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Ulster full-back Jacob Stockdale has recovered from injury to be named in the starting line-up against Edinburgh

Ulster full-back Jacob Stockdale has recovered from injury to be named in the starting line-up against Edinburgh

Ulster full-back Jacob Stockdale has recovered from injury to be named in the starting line-up against Edinburgh

Ulster star Jacob Stockdale has promised the province will put the pressure on themselves this evening when taking on Leinster at the Aviva Stadium (7.35pm kick-off).

With both sides having play-off spots already secured, and the game to be played in a near-empty stadium, the contest could be seen as a low-key affair.

But, after last week's off-colour return to action against Connacht in the same venue, where Ulster lost 26-20, Stockdale knows a much better performance can only help the preparation for next weekend's semi-final away to Edinburgh.

"I put myself under more pressure than anyone else ever can because I am obsessed with performing well," said the 24-year old. "It doesn't matter if there's an entire stadium booing me or cheering me, I only really care about how I feel I played.

"Because of that, that's where the pressure gets put on because you put it on yourself because you want to perform to the best of your ability every time you step on the pitch."

While Stockdale again gets the start at full-back, Dan McFarland has made eight changes to the side beaten last weekend with Sam Carter as captain. His Leinster counterpart Leo Cullen, meanwhile, has named an entirely new starting team from the one that beat Munster seven days ago.

Belfast Telegraph