Pienaar to start for Ulster against Montpellier
Ulster scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar, will make his first start of the season for Ulster in tomorrow’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 game against Montpellier at Stade Yves du Manoir.
Pienaar’s inclusion is one of two personnel changes to the side that beat Leicester Tigers at Ravenhill last Friday night.
Man-of-the-match from the Tigers game, Roger Wilson, moves from blindside flanker to Number 8 as Nick Williams misses the game with a calf injury. Robbie Diack is promoted from the bench to start at 6.
All Black prop, John Afoa, is named as a substitute and is in line to make his first appearance of the season for Ulster having recovered from the calf injury that has kept him out since the summer.
The game is live on Sky Sports Interactive.
Montpellier v Ulster Rugby
Saturday, 19 October
Kick off: 15:40
Stade Yves-du-Manoir (Montpellier)
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales), Assistant ref: Jonathan Mason (Wales), Assistant ref: Chris Williams (Wales), TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales), Citing Commissioner: Mike Rafter (England)
Montpellier: Anthony Floch; Timoci Nagusa, Anthony Tuitavke, Wynand Olivier, Yoan Audrin; Francois Trinh-Duc, Jonathan Pelissie; Yvan Watremez, Mickael Ivaldi, Maximiliano Bustos, Jim Hamilton, Thibaut Privat, Fulgence Ouedraogo (c), Mamuka Gorgodze, Kelian Galletier
Replacements: Thomas Bianchin, Mikheil Nariashvili, Nicolas Mas, fred Quercy, Robins Tchale Watchou, Benoit Paillaugue, Thomas Combezou, Benoit Sicart
Ulster Rugby: Jared Payne; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Tommy Bowe; Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar; Tom Court, Rory Best, Declan Fitzpatrick, Johann Muller (c), Dan Tuohy, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Roger Wilson
Replacements: Rob Herring, Callum Black, John Afoa, Lewis Stevenson, Iain Henderson, Paul Marshall, Stuart Olding, Michael Allen
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