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Mark Anscombe makes sweeping changes to Ulster team

Updated: Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 13:10 | Comments

Neil Walsh will start for Ulster against Glasgow
Neil Walsh will start for Ulster against Glasgow

Ulster boss Mark Anscombe has made 11 personnel changes to the team for this weekend’s RaboDirect PRO12 encounter with Glasgow at Scotstoun.

Neil Walsh and Conor Joyce will start in an Ulster shirt for the first time after being named on the left wing and back row respectively.

Walsh made his debut as a late replacement in last week’s win over Zebre, while Joyce’s previous appearance was in the 2011 St Stephen's Day defeat to Leinster.

The side will be captained by tighthead prop John Afoa, who is joined in an all new front row by Nigel Brady and Callum Black.

Dan Tuohy and Neil McComb come in to the second row in place of regular skipper Johann Muller and Lewis Stevenson. Robbie Diack, the only forward retained from the Zebre fixture, will again start at number 8 and will combine in the back row with Joyce and Ali Birch.

With Paddy Jackson starting for Ireland this weekend, Anscombe has called upon Paddy Wallace to direct affairs from outhalf.

The backline reshuffle also results in Andrew Trimble moving to outside centre where he is partnered in midfield by Stuart Olding, who produced an impressive performance off the bench last weekend.

Michael Allen will line up on the right wing for his 12th cap, with Walsh on the opposite flank. Ruan Pienaar (scrumhalf) and Ricky Andrew (fullback) complete the backline.

Andrew Warwick again has an opportunity to earn his first cap after being named among the replacements for the second time this season.

Rob Herring, Ricky Lutton, Alan O’Connor and Mike McComish are the other forwards named on the bench. Paul Marshall, Darren Cave and Chris Cochrane are the backline options and should provide some spark if called upon.

Ulster team to play Glasgow: R Andrew, M Allen, A Trimble, S Olding, N Walsh, P Wallace, R Pienaar; C Black, N Brady, J Afoa (Capt.), N McComb, D Tuohy, C Joyce, A Birch, R Diack;

Replacements: R Herring, R Lutton, A Warwick, A O’Connor, M McComish, P Marshall, D Cave, C Cochrane.

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