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Marshall rewarded with start after impressive Aviva cameo

Luke Marshall bagged a try in the defeat to Leinster and makes his first start of the season against Glasgow.
Luke Marshall bagged a try in the defeat to Leinster and makes his first start of the season against Glasgow.
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Having made a dramatic return to action last week, Luke Marshall gets his first start of the season against Glasgow at Scotstoun Stadium this evening (7.35pm kick-off).

The Irish international was sprung from the bench against Leinster last weekend, scoring a try in what was his first action of any kind in 10 months after an ACL injury suffered on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign.

After that impressive cameo, he'll start in the No.13 jersey alongside Stuart McCloskey in tonight's return to Guinness PRO14 action.

The Ballymoney man is one of five changes made by head coach Dan McFarland after his side's emotionally-draining efforts in Dublin a week ago.

Alan O'Connor was an unused substitute in Europe but comes straight back in to start and captains the side alongside Kieran Treadwell in the second-row.

The Skerries man takes the armband from Rory Best, who is replaced in the starting side by Rob Herring thanks to an ankle injury that will likely see him sidelined for somewhere in the region of six weeks. Herring will be packing down in between props Eric O'Sullivan and Marty Moore at scrum time.

Rob Lyttle, who wasn't registered for the Champions Cup so played no part last week, replaces Robert Baloucoune in a straight swap, joining Jacob Stockdale and Michael Lowry in the back-three.

The final change comes in the form of Sean Reidy, who came off the bench last week but starts in the back-row alongside Marcell Coetzee and Jordi Murphy.

The half-back pairing of John Cooney and Billy Burns remains unchanged.

Only two of the replacements played last week - Andy Warwick and Darren Cave, the latter of whom announced this week that these will be the final months of his career.

Angus Kernohan and Dave Shanahan, who didn't get on a week ago, hold onto the 23 and 21 jerseys respectively while Tom O'Toole replaces the departed Wiehahn Herbst as the tight-head replacement.

John Andrew is preferred to Adam McBurney as back-up hooker while Matty Rea will cover the back-row from the bench with lock Ian Nagle rounding out the forward replacements in the absence of Iain Henderson.

Ulster are also without Louis Ludik, James Hume and Will Addison, none of whom are likely to play before next season.

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