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Pienaar And Diack To Start For Ulster

Pienaar And Diack To Start For Ulster

South African half-back Ruan Pienaar will make his first start of the season for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 game against Montpellier at Stade Yves du Manoir (kick-off 4.40pm local time/3.40pm Irish time).

Ruan Pienaar’s inclusion is one of two personnel changes to the Ulster side that beat Leicester Tigers at Ravenhill last Friday night.

Man-of-the-match from the Tigers game, Roger Wilson, moves from blindside flanker to number 8 as Nick Williams misses the round 2 fixture with a calf injury. Robbie Diack is promoted from the bench to wear the number 6 jersey.

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New Zealand prop John Afoa has been included among the replacements and is in line to make his first appearance of the season for Ulster. He has recovered from the calf injury that has kept him out for since the summer.

ULSTER (v Montpellier): Jared Payne; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Tommy Bowe; Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar; Tom Court, Rory Best, Declan Fitzpatrick, Johann Muller (capt), Dan Tuohy, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Roger Wilson.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Callum Black, John Afoa, Lewis Stevenson, Iain Henderson, Paul Marshall, Stuart Olding, Michael Allen.