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- 19th Apr 2013
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Galway Sportsground
- Att: 6,463
Connacht v Ulster - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Connacht have opted to name the same side for Friday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash with leaders Ulster.
Following their 32-24 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield last time out, coach Eric Elwood has kept faith in his squad.
Ulster, on the other hand, have made five personnel and two positional changes to their line-up.
Jared Payne, Chris Henry, Andrew Trimble, Paddy Jackson and Lewis Stevenson come into the side after missing the win over the Dragons.
The inclusion of Trimble means Tommy Bowe switches to the left wing, while Jackson's return means Ruan Pienaar starts in the No 9 jersey.
Iain Henderson, Johann Muller and John Afoa are named on a strong bench, along with Paul Marshall.
Connacht: 15 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Brian Murphy, 11 Gavin Duffy (capt), 10 Dan Parks, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 George Naoupu, 7 John Muldoon, 6 Mick Kearney, 5 Mike McCarthy, 4 Michael Swift, 3 Ronan Loughney, 2 Adrian Flavin, 1 Brett Wilkinson.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Rodney Ah You, 18 JP Cooney, 19 Andrew Browne, 20 Mata Fifita, 21 Paul O'Donohoe, 22 Miah Nikora, 23 Fetu'u Vainikolo.
Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Stuart Olding, 11 Tommy Bowe, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Robbie Diack, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Lewis Stevenson, 3 Ricky Lutton, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Callum Black, 18 John Afoa, 19 Johann Muller, 20 Iain Henderson, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Michael Allen, 23 Peter Nelson.
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