The return of Ireland’s Chris Henry to the Ulster side for Saturday evening’s PRO12 derby against Connacht in Galway brings together the eagerly anticipated backrow combo of Nick Williams, Roger Wilson and Henry.
Wilson was the standout forward during last week’s 13-12 defeat at home to Glasgow Warriors, when he started at blindside.
No 8, Nick Williams was a close second to Wilson, but Ulster badly missed an openside loose forward, with Sean Doyle making little impression.
Henry or Robbie Diack, who comes onto the bench this week having been rested for the Warriors visit, may just have given the hosts a further edge in a game they should really have won.
Henry is one of three changes to the Ulster side.
Tom Court, after two starts from the bench, gets the nod from the off at loosehead prop, which will be a boost to him after being left off the Irish training panel for the forthcoming November Guinness Test series.
He starts ahead of Kyle McCall, who is named on the bench this weekend, with Callum Black ‘rested.’
Second row, Iain Henderson, who impressed with his first outing of the new season from the bench last week, comes into the starting pack and will partner Ulster skipper, Johann Muller in the engine room.
Henderson replaces Dan Tuohy who is not named on the side, Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe deploying his rotation system once again and names Lewis Stevenson on the bench as second row replacement.
Anscombe has kept faith with his two young wingers, Michael Allen and David McIlwaine.
Both came in for a touch of criticism last week for not taking two of three golden try scoring opportunities.
However, Allen, in particular had an impressive gave otherwise and while a dropped pass was costly to Ulster as Glasgow grabbed a last minute try, the young winger has shown progress from last season after his debut.
With Irish international winger, Craig Gilroy named on the bench and Tommy Bowe expected to return from injury against Treviso, at the earliest, next week, both will be keen to impress.
Indeed, there is no change to the backline with Ulster again starting Ian Porter at outhalf and Paddy Jackson at fly half - Jared Payne will be looking for another man of the match display at fullback.
Luke Marshall and Darren Cave looked confident together last week in the midfield once the partnership settled and it will be interesting to see how the duo go on Saturday evening.
Anscombe said:“It is great to be able to welcome players like Tom, Iain and Chris back in. They are all Ireland internationals and their experience will be important for us this weekend against a very capable Connacht side.
“We were disappointed last weekend. However, we created more opportunities against Glasgow last Friday night than we did in four matches against them last season - we just didn’t take them. We need to be more clinical and we know that.
“This week we have trained well - the attitude has been really good and we are looking forward to this interprovincial match.”
Ulster: J Payne, D McIlwaine, D Cave, L Marshall, M Allen, P Jackson, I Porter; T Court, R Herring, D Fitzpatrick, J Muller (Captain), I Henderson, R Wilson, C Henry, N Williams;
Replacements: N Annett, K McCall, R Lutton, L Stevenson, R Diack, P Marshall, J McKinney, C Gilroy.