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Dan Tuohy in welcome Ulster return

Ulster's Dan Tuohy

Ulster's Dan Tuohy

Dan Tuohy has joined the ‘quick healers’ club at Ulster having recovered from breaking an arm last month and named in the matchday squad to face Edinburgh on Friday night at Murrayfield in the RaboDirect PRO12.

Tuohy suffered the injury minutes after coming on as a replacement for Ireland in the Six Nations victory over Wales in Dublin on February 8.

He is named on the bench for the trip to the Scottish capital.

Having come through a successful 20 minutes last week in his first game in 16 months following injury, Stephen Ferris starts against Alan Solomons’ side tonight.

He is one of six changes and one positional switch to the side which secured a bonus point win at Ravenhill last week against Scarlets.

Ferris starts at blindside while Craig Gilroy comes into the side on the left wing and Luke Marshall also returns.

Michael Heaney is named at scrumhalf for the injured Ruan Pienaar and Iain Henderson, fresh from his Six Nations exploits with Ireland, starts in the second row along side captain, Johann Muller.

The other change comes in the front row where Tom Court, who scored the last gasp fourth try last week having come on as a replacement, starts.

Tommy Bowe switches to the right wing.

Andy Warwick is named on the bench as front cover with Callum Black out injured.

The Hughes Insurance Ulster Academy loosehead is also understood to be added to Ulster’s Heineken Cup squad ahead of the quarter-final tie against Saracens on April 5 at Ravenhill.

The deadline for additional registrations was yesterday and it was also expected that Ferris was also included.

Warwick would make his first competitive Ulster appearance if he came off the bench tonight.

Ulster currently lie third in the table and start Friday’s game as favourites.

However, defence coach, Jonny Bell, believes Edinburgh have improved since the sides last met at the start of the season.

“They have a bit of confidence in beating Ospreys and have recruited heavily, so it is going to be a tough ask.”

ULSTER: (15-9): J Payne, T Bowe, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy, P Jackson, M Heaney; (1-8): T Court, R Herring, J Afoa, J Muller (Captain), I Henderson, S Ferris, S Doyle, R Wilson; Replacements (16-23): N Annett, A Warwick, R Lutton, D Tuohy, N Williams, R Diack, P Marshall, S McCloskey.

 

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