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Connacht v Ulster: TV details, team news and kick-off time

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Connacht will host Ulster in the first inter-provincial derby of the festive season this Friday in a crucial game for both teams.

Ulster are far better positioned in the URC table than Connacht, as the northerners sit in fourth place while the westerners are down in 11th, although recent form tells a different story.

Three consecutive losses have dampened Ulster’s hopes this season, which was going very well up until December, while Connacht have now won three games on the bounce.

Both sides will be eager to head into Christmas on a high note, before another round of inter-provincial derbies takes place on New Year’s Day.

Connacht v Ulster:Β How can I watch the game live on TV?

The match will be aired live on Friday, December 23rd on RTE 2, the RTE Player and Viaplay Sports 2. Coverage on RTE starts at 7pm, while coverage on Viaplay Sports (formerly Premier Sports) starts at 6.45pm. Kick off is at 7.35pm.

URC TV is also showing the game, with a range of options available to viewers. Customers can buy a one-off stream of Connacht v Ulster for €7.99.

Other options include a monthly access pass for €6.99 per month, which gives customers access to every URC fixture, or a season-long pass for a one-off fee of €41.99.

Team news.

Connacht boss Andy Friend has named a strong side for Friday night’s derby, with plenty of Ireland internationals included in the starting line up.

Mack Hansen has returned from injury to start on the wing, while Jack Carty will captain the side having been rested for last weekend’s EPCR Challenge Cup encounter with Brive.

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has also named a strong match-day squad, with Iain Henderson captaining the side in the second row.

Nathan Doak will start at the largely unfamiliar position of out-half, as Billy Burns and Ian Madigan are currently unavailable due to injury.

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