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Ulster Rugby squad for Edinburgh clash at Ravenhill sees Craig Gilroy and Iain Henderson return from injuries

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By Claire Cromie

Ireland internationals Craig Gilroy and Iain Henderson have recovered from injury and have been named in Mark Anscombe's starting XV for the Ulster Rugby game against Edinburgh at Ravenhill on Friday (KO 7.05pm).

Gilroy starts at fullback alongside Andrew Trimble and Michael Allen in the back three.

Luke Marshall and Darren Cave have both been released by Ireland and start in midfield with James McKinney and Paul Marshall selected in the half-backs.

Callum Black, Rob Herring and John Afoa are named in an unchanged front row, with Lewis Stevenson and Henderson starting in the second row.

Robbie Diack captains Ulster for the first time and is selected at blindside flanker.

He said: "It was a bit of a shock when Mark called out the team and I was captain, but it is a tremendous honour.

"I am hugely excited to be leading out such a talented bunch of guys and hopefully we can get the win."

Sean Doyle, who was man of the match for the Ravens last week, is picked at openside and Nick Williams starts at Number 8.

Ireland internationals Tom Court, Dan Tuohy and Roger Wilson are named on a strong bench which also includes Niall Annett, Ricky Lutton, Ian Porter, Peter Nelson and Ricky Andrew.

Ulster XV and replacements

(15-9): C Gilroy, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, M Allen, J McKinney, P Marshall; (1-8): C Black, R Herring, J Afoa, L Stevenson, I Henderson, R Diack (Captain), S Doyle, N Williams; Replacements (16-23): N Annett, T Court, R Lutton, D Tuohy, R Wilson, I Porter, P Nelson, R Andrew.

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