URC: John Cooney hits 100 for Ulster while Peter O’Mahony and Damian de Allende return for Munster

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 Credit: PA Images
Credit: PA Images

John Cooney will make his 100th appearance for Ulster when they take on fellow Irish side Munster in their United Rugby Championship quarter-final on Friday.

Cooney has been named to start at scrum-half alongside Billy Burns at out-half.

Stuart McCloskey and James Hume will make up the midfield partnership while Stewart Moore is the only change to the starting XV that defeated the Sharks two weeks ago, and he is named at full-back. Joining him in the back three are Ethan McIlroy and Rob Baloucoune.

Packing down in the front-row are Andrew Warwick at loosehead prop and Tom O’Toole at tighthead, with Rob Herring selected at hooker.

Captain Iain Henderson will partner Alan O’Connor in the second-row. Marcus Rea gets the nod at blindside flanker, and Nick Timoney is selected at openside with Duane Vermeulen completing the pack at number eight.

John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Gareth Milasinovich, Kieran Treadwell and Matty Rea will provide the Ulster forward options off the bench. Nathan Doak, Ian Madigan and Ben Moxham are the backline replacements.

Peter O’Mahony back to captain Munster

Meanwhile, Peter O’Mahony returns to captain Munster and is one of four personnel changes to the side for the URC clash.

Damian de Allende, Gavin Coombes, and Stephen Archer also start for the knock-out clash with Coombes making his first appearance since the beginning of April after overcoming an ankle injury.

It’s a landmark occasion for Stephen Archer who will make his 248th appearance in red on Friday night becoming Munster’s second most-capped player.

The tighthead prop joins Josh Wycherley and Niall Scannell in the front-row.

There’s a positional switch for Fineen Wycherley who returns to the second-row to pack down with Jean Kleyn.

The back-row trio of O’Mahony, Greencore Munster Rugby Academy man Alex Kendellen and Coombes complete the pack.

In the backline, De Allende resumes his midfield partnership with Chris Farrell and the half-back partnership of Conor Murray and Joey Carbery remains unchanged.

It is as you were for Keith Earls, Andrew Conway, and Mike Haley in the back three.

The teams:

Ulster: 15 Stewart Moore, 14 Rob Baloucoune, 13 James Hume, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Ethan McIlroy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 John Cooney, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Nick Timoney, 6 Marcus Rea, 5 Iain Henderson (c), 4 Alan O’Connor, 3 Tom O’Toole, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Andrew Warwick
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Eric O’Sullivan, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Matty Rea, 21 Nathan Doak, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Ben Moxham

Munster: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Joey Carbery, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Gavin Coombes, 7 Alex Kendellen, 6 Peter O’Mahony (c), 5 Fineen Wycherley, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Josh Wycherley
Replacements: 16 Diarmuid Barron, 17 Jeremy Loughman, 18 John Ryan, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Thomas Ahern, 21 Craig Casey, 22 Ben Healy, 23 Chris Cloete

Date: Friday, June 3
Venue: Kingspan Stadium
Kick-off: 19:35 BST (18:35 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Hollie Davidson (Scotland), Ben Blain (Scotland)
TMO: Marius van der Westhuisen (South Africa)

READ MORE: Denis Leamy to return to Munster as defence coach

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