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- Guinness PRO12
- 21st Dec 2012
- KO 19:05
- Ground: Ravenhill, Belfast
- Att: 11,300
Ulster v Leinster: RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Leo Cullen will lead an all-Ireland qualified XV for Leinster's RaboDirect PRO12 visit to Ravenhill to face Ulster on Friday.
The squad comprises a mixture of youth and experience. Gordon D'Arcy has been named to partner Brendan Macken at centre.
Eoin Reddan is set to make his 74th appearance at scrum-half where he joins up with Ian Madigan. Returning to the back-row is Kevin McLaughlin, who will feature alongside fellow internationals Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip.
Tighthead prop Michael Bent will make his second start for the province having been named alongside loosehead Cian Healy and hooker Sean Cronin in the front-row.
Adam Byrne has been named on the bench and is in line to make his senior bow after impressing with two tries for the British & Irish Cup side in last weekend's victory over Jersey. He features on a bench alongside the likes of Rhys Ruddock and Isaac Boss.
Meanwhile for Ulster, three personnel changes have been made by head coach Mark Anscombe. There have also been two positional switches to the side that lost to Northampton.
After Tommy Bowe's knee injury against Northampton last week, Andrew Trimble will switch to the right wing, with fellow Ireland international Craig Gilroy on the left. Luke Marshall is set to start at inside centre alongside Darren Cave with Paddy Wallace named on the bench.
Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson will continue their half-back partnership, with full-back Jared Payne looking to add to his record of having scored five tries in nine games in the PRO12 so far this season.
In an unchanged front row John Afoa, Tom Court and Rory Best all start.
Second-row Dan Tuohy suffered a torn calf muscle against Northampton - therefore his place is taken by Neil McComb.
In the other changes to the pack, Nick Williams moves from blindside flanker to eight whilst Roger Wilson drops to the bench.
Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Chris Henry (c), 6 Robbie Diack, 5 Neil McComb, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Rory Best, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: Rob Herring, 17 Callum Black, 18 Adam Macklin, 19 Alan O'Connor, 20 Roger Wilson, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Paddy Wallace, 23 Adam D'Arcy.
Leinster: 15 Noel Reid, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Fergus McFadden, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Leo Cullen (capt), 3 Michael Bent, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Aaron Dundon, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Tom Denton, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Andrew Goodman, 23 Adam Byrne.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 9th May|
|15:00||Ulster vs Munster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
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