Ulster name starting team

Published Thursday, 13 September 2012
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Seven changes have been made to Ulster's starting team for their clash against Munster on Friday night.

Ulster name starting team
Ulster coach Mark Anscombe has announced changes to the team. (© Getty)

Stephen Ferris has been named at blindside flanker, earning him his 100th cap for the team.

Tom Court, John Afoa and Nigel Brady will start in a brand new front row, replacing Callum Black, Declan Fitzpatrick and Rob Herring respectively.

Meanwhile, in the backs, Andrew Trimble has been promoted to a starting berth on the right wing, replacing Craig Gilroy.

Paul Marshall and Paddy Jackson, who were also on the bench last week, will combine at half back in place of Michael Heaney and Niall O'Connor.

Not included in the match day squad are Ireland internationals Chris Henry and Dan Tuohy -despite being named in the extended squad on Tuesday.

They will be instead included in Ulster Ravens against Munster A earlier on Friday afternoon at Deramore Park.

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe said: "It's important for us to get them some game time so the Ravens is a good start.

"Chris has only been training with the team for two weeks and has had very little contact. He hasn't played a lot of rugby since the Heineken Cup Final.

He continued: "He went to New Zealand (on Ireland's Summer Tour) but only got a few minutes. It's a long season and the guys in their positions have been doing a good job so it's a balance of getting them back up to speed and rewarding the players who have been doing the job for us."

The New Zealander was full of praise for the travelling Munster side.

"It's our first derby of the season and there's a lot of history between the two teams so it should be a great occasion. They will be the best team we've played against so far this year and their history shows what they're capable of doing.

"There's no prouder union in the competition than Munster and there's never going to be an easy game against them so we need to perform to our capabilities to come away with a win.

"I'm really hoping that we get a big home crowd out to support us and I really want us to get a victory."

Ulster play Munster at Ravenhill on Friday at 7.05pm.

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