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Andrew Trimble's night to remember as Ulster's record breaker

By Michael Sadlier

It will be quite a moment when Andrew Trimble runs out at the Kingspan Stadium tonight, and becoming Ulster's most capped player may help make up for some of the last year.

The toe injury he sustained against Glasgow about this time 12 months ago ultimately ended his season and, consequently, cost him his Ireland place with another problem picked up in the World Cup warm-up with Wales then effectively ending hopes of going to the global showpiece.

Tough times for the 30-year-old and but for all these issues - plus the hip flexor issue which kept him sidelined for the Scarlets defeat - he would have passed Paddy Wallace's record of 189 appearances quite some time ago.

It's wholly appropriate that Trimble gets to achieve his milestone at the Kingspan and the hope is that he will help galvanise his team-mates.

After the mess at the Scarlets, Ulster coach Neil Doak has decided to take action. Trimble's inclusion is the only change in the backline with Craig Gilroy moving over to the left wing and Rory Scholes dropping to the bench, while Peter Nelson gets another go at out-half as neither Ian Humphreys nor Sam Windsor are yet fit.

Up front, Franco van der Merwe is rested, allowing Dan Tuohy to return to the engine room, but the misfiring back row has undergone the most eye-catching change with flanker Willie Faloon and Nick Williams both out - Williams out for what has been described as "personal reasons".

In come Sean Reidy and Robbie Diack while Roger Wilson moves over to No.8. You just hope it doesn't come down to goalkicking with Stuart McCloskey likely to be taking the shots again.

Ulster really should make it a night to remember for Trimble.

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