Irish outhalf David Humphreys is named in the starting line-up. Humphreys was forced to retire against Wasps after he went over on his ankle in the opening half of that game. The injury will be monitored for the must-win match against the Italians with Humphreys facing a late fitness test before the Friday evening kick off.
ULSTER; P Wallace: S Coulter, R Constable, J Bell, T Howe;D Humphreys, N Doak; J Fitzpatrick, P Shields, S Best; P Johns, G Longwell; T McWhirter, A Ward (capt), R Nelson.
Reeplacements. M Crick, C Boyd, J Davidson, N McMillen, K Campbell, A Larkin, B Cunningham.