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Ulster to rest 12 out west

ERIC Elwood will stick with the tried and trusted for this evening's clash with Ulster at the Sportsgrounds (KO 5.15pm, live on TG4).

The side remains largely unchanged from the one which defeated the Dragons two weeks ago at Rodney Parade, with just one change to the starting line-up.

George Naoupu will don the No8 jersey, with John Muldoon moving back to his traditional position at blindside flanker.

"Looking back on our last two performances we had a very good effort against Munster, just not the result we wanted. We had the same team out against the Dragons and to be fair to the boys they were excellent," Elwood said.

Ulster head coach Brian McLaughlin has made 12 changes to the starting XV which defeated Munster at Thomond last weekend.

McLaughlin has decided to rest a number of players, so outhalf Ian Humphreys, fullback Stefan Terblanche and prop Tom Court are the only players retained from the side that defeated Munster in last weekend's Heineken Cup quarter-final.

"The Munster match was very physical and a lot of players are still carrying bumps and bruises so we decided it was best to give some of them a break. It is crucial to look after the players with so any important games coming up before the end of the season," McLaughlin said.