Cave in line for Ulster return against Treviso
Darren Cave makes a welcome return to Magners League action for Ulster when they travel to face Treviso tomorrow night.
A troublesome hamstring sidelined Cave for six weeks, but with coach Brian McLaughlin having to contend with a plethora of absentees, the former Ireland centre will start alongside Ian Whitten in midfield.
With Rory Best (fractured cheekbone) and Johann Muller (neck) missing out, the captaincy is passed on to Chris Henry, who will start at his favoured position of No 8 in the absence of Robbie Diack (ankle), with Willie Faloon starting at openside.
McLaughlin was naturally pleased with the bonus-point victory away to Cardiff last week and particularly delighted with the way some of the young players came through.
"It was excellent to see some of the young players putting their hands up and performing well," he said. "They may not be the finished article yet, but they are moving in the right direction."
Craig Gilroy, who scored two cracking tries last week, will again start on the right wing, with Simon Danielli on the left. Adam D'Arcy again starts at full-back following his try-scoring effort against the Blues, while Ian Humphreys and Paul Marshall will retain their half-back positions.
Up front, McLaughlin hopes to have Nigel Brady available for duty in a front-row that is likely to see Bryan Young recalled at loose-head.
McLaughlin will start the duo that finished last week's game at lock -- Tim Barker and Dan Tuohy -- in the absence of Muller.
"Both had splendid games last week, and hopefully they will continue to provide us with a good platform against a side that has only lost twice at home this season," said McLaughlin.
"They will be very physical and play a straightforward game much like Aironi, but they are better at doing the basics."
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