Brian McLaughlin has continued his rotation policy, bringing in six new faces for Friday’s trip to Glasgow for their Magners League match (KO 20.05). The return of Ulster’s international players is a timely boost as every point will count in the Magners League and the Heineken Cup Quarter-Final is just over two weeks away.
Ulster currently lie 4th in the Magners League so Brian McLaughlin will be hoping for an improved performance this week to continue their challenge. McLaughlin said ahead of the game: “If we want to make that semi-final spot in the Magners League then every game is a cup final and we have to perform in every game.”
Irish players Tom Court and Paddy Wallace join Scotland international Simon Danielli in the starting team as they all return from Six Nations duty, while Rory Best takes a place on the bench. Danielli will start at fullback which means Adam D’Arcy is named among the replacements and Wallace will play inside centre in place of Luke Marshall who misses the rest of the season.
Andrew Trimble picked up a slight quad injury playing for Ireland and is unavailable. Paul Marshall is included at scrum half after his cameo against the Dragons and Ruan Pienaar moves to the outhalf position as a result. Conor Gaston will make his second appearance on the wing after impressing on his debut last week.
Andi Kyriacou and Declan Fitzpatrick remain in the front row and are joined by Court. Dan Tuohy is promoted to the bench to partner captain Johann Muller in the second row. The back row is reshuffled again with Pedrie Wannenburg named instead of Willie Faloon. Wannenburg is named at Number 8, Robbie Diack moves to blindside flanker and Chris Henry is at openside.
Tommy Seymour is among the replacements again after his heroics last week but there is no place for fellow try-scorer Darren Cave.
Team: S Danielli; C Gaston, N Spence, P Wallace, C Gilroy; R Pienaar, P Marshall; Tom Court, A Kyriacou, D Fitzpatrick, J Muller (capt), D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, P Wannenburg
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Replacements: R Best, P McAllister, B Young, T Barker, W Faloon, I Whitten, T Seymour, A D’Arcy.