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Published: 12:45 | 24/3/16

Internationals back for Ulster and Munster


Paddy Jackson will win his 100th cap for Ulster when the province travels to Scotland to face Glasgow in the Guinness PRO12.

Jackson has been named in the half-back line alongside Ruan Pienaar for the trip to Scotstoun, while there are five changes to the team that faced Zebre three weeks ago.

Stuart Olding moves from the centre to fullback as Craig Gilroy returns to the right wing. Rory Scholes moves to the left wing.

Stuart McCloskey replaces Stuart Olding at inside centre where he is joined by Luke Marshall.

Iain Henderson makes his return from a hamstring injury to take his place in the back row alongside Chris Henry and Nick Williams.

Alan O'Connor comes in for Pete Browne in the second row alongside partnering Franco van der Merwe, while Rob Herring, Callum Black and Ricky Lutton make up the front row.

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

Replacements: J Andrew, K McCall, A Warwick, R Diack, S Reidy, P Marshall, S Windsor, D Cave.

There are nine changes to the Munster team for the visit of Zebre to Thomond Park.

Tomás O'Leary and Johnny Holland start alongside each other for the first time in the half-back line, while there is also a new centre partnership as Keith Earls and Rory Scannell team up in midfield.

Simon Zebo returns at full-back and is joined in the back three by Ronan O'Mahony and Darren Sweetnam.

There is an all-new front row with Dave Kilcoyne and Stephen Archer start on either side of Niall Scannell. Donnacha Ryan will make his 100th league appearance for Munster when he locks down with Billy Holland in the second row.

Tommy O'Donnell comes into the back row alongside Dave O'Callaghan and Jack O'Donoghue.

Munster (XV v Zebre): S Zebo; D Sweetnam, K Earls, R Scannell, R O'Mahony; J Holland, T O'Leary; D Kilcoyne, N Scannell, S Archer; D Ryan, B Holland, D O'Callaghan, T O'Donnell, J O'Donoghue.

Replacements: M Sherry, J Cronin, M Sagario, D Foley, CJ Stander, C Murray, I Keatley, D Johnston.

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