Paddy Jackson to make 100th Ulster appearance in Glasgow Warriors tie
Paddy Jackson will earn his 100th cap for Ulster in the tie against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Friday night.
There are five changes to the starting team that faced Zebre three weeks ago.
Captain Rob Herring is joined in the front row by Callum Black, who replaces Kyle McCall at loosehead prop and Ricky Lutton is named at tighthead.
Alan O'Connor is among those who utilised the break to return from injury, he replaces Pete Browne in the second row, partnering Franco van der Merwe. Iain Henderson returns to the starting line-up having been out since December with a hamstring injury. He is joined in the backrow by Chris Henry and Nick Williams.
Jackson continues his half back partnership with Ruan Pienaar.
Positional switches result in a new-look backline, with Stuart Olding moving from the centre to fullback and Craig Gilroy returning to the right wing. Rory Scholes moves to the left flank in place of Jacob Stockdale, who is on a down week following his involvement with the Ireland U20 Six Nations campaign.
Stuart McCloskey, who made his debut for Ireland against England during the Six Nations, replaces Stuart Olding at inside centre, Luke Marshall completes the midfield partnership.
Paul Marshall, Sam Windsor and Darren Cave will provide backline cover. Whilst John Andrew, Kyle McCall, Andy Warwick, Robbie Diack and Sean Reidy are the forward replacements.
Ulster team and replacements to face Glasgow Warriors, Guinness PRO12, Scotstoun Stadium, Friday 25th March, 7.35pm:
(15-9): S Olding, C Gilroy, L Marshall, S McCloskey, R Scholes, P Jackson, R Pienaar;
(1-8): C Black, R Herring (C), R Lutton, A O'Connor, F van der Merwe, I Henderson, C Henry, N Williams;
Replacements (16-23): J Andrew, K McCall, A Warwick, R Diack, S Reidy, P Marshall, S Windsor, D Cave.
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