Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has named his 23-man squad for Friday’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Scarlets at Kingspan Stadium (7.35pm).
Chris Henry returns to the starting XV and will captain the side for the fixture, which will be played five years to the day since former Ulster player Nevin Spence passed away, along with his father Noel and brother Graham.
There are three more new faces to the team, with Luke Marshall, Kyle McCall and Alan O’Connor also selected.
The latter pair will join Rob Herring, Wiehahn Herbst and Kieran Treadwell in the front five, while Sean Reidy and Jean Deysel will accompany their skipper in the back row.
John Cooney, Man of the Match in Saturday’s win versus Benetton Rugby, will line out at scrumhalf with Christian Lealiifano again named as his half back partner. Marshall comes in to wear the number 13 jersey, outside Stuart McCloskey in an Irish international midfield.
There are no changes to the back three as Andrew Trimble, who crossed for two tries against the Italians last weekend, is retained alongside Jacob Stockdale and Louis Ludik.
Ballymena RFC clubmen John Andrew, Andy Warwick and Matty Rea, who earned his first start last week, are named among the replacements with fellow forwards Rodney Ah You and Robbie Diack.
Paul Marshall, Peter Nelson and Tommy Bowe, with 386 appearances between them, will provide experienced backline options for Kiss and his coaching team.
Ulster Rugby team to play Scarlets, Friday 15th September, Kingspan Stadium (7.35pm):
(1-8): Kyle McCall, Rob Herring, Wiehahn Herbst, Kieran Treadwell, Alan O’Connor, Chris Henry (captain), Sean Reidy, Jean Deysel;
(9-15): John Cooney, Christian Lealiifano, Jacob Stockdale, Stuart McCloskey, Luke Marshall, Andrew Trimble, Louis Ludik.
Replacements (16-23): John Andrew, Andrew Warwick, Rodney Ah You, Robbie Diack, Matthew Rea, Paul Marshall, Peter Nelson, Tommy Bowe.
14 Sep 2017