Best and Bowe back for Ulster

Jared Payne moves to centre while Craig Gilroy starts at fullback

 Tommy Bowe. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Tommy Bowe. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye


British & Irish Lions, Rory Best and Tommy Bowe, return for Ulster’s RaboDirect PRO12 match against Benetton Treviso at Ravenhill tomorrow night (7.05).

In total there are 11 Ireland internationals in the starting XV in a side that sees seven personnel changes and three positional switches to the team that beat Connacht in the Sportsground last Saturday.

Craig Gilroy starts at fullback and is joined in the back three by Bowe who is named on the right wing and Michael Allen who retains his place on the left flank. Jared Payne moves to outside centre where he is partnered by Luke Marshall.

Paddy Jackson starts at outhalf, while Paul Marshall replaces Ian Porter at nine. Captain Rory Best starts at hooker alongside Ricky Lutton and Tom Court in the front row. Iain Henderson keeps his place in the secondrow alongside Dan Tuohy.

In the backrow, Robbie Diack is selected at blindside with Roger Wilson moving to number eight. Chris Henry keeps his place at openside.

Commenting on his selection, Ulster winger, Tommy Bowe, said: “It is great to be back. It has been a tough old pre-season with my wrist injury but I am delighted to be playing, delighted to be back fit again and looking to my first game at Ravenhill with the two new stands up.”

Ulster : C Gilroy, T Bowe, J Payne, L Marshall, M Allen, P Jackson, P Marshall; T Court, R Best (capt), R Lutton; I Henderson, D Tuohy; R Diack, C Henry, R Wilson; Replacements: R Herring, C Black, B Ross, L Stevenson, N Williams, M Heaney, J McKinney, D Cave.