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Ulster pay tribute to Anthony Foley - squad named for Exeter clash

Published 21/10/2016

Ulster have a minute silence in memory of Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Ulster have a minute silence in memory of Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Sam Windsor during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Iain Henderson during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Luke Marshall during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Franco Van Der Merwe during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Ruan Pienaar during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Tommy Bowe during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Charles Piutau at the Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Craig Gilroy during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster have a minute silence in memory of Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Tommy Bowe Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackson. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Sam Windsor Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster hold a minutes silence in remembrance of former Ireland player and Munster coach Anthony Foley who died last weekend and is being buried today. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster hold a minutes silence in remembrance of former Ireland player and Munster coach Anthony Foley who died last weekend and is being buried today. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster hold a minutes silence in remembrance of former Ireland player and Munster coach Anthony Foley who died last weekend and is being buried today. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Les Kiss Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Left to right. Andrew Trimble, Rodney Ah You and Stuart Olding. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Jared Payne Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Charles Piutau Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Andrew Trimble Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Ian Henderson Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Iain Henderson Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye

Ulster paid tribute to the Munster rugby coach Anthony Foley following his sudden death at the weekend, during the team's captain's run out on Friday.

Players also paid their respect to Nevin Spence who tragically died alongside his father and brother in a slurry tank accident in 2012.

More: Anthony Foley left 'indelible, affirming marks', priest tells mourners

Meanwhile, the Ulster team to face Exeter on Saturday has been confirmed and will see summer signing Charles Piutau make his Champions Cup debut at the Kingspan for Ulster.

Piutau is the only change to the backline which played against Bordeaux-Bègles on Sunday, as he replaces Craig Gilroy on the left wing.

Ruan Pienaar has recovered from a knee injury and is joined in the starting XV by Ireland backs Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Luke Marshall, Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne.

There are three new faces in the starting pack, with Kyle McCall, Pete Browne and Roger Wilson all selected by Director of Rugby, Les Kiss.

McCall will join Rory Best and Rodney Ah You in the front row, while Browne is paired with Franco van der Merwe in the engine room.

Wilson's inclusion at the base of the scrum means that Sean Reidy will shift to openside flanker, with Iain Henderson continuing in the number 6 jersey. 

The replacements bench features front row players Rob Herring, Andy Warwick and Ross Kane, along with fellow forwards Alan O'Connor and Clive Ross. Gilroy, Paul Marshall and Tommy Bowe, who have amassed 453 Ulster caps between them, provide experienced backline cover.

Charles Piutau at the Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Charles Piutau at the Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Sam Windsor Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackson. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th October Ulster Rugby captain's run ahead of their Saturday night European Rugby Champions Cup game against the Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium. Tommy Bowe Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster have a minute silence in memory of Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER PRESS 21/10/2016 Ulster's Craig Gilroy during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Ulster have a minute silence in memory of Nevin Spence and Anthony Foley during the Captains run ahead of Ulster's European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Ulster team and replacements to play Exeter Chiefs, Saturday 22nd October, Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm):

(15-9): J Payne, A Trimble (captain), L Marshall, S Olding, C Piutau, P Jackson, R Pienaar;

(1-8): K McCall, R Best, R Ah You, P Browne, F van der Merwe, I Henderson, S Reidy, R Wilson;

Replacements (16-23): R Herring, A Warwick, R Kane, A O'Connor, C Ross, P Marshall, C Gilroy, T Bowe.

The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
Glasgow Warriros Gregor Townsend (centre left) and assistant coach Dan McFarland at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Former Ireland and Munster captain Paul O'Connell at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Anthony Foley's coffin is carried into St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Anthony Foley's coffin arrives at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 21, 2016. See PA story SPORT Foley. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Former Ireland player Brian O'Driscoll (right) looks on as Anthony Foley's coffin arrives at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Anthony Foley's father Brendan (left) greets Donncha O'Callaghan outside St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Former Ireland and Munster player Mick Galwey at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Munster's CJ Stander (left) alongside former Munster players Ronan O'Gara (centre) and Mick Galwey awaits the arrival of the hearse at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
The funeral of Anthony Foley at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co Clare.
Former Ireland and Munster captain Paul O'Connell at St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 21, 2016. See PA story SPORT Foley. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Anthony Foley left 'indelible, affirming marks', mourners told at funeral for rugby great
Anthony Foley left 'indelible, affirming marks', mourners told at funeral for rugby great
Anthony Foley left 'indelible, affirming marks', mourners told at funeral for rugby great

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