Ulster make eight changes for Scarlets match

Ulster make eight changes for Scarlets match

Ulster head coach Les Kiss welcomes back some big names to his squad for the visit of Scarlets to Kingspan Stadium

Rob Herring will make his 100th appearance and will be joined in the match-day panel by returning Ireland trio Craig Gilroy, Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson, along with All Black Charles Piutau.

There are eight new faces in the starting XV with Callum Black, Pete Browne, Alan O'Connor and Robbie Diack bolstering the pack, while Gilroy, Jackson, Piutau and Stuart McCloskey will join an already potent backline.

Herring, a try scorer in each of Ulster's last three games, will be joined in the front row by Black and Rodney Ah You.

Browne and O'Connor form a new second row partnership, with Clive Ross and Sean Reidy retaining their places on the side of the scrum and Diack packing down at number eight.

Jackson will combine with Ruan Pienaar at half-back, while McCloskey and Stuart Olding are named in midfield. Louis Ludik switches from fullback to left wing, with Gilroy and Piutau completing the lineup.

Ulster v Scarlets in BT Kingspan Stadium on Friday September 16 - kick off: 7.05pm.

Ulster team: C Piutau; C Gilroy, S Olding, S McCloskey, L Ludik; P Jackson, R Pienaar; C Black, R Herring (captain), R Ah You, P Browne, A O'Connor, C Ross, S Reidy, R Diack.

Replacements: J Andrew, A Warwick, R Kane, F van der Merwe, I Henderson, A Lloyd, L Marshall, R Lyttle.

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