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Ulster Make Two Changes For Return Clash With Harlequins

Ulster Matt Faddes

Ulster have made two changes to the side that defeated Harlequins last Saturday for their return Heineken Champions Cup clash at Twickenham Stoop on Friday.

A penalty from John Cooney in the dying seconds of the game in Kingspan Stadium gifted Ulster a 25-24 win last weekend following a thrilling game. However, Dan McFarland’s side will be wary of the backlash from the Premiership side in London tomorrow evening.

Versatile back, Matt Faddes returns to the starting Ulster side on the right wing, joined in the back three by Jacob Stockdale who retains his position at full-back, and Louis Ludik, who switches over to the left wing.

In the midfield, last week’s Man of the Match, Stuart McCloskey is once again paired with Luke Marshall. The familiar half-back duo of Billy Burns and John Cooney is also retained.

The second change sees Kieran Treadwell return to start alongside captain, Iain Henderson in the engine room. In the front row, Eric O’Sullivan will start at loosehead prop, Rob Herring at hooker, and Marty Moore on the tighthead side. Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee all keep their places in the back row.

On the bench, Adam McBurney, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor and Matthew Rea will provide the forwards backup, and David Shanahan, Bill Johnston and Craig Gilroy are the backline reinforcements.

With three wins from three games, Ulster lie at the top of Pool 3 though just one point in front of Clermont Auvergne.

Kick-off on Friday evening is 7.45pm and the game will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

Ulster team v Harlequins: Jacob Stockdale, Matt Faddes, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Louis Ludik, Billy Burns, John Cooney; Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Kieran Treadwell, Iain Henderson (Capt.), Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy, Marcell Coetzee.

Replacements: Adam McBurney, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Matthew Rea, David Shanahan, Bill Johnston, Craig Gilroy.

 

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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