Paddy Jackson skippers Ulster for Pro12 trip to Cardiff Blues
Out of favour Ireland fly half Paddy Jackson has once again been named captain for Ulster’s Pro 12 clash with Cardiff on Sunday.
Jackson, who has thus far been overlooked by Joe Schmidt during the Six Nations in favour of Ian Madigan, will be partnered at half back by Ruan Pienaar, while Craig Gilroy, Jacob Stockdale and Stuart Olding are retained in the back three.
John Andrew, who made his first Ulster start on Sunday, is retained at hooker and is joined in the front row by props Callum Black and Bronson Ross. Pete Browne and Franco van der Merwe will combine in the second row.
Nick Williams returns from injury to start at number 8, with Robbie Diack and Chris Henry operating as the other loose forwards.
Jonny Murphy, a debutant in last week's match against Cardiff, is in line to add a second cap after being named on the bench. Ricky Lutton and Sean Reidy, who both signed contract extensions earlier this week, are also included on the bench along with fellow forwards Kyle McCall and Roger Wilson, who celebrated his 200th cap last time out.
The backline replacements are Paul Marshall, Darren Cave and Rory Scholes.
Ulster team and replacements to Cardiff Blues:
S Olding, C Gilroy, L Marshall, S Arnold, J Stockdale, P Jackson (captain), R Pienaar C Black, J Andrew, B Ross, P Browne, F van der Merwe, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams;
Replacements: J Murphy, K McCall, R Lutton, R Wilson, S Reidy, P Marshall, D Cave, R Scholes.