Ulster were expected to make two changes to their starting XV on their return to the RaboDirect PRO12 on Friday night when Cardiff Blues are at Ravenhill (7.05pm).
New Zealand prop, John Afoa was expected to start at tighthead prop in the front row, coming in for Irish international, Declan Fitzpatrick, who has been battling bravely in recent weeks with an injured nose.
The other change comes out of the blue with Stuart Olding set to be named at fullback and Jared Payne will move into the second centre role.
Olding certainly has the skills set for the fullback role but does seem a slightly risky move from the Ulster management.
However, Mark Anscombe rarely takes chances and has talked about horses for courses in previous team selections.
It will be a tough call on Darren Cave who will have to yield to allow Payne into the midfield role where he will partner Luke Marshall.
That duo have impressed together this season and have given defences headaches.
Elsewhere there are not expected to be any changes, with a number of players looking to put in a good performance having been named in the Irish squad for the November Test series.
Outhalf Paddy Jackson, who on current performance looks to be ahead of Ian Madigan for understudy to Jonathan Sexton, would be one player keen to make his mark.
However, as Andrew Trimble would point out, form does not guarantee selection.
Meanwhile, it is understood Iain Henderson could be out for at least a month after suffering an injury to his big toe in last week’s Heineken Cup win in Montpellier last weekend.