Sport: Ulster And Leinster Name Weekend’s Pro 12 Teams


Paddy Wallace will start for Ulster for the first time in nine months when they take on Zebre tomorrow in the Pro12.

The back suffered an ACL injury against Glasgow in February, and returns at inside-centre.

Ricky Andrew starts at fullback with Jared Payne moving to outside centre and Michael Allen coming in on the wing.

James McKinney starts at outhalf alongisde Ruan Pienaar.

Callum Black, Niall Annett and Ricky Lutton make up the front row.

Lewis Stevenson has recovered from the medial ligament injury he picked up last month and joins captain Johann Muller in the second row.

Mike McComish comes in at blindside flanker.

Meanwhile Matt O’ Connor’s named his Leinster side for their trip to Edinburgh tomorrow night.

In the half-backs Isaac Boss is included having recovered from a hamstring injury and partners Ian Madigan.

Luke Fitzgerald and Brian O’Driscoll both also keep their places, with Zane Kirchner promoted from the bench at full-back.

Noel Reid and Darragh Fanning come in elsewhere in the back line.

Leo Cullen captains the side next to Tom Denton.

Shane Jennings remains in the back row after coming in as a late replacement for Sean O’Brien last week and is joined in the back row by Kevin McLaughlin and Jordi Murphy.

Michael Bent, Aaron Dunden and Martin Moore are in the front row.

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