GUINNESS PRO12: Ulster name side to face Zebre in Belfast

Ulster's Rob Herring
Ulster's Rob Herring

Rob Herring has recovered from injury and returns to captain Ulster on Friday night for the Guinness PRO12 game against Zebre at Kingspan Stadium (7.35pm).

The hooker is one of four changes to the side which lost in Cardiff last week.

Herring is joined in the front row by Kyle McCall at loosehead prop and Ricky Lutton at tighthead.

The rest of the pack is unchanged, with Peter Browne and Franco van der Merwe paired in the second row and Robbie Diack, Chris Henry and Nick Williams selected in the loose forward positions.

Rory Scholes comes into the backline and is named on the right wing, with Craig Gilroy moving to fullback and Jacob Stockdale retained on the left flank.

With Sammy Arnold unavailable due to a hamstring injury, Stuart Olding will switch from fullback to inside centre. He will be joined in midfield by Luke Marshall, who signed a contract extension with the Province earlier this week.

Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson will continue their half back partnership.

Paul Marshall has overcome a virus and has been selected on the bench, while Sam Windsor and Darren Cave will also provide backline cover. John Andrew, Callum Black, Andy Warwick, Roger Wilson and Sean Reidy are the forward replacements.

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Ulster: C Gilroy, R Scholes, L Marshall, S Olding, J Stockdale, P Jackson, R Pienaar; K McCall, R Herring (captain), R Lutton, P Browne, F van der Merwe, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams;

Replacements (16-23): J Andrew, C Black, A Warwick, R Wilson, S Reidy, P Marshall, S Windsor, D Cave.