Ulster coach Matt Williams has named a 25-man squad to take on Andy Robinson’s Edinburgh side at Ravenhill (kick-off 7.30pm) on Friday night.
David Pollock, Thomas Anderson, Darren Cave, Ian Whitten and new scrum half Cillian Willis, who replaces Paul Marshall, are all additions, to the squad that was beaten 43-0 by the Ospreys last weekend.
Ulster are focused and ready for a solid performance against the Scottish side, as they try to lift themselves off the bottom of the Magners League table.
The importance of Friday’s game has not been lost on Ulster captain Rory Best who has returned from injury and is named in the squad.
“A win against Edinburgh will be the springboard we need to turn our fortunes around. We have to go out on Friday ready for a win,” said the Ireland hooker.
“Edinburgh is a crucial game for us now and each member of the squad understands the importance of the match. We’re ready and willing to put in a performance to be proud of.
“Every game played is important, but with the Heineken Cup next week, each member of the squad will not only be playing for the win come Friday, but for their position on the team to take on Stade next week.
“We also want to put in a performance that our supporters can be proud of,” he added.
Tickets are still on sale for Friday’s and can be purchased online at the Ulster Rugby website, over the counter at Ravenhill (Monday to Friday from 9pm to 5pm), over the telephone 028 9049 3222 (Option 2) or from any of the Ulster Rugby ticket outlets throughout the province.
The ticket outlets are: In Sport – 15 Frances Street, Newtownards; SS Moores – 6 Chichester Street, Belfast; Athletic Stores – 41 Queen Street, Belfast; Eden Park – 613 Lisburn Road, Belfast; Euro Sport – 84 Antrim Street, Lisburn; Donaghy’s Sports – 25-31 Newry Street, Banbridge; Style N Sport – 20 Church Street, Ballymena; Podium 4 Sport – 40 Montgomery Road, Belfast; Overplay Sports – Unit 4, Keeburn Industrial Estate, Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus (opposite Carrick RFC); Douglas Menswear – Unit 8, Bedford House, Bedford Street, Belfast; Game On, Portadown.
ULSTER Squad (v Edinburgh): Backs (11) – Niall O’Connor, Bryn Cunningham, Timoci Nagusa, Darren Cave, Andrew Trimble, Clinton Schifcofske, Cillian Willis, Isaac Boss, Paul Steinmetz, Ian Humphreys, Ian Whitten.
Forwards (14) – Justin Fitzpatrick, Nigel Brady, Tom Court, Rory Best, BJ Botha, Carlo Del Fava, Ed O’Donoghue, Ryan Caldwell, Matt McCullough, Kieron Dawson, Robbie Diack, Stephen Ferris, David Pollock, Thomas Anderson.