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Ulster v Edinburgh: Les Kiss makes seven changes for Guinness Pro12 match

Published 03/12/2015

Rob Herring replaces Rory Best.
Rob Herring replaces Rory Best.

Les Kiss has made seven changes for Ulster's clash against Edinburgh at the Kingspan on Friday night.

Rob Herring, who signed a two-year contract extension earlier this week, will replace Rory Best as hooker and captain for the important Guinness PRO12 clash, as Kiss continues to manage his playing resources.

The 25-year-old is joined in the front row by Ricky Lutton, who will make his first start of the campaign, and Kyle McCall.

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Franco van der Merwe and Roger Wilson return to the side at lock and number 8 respectively, while Ireland internationals Dan Tuohy, Chris Henry and Iain Henderson make up the rest of the pack.

Luke Marshall is given an opportunity in midfield beside Darren Cave, with Rory Scholes due to start in a back three that also features Andrew Trimble and Peter Nelson.

Ruan Pienaar, who won his 100th Ulster cap last weekend against Leinster, will continue at halfback alongside Paddy Jackson.

Second row Alan O'Connor could make his first appearance of the season after being included on the bench. John Andrew, Andy Warwick and Wiehahn Herbst will provide front row cover, with Nick Williams named as the other forward replacement.

Paul Marshall, Stuart McCloskey and Louis Ludik complete Ulster's match day panel.

Ulster team face to face Edinburgh, at Kingspan Stadium, Friday, December 4, kick off 7.35pm.

(15-9): P Nelson, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, R Scholes, P Jackson, R Pienaar; (1-8): K McCall, R Herring (captain), R Lutton, D Tuohy, F van der Merwe, I Henderson, C Henry, R Wilson.

Replacements: (16-23): J Andrew, A Warwick, W Herbst, A O'Connor, N Williams, P Marshall, S McCloskey, L Ludik

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