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Munster & Ulster Name Sides For Crucial PRO14 Ties

Munster Ulster Teams

Munster and Ulster have named their sides for their respective clashes in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday night. 

Munster, buoyed by their come-from-behind victory against Edinburgh in the Champions Cup, will be looking to keep the pressure on the Glasgow Warriors at the top of Conference A when they welcome the Cardiff Blues to Irish Independent Park in Cork.

Johann van Graan has retained nine of those who started the win at Murrayfield.

Mike Haley, Tyler Bleyendaal, Kevin O’Byrne, Billy Holland, Chris Cloete and Arno Botha all come into the starting XV.

Munster Ulster Teams

Cardiff have also named a strong side and they come to Cork on the back of some impressive form which has seen them win six of their last eight games in the PRO14, the most recent of which was a 41-17 thumping of the Scarlets.

Shane Lewis-Hughes continues on the blindside flank after replacing Josh Navidi in that victory, while Seb Davies and Dillon Lewis also come into the starting line-up following minor injuries to Nick Williams and Dmitri Arhip.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O’Byrne, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Tadhg Beirne, CJ Stander, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Sammy Arnold.

Cardiff Blues: Gareth Anscombe; Owen Lane, Rey Lee-Lo, Willis Halaholo, Aled Summerhill; Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams; Rhys Gill, Kristian Dacey (capt), Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Rory Thornton, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Olly Robinson, Josh Turnbull.

Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Brad Thyer, Keiron Assiratti, George Earle, James Botham, Lloyd Williams, Garyn Smith, Matthew Morgan.

Ulster have named a strong side for their clash with the Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun. 10 of the starting XV which almost produced the upset of the season against Leinster are retained for Friday night.

The changes see Rob Lyttle come in for Robert Baloucoune, Luke Marshall in for Darren Cave, Rob Herring in for the injured Rory Best, Alan O’Connor in for Iain Henderson and Sean Reidy in for Nick Timoney.

Munster Ulster Teams

Glasgow have also named a strong side and they will be looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat to Saracens in the Champions Cup.

Ulster: M Lowry, R Lyttle, L Marshall, S McCloskey, J Stockdale, B Burns, J Cooney; E O’Sullivan, R Herring, M Moore, A O’Connor (Capt), K Treadwell, S Reidy, J Murphy, M Coetzee.

Replacements: J Andrew, A Warwick, T O’Toole, I Nagle, M Rea, D Shanahan, D Cave, A Kernohan.

Glasgow Warriors: S Hogg, T Seymour, K Steyn, S Johnson, N Matawalu; A Hastings, A Price; O Kebble, F Brown, Z Fagerson, R Harley, J Gray, A Ashe, C Fusaro (capt), M Fagerson.

Replacements: G Stewart, J Bhatti, S Halanukonuka, S Cummings, T Tameilau, G Horne, P Horne, R Nairn.


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Author: Sean McMahon

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