Five changes for Ulster side to face Zebre in PRO12
Director of Rugby Les Kiss has made five changes for Saturday's Guinness PRO12 fixture against Zebre at Kingspan Stadium.
Luke Marshall and Jacob Stockdale, both replacements in last Friday's win over Treviso, will form an all-new midfield partnership. Meanwhile, Al O'Connor, Robbie Diack and Chris Henry are included as new faces in the forward pack.
Stuart Olding, who impressed against Treviso after switching to flyhalf late on, will start in the 10 jersey outside Ruan Pienaar. Jared Payne has overcome a niggle and will line out at fullback, with Craig Gilroy and Charles Piutau set to join him in the back three.
The match will be Stockdale's first start at outside centre, while Marshall will shift to inside centre after playing most of his rugby this season in the 13 jersey.
The front row is unchanged as props Callum Black and Wiehahn Herbst, earning his 50th cap, will start either side of captain Rob Herring. Kieran Treadwell will partner O'Connor in the engine room, while Marcell Coetzee will pack down at number 8 alongside Diack and Henry in the back row.
Rodney Ah You has recovered from injury and is named among the replacements with fellow forwards John Andrew, Andy Warwick, Franco van der Merwe and Clive Ross, who could also make his 50th Ulster appearance.
Backline players Paul Marshall, Pete Nelson and David Busby, who made his debut against the same opposition a fortnight ago, will offer strong impact options off the bench.
Ulster team & replacements to play Zebre, Guinness PRO12, Saturday 11th March, Kingspan Stadium (6.05pm):
(15-9): J Payne, C Gilroy, J Stockdale, L Marshall, C Piutau, S Olding, R Pienaar;
(1-8): C Black, R Herring (captain), W Herbst, K Treadwell, A O'Connor, R Diack, C Henry, M Coetzee;
Replacements (16-23): J Andrew, A Warwick, R Ah You, F van der Merwe, C Ross, P Marshall, P Nelson, D Busby.
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