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Henry not risked by Ulster for European clash with Toulouse

Chris Henry's shoulder injury has ruled him out of Ulster's game against Toulouse. Picture by Charles McQuillan, Pacemaker
Cahair O'Kane

CHRIS Henry will not be risked by Ulster as they prepare to face the Toulouse backlash on Sunday.

The Ulster flanker will sit out the trip to the south of France because of a slight shoulder injury. It’s understood that he could have played, but that Les Kiss has rested him ahead of a busy period.

His place is taken by Sean Reidy, while Roger Wilson replaces Nick Williams at number 8 in the only other change to the Ulster line-up.

That’s in contrast to the nine changes made by Toulouse, who were stung by the 38-0 annihilation they suffered in Kingspan Stadium last Friday night.

It was the first time in their illustrious history that they had been kept scoreless in Europe, and head coach Ugo Mola has reacted with major surgery of his team.

Only Gael Fickou and Sebastian Bézy have survived the cull in the backline, while the vastly experienced Imanol Harinordoquy comes into a pack that also shows five changes.

Toulouse: A Palisson; S Kunatani, G Fickou, F Fritz, T Matanavou; JM Doussain, S Bezy; C Baille, J Marchand, C Johnston; G Lamboley, Y Maestri; Y Camara, I Harinordoquy, T Dusautoir

Replacements: C Tolofua, G Steenkamp, G Muller, J Tekori, L Picamole, G Galan, D Mele, C Poitrenaud

Ulster: L Ludik; A Trimble, L Marshall, S McCloskey, C Gilroy; P Jackson, R Pienaar; K McCall, R Best, W Herbst; A O’Connor, F van der Merwe; R Diack, R Wilson, S Reidy

Replacements: R Herring, A Warwick, R Lutton, L Stevenson, N Williams, P Marshall, I Humphreys, R Scholes

Ulster beat Toulouse 38-0 last week:

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