Marshall to become fifth Ulster player to reach 200 caps

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By Simon Hunter

Ulster Rugby's Paul Marshall is in line to make his 200th appearance in Friday night's match with Benetton.

The scrum-half is named as a replacement for the Pro14 clash in Belfast.

He's set to become just the fifth player to reach the milestone for the province.

Speaking exclusively to Q Radio Sport, winger Craig Gilroy says it's a fitting accolade.

Ulster's captain will be Christian Lealiifano, who moves from his customary fly-half position to inside centre, where he partners Louis Ludik in midfield.

Academy players Aaron Hall and Nick Timoney, are named at openside flanker and number 8 respectively. Hall will make his debut.

It comes after a defeat to Leinster at Kingspan, followed by a close win away to South African side, The Southern Kings, before a 3-week break during the autumn internationals.

Les Kiss' men sit second in Conference B, 14 points ahead of tomorrow's visitors.

Ulster v Benetton


Kingspan Stadium

Friday 24th November 2017


(1-8) Callum Black, John Andrew, Ross Kane, Kieran Treadwell, Alan O'Connor, Clive Ross, Aaron Hall, Nick Timoney.

(9-15) John Cooney, Peter Nelson, Craig Gilroy, Christian Lealiifano, Louis Ludik, Tommy Bowe, Charles Piutau.

Replacements (16-23) Rob Herring, Schalk van der Merwe, Andy Warwick, Matthew Dalton, Greg Jones, Paul Marshall, Darren Cave, Andrew Trimble.

Meanwhile it's been announced Ireland prop Marty Moore will join Ulster next summer on a 2-year deal.

He's appeared for his country 10 times, and represented Leinster until a move to Wasps last season.

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