Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Ulster Rugby make six changes for Zebre game

Paddy Jackson will start at outhalf for Ulster against Zebre
Paddy Jackson will start at outhalf for Ulster against Zebre

Ulster Head Coach, Mark Anscombe, has made six personnel changes and one positional switch to the team that beat Edinburgh last weekend for tomorrow afternoon’s game against Zebre in Italy.

Ricky Andrew, who scored a try against Zebre at Ravenhill last season, starts at fullback in place of Craig Gilroy who moves to the left wing.

 

Andrew Trimble continues on the right wing, alongside Darren Cave and Luke Marshall who keep their places in midfield.

 

Ireland outhalf, Paddy Jackson, returns to the Ulster line up and is partnered by Paul Marshall in the halfbacks.

 

Up front, Tom Court is selected at loosehead with Callum Black moving to the bench. Rob Herring and All Black prop John Afoa keep their places in the front row.

 

With injuries to both Lewis Stevenson (medial ligament) and Iain Henderson (hamstring), there is a new second row, with Neil McComb selected alongside Dan Tuohy.

 

Robbie Diack captains the Province for the second time from blindside flanker with Mike McComish named at openside and Roger Wilson starting at Number 8.

 

Tommy Bowe and Ruan Pienaar were rested for the match following their involvement in the Autumn internationals.

 

Ulster and Zebre have met on two previous occasions - Ulster winning narrowly in Parma last November and more easily in Belfast in February.

 

Ulster XV and replacements to face Zebre, RaboDirect PRO12, Ravenhill, Saturday 30th November (kick off 3pm); (15-9): R Andrew, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy, P Jackson, P Marshall; (1-8): T Court, R Herring, J Afoa, N McComb, D Tuohy, R Diack (Captain), M McComish, R Wilson; Replacements (16-23): N Annett, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, C Joyce, S Doyle, M Heaney, J McKinney, M Allen.

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