Clean bill of health for Ulster ahead of Connacht game

Ulster emerged unscathed from their historic 22-16 Heineken Cup win over Munster in Thomond Park, allowing head coach Brian McLauhglin to name a strong 37-man squad for Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 fixture against Connacht at the Sportsground (5.15pm).

Ulster emerged unscathed from their historic 22-16 Heineken Cup win over Munster in Thomond Park, allowing head coach Brian McLauhglin to name a strong 37-man squad for Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 fixture against Connacht at the Sportsground (5.15pm).

All players involved in European encounter have been included in the panel. McLaughlin used the starting XV for the entirety of what was an extremely physical game, but the Ulster medical staff have reported no fresh injuries.

Jared Payne, Simon Danielli, Chris Cochrane and Tim Barker continue to be the only players ruled out through injury.

Connacht have lost their last 10 encounters with fellow Irish provinces since drawing with Ulster in September 2010. They have not beaten Ulster since a 22-12 success at the Sportsground in 2005.

Ulster have won their last five matches in all competitions and are the form team in the PRO12, having collected 31 points from a possible 40 in their last 8 games.

Those results have propelled them to 5th in the standings, just three points adrift of Ospreys in second place.

Connacht meanwhile, are currently in 10th place but a win could bring them up to 8th going into their final two games.

Provisional Ulster Squad:

Forwards:

Callum Black, Tom Court, Declan Fitzpatrick, Adam Macklin, John Afoa, Paddy McAllister, Andi Kyriacou, Nigel Brady, Rory Best, Lewis Stevenson, Johann Muller (captain), Dan Tuohy, Iain Henderson, Neil McComb, Stephen Ferris, Willie Faloon, Pedrie Wannenburg, Ali Birch, Mike McComish, Chris Henry, Robbie Diack.

Backs:

Paul Marshall, Ruan Pienaar, Ian Porter, Ian Humphreys, Paddy Jackson, Paddy Wallace, Ian Whitten, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Nevin Spence, Michael Allen, Stefan Terblanche, Craig Gilroy, Conor Gaston, Andrew Trimble, Adam D’Arcy.

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