Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Williams rings Ulster changes

Coach Matt Williams has rung the changes for Ulster’s Magners League clash with Glasgow at Firhill tonight.

Williams was bitterly disappointed with the last performance against the Ospreys and makes four changes, one forced due to injury.

“We have a few injuries and a bit of illness in the camp, we have some good options and we’re just going to get a side out that we feel can beat Glasgow,” said the coach.

“They are going with the same team that beat Llanelli by four tries. Our record on the road is very poor and we’re putting out the team that can play best this week.”

Grand Slam-winning flanker Stephen Ferris returns at blindside for his first game since Ireland’s historic win in the Millennium Stadium when he got injured in the first 10 minutes.

Ferris’s return means Chris Henry drops to the bench with David Pollock continuing at openside and Robbie Diack at No 8.

Italian lock Carlo Del Fava makes his first start since the defeat at the Dragons in February.

The 35-times capped second row replaces the injured Ed O’Donoghue and partners Ryan Caldwell.

With Tom Court and Justin Fitzpatrick injured, Belfast Harlequins prop Dan Roache makes the squad for the first time since his arrival from Australia last summer. Bryan Young and BJ Botha are the starting props.

Scrum-half Paul Marshall is given his second start of the season with Isaac Boss on the bench and Cillian Willis ruled out. Marshall started the last Heineken Cup game against Stade Francais in Paris and has made four other appearances from the bench this season.

Ian Whitten will partner Paddy Wallace in the centre, while 11 players are ruled out due to injury.

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