Ulster make five changes for Glasgow clash
Ulster Head Coach, Mark Anscombe, has made five changes to the team that beat Scarlets last Friday night for tomorrow evening’s Heineken Cup Pool 4 match against Glasgow Warriors at Ravenhill.
Jared Payne returns from injury and is named at full back, while Paddy Wallace replaces the injured Luke Marshall and is selected in midfield alongside Darren Cave.
Andrew Trimble, who will make his 150th appearance for Ulster tomorrow night, starts on the right wing, with fellow Ireland international, Craig Gilroy, selected at number 11.
Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar continue their half-back partnership.
There are two changes in the front row with Rory Best starting the game at hooker and John Afoa named at tight-head.
Dan Tuohy has failed to recover from the calf strain that he sustained against Scarlets and is replaced in the second row by Iain Henderson.
Robbie Diack, captain Chris Henry, and man-of-the-match from last week, Nick Williams, all start in an unchanged back-row.
Declan Fizpatrick is named on the bench and is in line to make his first appearance since November having recovered from a head injury.
The game will see Heineken Cup Pool 4 leaders Ulster take on Glasgow Warriors who are bottom of the Pool and without a win in the competition this season. However, the visitors to Ravenhill tomorrow night were unfortunate not to beat Castres Olympique when a last minute penalty struck a post.
Trimble will become only the fourth player in history to make 150 appearances for Ulster, behind Paddy Wallace (185) Justin Fitzpatrick (155) and Bryn Cunningham (150).
Trimble said: “I never thought when I was starting out that I would ever make 150 appearances. When I was younger I supported Ulster and always wanted to play for the Province, so to reach 150 is really special.”
There will be full live coverage of Ulster v Glasgow on a specially extended Sport at Seven on RTÉ Radio 1 on Friday 11 January from 7pm.
There will be full live coverage of Leinster v Scarlets on Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday 12 December from 2pm.
Ulster team to face Glasgow Warriors:
J Payne; A Trimble, D Cave, P Wallace, C Gilroy; P Jackson, R Pienaar; (1-8): T Court, R Best, J Afoa, L Stevenson, I Henderson, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams;
Replacements: R Herring, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, N McComb, R Wilson, P Marshall, M Allen, C Cochrane.