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Ulster team announced for first game of 2020/21 season

The Ulster match-day squad has been named for Friday’s Guinness PRO14 opener versus Benetton Rugby at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 8.15pm). 

In the back three, Jacob Stockdale has been selected to start at full-back and will be joined by Rob Lyttle and Craig Gilroy on the wings. Stewart Moore will make his first senior start for Ulster, pairing with James Hume in midfield. Michael Lowry has been named to start at fly-half, alongside John Cooney at scrum-half.   

Jack McGrath and Marty Moore will pack down either side of Rob Herring in the front row, and Sam Carter will partner captain Iain Henderson at lock. Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy and Marcell Coetzee have been selected as the starting loose forwards.   

Back-row and Academy Player of the Year, David McCann, could make his senior Ulster debut if called upon from the bench, while prop Gareth Milasinovich is also set to earn his first cap following his return from a knee injury sustained shortly after joining the club last summer. They will be joined on the bench by fellow forwards Adam McBurney, Eric O’Sullivan and David O’Connor. Alby Mathewson, Bill Johnston and Louis Ludik will provide the backline cover. 

Ulster team to play Benetton Rugby, Guinness PRO14 Round 1, Friday 2 October 2020, at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 8.15pm, live on Premier Sports):  

(15-9): Jacob StockdaleCraig GilroyJames HumeStewart MooreRob LyttleMichael LowryJohn Cooney. 

(1-8): Jack McGrathRob HerringMarty MooreSam CarterIain Henderson (Capt.)Matthew ReaSean ReidyMarcell Coetzee. 

Replacements (16-23)Adam McBurneyEric O’SullivanGareth MilasinovichDavid O’ConnorDavid McCannAlby MathewsonBill JohnstonLouis Ludik. 

The post Ulster team announced for first game of 2020/21 season appeared first on Ulster Rugby.



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