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Thursday 17 August 2017

Kiss calls on Henderson in time of need

Iain Henderson returns from injury for the first time since December as Ulster travel to Glasgow
Iain Henderson returns from injury for the first time since December as Ulster travel to Glasgow

Iain Henderson makes a timely return to action for the first time since December as Ulster travel to Glasgow's sold-out Scotstoun this evening (KO 7.35 BBC2NI).

The impact made by the back-five forward will have to by high given the lack of top-class quality in the front row.

Calum Black, Rob Herring and Ricky Lutton won't strike fear into the Warriors.

However, Franco van der Merwe and the hard-grafting Alan O'Connor, just back from injury, make up a sound second row partnership with Chris Henry and Nick Williams complementing Henderson in the back row.

There is a lot to like about Les Kiss's back division.

Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson, on his 100th appearance for the province, need a smooth supply of possession for dangerous three-quarters.

Stuart McCloskey and Luke Marshall will look for the gain line, Craig Gilroy and Rory Scholes can finish out wide and Stuart Olding is a sniper in waiting from full-back.

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend introduces 18 players involved with Scotland during the Six Nations.

They include out-half Finn Russell, who has recovered from concussion, captain Jonny Gray, who also missed out on The Aviva last week as well as full-back Stuart Hogg.

Glasgow: S Hogg; T Seymour, M Bennett, A Dunbar, S Lamont; F Russell, H Pyrgos; G Reid, F Brown, S Puafisi, J Gray (capt), L Nakarawa, R Harley, C Fusaro, J Strauss.

Ulster: S Olding; C Gilroy, L Marshall, S McCloskey, R Scholes; P Jackson, R Pienaar; C Black, R Herring (capt), R Lutton, A O'Connor, F van der Merwe, I Henderson, C Henry, N Williams.

Verdict: Glasgow.r

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