Ulster and Leinster have announced their starting XVs for Saturday’s Pro14 clash at the Kingspan Stadium.
Both Irish provinces have made solid starts to the new domestic campaign, each winning five games out of six in Conference B. As such, a win here would see one outright climb over the other and give themselves a momentum push heading into a busy winter period.
For Ulster, the big news is that Rory Best is back in the starting lineup (along with Rodney Ah You in the front row). The Ireland captain made his first appearance of the season as a replacement in last week’s Champions Cup clash with La Rochelle, and has recovered sufficiently to take his place in the opening XV here in what will be his 200th Ulster cap.
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— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) October 27, 2017
Jean Deysel comes back into the team having missed out last week through injury, while scrum-half Aaron Cairns makes his first senior start for the province.
For Leinster, meanwhile, a number of players are returning from injury. Among them are Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien, who comes in as captain.
In a side that sees Leo Cullen make wholesale changes from that which defeated Glasgow Warriors last week, Jack McGrath comes in to replace Cian Healy, while James Tracy, James Ryan, Dan Leavy, Jordi Murphy, Adam Byrne, Rory O’Loughlin, Dave Kearney, Ross Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park all coming into the starting team.
Richardt Strauss is also in line to make is first appearance of the season, having suitably recovered form a knee injury to be able to take his place on the bench – though Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw picked up knocks this week and will therefore play no part.