Ulster’s Payne and Williams to miss Scarlets

Ulster's Peter Nelson
Ulster's Peter Nelson

Flame haired flyer, Peter Nelson, will start at fullback when Ulster meet Scarlets in the eagerly anticipated top of the table PRO12 clash at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, on Sunday.

Nelson started last week against Treviso scoring the vital try in the 16-15 win and he is one of few to keep his place in an expected much changed backline to be announced by Mark Anscombe later on Thursday.

Ulster are set to rest Jared Payne who has played either at fullback or centre in every game this season and this is another great opportunity for Nelson ahead of next week’s European tie with Northampton Saints.

The five Ulster players who played in the backline unit in the green shirt of Ireland in a 53-0 win over Fiji two weeks ago are all set to start, with Paul Marshall and Paddy Jackson forming the half back partnership, while Luke Marshall and Darren Cave, who both scored against the Fijians in that non-Test international are also likely to be the midfielder for the huge test in Wales.Gilroy

With all three international wingers in Ulster making themselves available for selection, the management had a tough call to make.

But Irish debutant last week in the win over Argentina, Craig Gilroy, who has also scored four tries in two weeks, will start with Andrew Trimble, while Tommy Bowe will get time off the bench.

Ulster will get the best out of the trio with two starting places up for grabs in the Heineken Cup.

Up front Rory Best, who got the all clear on his neck injury on Wednesday evening, and skipper, Johann Muller, both return to the side.

Muller will lead the side out in Llanelli, while Best is on the bench with International prop, Tom Court.

John Afoa, Callum Black and Rob Herring make up the front row, with Adam Macklin likely to be called up to the matchday squad now with a questionmark over the fitness of Declan Fitzpatrick,

With Chris Henry rested along with Nick Williams, the backrow is set to see the return of Iain Henderson, who got two caps off the bench for Ireland in the Guinness Test series and also started against Fiji, to the blindside. Roger Wilson will again take the No 8 spot with Robbie Diack to feature again on the openside.

Niall O’Connor will probably feel unlucky not to be getting his third straight start at outhalf, named on the bench as he makes way for young Irish hope of the future Jackson. O’Connor impressed, in the double header against the Italians clubs.