It’s Ulster v Connacht In The Guinness Pro 12 Tonight

Ulster will look to reel in the top four in the Guinness Pro 12 tonight.

They get the festive derbies underway with the visit of Connacht to the Kingspan Stadium.

Ulster are still without Andrew Trimble, with his return from a foot tendon problem taking longer than expected.

Kick off is at 7.35.

Former Connacht forward Michael Swift says it’s a tough time for the Westerners……………..

As well as Ulster and Connacht tonight Munster will host Leinster on St. Stephen’s Day.

Looking ahead is Jay Galvin…………….

Munster have named their side to take on Leinster on Monday.

James Cronin, Jean Kleyn and Ronan O’Mahony are all included with Francis Saili in line to make his first appearance of the season if sprung from the bench.

The Kiwi centre is fit to play after undergoing shoulder surgery at the end of last season.

Two changes in the pack see James Cronin join last week’s try scorer Niall Scannell and John Ryan in the front row, while Jean Kleyn will partner Donnacha Ryan in the second row.

It’s as you were with the international backrow of Captain Peter O’Mahony, Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander, and there is no change to the halfback pairing of Conor Murray and Tyler Bleyendaal.

Winger Ronan O’Mahony, who was the 24th man last weekend, takes the place of Keith Earls in an otherwise unchanged backline.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Donnacha Ryan; Peter O’Mahony (Capt.), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Francis Saili, Andrew Conway.

Leinster make 10 changes for the game.

Among them Cian Healy returns to the front row while Jamison Gibson Park starts at scrum half.