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Ulster's Stephen Ferris. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Ulster's Stephen Ferris. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Ulster's Stephen Ferris. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

ONE week after his first cameo appearance for Ulster in 16 months, 'The Hitman' Stephen Ferris starts for the province as they look to close in on Leinster and Munster.

Ireland international Iain Henderson returns from the Six Nations in the second row with his reputation enhanced and will team-up with Johann Muller in the engine room.

Dan Tuohy is set to be introduced from the bench for the first time since his broken arm against Wales.

Concussion victim Luke Marshall has passed his return-to-play protocols to line-up in the centre beside Darren Cave.

Injuries to Ruan Pienaar and Paul Marshall mean Michael Heaney is given the number nine jersey at half-back inside Paddy Jackson.

The in-form Tommy Bowe will look to improve his impressive strike rate of three tries from two matches on one wing as Craig Gilroy returns to the other.

Edinburgh: J Cuthbert; D Fife, S Beard, A Strauss, T Brown; C Bezuidenhout, G Hart; A Dickinson, R Ford, W Nel, G Gilchrist, I van der Westhuizen, M Coman (capt), R Grant, C du Preez.

Ulster: J Payne; T Bowe, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy; P Jackson, M Heaney; T Court, R Herring, J Afoa, J Muller (capt), I Henderson, S Ferris, S Doyle, R Wilson.

VERDICT: Ulster


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