Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby Ulster

Ulster v Glasgow: Bowe and Marshall on bench for their final farewells


By Jonathan Bradley

Fond farewells for retiring stalwarts Tommy Bowe and Paul Marshall will both have to come from the bench after the pair were named among the replacements for tonight's visit from Glasgow (6.05pm kick-off).

With the game the last of the regular season at Kingspan Stadium, there may not be another opportunity for local crowds to say their goodbyes to a pair who both made their debuts for the side over a decade ago.

Marshall has played just once in 2018, off the bench against Scarlets in February, but has been brought in from the cold to back-up John Cooney.

The 32-year-old announced that he would be retiring from the game on Wednesday and has been promoted into the match-day squad in place of Dave Shanahan, who came on as an early substitute in the win over the Ospreys last time out.

Bowe was also on the bench for that game, although he remained unused throughout. The Monaghan man announced his own intention to retire earlier this year and will be looking to seize one last chance to extend his Guinness PRO14 try record.

With the two-time Lion still in the number 23 jersey, Louis Ludik, Charles Piutau - also leaving at the end of the season - and Jacob Stockdale once again form the back three.

There is a change in midfield, with Luke Marshall restored to the outside centre position in favour of Darren Cave, and will once again partner Stuart McCloskey.

Cave will play no part this time around and Queen's centre/fly-half Angus Curtis named on the bench.

The son of former Ireland international David Curtis, the youngster will get a second chance for his debut after he was an unused sub in the win over Edinburgh a fortnight ago.

Up front, Rory Best is on the bench with Iain Henderson taking over the captaincy and Rob Herring being brought in at hooker. Andy Warwick is again at loosehead with Ross Kane on the other side.

Alongside Henderson in the second-row will be Alan O'Connor, with Kieran Treadwell held in reverse.

Matthew Rea's injury in the back-row sees Nick Timoney come back in, alongside Sean Reidy and Jean Deysel.

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph