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Ulster name Payne opposite O’Driscoll as Leinster prefer Madigan for number 10

Here are the teams for tomorrow’s big inter-provincial clash in Ravenhill.

Payne looks for a route around Madigan in the Pro12 final last year.
Payne looks for a route around Madigan in the Pro12 final last year.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

ULSTER COACH MARK Anscombe has selected Jared Payne at outside centre on his return from suspension.

The Kiwi has not played since being red carded in the fourth minute of the Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat to Saracens. The move from fullback to midfield means that Darren Cave is relegated to the replacements bench.

Ulster boast a second Ireland international in reserve as Dan Tuohy has been held in reserve allowing Iain Henderson to partner Johann Muller in the second row.

In front of the retiring Springbok will be tighthead Andrew Warwick, selected due to injury to John Afoa and Declan Fitzpatrick.

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor’s big call continues to be in the number 10 jersey, and for this inter-provincial clash he has placed the reins into the hands of Ian Madigan.

The versatile half-back will be partnered by Isaac Boss as Eoin Reddan has failed to recover from injury in time for the trip to Ravenhill.

Luke McGrath and Jimmy Gopperth will provide the back-up from the bench where there is also a return to the matchday squad for Luke Fitzgerald.

Ulster: Ricky Andrew, Andrew Trimble, Jared Payne, Luke Marshall, Tommy Bowe, Paddy Jackson, Paul Marshall; Tom Court, Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Johann Muller (Captain), Iain Henderson, Roger Wilson, Chris Henry, Nick Williams.

Replacements: Niall Annett, Callum Black, Adam Macklin, Dan Tuohy, Sean Doyle, Michael Heaney, James McKinney, Darren Cave.

Leinster: Rob Kearney; Zane Kirchner, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Dave Kearney; Ian Madigan; Isaac Boss: Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Martin Moore: Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy; Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip. (Captain).

Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Jack McGrath, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen, Jordi Murphy, Luke McGrath, Jimmy Gopperth, Luke Fitzgerald.

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