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    Penalty goals: Madigan (4),
    Conversions: Madigan,
  • Guinness PRO12
  • 21st Dec 2012
  • KO 19:05
  • Ground: Ravenhill, Belfast
  • Att: 11,300

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Last updated: 20th December 2012  

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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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