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Herbst returns for A team after nine months of injury

By Michael Sadlier

Published 22/10/2016

Comeback trail: Wiehahn Herbst is ready to return. Photo: William Cherry/Press Eye
Comeback trail: Wiehahn Herbst is ready to return. Photo: William Cherry/Press Eye

This week's main talking point regarding the Ulster A selection is the long-awaited comeback of Wiehahn Herbst, who today gets his first run-out since January.

The South African tight-head prop starts for the A team at London Scottish for their second outing in the British and Irish Cup (kick-off 2.30pm) after last weekend's 19-6 triumph over Jersey.

Herbst last featured in an Ulster shirt back in mid-January in the penultimate Champions Cup pool game at Saracens where he sustained a toe injury which sidelined the 28-year-old for the rest of the season.

After recovering, Herbst was then back on the injured list again for the start of this campaign following surgery for a groin issue, but now finally gets his chance for some game time again after nine months away.

Selection-wise, Dan Tuohy has been asked to make another appearance for the A side before what is surely his senior return, and is skipper again.

In addition to Herbst coming in for Ricky Lutton - who is injured again - A team coaches Kieran Campbell and Willie Anderson have made three other changes from last week with Angus Lloyd starting at scrum-half and Jacob Stockdale and Robert Lyttle dropping down from the senior team's bench to play at outside centre and right wing respectively with Tommy Bowe doing a direct swap with Lyttle.

Pool leaders London Scottish have made nine changes following their bonus-point win over Cardiff and are in good form having won four of their last five games.

Aaron Cairns, who showed up well against Jersey, is expecting a very different challenge from Scottish.

"They look sharper than Jersey and we know we'll have to be more clinical than last week," he said.

Ulster A: J McPhillips, R Lyttle, J Stockdale, M Best, A Cairns, B Herron, A Lloyd; J Simpson, J Andrew, W Herbst, D Tuohy (capt), K Treadwell, S Mulholland, C Joyce, L Dow.

Subs: J Murphy, T O'Hagan, C Trenier, J Donnan, N Timoney, C Kelly, L Sampson.

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