Coetzee to debut and Bowe on the bench as Ulster aim to avoid fifth loss in a row

Coetzee to debut and Bowe on the bench as Ulster aim to avoid fifth loss in a row

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss. Source: Presseye/Thierry Zocolan/INPHO

SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL Marcell Coetzee will make his long-awaited debut for Ulster in tomorrow night’s Guinness Pro12 meeting with ninth-placed Edinburgh at Kingspan Stadium [KO 7.35pm, BBC Sport NI].

Coeztee, capped 28 times for the Springboks, has been sidelined with a knee injury since joining the northern province last summer. However, he’s included in Les Kiss’ starting line-up for the visit of the Scottish outfit to Belfast, where sixth-placed Ulster will look to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

There’s also a first Ulster appearance in 14 months for out-half Peter Nelson, who hasn’t played due to injury since December 2015. Stuart Olding returns from injury to play for the first time since October, while Stuart McCloskey and Tommy Bowe have both been released by the Irish management to start on the bench.

Marcell Coetzee Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHO

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15. Louis Ludik
14. Jacob Stockdale
13. Darren Cave
12. Stuart Olding
11. Charles Piutau
10. Peter Nelson
9. Paul Marshall

1. Andrew Warwick
2. John Andrew
3. Ricky Lutton
4. Kieran Treadwell
5. Alan O’Connor
6. Robbie Diack
7. Chris Henry (captain)
8. Marcell Coetzee


16. Jonny Murphy
17. Callum Black
18. Wiehahn Herbst
19. Peter Browne
20. Sean Reidy
21. Dave Shanahan
22. Stuart McCloskey
23. Tommy Bowe


15. Blair Kinghorn
14. Damien Hoyland
13. Chris Dean
12. Phil Burleigh
11. Tom Brown
10. Jason Tovey
9. Sean Kennedy

1. Jack Cosgrove
2. Neil Cochrane (captain)
3. Murray McCallum
4. Fraser McKenzie
5. Ben Toolis
6. Viliame Mata
7. John Hardie
8. Magnus Bradbury


16. Stuart McInally
17. Derrick Appiah
18. Nick Beavon
19. Lewis Carmichael
20. Viliami Fihaki
21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
22. Michael Allen
23. Rory Scholes

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