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Ireland internationals return to Ulster side for Heineken Champions Cup opener

Ulster have named their team for Friday's Heineken Champions Cup pool game against Toulose at Kin...

Ulster have named their team for Friday's Heineken Champions Cup pool game against Toulose at Kingspan Stadium.

Jacob Stockdale returns from international duty to start on the left-wing in a back-three that also includes Michael Lowry at full-back and Matt Faddes on the right-wing. 

Stuart McCloskey also returns from the Ireland squad to partner with James Hume in the centre, while Ian Madigan has been named at fly-half alongside John Cooney at scrum-half.  

Having made his international debut against Scotland last week, Eric O’Sullivan is named at loosehead prop.

Rob Herring also returns from Ireland duties and is named at hooker, with Marty Moore retaining his position at tighthead. 

Alan O’Connor will partner with Sam Carter in the second row and it's a back row of Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee.  

Alby Mathewson and Craig Gilroy are among the players named on the bench.

Ulster team:

15-9: Michael Lowry, Matt FaddesJames Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Ian Madigan, John Cooney; 

1-8: Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter (Capt.), Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy, Marcell Coetzee.  

Replacements: John Andrew, Andrew WarwickTom O’Toole, David O’Connor, Matty Rea, Alby Mathewson, Stewart Moore, Craig Gilroy. 

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