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Stockdale Returns At Fullback As Ulster Name Team For Glasgow Clash

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Ulster have named their starting XV ahead of Friday’s PRO14 semi-final against Glasgow Warriors with Jacob Stockdale returning to the side after injury.

The Irish international comes back into the XV and starts at fullback while Louis Ludik also returns on the wing for Dan McFarland’s side in the only two changes to the starting lineup.

Darren Cave is named among the replacements and he will move level with Andrew Trimble in the all-time appearance list for Ulster, if called upon while there is also a milestone for Nick Timoney, who is set to make his 50th appearance for the province after being selected to start.

Stuart McCloskey is paired in midfield with Luke Marshall, while the half-back pairing of John Cooney and Billy Burns remains the same.

The pack is also unchanged from the quarter-final win against Connacht as Rory Best will captain the side from hooker, where he is joined in the front row by Eric O’Sullivan and Ross Kane.

Iain Henderson and Kieran Treadwell continue their second row partnership, with Timoney, Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee selected as the loose forwards in a strong Ulster side.

Michael Lowry is the only new face on the replacements bench while Rob Herring, Andy Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor and Sean Reidy will provide cover for the forwards, with Dave Shanahan and Cave making up the matchday 23.

Meanwhile, Glasgow have named their side which sees DTH van der Merwe and club co-captain Callum Gibbins return to the starting XV.

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