Ulster have been left with a raft of injuries ahead of Friday’s clash with Edinburgh at Ravenhill (KO 7:05p.m.)
Centre Nevin Spence is out with a hand injury and Ian Whitten has therefore been moved from the wing to midfield. Stefan Terblanche moves to the wing to fill the role vacated by Whitten, leading to Adam D’Arcy’s recall at full-back. Paul Marshall and Ruan Pienaar will form the half back partnership for the second consecutive week, while Craig Gilroy remains on the right wing.
There are less complications in the pack; Chris Henry will travel to Paris with the Ireland Six Nations squad so Pedrie Wannenburg moves to flanker with Robbie Diack starting at Number 8. The tight five is unchanged from that which played the one point win over Ospreys last weekend.
Ulster boss Brian McLaughlin believes that a win over the weekend is essential to the northern province’s prospects of reaching the play-offs in May. “We were in the top four briefly last week and that’s where we want to be,” – he said. McLaughlin spoke of his respect for the visitors saying: “They have shown there quality in reaching the Heineken Cup Quarter-Finals and have moved on in leaps and bounds under Michael Bradley’s tutelage.”
ULSTER TEAM to play Edinburgh at Ravenhill: A D’Arcy; C Gilroy, I Whitten, P Wallace (capt), S Terblanche; R Pienaar, P Marshall; P McAllister, A Kyriacou, J Afoa, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, P Wannenburg, W Faloon, R Diack