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Paddy Jackson returns from injury to play for Ulster Ravens


Special: Paddy Jackson is the key man for Ulster tonight

Special: Paddy Jackson is the key man for Ulster tonight

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Special: Paddy Jackson is the key man for Ulster tonight

Ulster and Ireland outhalf Paddy Jackson will make his return from injury tomorrow afternoon when he lines out for the Ulster Ravens against Munster A in Nenagh.

Jackson dislocated his elbow against Toulon in the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Stade Mayol in January and will use the match to get game-time ahead of the resumption of the PRO12 next week.

The Ravens team sees a mix of youth and experience.

Bronson Ross, John Andrew and Andrew Warwick form the front row, with Neil McComb and captain, Lewis Stevenson, selected in the second row.

Former Ireland U20s forward, Frank Taggart, starts at blindside alongside Ireland international Robbie Diack who is named at Number 8 and Sean Reidy who is picked at openside.

Paul Marshall partners Jackson in the half-backs with Harlequins’ Mark Best selected at inside centre. He is joined in midfield by Mike Stanley, who started his first match for Ulster, against Newport Gwent Dragons, last week.

Rory Scholes is selected on the left wing, with Ricky Andrew named on the right and Hughes Insurance Academy player, Jack Owens, starting at fullback.

Forwards Paul Jackson, Dave Ryan, Ricky Lutton and Stephen Mulholland join backs, Dave Shanahan, Michael Heaney, Kieran Joyce and Johnny Rosborough on the replacements’ bench.

Ulster Ravens team & replacements: (15-9): J Owens, R Andrew, M Stanley, M Best, R Scholes, P Jackson, P Marshall: (1-8): A Warwick, J Andrew, B Ross, L Stevenson (Captain), N McComb, F Taggart, S Reidy, R Diack; Replacements (16-23): P Jackson, D Ryan, R Lutton, S Mulholland, D Shanahan, M Heaney, K Joyce, J Rosborough.

Ulster Ravens v Munster A, Interprovincial, Nenagh, Thursday 19th March. 4.30pm kick off

Belfast Telegraph