Wiehahn Herbst will make his return from injury for the Ulster A team, sponsored by CD Group, in Saturday’s trip to London Scottish for Round 2 of the British & Irish Cup.
The South African prop, who hasn’t featured since the Champions Cup defeat at Saracens in January, is the only change in the Ulster pack from the side that beat Jersey Reds 19-6 in the opening round last weekend.
Jonny Simpson and John Andrew will join Herbst in the front row, while Irish international Dan Tuohy will once again captain the side from the second row alongside Kieran Treadwell.
The back row will again be made up Stephen Mulholland, Conor Joyce and Lorcan Dow.
Ulster A team coaches Willie Anderson and Kieran Campbell have made three changes in the backline as Ulster chase back-to-back wins; Angus Lloyd starts at scrum-half to partner Brett Herron at half-back, Rob Lyttle joins the in-form Aaron Cairns and Johnny McPhillips in the back three, while McPhillips’ fellow Ireland U20 teammate Jacob Stockdale will start alongside Mark Best in the midfield.
The management team have gone for a 5/2 split in the replacements, with Jonny Murphy, Tommy O’Hagan, Craig Trenier, John Donnan and Nick Timoney offering the forward cover, while Conor Kelly and Lewis Sampson will provide backline options from the bench.
Ulster A’s opponents, London Scottish, also won their opening British & Irish Cup tie, 21-26 away to the Cardiff Blues Premiership Select. They currently sit 6th in the Greene King IPA Championship, with 3 wins from their opening 6 games.
In the 2015/16 campaign the Richmond based side just missed out on a quarter-final spot, boasting an impressive four wins from their group stage games, including home and away victories over Munster A.
Ulster A: Johnny McPhillips, Rob Lyttle, Jacob Stockdale, Mark Best, Aaron Cairns, Brett Herron, Angus Lloyd; Jonny Simpson, John Andrew, Wiehahn Herbst, Dan Tuohy (C), Kieran Treadwell, Stephen Mulholland, Conor Joyce, Lorcan Dow;
Replacements: Jonny Murphy, Tommy O’Hagan, Craig Trenier, John Donnan, Nick Timoney, Conor Kelly, Lewis Sampson.