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Kiss places the captain's armband on recalled Henry

 

By Jonathan Bradley

With the league champions in town, Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has named as strong a line-up as possible for tonight's clash with Scarlets (7.35pm kick-off), but is still without five of his biggest name players.

British and Irish Lions trio Jared Payne, Rory Best and Iain Henderson have yet to be cleared for action after their exploits in New Zealand this summer, while marquee imports Marcell Coetzee and Charles Piutau have both been ruled out by injuries for another week.

Kiss has, however, still made four changes to the side that edged past Treviso last weekend.

Chris Henry will captain the side having been restored to the back-row in place of Jean Deysel, who is a late withdrawal having sustained a minor eye injury in training yesterday.

Alan O'Connor comes straight back into the engine room alongside Kieran Treadwell, with Robbie Diack among the substitutes.

There is a further alteration to the tight five, with Kyle McCall, who dislocated a finger in the season-opening win over the Cheetahs, back at loosehead.

With Andy Warwick keeping his place on the bench, Callum Black drops from the 23.

Having made a first seasonal appearance as a replacement against Treviso, Luke Marshall is back in the 13 jersey that had been occupied by Tommy Bowe.

Paul Marshall is named as the replacement scrum-half, his first involvement of the season having previously missed out due to personal reasons.

Meanwhile, Lions hooker Best had to leave training on crutches yesterday after sustaining a minor injury, but he is still expected to make his return in either round five or six of the PRO14.

And after the visa mix-up that saw Leinster's Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park refused entry to South Africa, it is not thought that Ulster's New Zealanders will have difficulty obtaining visas for their game in Port Elizabeth in November.

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