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Thom Malone

12.27 15 Nov 2019


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Iain Henderson returns to the Ulster team for their opening Pool game of the European Champions' Cup at the Recreation Ground against Bath.

The Craigavon Lock is the last of the Irish contingent to return after the disappointing World Cup campaign. Jacob Stockdale and Jordi Murphy both started against Munster last week.

Henderson will play for the Province for the first time since being named club captain replacing Rory Best. He is one of four changes to the team that lost to Munster.

There will be a family clash at The Rec when brothers Freddie and Billy Burns both start.  Billy at ten for Ulster, Freddy starts at full-back for Bath.

Dan MacFarland names an all international front row with Jack Mcgrath and Marty Moore either side of Rob Herring. Sam Carter is alongside the returning skipper in the second row. Coetzee, Murphy, and Rea make up the back row.

John Cooney partners Burns at half-back, while Stuart McCloskey and Luke Marshall will be the centre pairing. It's case of Lyttle and large on the wings, with Jacob Stockdale on the left and Rob Lyttle on the right.

Will Addison makes his return to the team to start at full-back.

Forward replacements include Adam McBurney, Eric O'Sullivan, Tom O'Toole, Alan O'Connor, and Sean Reidy. In the backline reinforcements, David Shanahan is set to make his 50th appearance for Ulster and is joined by Angus Curtis and Louis Ludik.

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Bath have named a strong team including World Cup stars Jonathan Joseph and Sam Underhill while Rhys Priestland starts at out-half.

Catch live commentary of Bath against Ulster live on Off The Ball on Newstalk and online this Saturday, kick-off is at 1pm.

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