CM – Ireland are playing back to bolster Ulster before the United Rugby Championship curtains


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Ulster will have all the Irish internationals from the summer back in the saddle on Friday evening (7:35 p.m. kick-off) as the United Rugby Championship kicks off against the Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium. < With Andy Farrell's men deploying a healthy contingent from Northern Province in July to see off Japan and the US, players like Jacob Stockdale, Will Addison, Rob Herring and Stuart McCloskey were absent from the pre-season friendlies.

Everyone is back on game day 23 to see Dan McFarland’s former side, but with Stockdale and McCloskey in the starting line-up.

Young Ethan McIlroy, who starts as full-back, is the only player in the Defense crowned by Ireland, with Robert Baloucoune and James Hume taking their usual places on the right and off-center, respectively.

Up front, Ulster has one full e first row in reserve, with Eric O’Sullivan and Tom O’Toole joining the substitutes, while Andy Warwick, Brad Roberts and Marty Moore start. Sam Carter will lead the team in the absence of Iain Henderson with the Australian next to Alan O’Connor as captain in the second row.

With new signing Duane Vermeulen joining his teammates in November and Jordi Murphy injured, Greg Jones will form , Sean Reidy and Nick Timoney the trio in the back row.

Lock Mick Kearney could make his debut as a replacement, with Mike Lowry, Nathan Doak and Matty Rea also coming on.

Ulster: Ethan McIlroy, Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Billy Burns, John Cooney, Andrew Warwick, Brad Roberts, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter (CAPT), Greg Jones, Sean Reidy, Nick Timoney.

Substitutes: Rob Herring, Eric O’Sullivan, Tom O’Toole, Mick Kearney, Matty Rea, Nathan Doak, Mike Lowry, Will Addison.

Glasgow Warriors: Cole Forbes, Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu, Sam Johnson, Rufus McLean, Duncan Weir, George Horne; Brad Thyer, Johnny Matthews, Simon Berghan, Scott Cummings, Richie Gray, Ryan Wilson (CAPT), Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey

Substitutes: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti, Murray McCallum, Lewis Bean, Rob Harley, Jamie Dobie, Ross Thompson, Ollie Smith

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