Ulster v Emirates Lions – Preview, Team News, Opportunities, Where to Watch

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Ulster v Emirates Lions – Preview, Team News, Opportunities, Where to Watch

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Ulster welcomes the Emirates Lions to Kingspan Stadium for their first game against a South African team in the United Rugby Championship on Friday night.

Ulster – alongside Munster – is one of only two teams to score a perfect 15 points from their three games to date.

Dan McFarland’s men have won their last four games in total since losing a Rainbow Cup match to Leinster at the RDS Arena in May.

Ulster has played nine previous matches against South African opponents in the Championship, winning seven, drawing one and losing the other.

The Emirates Lions have won just two games in the Rainbow Cup and URC and have been beaten by the Scarlets and Glasgow Warriors since they started their campaign with a win over Zebre.

Ivan van Rooyen’s team will aim to get their season back on track before it starts to fall apart, but will face an Ulster squad that has earned all the points in their previous games.

This match will be the Emirates Lions’ last game before their first home game in the URC.

Ulster has no new injury concerns after last week’s 28-8 win against Benetton in Belfast.

Marty Moore suffered a concussion in practice last week and is currently on Concussion Return to Play protocols.

Kieran Treadwell and Eric O’Sullivan have returned to the match day roster after periods on the sidelines.

Rob Lyttle, Robert Baloucoune and David O’Connor have all now resumed full team training after their recent respective periods of unavailability, but have not been selected for the competition.

Lions lock Pieter Jansen van Vuren injured his left MCL against Glasgow Warriors and returns to South Africa – Reinhard Nothnagel replaces him in the starting XV.

Fred Zeilinga has joined the touring squad to cover up Jordan Hendrikse and Eddie Fouché, who have both returned to South Africa and will wear number 22 against Ulster.

Team news


(15-9) Will Addison, Craig Gilroy, James Hume, Stewart Moore, Ethan McIlroy, Billy Burns, Nathan Doak;

(1-8) Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter (Capt.), Matty Rea, Nick Timoney, David McCann.

Substitutes: Brad Roberts, Eric O’Sullivan, Ross Kane, Kieran Treadwell, Sean Reidy, David Shanahan, Mike Lowry, Ben Moxham.

Emirates Lions

  1. Sti Sithole
  2. Jaco Make-up
  3. Carlu Sadie
  4. Ruben Schoeman
  5. Reinhard Nothnagel
  6. Sibusiso Sangweni
  7. Vincent Tshituka
  8. Ruhan Straeuli
  9. Andre Warner
  10. EW Viljoen
  11. Rabz Maxwane
  12. Citizen Odendaal (c)
  13. Manuel Rass
  14. Stean Pienaar
  15. Divan Rossouw


  1. PJ Botha
  2. Ruan Dreyer
  3. We are still together
  4. Wilhelm van der Sluys
  5. Emmanuel Tshituka
  6. Morne van den Berg
  7. Fred Zeilinga
  8. He extended Simelane


Ulster 1/16

Pull 45/1

Lions 8/1

Where to watch

The match kicks off on Friday, October 15 at 7:35 PM and can be seen on BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ Two, Premier Sports, SuperSport and URC TV.

LiveScores now available on IrishScores.com

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