Ulster are determined to build on last season's improvements and even without their new All Blacks and World Cup-bound Irish and South Africans, they will be confident of making a strong start against Glasgow this evening.
Brian McLaughlin includes Louis Stevenson -- who has rejoined the province after a stint in England with Premiership side Exeter Chiefs -- but other than that it's a familiar looking side with plenty of young, exciting talent in the back-line.
Craig Gilroy is certainly one to watch this year after a powerful debut season and McLaughlin will be hoping that the winger can continue his prolific form into this campaign.
Promising prop Paddy McAllister will look to anchor the scrum, while Dan Tuohy, Pedrie Wannenburg and Willie Faloon will aim to dominate the contact areas along with captain Chris Henry. They will be confident of beating a Glasgow side shorn of internationals and lacking depth.
Verdict: Home win
Ulster -- A D'Arcy; C Gilroy; D Cave, N Spence, I Whitten; I Humphreys, P Marshall; P McAllister, A Kyriacou, J Cronin, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, P Wannenburg, W Faloon, C Henry (capt). Reps: N Brady, C Carey, A Macklin, N McComb, R Diack, I Porter, P Jackson, P Nelson.
Glasgow -- S Hogg; T Seymour, R Dewey, T Nathan, C Shaw; D Weir, C Gregor; J Welsh, P MacArthur. M Cusack, T Ryder, R Harley (capt), J Eadie, C Fusaro, R Wilson. Reps: F Gillies, R Grant, E Kalman, N Campbell, R Pitman, H Pyrgos, P Horne, F Aramburu.
REF -- L Hodges (WRU).
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