dearest.

“Interpros are at all times tasty, aren’t they? I might count on it’s going to be the identical this week – a very robust battle. Connacht are a wonderful facet and so they’ll be taking a look at this, as most groups can be, as a clear sheet beginning at zero once more.

“Actually, with Connacht we’ve had good, robust video games. We have been delighted to go down there and win at Christmas time, the primary win in 5 years on the Sportsground. We have been pleased with that win as a result of Connacht are a really bodily facet with a first-class set piece.

“They create lots of actually creative rugby to the occasion in how they play. It’s worthwhile to be actually switched-on defensively as a result of they at all times have a trick or two up their sleeve.”

ULSTER (v Connacht): Jacob Stockdale; Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Stewart Moore, Ethan McIlroy; Billy Burns, John Cooney; Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Iain Henderson (capt), Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy, Nick Timoney.

Replacements: John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor, Greg Jones, David Shanahan, Michael Lowry, Will Addison.

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