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PREVIEW: Munster Welcome a Few Internationals Back for Zebre Test

Munster have named some Irish internationals in their squad as they prepare to host Zebre

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Munster have been able to name four Ireland players in their squad as they host Zebre in Thomond Park on Saturday at 19 45.

CJ Stander is the only one of the four to slot straight back into the starting XV and will captain the side from No 8.

On the bench Niall Scannell, John Ryan and Chris Farrell have all been named as the hosts look to continue their hunt for first-place in Conference A.

The rest of the team is as follows; Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall and Stephen Archer begin in the front-three, with Fineen Wycherley and Darren O’Shea start behind them in the second-row.

The back-row is completely different to the one that faced the Scarlets three-weeks ago, as Jack O’Donoghue and Chris Cloete join Stander from the flanks.

In the back-line, Alby Mathewson wears the No 9 jersey with JJ Hanrahan at 10. Rory Scannell and Dan Goggin continue their partnership in the centre.

While the back three sees Alex Wootton and Darren Sweetnam at 11 and 14 respectively, with Mike Haley at 15 once more.

Alongside Scannell, Ryan and Farrell on the bench are the likes of Arno Botha and Tyler Bleyendaal, who could make his 50th appearance for the club if he comes on.

Speaking to the media pre-game head coach Johann van Grann acknowledged that the Irish players had returned but insisted the win on Saturday is all that matters.

“We’ll take stock of the Irish lads coming back, finding the balance over the next ten weeks, but most importantly getting a win against Zebre at home. It’s four points on offer at home and four points that we’ve got to work hard for, and if there’s a bonus available we’ll go for that as well,” he said.

Munster currently sit second in Conference A, three-points behind top side Glasgow, while Zebre are bottom of the conference and nothing less than a win will satisfy Reds fans.

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Huge boost for Ulster & Ireland as Henderson signs new deal

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Ulster captain, Iain Henderson, who has represented the province on 116 occasions, has secured his future with the club for the next two years.

Craigavon-born Henderson, who took up the role of Ulster captain in 2019, has progressed through the Ulster development system. Starting with mini rugby at Academy RFC, his early playing career saw him reach the final of the Danske Bank Schools Cup in 2010 with Belfast Royal Academy, represent Queen’s University Belfast as well as Ireland at Age-Grade level, before quickly rising through the ranks of senior professional rugby in the province.

Iain, who captained Ireland for the first time against France in this year’s Guinness Six Nations, made his international debut against South Africa in November 2012 and has won 60 caps to date for his country. 

A Lions tourist in 2017, Iain succeeded Rory Best as Ulster captain in 2019.  

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Over the past few seasons Iain has really developed into a leader within both the Ireland and Ulster squads. He is part of the national leadership group, captaining Ireland recently for the first time and we are delighted to have ensured that he continues his career in Ireland.”

Iain Henderson, commented,

“It has been a great honour to captain both Ulster and Ireland in recent times. Irish rugby is in a good place despite the disruption the sport has experienced during the pandemic. As professionals, we have been in a privileged position to be able to continue playing and I know we all hope to see supporters back in the Aviva and Kingspan in the near future.”

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Ulster issue positive update on Coetzee injury

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Many Ulster fans feared they may have seen the last appearance of Springbok Marcell Coetzee in an Ulster shirt after he was helped from the field on Friday night but a medical update has been issued which appears to be more positive than what was initially feared.

Update below:

The Ulster Rugby Medical Performance Team has issued a squad update ahead of Friday’s Guinness PRO14 Round 13 fixture against Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium.

Marcell Coetzee suffered a thigh muscle contusion in Ulster Rugby’s Guinness PRO14 Round 12 match against Glasgow Warriors. His availability for selection for the upcoming game against Ospreys will be assessed through the coming week.

There are no other new injury concerns arising from Friday night’s game at Scotstoun Stadium.

Squad updates in association with The Ulster Independent Clinic.

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Murphy to Captain Ulster against a strong Glasgow team

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Jordi Murphy will captain Ulster for the first time in Friday’s return to Guinness PRO14 action, while the trip to Glasgow will also mark significant milestones for Kieran Treadwell and Marty Moore. 

Murphy will start at openside flanker, alongside fellow loose forwards Nick Timoney and Marcell Coetzee. Treadwell will become the latest Ulster centurion as he is named to start along with Alan O’Connor in the second row. In the front row, Eric O’Sullivan returns from international duty to join John Andrew and Marty Moore, who will make his 50th Ulster appearance. 

In the backs, John Cooney and Stuart McCloskey are also released from Ireland camp and will start in their familiar 9 and 12 jerseys. Ian Madigan will partner Cooney at fly-half, with James Hume joining McCloskey in midfield. Rob Lyttle makes his return from injury on the left wing, with Craig Gilroy on the right and Michael Lowry at full-back.  

Academy second row, Cormac Izuchukwu is set to make his senior debut if called upon from the bench. He is named alongside Adam McBurney, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole – also returning from international duties – and Greg Jones in the forward reinforcements. Alby Mathewson, Stewart Moore and Matt Faddes will provide back line cover.  

Ulster team to play Glasgow Warriors, Guinness PRO14 Round 12, Friday 19 February at Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 7.35pm, live on Premier Sports / eir Sport): 

(15-9) Michael Lowry, Craig Gilroy, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Rob Lyttle, Ian Madigan, John Cooney; 

(1-8) Eric O’Sullivan, John Andrew, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Kieran Treadwell, Nick Timoney, Jordi Murphy (Capt.), Marcell Coetzee.  

Replacements: Adam McBurney, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Cormac Izuchukwu, Greg Jones, Alby Mathewson, Stewart Moore, Matt Faddes.

Glasgow Warriors have named a strong lineup with lots of Scottish caps and releases and a welcome return for mercurial Out-Half, Adam Hastings.

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