Saturday 20 January 2018

Payne looks to add 'vital experience'

JARED Payne makes his Ulster debut against Pro12 table-toppers Cardiff Blues at Ravenhill tonight after sorting out registration problems, WRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

The 25-year-old former Auckland Blue starts at full-back in place of Adam D'Arcy.

"I feel that I can bring a bit of experience which is vital," said Payne. "I've been around a few unions and provinces and gained a lot of knowledge about decision making and enthusiasm."

Lock Lewis Stevenson, loose-head Declan Fitzpatrick and No 8 Robbie Diack also come into the side, with Willie Faloon dropping out of the squad.

Ulster are third in the table on eight points; Cardiff are top on 10 after bonus-point victories over Treviso and Edinburgh.

Verdict: Home win.

ULSTER -- J Payne; C Gilroy, D Cave, N Spence, I Whitten; I Humphreys, P Marshall; D Fitzpatrick, A Kyriacou, J Cronin; L Stevenson, D Tuohy; P Wannenburg, C Henry (capt), R Diack. Reps: N Brady, P McAllister, A Macklin, N McComb, M McComish, I Porter, P Jackson, A D'Arcy.

CARDIFF BLUES -- C Czekaj; A Cuthbert, C Laulala, G Evans, T James; C Sweeney, L Jones; S Hobbs, T Rhys Thomas, S Andrews; M Paterson, P Tito (capt); M Molitika, M Williams, X Rush. Reps: R Williams, N Trevett, J Monck, J Down, T Young, R Rees, R Patchell, D Hewitt.

REF -- J Jones (WRU).

Ulster v Cardiff Blues,

Live, BBC 2, 7.05

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