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Payne Returns In The Centre For Ulster

Payne Returns In The Centre For Ulster

Jared Payne has recovered from injury and will start at outside centre for Ulster in their GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Edinburgh at Kingspan Stadium on Friday (kick-off 7.35pm).

The inclusion of Jared Payne is one of ten changes and two positional switches to the side that lost to Zebre in Italy last weekend.

Louis Ludik, Andrew Trimble, Payne and Paul Marshall all come into the back-line, with Tommy Bowe switching from the right wing to the left.

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Up front, loosehead prop Ruaidhri Murphy starts his first competitive match for Ulster, as does Hughes Insurance Academy lock Alan O’Connor. Captain Rory Best returns to the side at hooker, with Wiehahn Herbst filling the tighthead berth.

Franco van der Merwe continues in the second row, while in the back row Robbie Diack returns at blindside flanker, Chris Henry comes in at openside and Roger Wilson switches from blindside to number 8.

Forwards Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Bronson Ross, Lewis Stevenson and Nick Williams are named on the bench, as are backs Michael Heaney, Stuart Olding and Darren Cave.

More than 15,000 tickets have been sold for the Ulster v Edinburgh game, which will be broadcast live on BBC 2 Northern Ireland. The Premium areas, the Memorial End Stand and the East Terrace are now sold out.

To purchase remaining available tickets and to select your area, please click here. Tickets will be available to purchase on the gate from 6pm on match night, however these will be restricted to one terrace only and therefore pre-purchasing is strongly advised.

ULSTER (v Edinburgh): Louis Ludik; Andrew Trimble, Jared Payne, Stuart McCIoskey, Tommy Bowe; Paddy Jackson, Paul Marshall; Ruaidhri Murphy, Rory Best (capt), Wiehahn Herbst, Alan O’Connor, Franco van der Merwe, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Roger Wilson.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Bronson Ross, Lewis Stevenson, Nick Williams, Michael Heaney, Stuart Olding, Darren Cave.