Saturday 24 March 2018

Ulster make eight changes as Rory Best returns

Ulster captain Rory Best
Ulster captain Rory Best

Ulster captain Rory Best has been named at hooker for the clash with Zebre at Ravenhill tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.35pm).

There are seven other changes from the sides that fought back to earn a 32-32 draw with the Scarlets last weekend.

The Ireland and Lions hooker is joined in the front row by Andrew Warwick, with newcomer Wiehahn Herbst retaining his place at tighthead prop.

Dan Tuohy also keeps his place and is partnered at lock by Lewis Stevenson. Nick Williams comes into the side at number 8 and is joined by Ireland internationals Robbie Diack and Chris Henry who produced impressive displays in Llanelli.

Darren Cave makes his first start of the season, forming a solid centre partnership with Luke Marshall. Andrew Trimble and full-back Ricky Andrew come into the back-three alongside Craig Gilroy. Paul Marshall and Ian Humphreys will combine at half-back once more.

Ruaidhri Murphy, a close season signing from the Brumbies, is in line to make his first PRO12 appearance after being named in the matchday 23.

Ulster team to play Zebre: (15-9) Ricky Andrew; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy; Ian Humphreys, Paul Marshall; (1-8) Andrew Warwick, Rory Best (capt), Wiehahn Herbst, Lewis Stevenson, Dan Tuohy, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Nick Williams.

Replacements: (16-23) Rob Herring, Ruaidhri Murphy, Bronson Ross, Franco van der Merwe, Roger Wilson, Michael Heaney, Stuart Olding, Louis Ludik.

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