Lock Jeremy Davidson has been ruled out of the Ulster side for this evening’s Heineken Cup clash with Cardiff at Ravenhill (7.05), Mark Blair replaces Davidson.
A thigh injury means lock Jeremy Davidson has been ruled out of the <>Ulster side for this evening’s Heineken Cup clash with Cardiff at Ravenhill (7.05), Mark Blair replaces Davidson in the Ulster starting line-up with Matt McCullough drafted onto the bench.
However, the good news for Ulster supporters is that David Humphreys and Jonny Bell came through yesterday’s training session and been declared fit to start.
Cardiff’s head coach David Young has made four changes from the side that lost to Biarritz for the trip to Ravenhill.
Pieter Muller has passed a fitness test and fills the gap left by Matt Allen who is sidelined for three weeks with concussion.
Richard Smith makes his fourth start of the season in the number 9 shirt and in the pack Tim Payne returns as loose-head prop and Adam Jones replaces the injured John Tait.
Ulster. Bryn Cunningham; James Topping, Shane Stewart, Jonathon Bell, Tyrone Howe; David Humphreys, Neil Doak; Justin Fitzpatrick, Matt Sexton, Rob Kempson; Gary Longwell, Mark Blair; Warren Brosnihan, Neil McMillan, Tony McWhirter.
Replacements: Simon Best, Paul Shields, Matt McCullough, Neil Best, Kieran Campbell, Adam Larkin, Scott Young.
Cardiff. Rhys Williams; Nick Walne, Jamie Robinson, Pieter Muller, Craig Morgan; Iestyn Harris, Richard Smith; Tim Payne, Andrew Lewis, Kenneth Fourie, Heino Senekal, Adam Jones, Rob Appleyard, Dan Baugh, Martyn Williams(capt).
Replacements: David Young, Greg Woods, Luke Tait, Dan McShane, Ryan Powell, Nick Robinson, Anthony Sullivan.
Referee: Rob Dickson (Scotland)