Tommy Bowe will make his hugely anticipated Ulster return when he lines out on the right wing against Cardiff in Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash.
The Cardiff Arms Park fixture will see Ulster return to action following the tragic circumstances of last week’s postponement of the clash with Zebre.
Bowe will start in his familiar position on the right wing, with Andrew Trimble switching to the left flank to accommodate him. As a result, Michael Allen has moved into outside centre and Darren Cave shifts in to fill the 12 jersey worn by Luke Marshall in the opening three matches of the season.
Scrumhalf Paul Marshall, outhalf Paddy Jackson and full back Jared Payne have all retained their places from the Munster match.
Johann Muller has picked up a knock and is replaced in the second row by Neil McComb. Dan Tuohy will make his first appearance of the season after being named alongside McComb in the engine room.
Chris Henry also makes his seasonal debut and will captain the side from openside flanker in the absence of Muller. Stephen Ferris has been rested so Iain Henderson joins Henry and Nick Williams in the back row.
Ulster XV v Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park, kick-off 7.05pm:
(15-9): J Payne, T Bowe, M Allen, D Cave, A Trimble, P Jackson, P Marshall;
(1-8): T Court, N Brady, J Afoa, N McComb, D Tuohy, I Henderson, C Henry (c), N Williams;
Replacements: R Herring, C Black, A Macklin, L Stevenson , M McComish, M Heaney, P Wallace, C Gilroy.