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