Ulster Rugby team to face Leinster
Ulster Head Coach, Mark Anscombe, has made nine personnel changes and three positional switches to the team that beat Zebre at Ravenhill last weekend for Saturday evening’s interprovincial match against Leinster at the RDS.
Six of the seven starting backs are Ireland internationals, with Paul Marshall partnering Paddy Jackson in the half backs, Luke Marshall and Darren Cave starting in midfield and Andrew Trimble and Craig Gilroy selected on the wings.
Ricky Andrew, who played against Zebre at Ravenhill, keeps his place at fullback.
Callum Black makes his 50th appearance for the Province and starts at loosehead, with Rob Herring coming in at hooker and Declan Fitzpatrick selected at tighthead.
Lewis Stevenson wears the number 4 jersey, with Dan Tuohy returning to the second row alongside him.
Robbie Diack is named as captain for the game and moves to blindside, with Sean Doyle continuing at openside and Roger Wilson, who has recovered from injury, coming back in at Number 8.
Tom Court, Ruan Pienaar and Jared Payne are named as substitutes alongside Niall Annett, Ricky Lutton, Neil McComb, Mike McComish and Michael Allen.
Ulster XV and replacements to face Leinster, RaboDirect PRO12, RDS, Saturday 28th December (kick off 18:45); R Andrew, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy, P Jackson, P Marshall; (1-8): C Black, R Herring, D Fitzpatrick, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, R Diack (Captain), S Doyle, R Wilson; (16-23): N Annett, T Court, R Lutton, N McComb, M McComish, R Pienaar, J Payne, M Allen.