The Ulster match-day squad has been named to take on Glasgow Warriors in Round 5 of the Guinness PRO14 at Kingspan Stadium on Monday, and it’s full of international talent.
Coetzee missed his team’s win over the Cardiff Blues on Monday because of an ankle strain and his return will be welcomed by the Belfast side who have been in red-hot form this season thus far. Coetzee’s return, as well as the availability of fellow talisman John Cooney, who was left out of the Ireland squad this weekend, means that coach Dan McFarland will be in good spirits hoping to win a fifth consecutive game in the competition.
Coetzee, despite missing the game still leads the season stats on most carries (45) and offloads (9) and has certainly been one of the stars for his team in their bid to catch Leinster in Conference A this season.
There are eight changes to the side that defeated Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade last Monday. Michael Lowry has been retained at full-back, with Matt Faddes and Craig Gilroy joining him in the back three. Luke Marshall – who returned last week from injury off the bench – will make his first start of the season, pairing with Stewart Moore in midfield. Ian Madigan has been selected at fly-half, with Cooney starting at scrum-half.
Marcell Coetzee returns to the side and is joined in the back-row by Matty Rea – who made his 50th appearance for Ulster last week – and Sean Reidy. Sam Carter will lead the Ulster men from the second row and will partner Kieran Treadwell. Jack McGrath comes in to start at loosehead, with John Andrew being given the nod at hooker, and Marty Moore keeping the tighthead starting berth.
Eric O’Sullivan could make his 50th appearance for the province if called upon from the Ulster replacements. He is named alongside Adam McBurney, Gareth Milasinovich, Alan O’Connor and Marcus Rea in the forwards, while David Shanahan, Bill Johnston and Ethan McIlroy offer back line cover. Squad PCR testing was clear.
Ulster team to play Glasgow Warriors
Michael Lowry, Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall, Stewart Moore, Matt Faddes, Ian Madigan, John Cooney; Jack McGrath, John Andrew, Marty Moore, Kieran Treadwell, Sam Carter (Captain), Matty Rea, Sean Reidy, Marcell Coetzee.
Replacements: Adam McBurney, Eric O’Sullivan, Gareth Milasinovich, Alan O’Connor, Marcus Rea, David Shanahan, Bill Johnston, Ethan McIlroy.
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