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No rest for Rory Best while Olding and Hanrahan named fullbacks for Munster v Ulster

Tomorrow night’s inter-pro is shaping up to be a cracker.

MUNSTER AND ULSTER have both named exciting young utility backs in the number 15 jersey for tomorrow’s inter-provincial clash at Thomond Park (KO 19.35).

JJ Hanrahan and Stuart Olding will again fill the fullback roles and line up opposite each other in this Pro12 encounter building up to next weekend’s European Cup action.

Anthony Foley has made five changes to the side that defeated the Dragons last time out with BJ Botha and Duncan Casey bolstering the front row.

The back row also sees a major reshuffle with Robin Copeland moved to blindside to accommodate CJ Stander at number eight, and Paddy Butler named at number seven.

Ulster have been able to name captain Rory Best at hooker after he made a return from injury in Ireland’s win over the Wallabies last week.

Robbie Diack is named among the replacements along with wing Michael Allen on his return from shoulder injury.


15. JJ Hanrahan

14. Gerhard van den Heever

13. Pat Howard

12. Denis Hurley

11 Ronan O’Mahony

10. Ian Keatley

9. Duncan Williams

1. John Ryan

2. Duncan Casey

3. BJ Botha

4. Donncha O’Callaghan (Capt),

5 Billy Holland

6. Robin Copeland

7. Paddy Butler

8. CJ Stander

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Tommy O’Donnell, Sean Dougall, Neil Cronin, Andrew Smith, Felix Jones.


15. Stuart Olding

14. Louis Ludik

13. Darren Cave

12. Stuart McCloskey

11. Craig Gilroy

10. Ian Humphreys

9. Paul Marshall:

1.  Callum Black

2. Rory Best (Capt)

3. Wiehahn Herbst

4.  Alan O’Connor

5. Franco van der Merwe

6. R Wilson

7. Sean Reidy

8. Nick Williams

Replacements: Rob Herring, Andy Warwick, Declan Fitzpatrick, Lewis Stevenson, Robbie Diack, Michael Heaney, Michael Allen, Peter Nelson.

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