Ulster unchanged for visit of Scarlets to Belfast
Rory Best to become Ulster’s most capped player in the European Champions Cup
Ulster captain Rory Best will make his 72nd Champions Cup appearance on Friday night. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has named an unchanged match day 23 for Friday’s Heineken Champions Cup match against Scarlets (Kingspan Stadium, 7.45pm).
The Ulster men registered a superb 24-25 bonus point win against last season’s semi-finalists at Parc y Scarlets on Friday past.
Best will again captain the side and will pack down in the frontrow beside Marty Moore and Eric O’Sullivan - the academy prop who made 22 tackles last week in an impressive 80-minute display.
Billy Burns will again partner John Cooney at halfback, with Stuart McCloskey and Will Addison retained in midfield. Jacob Stockdale, who was named as BBC NI Sports Personality of the Year earlier this week, is selected in the back three alongside the experienced Louis Ludik and Henry Speight.
Kyle McCall, who was recalled to the squad last week after a six-month spell on the sidelines through injury, could make his 50th Ulster appearance if called upon from the bench.
Ulster: L Ludik; H Speight, W Addison, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; B Burns, J Cooney; E O’Sullivan, R Best (Capt), M Moore; I Henderson, K Treadwell; S Reidy, J Murphy, M Coetzee;
Replacements: R Herring, K McCall, T O’Toole, M Rea, N Timoney, D Shanahan, J McPhillips, D Cave.