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McFarland switches up the backline as Ulster prepare for trip to Galway

Ulster have made four changes in all from the team that defeated Munster.

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ULSTER HEAD COACH Dan McFarland has made four changes to the side who defeated Munster as they prepare to travel to the Sportsground for their Guinness Pro14 clash with Connacht on Friday [kick-off 7.35pm].

Three of the changes are in the backline as Johnny McPhillips, Angus Kernohan and Darren Cave are all named to start while Nick Timoney comes into the backrow alongside Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee.

McPhillips will partner up with John Cooney at half-back, with Cave joining Will Addison in midfield.

Kernohan starts on the left wing opposite Henry Speight, who will be making his final Ulster appearance before returning to Australia while Louis Ludik completes the back three.

The front five remains the same with Rob Herring captaining the side from hooker. Eric O’Sullivan and Marty Moore will line up either side of Herring, with Ian Nagle and Kieran Treadwell named to start once again.

Prop Tommy O’Hagan is set to earn his first Ulster cap if called upon from the bench. 

Ulster v Connacht

15. Louis Ludik
14. Henry Speight
13. Will Addison
12. Darren Cave
11. Angus Kernohan
10. Johnny McPhillips
9. John Cooney

1. Eric O’Sullivan
2. Rob Herring (captain)
3. Marty Moore
4. Ian Nagle
5. Kieran Treadwell
6. Nick Timoney
7. Jordi Murphy
8. Marcell Coetzee


16. Adam McBurney
17. Tommy O’Hagan
18. Ross Kane
19. Clive Ross
20. Greg Jones
21. David Shanahan
22. Peter Nelson
23. Stuart McCloskey

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Source: Heineken Rugby Weekly on The42/SoundCloud

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