Stephen Ferris will line out for Ulster against Edinburgh in the Magner's League at Murrayfiled tomorrow night.
Fellow Ireland internationals Paddy Wallace, at out-half, and Andrew Trimble, at centre, will also start for the northern province.
Ruan Pienaar is retained at half-back. Adam D'Arcy is promoted to full-back. Mark McCrea makes his first competitive of the season.
Up front, Paddy McAllister starts in the front row with Tom Court moving to the bench and Dan Tuohy partners Johann Muller in the second row this week.
ULSTER (v Edinburgh) Adam D'Arcy; Mark McCrea, Andrew Trimble, Ian Whitten, David McIlwaine; Paddy Wallace, Ruan Pienaar; Paddy McAllister, Rory Best (Captain), BJ Botha, Johann Muller, Dan Tuohy, Stephen Ferris, Chris Henry, Robbie Diack.
Replacements: Andi Kyriacou, Tom Court, Bryan Young, Ryan Caldwell, Pedrie Wannenburg, Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys, Nevin Spence.