Sunday 21 January 2018

Two changes for Ulster as Best set to win his 150th cap

Rory Best will earn his 150th appearance for Ulster tomorrow night against Leicester.
Rory Best will earn his 150th appearance for Ulster tomorrow night against Leicester.

Ulster hooker, Rory Best, will make his 150th appearance for the Province in tomorrow’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 match against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road tomorrow evening.

Best is named at hooker alongside former All Black tighthead, John Afoa, and loosehead prop, Callum Black, who makes his first ever start in the Heineken Cup.

The inclusion of Black is one of two changes to the team that defeated Montpellier at Ravenhill last weekend.

The other sees Roger Wilson selected at blindside with Robbie Diack moving to the bench. Nick Williams starts at Number 8, with Chris Henry picked at openside.

Johann Muller captains the side and is joined by Dan Tuohy in the second row.

Craig Gilroy has recovered from the injury that he sustained against Montpellier and starts on the left wing with Andrew Trimble named on the right and Jared Payne continuing at fullback.

Luke Marshall and Darren Cave maintain their partnership in midfield. Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar are selected as the halfbacks.

Prop Declan Fitzpatrick was unavailable for selection having sustained concussion in last weekend’s game. Ricky Lutton is named on the bench, as are Tom Court, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Robbie Diack, Paul Marshall, David McIlwaine and Michael Allen.

Ulster are the only team to have won all five Pool matches in the competition this season and are the only side to have qualified for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals in the last four seasons in a row.

Ulster team to face Leicester Tigers: (kick off 18:00): J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy, P Jackson, R Pienaar; (1-8): C Black, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller (Captain), D Tuohy, R Wilson, C Henry, N Williams;

Replacements: R Herring, T Court, R Lutton, I Henderson, R Diack, P Marshall, D McIlwaine, M Allen.


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