Ulster name strong side for crucial clash with Edinburgh as Iain Henderson returns
Ulster have made three changes from the side that were humbled by Glasgow last week for the trip to Murrayfield to take on Conference B rivals Edinburgh tomorrow.
Victory for Dan McFarland's men will be enough to secure a place in the end-of-season play-offs.
Iain Henderson returns to captain the side, while Nick Timoney and Robert Baloucoune are also included.
Henderson is joined in the second row by Kieran Treadwell, with Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee selected alongside Timoney in the back row. Rob Herring, Marty Moore and Eric O’Sullivan are retained in the front row.
John Cooney and Billy Burns continue on half-back duty, while Stuart McCloskey and Luke Marshall are again named in midfield. Baloucoune’s inclusion sees Rob Lyttle move to the left wing and Jacob Stockdale shift to fullback.
Ross Kane and Peter Nelson are recalled to the match day 23, with John Andrew, Andy Warwick, Alan O’Connor, Sean Reidy, David Shanahan and Angus Kernohan also among the replacements.
Ulster: (15-9): J Stockdale; R Baloucoune, L Marshall, S McCloskey, R Lyttle; B Burns, J Cooney; (1-8): E O’Sullivan, R Herring, M Moore, I Henderson (Capt), K Treadwell, N Timoney, J Murphy, M Coetzee;
Replacements: (16-23) J Andrew, A Warwick, R Kane, A O’Connor, S Reidy, D Shanahan, P Nelson, A Kernohan.