Ulster ring the changes as they welcome Edinburgh to Kingspan Stadium

Ulster make ten personnel changes and two positional switches to the side beaten by Zebre last weekend as they prepare to welcome Edinburgh on Friday night.

Ulster make ten personnel changes and two positional switches to the side beaten by Zebre last weekend as they prepare to welcome Edinburgh on Friday night.

Jared Payne starts at outside-centre as Louis Ludik, Andrew Trimble, Payne and Paul Marshall all come into the backline. Tommy Bowe switches from the right wing to the left.

Up front Ruaidhri Murphy at loosehead and lock Alan O’Connor both make their first competitive starts for the province.

Rory Best returns as hooker and will captain the side, while Wiehahn Herbst returns at tighthead.

In the back row Robbie Diack returns at blindside while Roger Wilson switches from blindside to Number 8 and Chris Henry comes in at openside.

Ulster team in full: Louis Ludik, Andrew Trimble, Jared Payne, Stuart McCIoskey, Tommy Bowe, Paddy Jackson, Paul Marshall, Ruaidhri Murphy, Rory Best capt, Wiehahn Herbst, Alan O'Connor, Franco van der Merwe, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Roger Wilson

Replacements: Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Bronson Ross, Lewis Stevenson, Nick Williams, Michael Heaney, Stuart Olding, Darren Cave.

Edinburgh team in full: Greig Tonks, Jack Cuthbert, Sam Beard, Andries Strauss, Tim Visser, Phil Burleigh, Sean Kennedy, Rory Sutherland, Ross Ford, John Andress, Anton Bresler, Grant Gilchrist, Mike Coman -capt, Roddy Grant, Cornell Du Preez,

Replacements: James Hilterbrand,Allan Dell, Willem Nell, Ollie Atkins, Tomas Leonardi, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Tom Heathcote, Nick McLennan.

The match kicks-off at 7.35pm on Friday October 3 at the Kingspan Stadium.

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