Les Kiss has named his starting XV for Ulster’s rescheduled Champions Cup clash with Oyonnax and is delighted to be in a position to include Craig Gilroy.
It is Gilroy’s first appearance since fracturing an eye socket against Toulouse in December and his return is one of eight changes to the starting side.
Gilroy is named at fullback, with Sammy Arnold starting his first European game on the right wing and Rory Scholes on the left.
The midfield partnership is unchanged, with Luke Marshall named at outside centre and Stuart McCloskey at 12. Ian Humphreys and Paul Marshall are selected at half-back.
In the front row Ricky Lutton takes his place alongside captain Rory Best and Kyle McCall, while Lewis Stevenson replaces Alan O'Connor in the second row alongside Franco van der Merwe.
There is one change in the back row with Roger Wilson replacing Nick Williams at number eight. Robbie Diack and Chris Henry remain on the flanks.
Ulster v Oyonnax at Stade Charles-Mathon, Champions Cup rescheduled fixture, Sunday January 10 kick off 1.00pm Irish time.
Ulster team: C Gilroy; S Arnold, L Marshall, S McCloskey, R Scholes; I Humphreys, P Marshall; K McCall, R Best (capt), R Lutton; L Stevenson, F van der Merwe; R Diack, C Henry, R Wilson.
Replacements: R Herring, C Black, B Ross, N Williams, Sean Reidy, R Pienaar, P Jackson, L Ludik.