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Ulster duo Tuohy and Herbst return for sold-out Munster clash

Published 27/10/2016

Comeback trail: Dan Tuohy is set to return after putting his injury hell behind him.
Comeback trail: Dan Tuohy is set to return after putting his injury hell behind him.
Comeback trail: Wiehahn Herbst is ready to return. Photo: William Cherry/Press Eye

Dan Tuohy and Wiehahn Herbst will return from long-term injuries to make their first senior appearances of the season for Munster's visit to the Kingspan on Friday night.

Les Kiss has made eight personnel changes to the Ulster team for the Friday night game.

Tuohy and Herbst have not featured since December 2015 and January 2016 respectively.

The duo are two of five new faces to the forward pack, with a further three personnel changes made to the backline for the crucial Guinness PRO12 encounter.

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Herbst is part of a front row that also includes captain Rob Herring and loosehead prop Callum Black.

Tuohy will join Franco van der Merwe in the second row, while Robbie Diack also returns to the starting team; he is picked alongside Sean Reidy and Roger Wilson in the back row.

Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson are retained in the half-back positions, with Darren Cave joining Luke Marshall in midfield. Tommy Bowe and Craig Gilroy have been elevated from the bench to starting berths on the wing, so last week's Man of the Match Charles Piutau switches to fullback.

Conor Joyce could make his first appearance for the province in over two years after being named among the replacements. The 23-year-old back row's last outing was the memorable 17-19 win over Munster at Thomond Park in May 2014.

John Andrew, Kyle McCall, Andy Warwick and Clive Ross will provide additional cover for the forwards, with Paul Marshall, Brett Herron and Jacob Stockdale included in the match day squad as backline options.

Unfortunately, after sustaining a hip flexor injury, Stuart Olding is likely to be out of action for at least two matches.

As expected, Iain Henderson will also miss this weekend's action. Iain has shown improvement this week following a shoulder injury picked up against Exeter and he will be continue to be assessed on a weekly basis.

Ulster team and replacements to play Munster, Friday 28th October, Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.05pm):

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
Comeback trail: Dan Tuohy is set to return after putting his injury hell behind him.

(15-9): C Piutau; T Bowe, L Marshall, D Cave, C Gilroy, P Jackson, R Pienaar;

(1-8): C Black, R Herring (capt), W Herbst, D Tuohy, F van der Merwe, R Diack, S Reidy, R Wilson;

Replacements (16-23): J Andrew, K McCall, A Warwick, C Ross, C Joyce, P Marshall, B Herron, J Stockdale.

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