Leicester Tigers v Ulster: Neil Doak makes three changes to team that beat Glasgow
Ulster Rugby head coach Neil Doak has made three changes to the side that registered a 29-9 PRO12 success over Glasgow last weekend.
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The province's opening European Rugby Champions Cup match, against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, kicks off at 7.45pm on Saturday.
Ireland winger Andrew Trimble is unavailable for selection after picking up a toe injury in that win. Craig Gilroy comes into the side on the left wing, meaning British and Irish Lions star Tommy Bowe switches to the right flank.
With Alan O’Connor suspended, Lewis Stevenson has been promoted from the bench to join Franco van der Merwe in the second row.
The final change to the starting lineup sees Paddy Jackson return to the outhalf berth in place of Ian Humphreys.
Stuart McCloskey and Jared Payne continue their midfield partnership, while Paul Marshall and Louis Ludik are retained at scrumhalf and fullback respectively.
Up front, captain Rory Best is again joined in the front row by Andrew Warwick and Wiehahn Herbst, both of whom will make their European debuts. Ireland internationals Robbie Diack and Chris Henry are selected in the back row alongside Nick Williams.
Neil Doak has plenty of creativity on the bench in the form of backline players Michael Heaney, Stuart Olding and Darren Cave. Rob Herring, Callum Black, Declan Fitzpatrick, Clive Ross and Roger Wilson are the forward replacements.
The match will be televised on BT Sport 2 and is also available on BBC Radio Ulster.
Ulster XV & Replacements to play Leicester Tigers, European Rugby Champions Cup, Welford Road, Saturday 18th October, 7.45pm:
(15-9): L Ludik; T Bowe, J Payne, S McCloskey, C Gilroy; P Jackson, P Marshall; (1-8): A Warwick, R Best (capt), W Herbst, L Stevenson, F vd Merwe, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams;
Replacements (16-23): R Herring, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, C Ross, R Wilson, M Heaney, S Olding, D Cave.
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