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Ulster Rugby team to take on Scarlets announced

Ulster's Head Coach Jono Gibbes has made just two changes to his team ahead of Saturday's Guinness PRO14 Round 16 clash away to Scarlets.

Ulster's record appearance holder Andrew Trimble, will earn his 229th cap as he is recalled to the starting team in place of the injured Craig Gilroy on the right wing.

The only other change to the side that suffered an agonising defeat to Edinburgh last weekend sees John Andrew come in at hooker.

Alan O'Connor will captain the Ulster men for the third game in a row alongside Kieran Treadwell in the second row, while props Andy Warwich and Wiehahn Herbst complete the front five.

Nick Timoney will continue as openside flanker, as will Matty Rea at blindside and Jean Deysel at number 8.

Behind the scrum, John Cooney has been released from Ireland duty to play at scrum-half, while Johnny McPhillips has recovered from a shoulder knock to take his place at fly-half.

Stuart McCloskey and Luke Marshall also remain in situ, with Tommy Bowe and Louis Ludik joining Trimble in the back three.

Among the replacements, Rob Herring, Kyle McCall and Rodney Ah You will provide the front row backup, Ulster Academy player Matthew Dalton and Chris Henry named as the additional forward options.

Paul Marshall, who is in line for his first appearance since December, Peter Nelson and Darren Cave, provide the backline cover from the bench.

Ulster Rugby team to play Scarlets, Saturday 24th February at Parc y Scarlets, kick-off 7.35pm :

(15-9): L Ludik; A Trimble, L Marshall, S McCloskey, T Bowe; J McPhillips, J Cooney;

(1-8): A Warwick, J Andrew, W Herbst, A O'Connor (Captain), K Treadwell, M Rea, N Timoney, J Deysel;

Replacements (16-23): R Herring, K McCall, R Ah You, M Dalton, C Henry, P Marshall, P Nelson, D Cave.

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