There's no change at No. 10 for Ulster as Jackson looks to bring the BOOM against Munster!  Picture Rugby Picture.

There’s no change at No. 10 for Ulster as Jackson looks to bring the BOOM against Munster! Picture Rugby Picture.

Teams are up for tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon’s clash between Ulster and Munster at Ravenhill. KO: 2:40pm.

Ulster’s squad sees one change with Craig Gilroy replaced by Peter Nelson with the former picking up a knock during the week. However we are delighted to announce that there is no change at No. 10 with Jackson getting a chance to see off another of his challengers in the race for a World Cup berth.


15 Louis Ludik
14 Tommy Bowe
13 Jared Payne
12 Darren Cave
11 Peter Nelson
10 Paddy Jackson
9 Ruan Pienaar
1 Callum Black
2 Rory Best
3 Wiehahn Herbst
4 Dan Tuohy
5 Franco vd Merwe
6 Iain Henderson
7 Chris Henry
8 Roger Wilson
16 Rob Herring
17 Andrew Warwick
18 Bronson Ross
19 Robbie Diack
20 Clive Ross
21 Paul Marshall
22 Ian Humphreys
23 Stuart McCloskey

Make no mistake the timely return to form of young Jackson, against Leinster, is a huge boost for Ulster, ranking alongside the return of Chris Henry. Jackson showed real composure against, what I reckoned to be, Ulster’s main challenge for the PRO12 Trophy and I’m happy to stand over my prediction before that match that if Ulster won they would go all the way and collect their first silverware since 2006.

While this is a home match, and Ulster will want to win, I wouldn’t be overly disappointed if they lost as there is no team they need fear home or away, come the knock out games, but, having said that, I feel that Ulster have a definite edge in the front row, or dare I say it, even in the front five and that should be enough to see them through. Munster shouldn’t be getting many set piece penalties and beyond that I don’t see where their points are going to come from!


15 Felix Jones
14 Keith Earls
13 Andrew Smith
12 Denis Hurley
11 Simon Zebo
10 Ian Keatley
9 Conor Murray
1 Dave Kilcoyne
2 Eusebio Guinazu
3 Stephen Archer
4 Donnacha Ryan
5 Paul O’Connell
6 Peter O’Mahony
7 Tommy O’Donnell
8 CJ Stander
16 Duncan Casey
17 John Ryan
18 BJ Botha
19 Billy Holland
20 Jack O’Donoghue
21 Duncan Williams
22 JJ Hanrahan
23 Ronan O’Mahony

Of course you have to be wary of any team containing the legendary Paul O’Connell, the stratospherically improved Conor Murray and the rock hard Peter O’Mahoney (players that don’t make the trip up north that often) but I’ve a bit of a nagging doubt about how much the visitors will want this one. To me O’Connell’s inclusion is more about his last competitive appearance at Ravers, in Muster colours at least!

The Turnips do have a tasty enough back row but, all things considered, I can see no more than parity up front and if that is the case the Ulster backs, and Jackson in particular, are going to do a lot more with the ball.

The FRU Predicts: This one genuinely comes down to who wants it most with two evenly matched teams. I’ve managed to talk myself into an Ulster win, despite giving it to Muster earlier in the week, but whatever happens the PRO12 trophy will be staying at Ravenhill this season! 🙂 Narrow win for Ulster.