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Phil Egan
Phil Egan

12:37 11 Sep 2020


Leinster and Ulster have both named their teams ahead of Saturday's Guinness PRO14 final at the Aviva Stadium.

James Ryan has recovered from a shoulder injury to take his place in the Leinster second row alongside Devin Toner.

Ross Byrne will start at outhalf instead of Johnny Sexton so Garry Ringrose is named as captain for the first time.

The back three is unchanged from the win over Munster last week with Jordan Larmour selected at full-back having come through the graduated return to play protocols successfully this week.

Hugo Keenan and James Lowe are named on the wings and Robbie Henshaw is selected in the centre alongside Ringrose.

The half-back partnership sees Jamison Gibson-Park and Ross Byrne start at nine and 10.

In the pack, there is no change in the front row with Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher and Andrew Porter again selected.

Caelan Doris is again selected at blindside flanker with Josh van der Flier at openside and Jack Conan will wear the number eight jersey.

Ulster are boosted by the return of club captain, Iain Henderson, who will be making his first appearance since the season resumption.

It is one of four changes to the side that beat Edinburgh in last week’s semi-final at Murrayfield.

Alan O’Connor will partner Henderson in the second row, while the front row of Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring and Tom O’Toole remains unchanged.

The back-row sees one change, with Sean Reidy coming into the team at openside flanker.

Matthew Rea takes the blindside flanker position and Marcell Coetzee packs down at number eight.

The back three sees two positional switches, with Jacob Stockdale moving to the left-wing, Rob Lyttle swaps over to the right and Michael Lowry starts at full-back.

Stuart McCloskey continues his midfield partnership with James Hume and All Black scrum-half Alby Mathewson will make his first start for Ulster alongside Billy Burns at fly-half.

John Cooney and Ian Madigan are among those named on the bench.

Leinster: (15-9) Jordan Larmour, Hugo Keenan, Garry Ringrose (C)Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park

(1-9) Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan.

Replacements: James Tracy, Ed Byrne, Michael Bent, Scott Fardy, Will Connors, Luke McGrath, Johnny Sexton, Rory O’Loughlin.

Ulster: (15-9) Michael Lowry, Rob Lyttle, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Billy Burns, Alby Mathewson.

(1-8) Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson (C), Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy, Marcell Coetzee.

Replacements: John Andrew, Jack McGrath, Marty Moore, Sam Carter, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Ian Madigan, Nick Timoney.

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