Ulster v Ospreys: Andrew Trimble can inspire a win after World Cup blow
Guinness Pro12 League: Friday 4 September, 7.35pm, Kingspan
Andrew Trimble will finish a testing week by taking the field for Ulster tonight when the Guinness Pro12 campaign begins against Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium (7.35pm kick-off).
The 30-year-old was informed on Sunday that he would not be making Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad for the World Cup and the 58-times capped winger has returned to his province for the start of the domestic season.
Craig Gilroy, Dan Tuohy and Rob Herring also failed to make the final 31-man panel that was officially announced on Tuesday and the trio join Trimble in a starting line-up that sees Peter Nelson named at out-half.
Herring, who captains the side tonight, said: "It's obviously gutting for the boys that didn't make it but we're happy to have them at Ulster and they'll be out against Ospreys with a point to prove."
While Ulster are preparing for the visit of last season's fellow beaten semi-finalists, five of the province's stars have been named in the Ireland match-day squad to take on England at Twickenham tomorrow.
Rory Best, Jared Payne and Tommy Bowe all start while Darren Cave and Chris Henry are on the bench for the final warm-up before the World Cup.