Ulster have made nine changes from the side that lost to Leicester in the Challenge Cup last week, for their Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup clash with Munster on Friday.

In the back three, Jacob Stockdale and Ethan McIlroy are retained at full-back and left-wing respectively, with Rob Lyttle coming in to start on the right. Will Addison will make his first start this season at outside centre, partnering up with Stuart McCloskey. Michael Lowry and Alby Mathewson will form the starting half-back partnership.

It's all-change in the front row, with Andrew Warwick and Tom O’Toole getting the nod at loosehead and tighthead prop, and John Andrew named at hooker. Last week’s second row pairing of Alan O’Connor and Iain Henderson has been retained, and Henderson will lead the side.

In the back row, Marcus Rea is named to start at openside flanker with Jordi Murphy making the switch to blindside, and David McCann is selected at Number Eight.

Angus Curtis makes a long-awaited return to the Ulster match-day squad for the first time since he sustained a serious knee injury in December 2019, and is named among the replacements.

Ulster: Jacob Stockdale, Rob Lyttle, Will Addison, Stuart McCloskey, Ethan McIlroy, Michael Lowry, Alby Mathewson; Andrew Warwick, John Andrew, Tom O'Toole, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson (Capt.), Jordi Murphy, Marcus Rea, David McCann.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Callum Reid, Marty Moore, Sam Carter, Nick Timoney, David Shanahan, Angus Curtis, James Hume.

There are eight changes to the Munster side that defeated Leinster last time out as Dan Goggin starts on his first appearance since sustaining a hand injury against Benetton in January.

Goggin, Andrew Conway, Rory Scannell and JJ Hanrahan come into the backline as John Ryan, Fineen Wycherley, Chris Cloete and Gavin Coombes join the pack.

Mike Haley starts at full-back with Conway and Shane Daly on either flank. Scannell and Goggin start in the centres with Conor Murray and Hanrahan in the half-backs.

Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and Ryan start in the front row with Wycherley and Tadhg Beirne in the engine room. Captain Peter O'Mahony, Cloete and Coombes complete the starting XV.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O'Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Roman Salanoa, Jean Kleyn, CJ Stander, Nick McCarthy, Ben Healy, Damian de Allende.