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Same again for Les Kiss as Chris Henry clocks up his 150th cap

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 20/05/2016

Same again: Ulster coach Les Kiss
Same again: Ulster coach Les Kiss

Ahead of a mouth-watering Pro12 semi-final with Leinster this evening, Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has made no changes to the side that dismantled Ospreys two weeks ago.

With the season already confirmed to be over for the likes of Tommy Bowe, Nick Williams, Dan Tuohy and Alan O'Connor, Ulster's only fitness doubt coming into the last four clash was prop Wiehahn Herbst.

The tight-head hasn't played since the Champions Cup clash with Saracens back in January thanks to a foot problem but has been back in training for the last number of weeks.

Kiss has opted against throwing the South African back in at the deep end tonight however, with Ricky Lutton keeping a hold of the number three jersey and Andy Warwick continuing to deputise.

Lutton lines out in the front-row alongside skipper Rory Best and loosehead Callum Black.

Franco van der Merwe and Pete Browne continue in the engine room with the back-row of Sean Reidy, Iain Henderson and Chris Henry - so impressive when Leinster visited three weeks ago - again deployed as a trio.

Henry becomes the second Ulster player to win his 150th cap this season, following in the footsteps of Paul Marshall.

"When you retire, it is one you look back on," Henry said of the achievement.

"I never thought I'd get to this many caps so it is very special, but I'll be much happier about winning a semi-final.

"We know we have a huge challenge ahead. We've been in semi-finals against these boys before a few times and not come out on the right side so we have to be really focussed."

Half-backs Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson will look to match the impact they made in the last meeting between the inter-provincial rivals with Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey again paired together in an impressive midfield.

The back-three - the only area where there has been any change since the Zebre game - will see Irish internationals Andrew Trimble, Craig Gilroy and Jared Payne named together for a second game in a row.

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