Ulster and Connacht name their teams for European action

Rory Best returns as Ulster face Toulouse at Kingspan Stadium

Rory Best, rugby,

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The Irish provinces are in European action this weekend, as Ulster face Toulouse and Connact take on the Newcastle Falcons. 

Rory Best returns to captain the side and will start in the front row alongside Wiehahn Herbst and Kyle McCall, who supporters recently voted as Ulster's Kingspan Player of the Month for November.

Craig Gilroy and Andrew Trimble will both start on opposite wings, while Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson will continue to direct play from the half back positions.

For Connacht, Tiernan O'Halloran will captain the side, and there is a new midfield partnership with Rory Parata and Peter Robb, both academy players, named to start. Niyi Adeolokun is promoted to the right wing while Matt Healy, on the left, gets his first taste of European action this season. 

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Kickoff for the Challenge Cup match at the Sportsground is on Friday at 7.45pm, while Ulster will welcome Toulouse to the Kingspan stadium at the same time.  

The teams in full:

Connacht team to face Newcastle Falcons

(15-9): Tiernan O'Halloran (captain), Niyi Adeolokun, Rory Parata, Peter Robb, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade 

(1-8): Finlay Bealham, Jason Harris-Wright, Nathan White, Ultan Dillane, Aly Muldowney, Sean O'Brien, James Connolly, George Naoupu


(16-23): Shane Delahunt, Conan O'Donnell, Rodney Ah You, Danny Qualter, Dave Heffernan, Ian Porter, Shane O'Leary, Danie Poolman

Ulster team to face Toulouse

(15-9): L Ludik, A Trimble, L Marshall, S McCloskey, C Gilroy; P Jackson, R Pienaar

(1-8): K McCall, R Best (captain), W Herbst, A O'Connor, F van der Merwe, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams;


(16-23): R Herring, A Warwick, R Lutton, C Ross, R Wilson, P Marshall, I Humphreys, R Scholes.