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Stephen Ferris, Andrew Trimble and Tom Court will make their first starts of the season for Ulster on Friday.

Stephen Ferris, Andrew Trimble and Tom Court will make their first starts of the season for Ulster on Friday.

Stephen Ferris, Andrew Trimble and Tom Court will make their first starts of the season for Ulster on Friday.

STEPHEN FERRIS, Andrew Trimble and Tom Court will make their first starts of the season for Ulster in Friday's keenly anticipated top of the table Pro12 clash with Munster at Ravenhill.

Paul Marshall and Paddy Jackson will be reunited at half-back, while Darren Cave will again be in the midfield. Unbeaten Ulster will still be without Rory Best, Paddy McAllister, Tommy Bowe, Roger Wilson, Paddy Wallace and Ruan Pienaar.

However, Dan Tuohy and Chris Henry return to Mark Anscombe's squad and both will be sprung from the bench at some stage.

Robbie Diack has failed to overcome a leg injury picked up in the opening-day victory over Glasgow Warriors a fortnight ago.

Bowe and Best will be back before the end of the month, but Wilson and Wallace are struggling to make the opening pool games of the Heineken Cup.

Wilson, who has returned to Ravenhill after a three-year spell at Northampton, picked up a grade one hamstring tear in his last game with the Saints and had a setback two weeks ago during his rehab, while Wallace is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Meanwhile, Racing Metro, Munster's Heineken Cup opponents, have been stunned by a double injury-blow to key players Jonathan Wisniewski and Benjamin Dambielle.

The gifted play-making Wisniewski (back) and Dambielle (knee) have been ruled out for four and six months respectively, meaning they will miss their team's entire group schedule, which also includes games against Saracens and Edinburgh.

Irish Independent