PRO12 RUGBY: Ulster’s Rory Best to start against Ospreys at Kingspan

Ulster's Rory Best
Ulster's Rory Best

Rory Best will make his first start of the season when Ulster host the Ospreys in the Pro12 on Saturday.

The hooker came on as a replacement in the win against Glasgow, but he will start this one.

Winger Tommy Bowe is also named on the home bench after recovering from injury

Paul Marshall takes over from Ruan Pienaar at scrum-half while Charles Piutau reverts to full-back and winger Craig Gilroy returns from injury.

Darren Cave and Jared Payne start in the centre positions.

Ulster: C Piutau, C Gilroy, J Payne, D Cave, L Ludik, P Jackson, P Marshall; : K McCall, R Best, R Ah You, A O’Connor, F van der Merwe (capt), I Henderson, S Reidy, R Wilson.

Replacements: J Andrew, C Black, R Kane, K Treadwell, R Diack, R Pienaar, B Herron, T Bowe.

Ospreys: D Evans, J Hassler, B John, J Matavesi, E Walker, D Biggar, R Webb; N Smith, S Parry, D Arhip, B Davies, A Wyn Jones (capt), J King, J Tipuric, D Baker.

Replacements: S Baldwin, P James, M Fia, R Thornton, O Cracknell, T Ardron, T Habberfield.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)