The teams are up for Friday nights PRO14 clash between Ulster and Ospreys at Ravenhill. Kick off 20:00.
Dan McFarland has made three changes to the starting team as Jacob Stockdale returns to the side for the first time since the Munster match while Andrew Warwick and Greg Jones come into the side.
Robert Baloucoune will make his first appearance of the season if he comes off the bench and will be the 48th player to take the field in an Ulster jersey this season after recovering from his hamstring injury. Sean Reidy also returns from injury and is named on the bench, but Marcell Coetzee misses out after picking up a thigh injury in the game last week.
Despite poor discipline from Ulster which ended up in a red card for Iain Henderson, they defeated the Welsh side comfortably in the away fixture last year with Coetzee putting in a man of the match performance.
Ospreys have bounced back well after a horrific season last year and find themselves in third position in Conference A having recorded seven wins from their 12 matches. Last week they defeated Zebre 10-0 at the Liberty Stadium in a grim match which saw the only try of the game scored in the last 10 minutes, but they are in a strong position to seal a Champions Cup spot for next season.
Their half back pairing have plenty of experience with Rhys Webb winning two test caps for the Lions and 33 caps for Wales. Stephen Myler sits third in the top points scorers for the league and played 325 times for Northampton Saints over a period of 12 years.
England U20 international and former Bristol Bear, Mat Protheroe, is their top try scorer with four but misses the trip to Belfast. Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler and Keiran Williams form a useful centre partnership while Luke Morgan is an established Welsh Sevens international. He starts on the wing.
|29-4-17||PRO12||Liberty Stadium||John Lacey||10||24|
|15-2-19||PRO14||Brewery Field||Quinton Immelman||8||0|
|15-2-20||PRO14||Liberty Stadium||Marius Mitrea||24||26|
|10-10-20||PRO14||Liberty Stadium||Mike Adamson||24||12|
The man in the middle
Sean Gallagher will be taking charge of his 23rd PRO14 match tomorrow evening and this will be sixth Ulster match he has officiated since his first in February 2017. Ulster have won all five of those previous matches.
|26-2-17||PRO12||Zebre||Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi||40||14|
|Michael Lowry||15||Dan Evans|
|Rob Lyttle||14||Keelan Giles|
|James Hume||13||Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler|
|Stuart McCloskey||12||Keiran Williams|
|Jacob Stockdale||11||Luke Morgan|
|Ian Madigan||10||Stephen Myler|
|John Cooney||9||Rhys Webb (C)|
|Andrew Warwick||1||Gareth Thomas|
|John Andrew||2||Sam Parry|
|Marty Moore||3||Tom Botha|
|Alan O’Connor||4||Lloyd Ashley|
|Kieran Treadwell||5||Rhys Davies|
|Greg Jones||6||Will Griffiths|
|Jordi Murphy (C)||7||Olly Cracknell|
|Nick Timoney||8||Morgan Morris|
|Adam McBurney||16||Ifan Phillips|
|Eric O’Sullivan||17||Nicky Smith|
|Ross Kane||18||Ma’afu Fia|
|Cormac Izuchukwu||19||Gareth Evans|
|Sean Reidy||20||Sam Cross|
|Alby Mathewson||21||Shaun Venter|
|Matt Faddes||22||Joe Hawkins|
|Robert Baloucoune.||23||Luke Price|
The FRU predicts
Although we are without Coetzee for tomorrow night’s match, I think we will pull through with a comfortable win. There is enough talent in that side to score four tries and keep the pressure on Leinster who host Glasgow Warriors on Sunday.