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Ulster will send out a diluted XV in Limerick

By Michael Sadlier

After all the celebration from last weekend, Ulster got back to work today with no fresh injury concerns to report after booking their place in what promises to be an epic all-Ireland Heineken Cup final on May 19.

As the squad assembled for training, ahead of Saturday night’s final regulation PRO12 League game against Munster at Thomond Park, Chris Henry remains the only frontline injury doubt for Brian McLaughlin as he decides on what shape of side he will send out in Limerick with the safe money being on a considerably diluted one to that which togged out at Lansdowne Road.

Henry missed out on the win over Edinburgh due to an ankle injury picked up the week before against Leinster and the in-form flanker is currently undergoing physiotherapy and working in the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill at Jordanstown in an attempt to regain fitness ahead of the European showpiece final.

Stephen Ferris (knee), Ruan Pienaar (dead leg) and skipper Johann Muller (sore side) are the walking wounded from last weekend’s massive effort at Lansdowne Road.and none is expected to take much part in this week’s contact work as they rest up to focus on European glory.

It is highly unlikely that many, if any, of last weekend’s heroes will be featuring as Ulster make their return to Limerick a month after their epic Heineken Cup quarter-final win.

Only an unlikely looking set of results could see sixth placed Ulster creep into fourth — they need a bonus point win over Munster while Glasgow and the Scarlets get nothing in their two games — so it would seem too high a risk for Brian McLaughlin to take many of his frontline players into what is essentially a meaningless game for Ulster ahead of the massive challenge at Twickenham.

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