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Key trio ruled out as Ulster make six changes for PRO14 clash with Munster

Charles Piutau, John Cooney and Jean Deysel will all miss Ulster's final PRO14 game of the season.

Full-back Piutau has been ruled out of Saturday's trip to Munster due to family reasons, paving the way for Craig Gilroy to come back into the back line as Louis Ludik shifts to number 15.

Ulster will also be without John Cooney, who is unavailable due to concussion. Dave Shanahan comes in to start to scrum-half.

As revealed at Tuesday's press conference, Jean Deysel is out with a knee injury. Also dropping out of the pack are Kieran Treadwell, Andy Warwick and Rob Herring, who are named as replacements.

Rory Best returns to the starting line-up to captain the side at hooker while Iain Henderson is back from injury and Callum Black and Clive Ross return.


Jono Gibbes' men need to register a bonus point win in Limerick, while also hoping for Edinburgh to gain no points from their tie with Glasgow, in order to earn a play-off spot next weekend.

Retiring duo Paul Marshall and Tommy Bowe are named on the bench along with Irish U20 star Angus Curtis, who will be hoping for more game time after making his debut last weekend.

Ulster team to face Munster

(15-9): L Ludik; C Gilroy, L Marshall, S McCloskey, J Stockdale, J McPhillips, D Shanahan;

(1-8): C Black, R Best (captain), R Kane, A O'Connor, I Henderson, C Ross, S Reidy, N Timoney;

Replacements (16-23): R Herring, A Warwick, T O'Toole, K Treadwell, C Henry, P Marshall, A Curtis, T Bowe.

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