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Back in action: Mike McComish will make his return from injury for the Ulster Ravens this evening

Back in action: Mike McComish will make his return from injury for the Ulster Ravens this evening

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Back in action: Mike McComish will make his return from injury for the Ulster Ravens this evening

After two defeats, Ulster Ravens now simply have to deliver a positive result to keep their already slender looking hopes of British and Irish Cup qualification alive when they face unbeaten Pool Two leaders Rotherham Titans tonight at Deramore (kick-off 7.00pm).

After losing at Aberavon and then being turned over at the Kingspan Stadium last Saturday by Yorkshire Carnegie, the Ravens are now bottom of the table having only collected two losing bonus points.

They now have to try and salvage their campaign against the Titans which will demand a considerably improved performance if acting Academy Manager Kieran Campbell and skipper Neil McComb are going to see things begin to turn around for the squad.

The return of Mike McComish from injury will add much-needed experience to the Ravens' back row, with Connor Joyce moving to blindside flanker to allow McComish to be selected at openside, while the only other change in the pack sees hooker John Andrew, brother of Ricky, brought in for Paul Jackson, brother of Paddy.

It means another outing for props Dave Ryan and Bronson Ross with Ricky Lutton still on the Ravens' bench and seeking valuable game-time.

Campbell has largely kept the same personnel on board for tonight's game with the backline being shuffled in the wake of Luke Marshall's knee injury in last Saturday's defeat.

That means that Jack Owens moves from right wing to inside centre while Ricky Andrew transfers from full-back to play outside Owens at number 13. Jacob Stockdale is the new right wing having been moved from outside centre.

Peter Nelson is now at full-back and he shifts from starting on the left wing last Saturday with Ross Adair - the only new name in the backs - getting a run out in the position vacated by Nelson.

The Ravens have retained the same half-back partnership with Josh Bingham at out-half and John Creighton wearing number nine.

Former Ulster players James McKinney, Adam Macklin and Ali Birch are all starting for the Titans who have made six changes from the side which defeated Aberavon last weekend.

Ulster Ravens: P Nelson, J Stockdale, R Andrew, J Owens, R Adair, J Bingham, J Creighton; D Ryan, J Andrew, B Ross, J Simpson, N McComb (capt), C Joyce, M McComish, C Butterworth. Replacements: P Jackson, R Lutton, J Donnan, S Reidy, F Taggart, C Young, S O'Hagan

Belfast Telegraph