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Stuart Olding ready to end 10-month injury absence with centre slot for Ulster A

The 22-year-old will wear the number 13 shirt in Bristol tomorrow night.

EXCITING ULSTER UTILITY back Stuart Olding will make his long-awaited return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Bristol tomorrow.

Stuart Olding runs in for a try Olding, who can play in the centre or across the back three, scored for Ireland in the 2014 November Test against Georgia. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The 22-year-old suffered the knee injury against Cardiff Blues on 27 March last year.

Olding, who has won two international caps with Ireland, will start at outside centre for Ulster A for the British & Irish Cup match (kick-off 19.45).

Olding will be joined in the Ulster midfield by Sam Windsor, outside academy out-half Johnny McPhillips.

Also in the starting XV, are former Ireland U20 internationals such as left wing Jacob Stockdale and powerful number eight Lorcan Dow.

Steve Crosbie Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Leinster A are also in B&I Cup action tomorrow and have handed the reins to Steven Crosbie with Cathal Marsh dropping out of the squad. Rory O’Loughlin and Harrison Brewer form the centre partnership, a first outing for either man in the competition this season.

Ulster A (v Bristol, Ashton Gate, Friday 19.45)

15. Roger McBurney
14. Robert Lyttle
13. Stuart Olding
12. Sam Windsor
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Jonny McPhillips
9. Connor Young;

1. Andrew Warwick
2. John Andrew
3. Ross Kane
4. John Donnan
5. Pete Browne
6. Stephen Mulholland
7. Conor Joyce
8. Lorcan Dow

Replacements:

16. Johnny Murphy
17. Jonny Simpson
18. Michael Lagan
19. Alex Thompson
20. Conall Boomer
21 Liam Free
22. Andrew Magrath

Leinster A (v Rotherham Titans, Donnybrook, Friday 19.30)

15. Billy Dardis
14. Cian Kelleher
13. Rory O’Loughlin
12. Harrison Brewer
11. Mick McGrath
10. Steve Crosbie
9. Nick McCarthy

1. Jeremy Loughman
2. Bryan Byrne
3. Oisin Heffernan
4. David O’Connor
5. James Ryan
6. Josh Murphy
7. Dan Leavy
8. Peadar Timmins (Capt.)

Replacements:

16. Aaron Dundon
17. Andrew Porter
18. Will Connors
19. Tony Ryan
20. Charlie Rock
21. Joey Carbery
22. Darragh Fanning

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