Botha out of Ulster squad for Aironi trip

Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin has named a 32-man squad for Saturday’s crucial Heineken Cup match with Aironi at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, kick-off 2.30pm.

Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin has named a 32-man squad for Saturday’s crucial Heineken Cup match with Aironi at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, kick-off 2.30pm.

Springbok tight-head BJ Botha is a notable absentee having sustained an elbow injury during the second-half of last Saturday's victory over Biarritz, however, hooker and captain Rory Best, who also left the field with a rib injury, is included.

Irish international Tom Court is likely to switch over from loosehead to fill the number three jersey with Brian Young moving up from the bench.

A win of any kind in Italy will guarantee the Ulstermen’s first appearance in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier showpiece since 1999.

Ulster: Adam D’Arcy, David McIlwaine, Jamie Smith, Mark McCrea, Andrew Trimble, Simon Danielli, Paddy Wallace, Nevin Spence, Ian Whitten, Ian Humphreys, Niall O’Connor, Ian Porter, Paul Marshall, Ruan Pienaar, Tom Court, Declan Fitzpatrick, Jerry Cronin, Bryan Young, Andi Kyriacou, Rory Best, Nigel Brady, Ryan Caldwell, Tim Barker, Dan Tuohy, Johann Muller, Neil McComb, Willie Faloon, Pedrie Wannenburg. Stephen Ferris, TJ Anderson, Chris Henry, Robbie Diack

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