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Ulster name unchanged line-up for Leinster Pro12 semi-final RDS clash

Published 19/05/2016

Chris Henry will make his 150th appearance for Ulster.
Chris Henry will make his 150th appearance for Ulster.

Ulster have named an unchanged squad for Friday's Guinness Pro12 play-off match against Leinster at the RDS Arena (kick-off 7.45pm).

It will be a special occasion for Chris Henry, who will win his 150th cap for the province, after being named at openside flanker. The 31-year-old made his Ulster debut in the 21-10 Heineken Cup win over Harlequins back in January 2009 and has scored nine tries in his appearances to date.

Henry will be joined in the back row by Iain Henderson and Sean Reidy for his landmark appearance. Captain Rory Best, Callum Black and Ricky Lutton will form the front row, with second rows Pete Browne and Franco van der Merwe completing the pack.

Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson are again named at half back, with Stuart McCloskey and Luke Marshall due to line up in midfield. Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne are selected in the back three.

Rob Herring, Kyle McCall, Andy Warwick, Robbie Diack and Roger Wilson provide strong cover for the forwards off the bench, while the Irish-capped trio of Paul Marshall, Stuart Olding and Darren Cave are also included in the match day 23.

A run of four straight wins has secured Ulster's place in the Pro12 knock-out stages for a fourth consecutive year. But, in Leinster, they will face a determined and well-drilled team that finished top of the standings after the regular season matches, thereby earning home advantage for the play-off.

The RDS Arena will host its sixth Guinness Pro12 play-off in the last seven years, highlighting Leinster's strength in the competition in recent times.

The match will be televised live on Sky Sports, BBC Northern Ireland and TG4, plus there will be live radio commentary on RTE Radio.

Ulster team and replacements to play Leinster, Guinness PRO12 play-off, Friday 20th May, RDS Arena (kick-off 7.45pm):

(15-9): J Payne; A Trimble, L Marshall, S McCloskey, C Gilroy; P Jackson, R Pienaar;

(1-8): C Black, R Best (c), R Lutton, P Browne, F van der Merwe, I Henderson, C Henry, S Reidy;

Replacements (16-23): R Herring, K McCall, A Warwick, R Diack, R Wilson, P Marshall, S Olding, D Cave

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