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Stockdale and Treadwell back to make big impact for Les Kiss

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has rung the changes ahead of today's trip to Treviso (5.05pm kick-off) with five alterations from the team that opened the new Guinness PRO14 season with a bonus point win over the Cheetahs last week.

With three Irish internationals returning to the fold this week, summer debutants Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell are parachuted straight back into the side, while centre Luke Marshall will make his seasonal bow from the bench after the midfield partnership of Tommy Bowe and Stuart McCloskey was retained.

Stockdale's return on the wing sees Louis Ludik switch to full-back with Andrew Trimble captaining the side in the 14 jersey.

As head coach Jono Gibbes outlined earlier this week though, what Ulster describe as "ongoing management of playing resources" will see some big name players not make the trip to Italy.

Neither Springbok back-rower Marcell Coetzee or All Black Charles Piutau are among the match-day 23 after the physical toll of last weekend's win, while Chris Henry drops to the bench.

The changes in the back-row see Matthew Rea come in for a first ever start, having made his debut as a substitute last week, and Sean Reidy start alongside Jean Deysel, who switches from blindside to number 8.

Having overcome a bang to the hip, Robbie Diack is fit enough to be retained in the second-row, taking his place alongside Treadwell with Pete Browne coming onto the bench after missing Cheetahs.

Up front, there is one change with loosehead Callum Black replacing Kyle McCall and Andy Warwick wearing the 17 jersey. Rob Herring and Wiehahn Herbst get second starts of the season at the coalface with their cover provided by John Andrew and Rodney Ah You.

John Cooney and Christian Leali'ifano are once again at nine and ten, with Pete Nelson figuring to get another extended run off the bench at out-half.

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