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Iain Henderson will lead out Ulster against Bath tomorrow.
Iain Henderson will lead out Ulster against Bath tomorrow.

By Michael Sadlier

Ulster are poised to bring big hitters Iain Henderson, Jacob Stockdale and Jordi Murphy back into action this weekend for the Irish derby with Munster.

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All three have yet to feature for the province this season due to their involvement with Ireland at the World Cup in Japan but are now believed to be available to Dan McFarland.

The Ulster head coach is thought likely to involve the trio in the match day squad as the province ramp up for next weekend's opening games in the European Champions Cup while also targeting a rare PRO14 victory in Limerick.

Their last visit to Thomond Park ended very badly as they suffered a record defeat when Munster triumphed 64-7. Should Henderson get the nod, this will be his first game in an Ulster shirt since last May's PRO14 semi-final defeat at Glasgow Warriors and his initial sighting for the province after being named as the retired Rory Best's successor as skipper.

Stockdale has also not featured for Ulster since last season's PRO14 knockout loss at Glasgow due to Ireland duty. Murphy was meant to have played in September's league opener with the Ospreys but was pulled from the team before being called out to Japan as a replacement for the injured Jack Conan.

Ulster may also have prop Marty Moore, centre Stuart McCloskey and winger Robert Baloucoune all fit for Saturday's inter-pro against a Munster side thought to be pretty close to full strength.

Meanwhile, Will Addison looks set to miss further game time after picking up a shoulder injury in last weekend's win over Zebre.

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