This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 20 January, 2019

Lealiifano captains Ulster as Kiss names an exciting backline for Treviso

Paul Marshall is set to make his 200th appearance for the province.

Lealiifano captains Ulster tomorrow evening.
Lealiifano captains Ulster tomorrow evening.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

CHRISTIAN LEALIIFANO WILL captain Ulster for the first time when Treviso visit Belfast tomorrow evening [KO 7.35pm/BBC NI], with Paul Marshall set to make his 200th appearance for the province.

Lealiifano, who this week confirmed he will be returning to Australia when his short-term deal expires in January, has been named to start at inside centre in an exciting backline selected by Les Kiss.

John Cooney and Peter Nelson make up the half back pairing with Craig Gilroy, Tommy Bowe and Charles Piutau forming a potentially explosive back three. Louis Ludik joins Lealiifano in midfield.

Marshall will reach the landmark appearance should he come off the bench with Ireland internationals Darren Cave and Andrew Trimble also named among the replacements.

There is a first senior start of the season for Ross Kane at tighthead as he partners Callum Black and John Andrew in the front row. Kieran Treadwell, who featured in Ireland’s win over Fiji last week, returns to the second row alongside Alan O’Connor.

Academy back rows Aaron Hall and Nick Timoney are named at openside flanker and number 8 respectively, in what will be a senior debut for the former. Clive Ross completes the back row.

Ulster go into the game second in Conference A of the Pro14 having won six of their opening eight games this term.


15. Charles Piutau
14. Tommy Bowe
13. Louis Ludik
12. Christian Lealiffano
11. Craig Gilroy
10. Peter Nelson
9. John Cooney

1. Callum Black
2. John Andrew
3. Ross Kane
4. Kieran Treadwell
5. Alan O’Connor
6. Clive Ross
7. Aaron Hall
8. Nick Timoney.


16. Rob Herring
17. Schalk van der Merwe
18. Andy Warwick
19. Matthew Dalton
20. Greg Jones
21. Paul Marshall
22. Darren Cave
23. Andrew Trimble.

The42 has just published its first book, Behind The Lines, a collection of some of the year’s best sports stories. Pick up your copy in Eason’s, or order it here today (€10):

Connacht name strong starting XV in their bid for a fifth consecutive win

Nacewa returns, a first Leinster start for Murphy but Dragons come too soon for Ringrose

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Ryan Bailey

Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel