Ulster & Connacht Named Teams For PRO14 Quarter Final Showdown

Irish battle.

Ulster and Connacht have named their teams for this weekend’s inter-provincial Guinness PRO14 quarter final showdown at Kingspan in Belfast.

For Ulster captain Rory Best returns from injury. The hooker hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in the Champions Cup semi-final loss to Leinster a few weeks back.

Ireland international Jacob Stockdale meanwhile has failed to recover from his injury and misses out on the matchday squad.

Connacht meanwhile have named a strong side with Kieran Marmion getting the nod over Caolin Blade to partner Jack Carty in the halfbacks. Bundee Aki, Tom Farrell, Ultan Dillane and Tiernan O’Halloran all start in an exciting backline.

Ulster Rugby v Connacht Rugby – KO 17.35 
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

Ulster:Michael Lowry; Rob Baloucoune, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Rob Lyttle; Billy Burns, John Cooney; Eric O’Sullivan, Rory Best (Capt), Ross Kane, Iain Henderson, Kieran Treadwell, Nick Timoney, Jordi Murphy, Marcel Coetzee
Replacements:  Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Sean Reidy, David Shanahan, Darren Cave, Angus Kernohan

Connacht:Tiernan O’Halloran; Stephen Fitzgerald, Kieran Marmion, Tom Farrell, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy; Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion; Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Gavin Thornbury, Eoin McKeon, Colby Fainga’a, Jarrad Butler (capt)

Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Eoghan Masterson, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade, Tom Daly, Darragh Leader