Ireland stars Iain Henderson and Will Addison have returned to the Ulster team for Friday’s Heineken Champions Cup Round 3 clash against Scarlets
Internationals Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale, as well as Abbey Insurance Academy prop Eric O’Sullivan, are also included in the starting 15 after featuring off the bench in the home win versus Cardiff Blues on Saturday.
Best will equal Andrew Trimble’s club record of 71 European appearances, captains the side in Llanelli and will be joined in the front row by O’Sullivan and Marty Moore.
Henderson will partner Kieran Treadwell, Ulster’s try-scorer against the Blues last week, in the second row, while the loose forward trio of Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee is unchanged.
John Cooney and Billy Burns are retained in the half-back positions, with Stuart McCloskey and Addison paired in midfield. Stockdale’s inclusion on the left wing results in Louis Ludik shifting to fullback, as Henry Speight is again named on the right flank.
Kyle McCall could make his 50th Ulster appearance, his first since April, after recovering from injury and being selected among the replacements.
Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole, Matty Rea and Nick Timoney will provide additional forward cover. Dave Shanahan, Johnny McPhillips and Darren Cave are the backline options.
Ulster: L Ludik, H Speight, W Addison, S McCloskey, J Stockdale, B Burns, J Cooney, E O’Sullivan, R Best (captain), M Moore, I Henderson, K Treadwell, S Reidy, J Murphy, M Coetzee,
Replacements: R Herring, K McCall, T O’Toole, M Rea, N Timoney, D Shanahan, J McPhillips, D Cave.
Ulster v Scarlets
Heineken Champions Cup
Friday 7th December
Parc y Scarlets
Kick Off 7.45pm