Brian McLaughlin has named a preliminary 33 man squad ahead of Saturday’s Magners League clash with Leinster at the RDS (KO 8.00pm).
Conor Gaston, Tommy Seymour and Neil McComb return to the squad but Declan Fitzpatrick misses out due to injury.
Ulster will hope to bounce back from the disappointment of their Heineken Cup exit as they bid to record their seventh consecutive win in the Magners League. They will face a tough challenge against Leinster, who Director of Rugby David Humphreys describes as ‘the most complete team in Europe.’ The Leinstermen have won their last 24 home regular season games in the Magners League.
Furthermore, Ulster have failed to beat Irish opposition in four attempts this season, the closest of which was a 15-15 draw with Connacht in September. But it seems defeat on Sunday has left Ulster even more determined to make the play-offs and a win against their Irish rivals would be a huge step towards that goal.
ULSTER SQUAD FORWARDS
Jerry Cronin, Tom Court, BJ Botha, Paddy McAllister, Bryan Young, Rory Best, Nigel Brady, Andi Kyriacou, Ryan Caldwell, Neil McComb, Dan Tuohy, Johann Muller, Tim Barker, Pedrie Wannenburg, TJ Anderson, Willie Faloon, Chris Henry, Robbie Diack.
ULSTER SQUAD BACKS
Ruan Pienaar, Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys, Niall O’Connor, Ian Whitten, Nevin Spence, Paddy Wallace, Darren Cave, Andrew Trimble, Simon Danielli, Tommy Seymour, Craig Gilroy, Conor Gaston, Jamie Smith, Adam D’Arcy.