Despite the relatively young age of the players involved, particularly amongst the backs, there will be plenty of experience in McLaughlin's starting line-up which will be announced later this week.
Notably, young centre Luke Marshall, who captained Leinster/Ulster to a memorable victory at the Aviva Stadium recently, has been included in the province's extended panel.
Friday's match against Bath at Ravenhill (kick-off 7.30pm) is one of three upcoming friendlies for the Ulstermen.
They are also due to face Harlequins at the Stoop on Saturday, August 21 (kick-off 2.30pm) and Leeds Carnegie back in Belfast on Thursday, August 26 (kick-off 7.30pm).
In addition to the great rugby on offer from some top sides, supporters attending Ulster's pre-season friendlies will notice a few changes around the place when they enter Ravenhill.
The main concourse area will be transformed as it is out with the cars and in with a food village!
There will be six or seven new catering options to tickle the taste buds ahead of kick-off and there will also be some live entertainment to help build up the atmosphere.
ULSTER Squad (v Bath) - Backs (11): Darren Cave, Ian Humphreys, Paul Marshall, Luke Marshall, Mark McCrea, Niall O'Connor, Ian Porter, Tommy Seymour, Jamie Smith, Nevin Spence, Ian Whitten.
Forwards (14): Thomas Anderson, Tim Barker, Nigel Brady, Ryan Caldwell, Robbie Diack, Willie Faloon, Declan Fitzpatrick, Andi Kyriacou, Adam Macklin, Johann Muller, Paddy McAllister, Neil McComb, Pedrie Wannenburg, Bryan Young.