There are just two changes to the starting line-up from that which defeated Treviso at Ravenhil last Friday.
Dan Tuohy starts in the second row with Tim Barker moving to the bench while Stephen Ferris, who made a successful return from injury, coming off the bench last week, starts on the blind-side flank with Chris Henry providing cover.
With qualification for the quarter-final stage of the Heineken Cup competition still very much in Ulster’s hands, Saturday’s match against Biarritz represents one of the most important games in Ulster’s history, a win ensuring that Brian McLaughlin’s men are still very much in contention, ahead of their trip to Aironi next Saturday, for a quarter-final spot.
The match is not yet sold out and tickets are still available. Ulster Rugby would advise supporters coming to the game (gates open 2pm) to avoid parking in the immediate vicinity of the Ravenhill Grounds where restrictions may be in place, and instead make use of the Park ‘n’ Ride facilities at Pirrie Park and along Montgomery Road.
For supporters interested in using public transport from the city centre, there is also a Translink Metro service running from Chichester Street to Forestside along the Cregagh Road, which stops at Onslow Parade and from there it is just a short walk to the ground. Journey time is approx 10-12 minutes, for more details visit www.translink.co.uk
ULSTER (15-9) Adam D’Arcy; Andrew Trimble, Nevin Spence, Paddy Wallace, Simon Danielli; Ian Humphreys, Ruan Pienaar (1-8) Tom Court, Rory Best (Captain), BJ Botha, Johann Muller, Dan Tuohy, Stephen Ferris, Willie Faloon, Pedrie Wannenburg
Replacements (16-23) Nigel Brady, Bryan Young, Declan Fitzpatrick, Tim Barker, Chris Henry, Paul Marshall, Ian Whitten, David McIlwaine