Robert Baloucoune will make his Heineken Champions Cup debut on Saturday after being named in the starting XV for their clash with Racing 92 (3.15pm). 

The academy winger made his senior debut for the province in a win over Dragons last October and has graduated to the European XV where he joins Louis Ludik and Jacob Stockdale in the back three. 

The 21-year old returns after his two-week ban for tackling Darren Sweetnam in the air in the opening seconds of Ulster's home victory over Munster prior to Christmas. Baloucoune was sin-binned by referee Sean Gallagher but later scored a crucial second half try. 

Stuart McCloskey and Will Addison are re-united in midfield, with John Cooney and Billy Burns named at scrum-half and out-half respectively.

Alan O’Connor, one of just two players retained from the team that lost to Leinster last weekend, partners Kieran Treadwell in the second row.

Sean Reidy, the other player who was involved at the RDS, will line out alongside Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee in the back row.

Ulster: Louis Ludik; Robert Baloucoune, Will Addison, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale; Billy Burns, John Cooney; Eric O’Sullivan, Rory Best (captain), Martin Moore, Alan O’Connor, Kieran Treadwell, Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy, Marcell Coetzee

Replacements: Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Ross Kane, Ian Nagle, Nick Timoney, David Shanahan, Michael Lowry, Darren Cave.

Racing 92, who demolished Ulster in Paris last October and sit pretty on top of Pool 4, have also named their team for Saturday's clash. 

Teddy Thomas, who ran in a try in October's meeting, is ruled out after his return to action against Toulon last weekend lasted just four minutes before injury intervened once more. 

Juan Imhoff slots in at left wing, joining Brice Dulin and Simon Zebo in the back three. 

Racing 92: Brice Dulin; Simon Zebo, Virimi Vakatawa, Henry Chavancy, Juan Imhoff; Finn Russell, Maxime Machenaud; Guram Gogichashvili, Dimitri Szarzewski, Ben Tameifuna; Bernard Le Roux, Leone Nakarawa; Wenceslas Lauret, Baptiste Chouzenoux, Antoine Claassen.

Replacements: Teddy Baubigny, Vasil Kakovin, Georges-Henri Colombe-Reazel, Boris Palu, Fabien Sanconnie, Teddy Iribaren, Olivier Klemenczak, Ben Volavola