Henry to skipper Ulster

Chris Henry has been named as captain for the second of Ulster’s back-to-back Heineken Cup Pool 4 clashes with Northampton at Ravenhill on Saturday (6.00pm).

Henry to skipper Ulster

Chris Henry has been named as captain for the second of Ulster’s back-to-back Heineken Cup Pool 4 clashes with Northampton at Ravenhill on Saturday (6.00pm).

The team has just one personnel change and one positional switch from the side that beat the Saints 6-25 at Franklin’s Gardens last Friday.

Regular skipper Johann Muller is sidelined with a displaced fracture in his arm so 20-year-old Iain Henderson has moved into the second row alongside Dan Tuohy.

Nick Williams has been promoted from the bench to fill the vacant loose forward spot.

Andrew Trimble will make his 50th Heineken Cup appearance in Saturday’s encounter, following in the footsteps of Paddy Wallace and Tommy Bowe, who did so in rounds 2 and 3 of the competition respectively.

There is only one change on the bench which sees Neil McComb replace Williams. Ricky Lutton will make his European debut if he takes to the field at any time during Friday’s game.

The 26-year-old development prop has made one previous appearance - as a substitute in the RaboDirect PRO12 win over Edinburgh last month.

A win against Northampton would be another massive step towards progression to the knock out stages for the third consecutive season.

However, after much criticism regarding the manner of their defeat last week, Northampton will be arriving at Ravenhill determined to gain revenge.

Ulster (v. Northampton Saints): J Payne; T Bowe, D Cave, P Wallace, A Trimble; P Jackson, R Pienaar; T Court, R Best, J Afoa, I Henderson, D Tuohy, N Williams, C Henry (capt), R Wilson.

Replacements: N Brady, C Black, R Lutton, N McComb, R Diack, P Marshall, L Marshall, C Gilroy.

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