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Saturday 10 December 2016

Ulster devalue the PRO12 with 12 changes

There is something seriously amiss with a League in which Ulster choose to leave Ruan Pienaar, Paddy Jackson, Tommy Bowe, Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Roger Wilson on the bench in the final game of the season.

Ulster still have a reasonable expectation of a home semi-final and the injuries to Jared Payne (ankle), Darren Cave (shoulder), Craig Gilroy (hamstring), Dan Tuohy (hip) and prop Wiehahn Herbst (toe) make their presence all the more necessary.

All told, coach Neil Doak has made a remarkable dozen changes to the side which split the bill 23-all with Munster at The Kingspan last week.

The most interesting, by far, is the debut of Ireland U20 Sam Arnold, just turned 19, alongside the powerful Stuart McCloskey in an untried and untested centre partnership.

The producers at Sky Sports will be most unimpressed by what looks like a concession.

In contrast, Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend will send out his Warriors fully armed in front of a raucous sold-out Scotstoun.

Ali Kellock is back in place as captain beside Jonny Gray with Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell, Josh Strauss and Adam Ashe bringing danger with every touch.

Glasgow: S Hogg; T Seymour, R Vernon, P Horne, S Lamont; F Russell, N Matawalu; R Grant, D Hall, R de Klerk, J Gray, A Kellock (capt), J Strauss, C Fusaro , A Ashe.

Ulster: L Ludik; R Scholes, S Arnold, S McCloskey, M Allen; I Humphreys, P Marshall; A Warwick, R Herring, R Lutton, L Stevenson, F van der Merwe, C Ross, C Henry (capt), R Diack;

VERDICT: Glasgow

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