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PRO14 Preview – Ulster v Benetton

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Last season runners-up, Ulster will want to get quickly in the right mindset as they take on Benetton in their season opener.

Loosing 27-5 in the final would not have sit nicely with the men from Ulster and they will want to go one better this season and the best way to do that is to start with a win.

The Italian side finished 5th in their conference last season and they will know that opening the new season against a side like Ulster is not going to be easy.

Stockdale will start for the home side at Fullback on Friday with Moore making his senior start in the midfield with Cooney at nine and Lowry at ten.

In the pack Carter will partner his captain Henderson in the second row with Herring at hooker.

For Benetton Hayward and Ioane will be among the back three we will see starts for Ruzza, Negri and Halafihi in the pack.

We expect a great game from the backs with plenty of firepower for both teams.

Teams:

Ulster: Jacob Stockdale, Craig Gilroy, James Hume, Stewart Moore, Rob Lyttle, Michael Lowry, John Cooney, Jack McGrath, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Sam Carter, Iain Henderson (c), Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy, Marcell Coetzee

Replacements: Adam McBurney, Eric O’Sullivan, Gareth Milasinovich, David O’Connor, David McCann, Alby Mathewson, Bill Johnston, Louis Ludik

Benetton: Jayden Hayward, Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara, Ignacio Brex, Marco Zanon, Monty Ioane, Paolo Garbisi, Dewaldt Duvenage (c), Toa Halafihi, Abraham Steyn, Sebastian Negri, Federico Ruzza, Marco Lazzaroni, Marco Riccioni, Hame Faiva, Cherif Traore

Replacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Nicola Quaglio, Simone Ferrari, Niccolò Cannone, Eli Snyman, Giovanni Pettinelli, Callum Braley, Edoardo Padovani

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