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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Ulster seek home draw in last eight

ULSTER are into the last eight of the Heineken Cup without having to kick a ball thanks to Connacht's heroics last night but a home quarter-final is still at stake. If Ulster can win on French soil for the first time in their Heineken Cup history by beating Clermont Auvergne today they will play their last eight clash at Ravenhill which has been a fortress in recent years.

They will be without Darren Cave, who is sidelined for six weeks through injury, with Ian Whitten coming in as a replacement.

Coach Brian McLaughlin can also call on Nevin Spence, who has returned from injury and will be available from the bench.

Johann Muller will once again lead an all-international pack, in which loose forwards Stephen Ferris, Chris Henry and Pedrie Wannenburg have been in form.

Meanwhile, Clermont have rung the changes following their imperious 82-0 victory against Aironi last week with 10 replacements. Julien Bardy, Lee Byrne, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Julien Malzieu and Morgan Parra are the only players to retain their places for the crunch encounter.

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