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Two changes for Ulster's return Harlequins fixture

The squad has been announced for the second of Ulster's back-to-back Champions Cup games against Harlequins on Friday Demeber 15.

There are only two changes from the starting XV that beat Harlequins 5-17 at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday past.

Chris Henry, an impressive performer off the bench last weekend, has earned a starting berth in the back row, while Louis Ludik will start at outside centre in place of the injured Tommy Bowe.

Iain Henderson, who will captain the side, and Abbey Insurance Academy player Nick Timoney, who made his European debut last weekend, will join Henry in the back row.

Alan O'Connor and Kieran Treadwell are paired in the second row, while Callum Black, Rob Herring and Wiehahn Herbst retained in the front row.

John Cooney, last week's Heineken Man of the Match, will continue as Christian Lealiifano's half back partner, with Stuart McCloskey in midfield alongside Ludik.

Jacob Stockdale, who scored his sixth try of the season at the Stoop, is again included in the back three along with Craig Gilroy and Charles Piutau.

Andrew Trimble, selected on the bench, is the only new face in the panel of 23.

Ulster currently occupies second position in Pool 1 and a win would put them in a strong position ahead of Rounds 5 and 6 in January.

The match will be televised on BT Sport, with live radio commentary on BBC Radio Ulster and RTE Radio.

Ulster Rugby team to play Harlequins, Kingspan Stadium, Friday 15th December, 7.45pm:

(1-8): C Black, R Herring, W Herbst, A O'Connor, K Treadwell, I Henderson (captain), C Henry, N Timoney;

(9-15): J Cooney, C Lealiifano; J Stockdale, S McCloskey, L Ludik, C Gilroy, C Piutau.

Replacements (16-23): J Andrew, A Warwick, R Kane, M Rea, S Reidy, P Marshall, P Nelson, A Trimble.

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