Thursday 18 January 2018

Trimble recovers from finger surgery to start for Ulster

Andrew Trimble
Andrew Trimble

Andrew Trimble has recovered from surgery on his injured fingered to return to Ulster's starting team for the trip to Wales to play the Ospreys tomorrow night.

Trimble had surgery three weeks ago and has recovered sufficiently to replace Tommy Bowe on the right wing with the Lions star sidelined by a dead leg he suffered in last weekend's bonus point win over Treviso at Ravenhill.

Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe has made four changes in total. Captain Johann Muller returns in the second row, while Declan Fitzpatrick is selected at tighthead prop having recovered from the injury that he picked up against Connacht in Galway.

In the only other change, Nick Williams, who signed a new two-year deal with the province this week, starts at number 8 with Roger Wilson moving to the replacements bench.

Young Ireland international Stuart Olding is also set fo bench duty and is in line to make his first appearance of the season if called upon.

Ulster team to play the Ospreys: (15-9)Craig Gilroy; Andrew Trimble, Jared Payne, Luke Marshall, Michael Allen; Paddy Jackson, Paul Marshall; (1-8)Tom Court, Rory Best, Declan Fitzpatrick, Johann Muller (capt), Dan Tuohy, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Nick Williams.

Replacements: (16-23) Rob Herring, Callum Black, Bronson Ross, Iain Henderson, Roger Wilson, Michael Heaney, Stuart Olding, Darren Cave.

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