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Tommy Bowe and Rory Best return to Ulster's starting XV


Tommy Bowe of Ireland

Tommy Bowe of Ireland

Tommy Bowe of Ireland

British and Irish Lions duo Tommy Bowe and Rory Best will makes their seasonal reappearances for Ulster against Treviso at Ravenhill tomorrow night.

There are three personnel changes from the side that came from behind to beat Connacht last weekend with 11 Irish internationals included in the starting team.

Speaking about his inclusion, Bowe said: “It is great to be back. It has been a tough old pre-season with my wrist injury but I am delighted to be playing, delighted to be back fit again and looking to my first game at Ravenhill with the two new stands up.”

Craig Gilroy comes in at full-back with Jared Payne moving to outside centre.

Paddy Jackson starts at outhalf, while Paul Marshall replaces Ian Porter at nine.

Captain Rory Best starts at hooker alongside Ricky Lutton and Tom Court in the front row. Iain Henderson keeps his place in the second-row alongside Dan Tuohy.

In the backrow, Robbie Diack is selected at blindside with Roger Wilson moving to Number 8. Chris Henry keeps his place at openside.

Ulster team to face Benetton Treviso: (15-9): C Gilroy, T Bowe, J Payne, L Marshall, M Allen, P Jackson, P Marshall; (1-8): T Court, R Best (C), R Lutton, I Henderson, D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, R Wilson;

Replacements (16-23): R Herring, C Black, B Ross, L Stevenson, N Williams, M Heaney, J McKinney, D Cave.

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