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Scholes And Browne To Start For Ulster

Scholes And Browne To Start For Ulster

Ulster head coach Neil Doak has made two personnel changes and one positional switch to the team for Saturday’s GUINNESS PRO12 encounter with the Scarlets in Llanelli (kick-off 3pm).

Andrew Trimble was unavailable for selection having suffered a hip flexor strain, so Craig Gilroy switches flanks and starts on the right wing with Rory Scholes coming in on the left.

The other change comes in the pack where Peter Browne starts his first competitive game for Ulster in the second row in place of Dan Tuohy.

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The rest of the province’s starting line-up is unchanged with Louis Ludik named at full-back and Luke Marshall paired with Stuart McCloskey in the centre. Peter Nelson retains the number 10 jersey and starts at half-back alongside Paul Marshall who wins his 148th Ulster cap.

The tight five sees a front row of Andrew Warwick, captain Rob Herring and Wiehahn Herbst, with Franco van der Merwe partnering Browne in the second row. Flankers Willie Faloon and Roger Wilson start either side of Nick Williams who is selected at number 8.

Callum Black returns from an arm injury to take up a place on the replacements bench. He is joined by fellow forwards John Andrew, Ricky Lutton, Robbie Diack and Clive Ross. Backs David Shanahan, Sam Arnold and David Busby complete the squad.

Full-back Busby, who has represented the Ireland Under-20s and Ulster Ravens, will play his first senior game for the province if called upon.

ULSTER (v Scarlets): Louis Ludik; Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Rory Scholes; Peter Nelson, Paul Marshall; Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring (capt), Wiehahn Herbst, Peter Browne, Franco van der Merwe, Roger Wilson, Willie Faloon, Nick Williams.

Replacements: John Andrew, Callum Black, Ricky Lutton, Robbie Diack, Clive Ross, David Shanahan, Sam Arnold, David Busby.