Nick Williams gets call up to add weight to back row
Ulster A have selected a side containing some notably experienced players for the season-opening friendly with their Connacht counterparts at Deramore (kick-off 5pm).
The team formerly known as the Ravens have opted to bring in some ballast up front with Nick Williams getting a start, and making up part of a pretty decent back row containing Robbie Diack and Clive Ross.
Also starting is prop Callum Black with Bronson Ross on the tight-head side. The team is skippered by Lewis Stevenson while Sam Arnold and Rory Scholes get run-outs in the backline.
There will also be some interest in how out-half and new Academy recruit Jonny McPhillips goes on his debut at this level and particularly so with no sign yet of frontline number 10 Ian Humprheys or his back-up Sam Windsor due to injuries.
Ulster A: R Lyttle; D Busby, S Arnold, M Best, R Scholes; J McPhillips, D Shanahan; C Black, J Andrew, B Ross, A O'Connor, L Stevenson (capt), R Diack, C Ross, N Williams.
Subs: J Murphy, R Murphy, K McCall, A Thompson, C Joyce, S Mulholland, P Rowley, A Magrath, K Joyce, A Kane