Jackson dropped for Castres trip
Rugby:Ulster coach Mark Anscombe has dropped outhalf Paddy Jackson as the Pool Four pacesetters chase a home quarter-final against Castres tomorrow afternoon. Already qualified for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals, a win in southern France would all but guarantee a home match in the knockout stages.
Jackson drops to the bench for the match at Stade Pierre-Antoine with Ruan Pienaar moving to outhalf and Paul Marshall coming in at number nine. With first choice fullback Jared Payne missing through injury, Craig Gilroy moves from the wing with Michael Allen drafted in to the side on the left flank. Andrew Trimble lines up on the opposite flank, while Paddy Wallace and Darren Cave continue their midfield partnership.
Up front, Anscombe has gone for a new-look second row with Lewis Stevenson, named in the Ireland training squad yesterday, joining Neil McCombe in the engine room. And Nick Williams, who is out for eight weeks with a medial ligament knee injury, will be replaced by Roger Wilson.
Kick-off at the Stade Pierre-Antoine is 1.35pm Irish time.
Castres Olympique:Pierre Bernard; Max Evans, Seremaia Bai, Remy Lamerat, Marcel Garvey; Remi Tales, Rory Kockott; Yannick Forestier, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Anton Peikrishvili; Matthias Rolland (c), Christophe Samson; Mathieu Babillot, Piula Faasalele, Pedrie Wannenburg.
Replacements:Brice Mach, Saimone Taumoepeau, Hai Lazar, Joe Tekori, Thierry Lacrampe, Jannie Bornman, Paul Bonnefond, Marc Andreu.
Ulster:Craig Gilroy; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Paddy Wallace, Michael Allen; Ruan Pienaar, Paul Marshall; Tom Court, Rory Best, John Afoa; Lewis Stevenson, Neil McComb, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry (c), Roger Wilson. Replacements:Rob Herring, Chris Black, Declan Fitzpatrick, Iain Henderson, Mike McComish, Michael Heaney, Paddy Jackson, Chris Cochrane.