Henry and Henderson return to Ulster action
International duo named for Ravenhill clash against Munster
Chris Henry returns from injury for Ulster’s Pro12 clash with Munster at Ravenhill. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Backrow forward Nick Williams has recovered from the calf injury that he picked up in November and is named as a substitute, but Johann Muller was unavailable for selection having sustained a leg injury in training this week.
Munster coach Rob Penney continues his extensive player rotation policy with 12 changes from the 22-16 victory over Connacht at Thomond Park last weekend.
Left wing Ronan O’Mahony is the only back to remain in the starting XV, with secondrow Donncha O’Callaghan and number eight James Coughlan the survivors in the pack.
Paul O’Connell and skipper Peter O’Mahony return to the side for the first time since the Heineken Cup victory away to Perpignan on December 14th, with Tommy O’Donnell also named in the backrow.
Casey Laulala and Ivan Dineen have been named in midfield, while outhalf Ian Keatley comes in for JJ Hanrahan, who has a tight groin. He will be joined by Cathal Sheridan in a new halfback combination.
Prop James Cronin received the all clear from the scan of his lower back but will not be involved this weekend.
ULSTER (v Munster, Friday, Ravenhill, 7.05pm): J Payne; A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy; P Jackson, R Pienaar; T Court, R Herring, J Afoa; I Henderson, D Tuohy; R Diack (captain), C Henry, R Wilson. Replacements: N Annett, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, L Stevenson, N Williams, S Doyle, P Marshall, M Allen.
MUNSTER: F Jones; A Conway, C Laulala, I Dineen, R O’Mahony; I Keatley, C Sheridan; D Kilcoyne, D Varley, S Archer; Donncha O’Callaghan, P O’Connell; Peter O’Mahony (capt), T O’Donnell, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Casey, J Ryan, BJ Botha, D Foley, CJ Stander, D Williams, J Holland, J Murphy.