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Marmion Returns For Connacht While Ulster Call Up Academy Players

Irish international, Kieran Marmion returns to the starting 15 for Connacht as they prepare to take on the Ospreys on Friday night. 

Andy Friend’s side is also boosted by the return of Bundee Aki to the centre where he will partner Tom Farrell. In more good news, Sean O’Brien has recovered from injury and will feature n the back row with Captain Jarrad Butler at openside and 21-year-old Paul Boyle at number 8.

International call-up Finlay Bealham is named at tighthead and is joined by front row partners, Denis Buckley and hooker Tom McCartney. Behind them in the scrum will be Quinn Roux and Ultan Dillane.

An explosive back line has been selected with Tiernan O’Halloran at full back and Niyi Adeolokun and Cian Kelleher on the wings.

Kick off at the Brewery Field, Bridgend is 8.05pm.

Connacht team: Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Tom Farrell, Bundee Aki, Cian Kelleher, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Sean O’Brien, Jarrad Butler (Capt), Paul Boyle.

Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Conan O’Donnell, Conor Carey, James Cannon, Colby Fainga’a, Caolin Blade, Conor Fitzgerald, Kyle Godwin.

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Academy player, Robert Baloucoune will make his senior debut for Ulster on Friday night as he is named on the wing in their team to face Dragons. He is one of three Academy players in the starting 15, with Michael Lowry named at full-back while Eric O’Sullivan will feature at loosehead.

Australian, Henry Speight has recovered from a knee injury and will feature on the wing while Will Addison, who earned his first international call-up this week, is named in the centre alongside Stuart McCloskey.

Rob Herring has recovered from his toe injury and is named on the bench with Ulster and Ireland captain, Rory Best set to start.

Kick off in the Kingspan Stadium is 7.55pm.

Ulster team: M Lowry; R Baloucoune, W Addison, S McCloskey, H Speight; J McPhillips, D Shanahan; E O’Sullivan, R Best (captain), M Moore, I Henderson, K Treadwell, S Reidy, J Murphy, M Coetzee.

Replacements: R Herring, A Warwick, T O’Toole, A O’Connor, G Jones, J Stewart, A Kernohan, C Gilroy.

 

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