Marcell Coetzee is set to make his first start of the season for Ulster against the Isuzu Southern Kings in Round 3 of the Guinness PRO14 Championship this Saturday in Port Elizabeth.

The 28-year-old back rower is one of five changes that Head Coach, Dan McFarland has made to the starting XV who were defeated by the Toyota Cheetahs last week.Alan O'Connor is the only other change to the pack.

Rob Herring retains the captaincy and will be joined in the front row by Eric O’Sullivan and Tom O’Toole.

O’Connor is joined in the second row by Sam Carter, with Matthew Rea and Sean Reidy completing the back row positions with Coetzee. 

Stuart McCloskey linked up with the squad in South Africa this week and returns to partner up with Luke Marshall in midfield, while Louis Ludik comes into the left wing, joining Craig Gilroy on the right and Billy Burns is back in at fly half.

Matt Faddes will start again at full back and John Cooney is retained at scrum half.

Ulster: Matt Faddes, Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Louis Ludik, Billy Burns, John Cooney; Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring (Capt.), Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter, Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy, Marcell Coetzee.

Replacements: Adam McBurney, Kyle McCall, Ross Kane, Kieran Treadwell, Greg Jones, Dave Shanahan, Angus Curtis, James Hume.